Manchester's Ceilidh Band

We are Bowreed, Manchester’s favourite ceilidh band. Our music is a mix of traditional tunes with a modern flair. We’d love to come and play for your event, so do get in touch for a quote.

Bowreed can perform for any event. Whether you’re having a wedding, corporate function or birthday party, there is no event too large or small for a ceilidh!


We've been playing ceilidhs as long as we can remember. Here's a short video explaining why 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!

Our Experience

Stuffing dance floors at ceilidhs, weddings and events across UK and Europe for over 5 years.

Our Style

Award-winning ceilidh musicians and charismatic dance callers performing an action-packed live show

Our Clients Say

"The band were wonderful and the guests at our wedding all commented on how much they enjoyed the ceilidh. The music and caller were incredibly clear and encouraging"

Bowreed: Manchester's Ceilidh Band

Bowreed is Manchester’s leading ceilidh band. Our professional music and stage presence will get all your guests up on the dance floor. We are an energetic, charismatic and fun band to dance to and have played all kinds of events, from weddings to corporate functions. There aren’t many venues in Manchester we’ve not played, from Bridgewater Hall to village halls! We would love to perform for you, so get in touch for a no obligation quote.

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.


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.


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

Corporate Functions

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


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!

We hired Bowreed for our wedding a couple of weeks ago as a Ceilidh/Covers band combo and we honestly could not have been any happier, they were absolutely the lead up to the day, Fred was exceptionally good at keeping in touch with us and answering/helping with any requests we had and totally put us at ease. The DJ service for after the live music was perfect too.

Neil's Wedding, April 2019

Lovely lovely lovely! Booked these guys to celebrate my 40th birthday party. They didn't disappoint. Fantastic and charismatic caller supported by a fab fiddler and guitarist. They pitched it just right (we had a lot of children involved) and created a great atmosphere for people to have a lot of fun. Thoroughly recommend.

Matt's Birthday Party, November 2018

Bowreed were the perfect band for our Burns Supper and Ceilidh. Thank you all, you did an amazing job! The caller had the entire ballroom of guests on the dance floor, mostly complete beginners, yet she managed to keep everyone on the move, all having a great time, and ending the night hungry for more.

Graham's Burns Night, January 2019

Bowreed played at my 60th birthday party, attended by friends of all ages, and were just brilliant. They kept everyone dancing, engaging even the most reluctant dancer through lively music and exceptional calling. By the end of the evening they felt like friends and the compliments for them haven't yet stopped coming in. Thank you for making the evening such a fantastic success.

Sallie's Birthday Party, March 2018

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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