We are a lively ceilidh band based in the Ribble Valley providing exciting and infectious music for traditional social dancing throughout Lancashire & Northwest England.

We provide traditional dance music for Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Ceilidhs, Barn Dances, Birthdays, Hoedowns, Parties, Wakes, Country Dances, Fetes, Festivals, Fundraisers, Corporate Events and all special occasions including Burns' Nights and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We are also active in Cheshire, Yorkshire & Cumbria.

Union Street Ceilidh Band with Roger Downing - Mellor Brook Community Centre - 2018

Why Traditional Social Dancing?

Celebrating life's important events with dancing dates back hundreds, if not thousands, of years and traditional dancing remains popular because itís still great fun and is suitable for all ages and abilities. You don't have to know the dances or the steps either; if you can tell your left from your right hand and follow some simple instructions, with a little expert guidance from our caller, everyone will have a night to remember. The progressive dances in particular are great ice-breakers but all the dances will give you and your guests the opportunity to mix and enjoy yourselves together. This makes it ideal entertainment for all social occasions solving a big problem for many event organisers in the process. This kind of entertainment is suitable for children too, although not for the very young.

What We Do

The fun starts with the first dance and most often we play 2 sets, one either side of an interval, giving you up to three hours dancing. We usually play appropriate recorded background music before we begin, to get people in the mood and between our sets too. The interval gives your guests a chance to have some supper if you are planning it, or just to catch their breath and refresh their glasses. So, typically, if we started at 7:30pm we'd be finishing at around 11pm. We can play for shorter sets if you need to accommodate other things during the evening or longer, if you just love to dance. If a 7:30pm start doesn't work for you, tell us what will and we'll work around it. To begin at 7:30pm weíll need access to the room from 6:30pm and weíll need 30 minutes at the end of our performance to clear away.

The music and dances we play are from a variety of traditions including Northwest England but we can tailor our repertoire to suit any preferences you may have. Our dance caller will keep you and your guests occupied with the dances and entertained with his banter and, in between the dances whilst you get your breath back, weíll play some music for you. He'll also be pleased to act as MC where necessary to keep your party going with a swing and our wireless microphone will be available to you should you wish to say a few words to mark the occasion. Our volume level is only high enough to enjoy the dance so if you do sit one out, you'll still be able to talk! We'll do our best to make sure you enjoy your experience and hope you'll pass on your recommendation.

Band Options

We are professional musicians and have lots of experience playing lively music for dancing around the Northwest and much further afield too. We've been together as a Band for over 12 years now and in that time have played at over 400 events, the majority of them being weddings. We usually perform as a four-piece band, including the caller, but would be pleased to quote for a trio if space is limited or, if you are plannning a more intimate event, perhaps at home, then we can entertain you as a duo. From time to time it may be necessary for guest musicians to deputise for our regular band members.

The Dance Caller

The caller is the most important member of the Band so we work with the most respected in the region, all of whom have many years' experience. We'll choose one most suited to your event and they'll guide the dancers through the figures letting them know what they should be doing and, most importantly, when they should be doing it! Sometimes, if you're new to this style of dancing, it's surprisingly easy to turn the wrong way or get in a muddle but don't worry, that usually adds to the enjoyment too!

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Ceilidh dancing is very much a live event and itís difficult to capture to capture the energy in a recording but if you're not sure exactly what sort of music we play, click the soundcloud icon. If you don't tap your feet, check your pulse!

What You Need To Know

Public Liability Insurance

We have a professional approach to insurance and Health & Safety regulations. For the re-assurance of yourself and your guests we hold Public Liability Insurance with an indemnity limit of £5 million. Please ask us for evidence of our cover.

Health & Safety Assurance

Under normal circumstances we provide our own professional quaity PA system. The integrity of our equipment has been fully tested and is compliant with the I.E.E. PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) code of practice. Ask to see our certification.

Risk Assessment

To ensure the safety of the public and ourselves we have undertaken a risk assessment of our equipment, the performance space (both the stage and dancing areas) and of traditional social dancing in particular. If you or your venue administration would like to view this document then please contact me.

Our Fee

Naturally our fees are dependent on the duration and location of your event but we charge a sensible rate including the cost of the caller and travelling costs too so there are no hidden extras. Please contact me with a few details about your event and Iíll respond with a firm quotation straight away.

Union Street have been playing together since 2008 so we have lots of experience but most of the Bandís bookings are private events and this limits the opportunities for people to see us perform. If youíre interested in booking us but canít get to one of our public events, I can arrange, with our client's permission, for you to attend a private one, just to see what goes on. Youíll be able to see first-hand how the dancers enjoy themselves and hear our music. Whenever new clients have taken this opportunity weíve always received a booking. Please contact me to arrange this for you.


Here is a selection of our future bookings, the public events are highlighted in green. Click to see our Previous Bookings.

3rd July 2021 Birthday celebrations Pendleton Village Hall Private function
14th August 2021 Wedding celebrations Samlesbury Hall Private function
15th August 2021 Wedding celebrations Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth Private function
21st August 2021 Anniversary celebrations Davyhulme Park Golf Club, Urmstom Private function
22nd August 2021 Wedding celebrations Spring Cottage, Rivington Private function

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