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Baltik Ceilidh Band

  • Ma Lairds & Loddies,

    Chinas & Fair Middens...

    London's Premier Ceilidh Covers Band present to you a new generation of celtic musicians bursting with energy. Their burning grooves and rich melodies hit you hard and keep you dancing all night. With high profile performances for the likes of Gleneagles (with special guest John Barrowman), Channel 4's E4, Country Life Fair with HRH Prince Michael of Kent (supporting Sister Sledge & T'Pau), Tower 42, Exxon Mobil, NHS and the Old Billingsgate Market, they are fast becoming the must have feature of any Celtic event. Renowned as a funky and exciting dance band with a wide range of influences, they have taken the key elements of Scottish & Irish tradition and moulded a new fresh Celtic blend with well known covers... irresistible to dance to.

    Tradition with a Twist:
    A London Based Ceilidh Band for all your Celtic needs.

    Our musicians are some of the most in demand musicians in London, with a wealth of performing experience including...
    Abbey Road, BBC Television Centre, Dame Shirley Bassey, The Graham Norton Show, Disney World Epcot, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, Riverdance, Later with Jools Holland, Roisin Murphy, Simple Minds, Mick Hucknall, Melody Gardot, Kid Creole, Britain's Got Talent, Nina Nesbitt, Was Not Was, Mica Paris, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thriller Live, Book of Mormon, G4, House band at London's Hard Rock Cafe, BBC 1 breakfast news, Alan Titchmarch, Loose Women, Made In Chelsea, Little Boots, Netflix original series 'The Crown', Blake, John Barrowman, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scots, Kensington Palace and not forgetting The London Vegetable Orchestra.

  • Band Line-Ups

    Bespoke Ceilidh/Cover Options

    Caller + Backing tracks

    2 piece (ceilidh only)
    Accordion + Drum/Caller

    3 piece (ceilidh only)
    Drum kit/Caller, Accordion & Fiddle
    //or// Drum kit/caller, Fiddle, Guitar

    4 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    Fiddle/Vocals, Bass, Guitar & Drum kit/Lead Vocals/Caller
    //or// Accordion, Bass, Guitar & Drum kit/Lead Vocals/Caller
    //or// Fiddle, Accordion, Guitar & Drum kit/Lead Vocals/Caller (ceilidh only)

    5 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    4 + Flute/Saxophone
    4 + Accordion
    4 + Female Lead Vocals

    7 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    4 + Trumpet, Saxophone & Trombone

    8 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    7 + Flute/Tenor Saxophone
    //or// 7 + Female Lead Vocals

    9 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    7 + Flute/Tenor Saxophone & Female Vocals

    10 piece (ceilidh & covers)
    9 + Percussion

    All line-ups available with sound engineer.

    Why not add the DJ package?
    We offer a DJ option for your event free of charge up to midnight.
    If interested please add the option to your enquiry using the band selector on the contact page.

    Ceremony/Reception Options

    Piper
    Choose from a couple of Scottish Pipers: one Fife based (ranked in the top 30 in the world), one Hampshire based.

    Harpist
    Harpist with a wealth of experience, including Royal appointments, TV appearances (BBC Young Musician, Maltese Television) and interviews on Classic FM. Performing at venues including Houses of Parliament, Westminster Cathedral, Kensington Palace, The Albert Hall and The Barbican Centre.

    Trumpet
    Principal Trumpet of the Royal Artillery Band/Orchestra. He has performed on many high profile and televised engagements including playing the Last Post and Reveille for the funeral of Sir Denis Thatcher where he received much acclaim.

    Violin
    (using player from the Ceilidh/Covers band) - Our virtuoso Scottish Violinist has a wealth of experience playing throughout the UK and over seas; performing at prestigious venues like Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh’s military Tattoo.

    Celtic Duo
    Violin package + Guitar (using players from the Ceilidh/Covers band).

    Jazz Duo/Trio/Quartet/Quintet
    Options vary depending on line up of Ceilidh/Covers band.

  • Set List

    Ceilidh Set (Called)
    Flying Scotsman
    Gay Gordons
    Dashing White Sergeant
    Strip The Willow
    Military 2-Step
    St Bernard's Waltz
    Virginia Reel
    Canadian Barn Dance
    Swedish Masquerade
    Thread The Needle
    Circassian Circle
    Cumbrian Reel
    Cumberland Square Eight
    Lady Godiva Reel
    Orcadian Strip The Willow
    The Borrowdale Exchange
    Scotch Mixer
    Auld Lang Syne

    Reeling Set (Not Called)
    Postie's Jig
    The Piper & The Penguin
    Hamilton House
    The Eightsome Reel
    The Foursome Reel
    Machine Without Horses
    Reel of the 51st
    Duke of Perth
    Speed The Plough
    The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh
    St Andrews Fair

