Ceilidh Band


what is a ceilidh?


A Ceilidh (pronouced kay-lee) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves playing folk music and unison dancing.

These days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun filled night of wild dancing, great music and a whole lot of fun!..and that's exactly what Tribe of Tinkers provide.

The beauty of a ceilidh is that everyone can take part, young or old, experienced dancers to beginners and even those with two left feet!

No experience is necessary! You and you’re guests will be under the watchful eye of our professional caller who’ll be with you every step of the way – walking you through the moves before each dance and continuing to call out helpful hints through out the rest of the dances.

Tribe of Tinkers will bring their brand of raucous folk music right into the heart of your event; be it a wedding, a birthday party, a festival or just an excuse to spend a night dancing.





“Tribe of Tinkers were very clear with the instructions and brilliant at making it inclusive – even family members I have never seen dance were on their feet and no-one was able to stop smiling! Thank you so much I honestly can’t say this enough! Thank you for such a magnificent ceilidh! You were beyond fantastic!”

- Jenny, Oxfordshire (The Bride)

"Tinkers have such a great rapport with their audience that even the most reluctant wall flower will hurl themselves into the thick of the action!"  

- Paul Wolf, Cowley Road Carnival


Photo credit; Rachel OtterwayCarl HydeGem Hall & Morgan Ellis Williams



With two callers on hand and a band ranging in size from four to eight players, the Tinkers will bring an energy like no other band can.

Ashton Mills  - Caller/Fiddle

Ashton Mills - Caller/Fiddle

Emma King  - Percussion

Emma King - Percussion

Mark Bowler  - Guitar

Mark Bowler - Guitar

Guy Passey  - Saxophone

Guy Passey - Saxophone

Polly Bowler - Cello

Polly Bowler - Cello

Hannah Dunster - Flute

Hannah Dunster - Flute

Sarah Jones - Fiddle

Sarah Jones - Fiddle

Jo Gibson - Tuba

Jo Gibson - Tuba

Rachael Perrin - Clarinet      Will Roberts - Percussion