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Tel 01202 434280 Alex or Noeleen

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 as well. Noeleen our caller will guide you through the dances.

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

We're currently a 4 piece outfit inc caller.

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 the ceilidh band, 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.

We also have an offshoot called Murphys Lore Trio ideal for pub gigs, festivals or any reason to have some lively folk music for an event where dancing may not be your thing! 2023 was a great year for this version of the band, supporting Mad Dog McRae in Bridport and opening the Main Stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

To read about our most recent gigs and for a more interactive experience with us, see our pages Murphy's Lore Ceilidh and Murphy's Lore Trio

News and upcoming events

Murphy's Lore Trio Double weekender - Feb 16th at The King Charle's Poole, Thames Street - upstairs.
Then the 17th at The Belvedere, High West Street. The music venue in Weymouth, 7 days a week.

Murphy's Lore Trio - 23rd February, Shindig at Chaplin's Cellar Bar with Sophie Avison and Amica. from 9.30 pm.

Ceilidh at Pavillion Dance South West Saturday 24th February - ticketed event open to all. In The Ocean room at the rear of the Pavillion Theatre overlooking Bournemouth Gardens. Conact PDSW for tickets.

We can now also be found at Murphy's Lore YouTube

Some live videos

Wedding Ceilidhs

Birthday Barn Dance

Birthday Ceilidh Video

Ceol agus craic!

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23 Feb 2024

Murphy's Lore Trio Friday Shindig at Chaplin's Cellar Bar.

24 Feb 2024

Pavillion Dance South West Ticketed ceilidh in The Ocean Room with PDSW, as part of a series of Saturday ceilidhs.

9 Mar 2024

Christchurch- Private, Birthday Ceilidh

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"A very Merry Christmas to the best Ceilidh band ever, with singer who blew us away. You are are incredible. What talents. A very well loved band, with compliments throughout the night. I will definitely be booking you again.
Alanna after her Dancin'Fit groups Christmas ceilidh.December 2024

"Thank you so much for coming - everyone had a fabulous night! Happy 🎄 Christmas to you all x.
ReDiscover Life Church ,Salisbury. December 2024

""The first Fordingbridge Ceilidh last night was a great success! Murphy's Lore gave us a feast of dance tunes, and their caller was brilliant, walking us though all the dances and then calling as we danced them. Even those who had never been to a Ceilidh before found they could dance, and everyone left smiling!" And.. "Totally agree!!! We went as a group of 8 friends and had a really good time, the caller was amazing we couldn’t have done it without her help as we had never been to a ceilidh before"
Fordingbridge Ceilidh Club.November 2024

"A and L were telling me how it was one of the best nights ever, as they fell asleep! ... Thank you ! What a wonderful evening, MUCH appreciated by everyone !
Helen and Paula after Paula's retiremnt ceiidh.September,2023

"A big thank you for an excellent evening. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Sandra, after a barn dance for Ferndown RBL.September,2023

"We had a fabulous evening, thank you!...Thank you - it was brilliant....Thank you so much, we absolutely loved it x
Kay, Lizzie and Laura after Laura and Tom's wedding. September,2023

"Thank you so much! We had such a good time! Everyone said what fun it was! x
Jody and Simon, after their 'rewedding' barn dance. August,2023

"Thank you for another great night, great music from brilliant musicians and a great crowd..... It was a great night thank you all xxx....A brilliant evening, thank you! x
Jimmy,Leslie and Nicole after Jimmy and Christina's second family and friemd barn dance. July,2023

" Thank you so much for making our evening such a success, last Saturday! Many people commented on how good you were. Hopefully, I'll see you again, somewhere, in the not too distant future. x
Lesley, after a birthday barn dance. July 2023

" A huge thank you for playing at our wedding and helping make it such an incredible evening - You were all brilliant! x
Jonathan, after his and Mikki's wedding. July 2023

" Thank you so much for last night. I had a wonderful evening and have received lots of lovely comments from my guests. Noeleen did an amazing job, as did you all. Please pass on my thanks and I will look out for you at the Folk Festival.
Carole, after her birthday Barn Dance,May 2023

" just wanted to properly say a huge thank you for a wonderful evening on 5 May. Everyone there thoroughly enjoyed it and so many good comments on the band. Noeleen was brilliant in her calling and got everyone on their feet. Thank you again, your communication and contact prior to the date made it all stress free (apart from weather worries ! which of course all turned out ok) and if we hold another Ceilidh in the future you will be first on the list.
Susan, Tolpuddle Events Committee, after their Coronation Ceilidh. May 2023

" It was terrific! Loved it,as did all our guests. Thanks to Murphy's Lore
Michael, after his and Christina's wedding. April 2023

" It was an amazing evening, laughed and danced so much.. fabulous music/ singing .. looking forward to the next time x
Dawn. After a fundraising ceilidh for MND run by Louise prior to her running a marathon. February 2023

" Had a fantastic night!!! Thoroughly recommend this band
Sam. After her birthday Barn Dance. February 2023

" You were wonderful - what a great band!
Kevin, After Burn's Night Ceilidh, Woodgreen. January 2023

" (Mc)Murphys never let us down either! Brilliant evening - food and music could not have been better. Roll on March!
Shelagh, After Burn's Night Ceilidh,Milford On Sea. January 2023

" Absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much for an awesome night!....Loved your music, and your patience walking us through the dances beforehand. It was a good fun evening and Theo was full of the Buffalo Gals dance even before he did the "arching" dance
Lorri and Susan after Lorri's surprise Birthday do. October 2022

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