    Traditional Covers
    Caledonia
    Green Fields of France
    Wild Rover
    Donald Where’s Your Trewsers?
    Hill of the Thieves
    Molly Malone
    There Were Roses
    Little Drummer Boy
    Auld Lang Syne
    Whisky In The Jar
    Marie's Wedding
    Gloomy Winter's Now Awa
    Hill Of Thieves

    Popular 1st Dances:
    Feeling Good - Nina Simone (Michael Bubles & Muse Versions)
    L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
    Let's Stay Together - Al Green
    Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
    May You Never - John Martyn
    Is This Love - Bob Marley
    You Are the First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
    I only have eyes for you - Jazz standard from the film 'Dames'
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
    Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
    Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay (*)
    Shut up and Dance with Me - Walk the Moon
    All of Me - John Legend
    Hey Ho - The Lumineers
    You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
    Nothing Else Matters - Metalica
    Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
    I'm A Believer - Monkeys
    I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermit
    Runaway - The Corrs (**)
    You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
    I Love You 'till the End - The Pogues
    Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

    Covers

    -60's-
    Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Gimmie Some Lovin' - Steve Winwood
    Hard To Handle - Otis Reading
    All Along the Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix
    I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
    Come Together - The Beatles
    Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
    In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
    I'm A Believer - Monkeys
    Feeling Good - Nina Simone (Michael Bubles & Muse Versions)
    Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
    My Generation - The Who
    White Room - Cream
    I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermit
    I Feel Good - James Brown
    L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
    Soul Man - Sam & Dave (*)
    Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5 (**)

    -70's-
    Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynryrd Skynyrd
    Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
    Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
    Stuck in the Middle With You - Steelers Wheel
    Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    I Wish - Stevie Wonder (**)
    Let's Stay Together - Al Green
    Get Back - The Beatles
    Hey Jude - The Beatles
    Oh What A Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
    Over The Hill - John Martyn
    May You Never - John Martyn
    Can't Get Enough of Your Love - Bad Company
    We Are Family - Sister Sledge
    The Cowboy Song - Thin Lizzy
    The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
    Teenage Kicks - Undertones
    Is This Love - Bob Marley
    I Shot The Sherif - Bob Marley
    Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
    Maggie May - Rod Stewart
    Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan (*)
    Take Me To The River - Al Green (*)
    Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder (*)
    Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (*)
    I'm A Man - Steve Winwood (*)
    Right Place Wrong Time - Dr John (*)
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
    Lady Marmalade - Patti Labelle (**)
    You Are the First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
    I only have eyes for you - Jazz standard from the film 'Dames'

    -80's-
    Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers
    500 Miles - Proclaimers
    Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
    Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
    Dude Looks Like A Lady - Aerosmith (*)
    You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon (*)
    Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News (*)
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics

    Ain't Nobody - Chaka Kahn (**) Upside Down - Diana Ross (**)
    Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
    Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
    Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
    Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel

    -90's-
    Deeper Underground - Jamiroquai
    Rocks- Primal Scream
    She's Electric - Oasis
    Wonderwall - Oasis
    You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
    Place Your Hands - Reef
    Just Looking - Stereophonics
    Ants Marching - Dave Matthews Band (*)
    Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams (*)
    Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi (*)
    Nothing Else Matters - Metalica
    Runaway - The Corrs (**)
    You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
    I Love You 'till the End - The Pogues

    -00's-
    Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
    Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
    You Are All I Have - Snow Patrol
    All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
    Valerie - Mark Ronson
    Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
    Crazy In Love - Beyonce
    Hey Ya! - Outcast
    Last Night - The Strokes
    Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
    Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
    Butterfly - Jason Mraz (*)
    Brooklyn - Youngblood Brass Band (*)

    -10's-
    Forget You - Ce Lo Green
    Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
    Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
    Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay (*)
    Shut up and Dance with Me - Walk the Moon
    All of Me - John Legend
    Hey Ho - The Lumineers

    (*) Only Available With Horn Section
    (**) Only Available With Female Vocalist

    The Band Can Also Play Jazz Standards.

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  • Testimonials

    "Many many thanks Tom! You provided the best dance we have had for many years. I have never seen so many people consistently up dancing and enjoying themselves. Your balance of music was just what we required and while we Scots like to think we know all the Country Dancing malarky it was great to be taught a few more. You have great style in the way you delivered that.
    John Barrowman was an interesting addition. I hope you guys didn't mind but you all seemed to take it in good spirit. I'm told he was eating next door and couldn't resist coming through because the music was so good."
    Peter J McCallum
    - Ceilidh @ Gleneagles

    "The band were without doubt the highlight of our evening. The musical fusion of traditional with modern music was a fantastic take on the ceilidh and provided a great source of entertainment. The dance floor was never empty and we would thoroughly recommend the band to anyone looking for a quality, highly trained, entertaining live band to add a touch of class to any event."
    -Emily and Jamie
    Wedding @ Basingstoke.

