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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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4 Jun 2022

A Jubilee Picnic - Murphy's Lore Trio will be appearing at at Branksome Recreation Park, Poole. Family event with live music including us! Playing Times to be confirmed but the event is between 12 noon and 4 pm Free entry, bring a picnic although there will be food to purchase on site.

5 Jun 2022

Wessex Folk Festival - Murphy's Lore Trio will be performing Sunday 5th at 3pm..

The weekend is split into Saturday which will feature morris sides and other dance styles and then on Sunday will be the music stage in Hope Square. Finishing with a big ceilidh.

More info for the whole weekend - Wessex Folk Festival

11 Jun 2022

Weymouth. Private - Wedding Ceilidh.

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Review

" Hi all... You guys were more than fantastic on the night and really were one the highlights of the day. Thank you so so much from us both for your wonderful music, humour and patience teaching us all the steps
Matt after his and Alex's wedding . November 2021

"A great evening- thanks so much Murphy's Lore. Such a fab atmosphere.... thanks for a brilliant evening last Thursday. Really loved your performance
Sue and Shirley,after the Autumn Ceilidh in Milford on Sea. Oct,2021

"Ray and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for coming to our wedding and controlling the crowds! It was a funny old time to try and make the decision but I think going ahead and seeing everyone doing the dancing definitely made us feel it was the right thing to be doing! So thank you for being understanding!!
Lucy and Ray,after their Wedding ceilidh. July,2021

"We all had a great night, many thanks for making it such good fun!
Heather, after her Birthday ceilidh. Feb,2020

"Thank you so much, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was made by you guys!
Katherine, after her brother's Birthday ceilidh.November,2019

"Brilliant evening, again!
Shelagh, after Milford on Sea Community Autumn ceilidh.October,2019

"Thank you for such a wonderful evening last Saturday, everyone had a fabulous time dancing, some who have NEVER danced with their partners before so that was a great achievement. We loved the atmosphere, the music and especially the dancing, everyone should experience a ceilidh it’s magical, a great way to celebrate 25 years of marriage with family and friends.
Linda and Lester after their anniversary ceilidh.September,2019

" You were all incredible. I think it is the best Ceilidh we have done, so thank you.
Louise after the Pavillion Dance South West ceilidh. August,2019

"Just want to say a massive thank you to you all for your amazing set at our wedding! It really made the night perfect and everyone loved it! We will definitely be using you again for other family events!!! Love from the new Mr & Mrs Trent
Leanne and Chris after their wedding ceilidh.June,2019

"Fabulous evening, as always. Murphy's Lore you are a joy. Thank you. xx
Jan after the annual St.Anthonys Social.May,2019

"just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday night, everyone really enjoyed, you were excellent!
Julie, Landlady - The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham after their re-opening night.April, 2019

"Another great evening at Milford with Murphy's Lore - thank you!!
Sue, Milford Community Centre St.Patricks Ceilidh.March, 2019

"Great evening!! haha! was lots of fun!
Thanks so much for a brilliant night guys, you were fantastic!

Helena and Emma, after Emma's birthday do.Feb, 2019

"I can highly recommend this band. Beautiful singing from Noeleen, great music from the band and Julian calling the dances was absolutely brilliant. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you Murphy's Lore!
Jenny, after her birthday do.Jan, 2019

"Brilliant night, Thank You. Could take me a while to recover !
Gail, after Leannes's birthday ceilidh. Dec 2018

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