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Ceilidh

Dancing Feet picture courtesy of Ben Stoney Photography

The Band

A barn dance or ceilidh is an event at which musicians perform live, mostly traditional music, with a caller giving clear, simple instructions just before and during the actual dance.

The idea is partly to mix people up a bit (dancing with 'strangers'?), to get the blood circulating and for those present to enjoy themselves a lot!

If organisers, bride/groom join in from the very start (even if they themselves have never danced before), they will encourage many other extra dancers on to the floor. Also, encourage well-known 'ring-leaders' and 'characters' (the best man, maid of honour, the mad Irish uncle, etc) to join in as early as possible.

The earliest dances are the easiest while the caller is sussing everyone out. However this is also the time when people are at their most inhibited and those watching need to see others enjoying it. These early dances can set the atmosphere for the rest of the event.

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Even with the best callers, not everyone gets it right first time. However, don't worry about making mistakes during dances!! Just laugh it off and keep going, it's all part of the fun and your laughter will rub off on others. Any others watching will be keener to join in, if those already dancing look like they are having a good time. Above all else, enjoy yourselves and don't be afraid to let your hair down.

We aim to entertain not educate! Our motto is "Ceol agus Craic" which is Gaelic for "Music and Fun", which is exactly what a ceilidh is all about!

Video clip from our 'Help for Heroes' Ceilidh in Netherhampton. 2010

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3 Mar 2018

Milford on Sea. Private -Annual Hurst Castle Sailing Club Ceilidh

17 Mar 2018

Milford On Sea - St.Patricks Day Ceilidh. Open to the public, this is a great event that always sells out. 2 course meal and songs, tunes and dancing with us. Ticket details nearer the event.

24 Mar 2018

Bournemouth FC. Private - Birthday Barn Dance.

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Review

" 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

" A massive thank you to Murphy's Lore for an incredible night! I can't count the number of people who came up to me during the night, and afterwards, to praise the band and Julian's calling. It all seemed to run very smoothly thanks to your expertise. We really enjoyed hearing the band's own compositions and loved that final dance where we spiralled in and out, it was fantastic! Thanks again for a truly memorable night.
Joanna after her and Davids Joint birthday Barn dance. April 2017

"Thank you so much for an amazing evening. We've had endless compliments about you. It was a huge success & loved by all xx
Josie after her wedding Ceilidh. March 2017

"Many thanks for a brilliant night.. We had a great time and my 100 year young Mum wishes she could have danced some more !!
Jeff after his Mum Maisie's 100th Birthday Barn Dance. Feb 2017

"We had a fab time! Thank you!....You guys were ace, we had a fab evening. That serpent dance was bonkers...Haven't had so much fun in ages, thank you!....Thank you Murphy's Lore. Brilliant, very funny and entertaining night. Everyone had smiles on their faces all night...
Judy,Sally,Sarah and another Sarah,after Dorset Rock Choir New Year Party.Jan 2017

"Hi guys, Just to say a massive thank you for Saturday night!! Very good comments passed around at the weekend and at class tonight about yous and your talent, even if some were staying put at their tables they really enjoyed the music!! My family and I especially loved it (they were the ones never sitting down!) and everyone got up to sing and dance at the end together which was really lovely
Katherine, after McDonnell-Haynes Irish Dance end of year Social. December, 2016

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