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Murphy's Lore is a Bournemouth/Dorset based 'Celtic' band, performing a mix of traditional Irish, English and Scots music plus a few tunes of our own, composed by our 'box' player Richard and arranged as we went along! For ceilidhs, barn dances, pub gigs and general good craic. Perfect in many ways for weddings, parties, an anniversary or any excuse to have a Hooley. Have a look around and get a feel for what we do.

We perform tunes to dance to and songs to sing along with. If you don't know the dances, our caller will teach you. If you don't know the songs, just tap your feet and clap your hands!

We will cover Dorset, Hampshire and South Wiltshire in general.

Available as 5 piece with a separate caller or, as a 4 piece with Noeleen calling. Either way it will be a great night with charismatic calling and mellifluous music and you will have been 'Murphed'.

For most Ceilidhs / Barn Dance we keep the dances mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves but can cater for more flavoured evenings such as Burns Night or St.Paddy's night.

Our aim is to 'entertain, not educate', it should be fun after all!

To hear us, use the player to the right on this and other pages. Most clips are live, so what you hear is what you'll get! For other information about the band use the links at the top of this page,and check out the videos for what we see you enjoying.

To read about our most recent gigs and for a more interactive experience with us, see our Facebook page

News and upcoming events

Alex and Noeleen will be helping host The Smuggler's Run Folk Club in Parkstone, Poole over the coming months. We will have Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks appearing on Sunday 4th March. 3-6pm.
More info here Smuggler's Run on Facebook

Saturday 17th March will see us playing at Milford Community Centre, Milford on Sea for the annual St.Patrick's evening, which is a concert,ceilidh and dinner all rolled into one. It's always a great night and sells out,so if you want a ticket call their box office - Telephone 01590 644861. Sold Out

Some live videos

Birthday Barn Dance

Burns Night Charity Ceilidh

Birthday Ceilidh Video

Ceol agus craic!

Celtic Knot

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24 Mar 2018

Bournemouth FC. Private - Birthday Barn Dance.

7 Apr 2018


14 Apr 2018

Sopley. Private - Birthday Ceilidh

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"Thanks for an amazing evening guys! We had a blast! And consider that willow fully stripped!!
Thank you for an awesome night!!
What a great night it was! Thank you everyone..

Jon,Fiona and Karen after Jon and Jay's wedding ceilidh. November 2017

" I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people you guys got up dancing!! It was a brilliant night. I have had many good comments. So a big THANK YOU to you guys.
Kate, after The Captain's Barn Dance at Dudsbury Golf Club. September 2017

" It was a fabulous night! I so enjoyed Murphy's Lore! A brilliant variety of music with Noeleen and Alex proficient on so many different instruments..and also accordion and violin. Great Ceilidh Calling too. Great Fun!
Polly after Cyril and Ruth's anniversary ceilidh. September 2017

"Thanks again for your amazing music- sensational!
Rosie after her anniversary barn dance. September 2017

"Me and Michelle would like to say a big thank you to you and the band..Despite the sweltering heat you managed to get people up and dancing even those that were more than reluctant. It really did make a fitting end to the night and will of course recommend you to family and friends in the future.
Lewis and Michelle after their wedding ceilidh. August 2017

"I can't believe it's already over a week ago. Thank you so much, the band was absolutely fantastic and lots of people have said how much they enjoyed the band and the dancing! I'm so glad we had you, it really made the evening special. !
Chloe and Patrick after their wedding ceilidh. August 2017

"A terrific effort from the band. Great, enthusiastic calling; speedy set up without fuss; and excellent playing. I know we had to pack it in given the time, but everyone I talked to loved it. Bravo!
Andy, after his and Chloe's wedding ceilidh. July 2017

"I must say the most enormous thank you, we had the most amazing time dancing to your band - you absolutely made our wedding the most special day ever. xx
Lois and Angus after their wedding ceilidh. June 2017

"We had another fabulous evening with Murphy's Lore. Such a brilliant band. Enthusiastic and constantly helpful, patient, and FUN!
Jan after Church Parish Social evening. May 2017

"Thank you Murphy's Lore, we couldn't have done it without you! We raised the fantastic total of £1,409 ! Great result ! Next time, a football stadium!!!!!!
Margaret after a fundraiser Barn dance. April 2017

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