Want a Ceilidh in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Humberside?
Then contact us, the Ermine Street Ceilidh Band, for your wedding, party or corporate event.
The band, together with our caller Simon Styles, provide a unique blend of Scottish, Irish and English Ceilidh Sounds with a hint of Americana.
Our name comes from ancient Roman Road of Ermine Street, now the A15 running through Lincolnshire, and is where we are based.
We like to think (i.e. hope!) we have gained quite a reputation for our "toe-tapping" unique blend of guitar, melodion, fiddle, whistle and 5 string banjo. Our latest line-up straddles the generations, keeping alive traditional folk music and dance for all age groups. And please don't be put off by the fiddlers' young ages; their sound is absolutley top notch (see the video and reviews below).
The band generally comprises - (depending on availability)
Simon - our caller whose energy, leadership and helpful instruction makes all the dances easily within the grasp everyone; he is also an accomplished whistle player.
Steve - plays guitar and 5 string banjo. His years of folk playing experience provides a solid rhythm for the dancers.
Mark - plays an Italian DG Melodeon in a very jaunty, Irish way, with plenty of alternating bass - contributing greatly to the band's rhythmical style.
James - acclaimed as "the Most Promising Musician" at Scunthorpe Musical Festival 2016 and has attained classical violin grade 7; his impressive "fiddling" would leave many an adult way behind.
Jasmine - plays ceilidh music with great poise and was acclaimed as "the Most Promising Musician" at the North Lincolnshire Music Festival 2017! She knows the dances off-by-heart and may even give you special instructions on "Strip the Willow".
And with such a line-up who could resist joining in with our varied dance sets - including all the old time favourites such as "Strip the Willow", the "Gay Gordons" and our local square dance "The Louth and Market Raisen Quickstep".
The most important thing is that everyone has a good time, something we are proud to say, happens at every ceilidh, because we enjoy it so much and so do our audience!.
Here we are playing in the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar. You can see lots more on facebook.
We have a high quality PA System and are fully insured (PLI Certificate) and safety tested (PAT Certificate). We are available to play at events throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.
4 June 2018
Dear Ermine Street, Just wanted to say a big thank you for coming over to Ravenscar to play at our wedding on Saturday. Sorry we never really got to see you or speak much, but the guests absolutely loved the Ceilidh and the atmosphere you created. Many were anxious about this new dance experience, but are all eager to do another now! Please let us know if you have any specific forums/websites that you would like us to post your review for, as we would love to share our wonderful experience and let people know how happy we are with the service. Best wishes, Mark and Anna
15 October 2017
Hi Steve, Thank you again for a great night last weekend, everyone really enjoyed it. We would love you to come again next year if that's ok? Are you free Saturday 6th October 2018?Look forward to hearing from you, Kind Regards, Lois
19 March 2017
Fabulous, fabulous night. So many wonderful comments about the music and dancing. You made the night - thank you so much! Xx Eve Darwood
12 November 2016
Hello Ermine Street Ceilidh Band, We had our wedding with you on 2nd September 2016 and we want to send you a massive thank you! We had an amazing time and so did our guests. Everybody commented on how great you were and for some of our guests it was their first time experiencing a ceilidh and they were pleasantly surprised.Our guests still talk about it now! We highly recommend you and would certainly use you again if we are to hold an event. You made our wedding evening amazing and it was so much fun! Thank you! Love Mr and Mrs Whelan x
26 October 2016
On behalf of Hackthorn Village Hall, a big thank you to you all , for a very successful and enjoyable evening last Saturday, you were all great, we will be booking you again in the new year. Thank you once again.Sue
25 July 2016
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic performance you all gave on Saturday night. It was just what I was hoping for. Thank you for being so accommodating with my laid back style of organisation. I hope you are all very proud of what you do, you should be. Kind regards, Lizzie
11 May 2016
Thank you once again for a GREAT evening on the 30th, as discussed we would like to rebook you, dates I'v been given are the 8 or 22 October, would prefer the 22 but that will depend on what fits in with you, Look forward to hearing from you and thanks again to you and your team. Sue, Hackthorn Village Hall
31 July 2015
Dear Ermine Street Band, This is a rather late thank you, but I thought you might like confirmation that we were very happy with your performance the other week, with a particular thank you to the roving caller for his efforts in getting our more reluctant guests to join in! Cheers, Harriet and Jon Gillman
23 March 2015
Hi Steve, Thank you so much for the Ceilidh a couple of weeks a go. Everybody really enjoyed and can't wait for the next one. I was wondering whether you would be able to come back to us on Saturday 3rd October for another Ceilidh? Thank you again, look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Lois, Lincoln Dancentre
21 December 2014
Dear ErmineStreet Band, Thank you for a fantastic evening of dancing.It was definitely the highlight of the day and much appreciated!. We loved your energy! Rhiannon and Tom.(Wedding: Risley Hall)
12 October 2014
Steve, I just wanted to thank you on behalf of my mum, brother and myself for a great ceilidh last night. You were fab and everyone loved the dancing! We raised 900 in total which was fabulous and in memory of a great man! Thank you again. Kind regards Kate