Murphy's Lore Ceilidh/ Barn Dance band

Murphy's Lore is a Bournemouth/Dorset based celtic band, performing mostly traditional music from The British Isles, for ceilidhs / barn dances. Perfect in many ways for weddings.
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Full Description
We perform traditional and some contemporary Irish, Scots and English music - tunes to dance to and songs to sing along with. If you don't know the dances, our caller will teach you. If you don't know the songs, just tap your feet and clap your hands! We will cover Dorset, Hampshire and South Wiltshire in general but you are welcome to try us if further afield. Available as 5 piece with a separate caller or, as a 4 piece with Noeleen calling. Either way it will be a great night with charismatic calling and mellifluous music and you will have been 'Murphed'. We can cater for Scottish 'flavoured' Ceilidhs, although for most Barn Dance/ Ceilidhs we would keep it mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves. Our aim is to 'entertain, not educate', it should be fun after all!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Chloe and Patrick
Wedding: August 2017
June 2016
I'm so glad we had you....
"I can't believe it's already over a week ago. Thank you so much, the band was absolutely fantastic and lots of people have said how much they enjoyed the band and the dancing! I'm so glad we had you, it really made the evening special. !
Ren and David
Wedding: November 2018
June 2016
greatest time !
" We had the greatest time! Thanks for making our evening so much fun! I already want to ceilidh again ! Ren, after her and David's wedding ceilidh. November 2018
Leanne and Chris
Wedding: June 2019
June 2016
Loved it!
"Just want to say a massive thank you to you all for your amazing set at our wedding! It really made the night perfect and everyone loved it! We will definitely be using you again for other family events!!! Love from the new Mr & Mrs Trent
Lois and Angus
Wedding: June 2017
June 2016
...the most special day ever.
"I must say the most enormous thank you, we had the most amazing time dancing to your band - you absolutely made our wedding the most special day ever. xx
Sophie and John
Wedding: June 2017
June 2016
So much fun!
"We absolutely loved the ceilidh, so much fun! You really got our guests involved and lots of people said how great and fun they found it.If anyone wants a ceilidh or barn dance, we will for sure pass your number on".
Lewis and Michelle
Wedding: August 2017
June 2016
It really did make a fitting end to the night...
Me and Michelle would like to say a big thank you to you and the band..Despite the sweltering heat you managed to get people up and dancing even those that were more than reluctant. It really did make a fitting end to the night and will of course recommend you to family and friends in the future.
Location & Contact Details


18 Rebbeck Road, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6LW

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What is your most memorable wedding?

River Cottage HQ

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Keeping it fun but relaxed, professional but part of the party too.

What about your business are you most proud of?

It's inclusiveness - a ceilidh / barn dance should get people of all ages socialising..

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

A ceilidh - a perfect way of letting your hair down at the end of the evening.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

We play , you and your guests dance!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Fun - Sociable - Lively - Engaging - Memorable

What is your No. 1 top tip for keeping a crowd entertained?

We don't need tricks !