Mat Walklate’s Men (with caller)

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Mat Walklate’s Ceilidh Band performs a mix of jigs and reels and brings along a ceilidh band caller who comes down onto the dance floor to organise the dancing.

 “Energetic jigs, hornpipes, polkas and reels will create a proper Celtic ceilidh!”

Mat Walklate himself is a champion whistle and flute player. Guitar or keyboard provide the rhythm with Mat on flute for small events.
A choice of fiddle, melodeon, bodhran, keyboards or drums can be added to the band for larger functions. For a ceilidh or barn dance, the band also brings an experienced dance-caller with them to explain and demonstrate the steps and moves for each dance, showing you and your guests exactly what to do and how to do it.

With a superb PA system reproducing great sound in any venue, you’ll be sure of some excellent ‘craic’ with Mat Walklate’s Ceilidh Band.

Mat Walklate’s Ceilidh Band present their irresistible mixture of traditional Celtic songs and dance-tunes, perfect for a Ceilidh.

  • Toe-tapping traditional ceilidh music
  • Flexible line-up, can include a specialist dance-caller
  • Fully-equipped with a PA system




Traditional Songs

  • Arthur McBride
  • As I Roved Out
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Green Fields Of France
  • Lakes Of Pontchartrain
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Ride On
  • Sally Gardens
  • Sally MacLenane
  • Sam Hall
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Up, Mary
  • The Belle Of Belfast City
  • The Irish Rover
  • The Rare Old Mountain Dew
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • The Wild Rover
  • Town I Loved So well
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • ….and plenty more….

Traditional Dance-Tunes

A bottomless reservoir of jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes, slipjigs and other dances from the incomparably rich Gaelic tradition of The British Isles.


  1. Marilyn Thayne-Banks

    Mat Walklate’s Ceilidh Trio : Marilyn’s 40th Birthday Celebration – September 2017

    Mat and the band were fantastic, everyone really enjoyed themselves. The caller made things easy to follow and she was very encouraging. I can highly recommend them!

  2. Eileen McCabe – Irish Music Magazine

    “..energetic tunes..” “..striking harmonica..” “Mat and the band have applied the best of their quality musicianship to this release and that quality is impeccably demonstrated.”

  3. Grem Devlin – The Living Tradition

    “Great choice of material..” “Walklate’s harmonica playing is astoundingly proficient throughout..” “Matt Fahey’s vocal take on My Bonny Boy Is Young is a stand out track..” “..gets my vote for album of the year..”


    “..a classy and well-balanced mix of tunes and songs that boasts accomplished musicianship throughout..”


    “The musicianship from this band is outstanding and their selection and interpretation of the music is delightful.”

  6. John Patten – Driftwood

    “..the playing is very good..” “..nothing here is standard fare.” “..outstanding fiddling..” “Crossing The Ocean is sure to please anyone looking for an album of Irish music that sounds a little different but is still firmly rooted in the tradition.”