    "Thank you Baltik Ceilidh for your wonderful music and also for your patient help with our dancing! This was definitely one of the best parts of our wedding day: it brought everyone together and we will always remember it with a smile."
    -Lydia and Axel
    Wedding @ Gonville & Caius.

    "The night was brilliant! The Music was very impressive and I was especially taken with the dance tuition on the Dance floor... Bravo!..."
    - Jonathan Taylor (Tango Siempre)
    Burns Night

    "Making an interesting combination of both new music and traditional Scottish Folk in a powerful, direct and effective manner"
    - Paul Newland (composer).

    "This group of Guildhall musicians will conjure an atmosphere so charged with the power, your desire to dance will be insatiable!"
    - City lights, Gonville & Caius.
    Cambridge May Ball

    "A potpourri of climatic and contrapuntal sound, performed with most dexterously throughout the evening. The Baltik Ceilidh Band will no doubt soon be on the international circuit"
    -Frank Major.
    St Giles' Cripplegate May

  • Clients

    Country Life Fair with HRH Prince Michael of Kent (supporting Sister Sledge & T'Pau)
    Boodles
    National History Museum
    HRH Prince Michael of Kent
    Grace Belgravia
    Caledonian Club
    Specsavers
    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
    Weddings in the Wood, New Forest
    Guildhall Chester
    Weymouth Bay Haven
    Colchester Arts Centre
    Harleyford Golf Club
    Hever Castle
    Garvock House
    The Kingscote Barn
    Luton Hoo
    Cecil Sharp House
    Gleneagles (with special guest John Barrowman)
    Channel 4's E4 (UK)
    Style TV (US)
    Sky TV
    Monkey Kingdom
    Made in Chelsea
    Barbican Centre
    Devonshire SQ
    NHS
    Old Billingsgate Market
    National Portrait Gallery
    Edinburgh Corn Exchange
    Tower 42
    Dollar Academy
    Guildhall School of Music & Drama
    Gonville Caius
    Exon Mobil
    O'Neill's
    Jigs 'n' Reels
    Full Circle
    Vibrations Music
    Freak Music

  • FAQ

    How much do you charge?
    Click here to enquire about an act and receive a no obligation quote. Or contact us by phone on 07961 200 225.

    Do you supply a written contract?
    Yes. Written by the Musicians Union.

    How much deposit is required?
    A non-refundable deposit of £650 is required to confirm a booking.

    When is payment due?
    The remaining balance is required 7 working days prior to the event.

    How do I book?
    You can either phone us on 07961 200 225 or email us through our contact page.

    Is there any scenario in which the band could cancel?
    In the unlikely scenario that a player cannot make a performance, each player has a long list of deputy musicians to call upon.

    Do you provide PA and lighting?
    Yes!
    Our standard PA is suitable for a room of around 300 people. If you are hosting a large-scale event we are happy to supply further lighting and a larger P.A. However, an additional fee will apply. If you are personaly hiring a P.A. system we are happy to discuss the act requirements with your sound engineer.

    How much space do you require?
    We require 4m x 3m minimum.

    I've been told the venue has a "sound limiter" - is this a problem?
    A sound limiter is an electronic device that monitors the sound and is sometimes connected to cuts the power in the venue (and therefore to the bands equipment) if the volume level in the room exceeds a pre-set level. Please be very careful when choosing your venue as your event could be ruined if a limiter is installed.

    If your venue has a sound limiter we will contact them to ensure there are no foreseeable problems with noise related concerns.

    How far do you travel?
    We are happy to travel anywhere in the world.

    How early do you need to setup before a gig?
    It takes us up to 2 hours to set up PA, lighting and sound check. This can be split in to two separate 1hr slots.

    Can you supply background music between sets?
    Yes. We are able to provide music from a popular playlist between sets.

    How long do/can you play for?
    We can play up to 3 x 1hr sets.

    I have a small budget, can you help?
    We will try our best to accomodate all budgets. Get in contact and we'll try our best to help you out!

    What type of venues will the band play at?
    Our only requirement is that there is a safe power supply and a cover for outdoor events in case of rain.

    How does the band dress?
    We wear smart dress as standard e.g. Suits, DJ's, Kilts etc. If you have a special request please let us know when you enquire.

    Are you insured?
    Yes. We are fully insured, PAT Tested and have PLI.

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    Why not add the DJ package?
    We offer a DJ option for your event free of charge up to midnight.
    If interested please add the option to your enquiry using the band selector above.