Oxford's Ceilidh Band

Bowreed is Oxford’s ceilidh band. We are made of the cream of Oxford’s musicians and are guaranteed to get your guests dancing. You will be left buzzing after a magical evening of traditional dance with your Oxford ceilidh band, Bowreed. Get in touch for a quote today.

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WHY HAVE A CEILIDH?

We've been playing ceilidhs as long as we can remember. Here's a short video showcasing some of our music & testimonials. A ceilidh dance is the perfect entertainment for your guests, whatever the event.

Get in touch with Fred today to secure your booking and discover the magic of ceilidh dancing for yourself!

Bowreed: Oxford's Ceilidh Band

Oxford has a strong dance tradition, and it’s one that we’ve been part of from day one. You can find us at the Oxford Folk Weekend, performing in one of Oxford’s colleges or simply playing tunes in a local pub. We know Oxford inside out, and are always happy to give advice on venues. If you’re as passionate about dancing as we are, feel free to request specific dances!

Dance the Night Away

Can’t decide between disco and a ceilidh? You shouldn’t have to! That’s why we offer unparalleled ceilidh and disco packages. Have your fill of traditional dancing, then dance into the small hours to our professional DJ equipment. Thanks to our amazing kit, we can take even the most obscure requests on the night. We also come with a full lighting rig, washing the dance floor with funky effects.

CEILIDH OPTIONS

Standard Package

  • Experienced professional ceilidh band, with a fabulous night of dancing
  • 2 x 60 minute sets of ceilidh dancing
  • Massive dance repertoire, featuring all your old favourites and some new
  • Top of the range PA and stage lighting
  • PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance
  • Friendly bookings manager on hand to help you through planning and booking your ceilidh

Optional Extras

  • Personalised disco service after live sets
  • Acoustic duo (fiddle and guitar) to accompany drinks receptions and dinners
  • Solo fiddle player to accompany your wedding ceremony
  • Ceilidh/covers combinations - dance to our traditional picks and your greatest hits!
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What’s a Ceilidh?

The meaning of ceilidh is simple: an evening of delightful dancing to a live band. We use experienced callers to take you through all the steps. When the music starts, so do you!

It’s a great way for your guests to cut loose and have some fun. Ceilidh dancing is perfect for weddings and parties, as nobody is left out and it gets everyone moving. There is a reason people have been ceilidh dancing for thousands of years.

We specialise in Scottish, Irish and English ceilidh. By special request, we can even perform as an American barn dance band.

Weddings

An unforgettable addition to your special day, mixing all of your friends and family through ceilidh dancing. A must-have for any wedding!

Parties

Whatever the occasion, a ceilidh band is the perfect entertainment for your guests. Bowreed are sure to fill the dance floor and keep it that way all night long!

Corporate Functions

A professional band who pride themselves on punctuality and flexibility. Reliable bookings manager on-hand 7 days a week.

Bowreed played at our wedding in August 2021 and they were beyond amazing. The ceilidh has been the number one thing all the guests have spoken to us about since our day. It truly was the highlight of our night and the perfect fun time that got every single person up and dancing!

Jess Weatherall, 2021

I honestly can't recommend them highly enough, whatever you need them for, whether it is authentic folk ceilidh music, some funk for a dance, or blistering rock n' roll, this is one of the best bands I have heard for quite some time, and one of the tightest ensembles you will ever hear. Book them. It will be one of the best decisions you make.

James Douglass, 2022

Everyone loved it and it was the perfect end to an amazing day! Fred provided fantastic communication and support throughout the leadup to the big day; making all the arrangements couldn't have been easier and he was so kind and helpful when we had to reschedule our initial date. I would 100% recommend them

Tessa Blake, 2022

We are very satisfied customers, and would recommend Bowreed to anyone planning a party and looking to get everyone dancing from the start.

James Strong, 2021

Great band, great people, and one of the best excuses to get families and friends at a wedding up and dancing. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and with the whole package of live music and evening disco, Bowreed are surely one the best packages anyone can have for a wedding or any party!

Robin's Wedding, April 2019

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