Banish Misfortune (with caller)

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Based in London, this experienced and professional ceilidh band comes complete with their own specialist dance-caller who will first explain, demonstrate and then organise sets of traditional dancing, skilfully accompanied by a lively mixture of Irish and other Celtic songs and tunes.

“It’s an assured and well-crafted performance that will entrance and enthrall…”

Continuing a time-honoured tradition, Banish Misfortune will transport your guests back in time to an era before computers, TV, film and radio had come into being – back to a time when country (and city) folk entertained themselves and each other with songs, storytelling, dances and tunes. There’s no better way to banish those blues than with a toe-tapping selection of jigs, polkas, hornpipes and reels from the British Isles!

Grab an earful of these guys at work and you’ll soon realise that Banish Misfortune is aptly named!  Naturally, the band line-up will include a specialist professional ceilidh-caller who organises and demonstrates the different steps and moves for each dance, ensuring that everybody, complete novices included, will be up on their feet. It’s a great icebreaker for party-guests perhaps (as at a wedding) meeting for the first time.

Stylish fiddle carries each catchy melody while rhythmic guitar and bass accompaniment underscores and drives the tune along. Don’t worry, all dancing abilities and experience levels will be catered for so that everyone can get involved and really jig the night away together! Banish Misfortune brews up an infectious concoction of traditional Celtic jigs, polkas, hornpipes and reels that will have everybody out of their seats.

Banish Misfortune’s terrific, jaunty music is certain to fill the dancefloor, creating a real Celtic feel-good atmosphere at any celebration event.

  • Ceilidh band with additional Irish song repertoire
  • Fronted by an experienced dance-caller
  • Flexible line-up, suitable for all occasions




Traditional Dances

Drawing on an inexhaustible legacy of toe-tapping dance-tunes that is the Gaelic tradition, Banish Misfortune bring a caller to organise a ceilidh.

Traditional Irish Songs

  • All For Me Grog
  • Arthur McBride
  • As I Roved Out
  • Banish Misfortune
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Brown-Eyed Girl
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dennis O’Reilly
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Dixieland
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Fisherman’s Blues
  • Follow Me Up To Carlow
  • Galway Shawl
  • Green Fields Of France
  • Hillbilly Train
  • Lakes Of Ponchartrain
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Marie’s Wedding
  • Mary And Her Gallant Soldier
  • McAlpine’s Fusiliers
  • My Match It Is Made
  • Parting Glass
  • Raglan Road
  • Ride On
  • Sally Gardens
  • Sally MacLenane
  • Sam Hall
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • She Moved Through The Fair
  • Spancill Hill
  • Spanish Lady
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Up Mary
  • Streams Of Whiskey
  • Sugar-Foot Rag
  • The Belle Of Belfast City
  • The Irish Rover
  • The Rare Old Mountain Dew
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Town I Loved So Well
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Wild Colonial Boy
  • Wild Rover
  • ….and plenty more….