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 but you are welcome to try us if further afield.
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
The fundraiser barn dance we did on April 15th in Sway for Margaret, raised an impressive £1400 for Battersea Dogs Home. That's a great effort from about 120 people who attended. Well done everyone, a fantastic community effort
Some live videos
Birthday Barn Dance
Fundraising Ceilidh in Burley
Burns Night Charity Ceilidh
Birthday Ceilidh Video
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West Moors. Private- Parish Social.
Sopley. Private - Wedding Ceilidh
"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
"What a fantastic evening. Thank you all for a very memorable and outstanding night of music and dancing.
It was everything that we hoped it would be and more. All ages and abilities had a fabulous time and we thought you expertly made the event a complete success. The atmosphere was fabulous and the everyone had a terrific time.
We will continue to recommend you to everyone we know.
Suzanne and David, after their joint birthday.November 2016
" I had to write to say the biggest THANK YOU to you and the rest of the band. You were absolutely fantastic and although it did start slowly, by the end, I think people would have gone on all night...they were enjoying it all so much. We have had so many people complimenting us on a such a fabulous party.
I can guarantee, if the opportunity arises, we will be asking you to do any other parties we organise, and will be recommending you to others.
Ross, after Andrea's birthday ceilidh. October 2016
"Guys you were completely fantastic. Thank you so much!
One very happy birthday girl here..... It was perfect. X
Elly,after her birthday ceilidh. September 2016
"A great time was had by all. Thank you, Murphy's Lore ....
Judy after Mary and Peter's Anniversary Ceilidh. September 2016
"Thank you so much for helping to make it such a wonderful night. You were the perfect ceilidh band for beginners and were so much fun
Fiona,after Megan and Tom's wedding ceilidh. August 2016