Jigworks Ceilidh Band is based in Wantage, Oxfordshire and is made up of (up to) six musicians combining youth and experience and playing a variety of instruments including:
Button accordion, concertina, flute, tin whistle, fiddle, bass guitar, guitar, mandolin, banjo and bodhran.
The photo shows – left to right – Harry (fiddle and hair band), Ellie (flute and crisps), Paul (guitar, bass and blues riffs), Lesley (bodhran and chutney), Simon (button accordion, concertina and cider press) and Howard (bass, mandolin, banjo and cheese).
We don’t all necessarily perform together for each gig – but the band is usually anything between 4 and 6 musicians, plus Fran – our regular caller (she sings and plays the tin whistle and that’s a good trick if you can do it).
We also have occasional guest musicians such as Charlotte (oboe, recorder).
The band comes with a caller (that’s Fran). Fran has many year’s of experience and will guide your guests as much they need – whether experienced, complete beginners or a mixed of both. We have all you need for a fantastic party, wedding reception or other celebration!
The band has it’s own sound system (PA). You can borrow our mic to make announcements during your event and can plug an mp3 player in for music during the break.
We need to arrive 1 hour before the dance is due to start, and require an electric socket and a small table for the PA . A few armless chairs are helpful to have on stage too. Note: it is advised not to have pop/disco music during a ceilidh break as this can spoil the mood (and has even been known to bring a ceilidh to an end). Discos work very well after a ceilidh is over.
Music and Dance
Our music is mainly Irish (great for St Patrick’s Day) but we also play Scottish tunes with Scottish dances (great for Burns’ Nights) and also English tunes and dances. A fantastic mixture for parties and wedding receptions :O)
We can also perform background music for garden parties, fund raising events and other functions. We park ourselves in the corner, turn down the volume and play traditional folk tunes (English and Celtic). Songs too if you want them :O)