The McStocker Ceilidh Band is based in Co. Antrim, Mid-Ulster Northern Ireland is primarily comprised of family members. and have over 25 years experience playing at Irish and Scottiish weddings.
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The McStocker Ceilidh Band is based in Co. Antrim, Mid-Ulster Northern Ireland and is primarily comprised of family members. The band has over 25 years experience playing at Irish and Scottish ceilidhs. They play a good mixture of Irish ceili and Scottish ceilidh dances with some jiving and waltzing etc to add a bit of variety. Irish dances we do are for example Walls of Limerick, Two hand Reel , Seige of Ennis, as well as the Scottish ceilidh dances Strip the Willow, Gay Gordons, Dashing white Sargent, Eight Some reel etc. We play the usual songs for waltzing if guests would like to try that, for example the Mountains of Mourne, Green Glens of Antrim, Boys from the County Armagh etc etc also the Scottish songs like, Will ye go a lassie go, Flower of Scotland the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen etc. They also play jiving songs like Country roads and Galway girl, and some Buddy Holly songs just to provide a bit of variety and a wee short break from the ceilidh dances. Anything to get guests up on the floor! They have a four piece or sometimes five piece band (they can also bring a flute player) and will invite the guests up on the floor walk them through the dances for a while and call it out over the top of the music, we have two callers. The band usually play from the meal is over up until the buffet say 8pm to 10pm or 8.30pm to 10.30pm .......... about two hours but you could switch to a dj that way you will please all tastes in music. Alternatively the band could play for an hour and a half before the buffet and say three quarters of an hour after the buffet. What ever suits you suits this band.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Gerard McStocker
Give me a call any evening after 4pm and I will explain in detail what we do and provide information about where we are playing if you want to hear us at a wedding.
How it has grown steadily over the years through word of mouth. You can't advertise or buy that you have to earn it!
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get involved in the dances. It's not easy at times but at least the first 3 or 4. Guests follow what the bride and groom does so enjoy yourselves it's not an ordinary day or night it's your wedding!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Good personal communication between the couple their guests with the entertainment at appropriate times to ensure everything goes the way they want it to. Proper first dance well arranged, requests taken from the guests etc etc
Describe your typical process with a couple.
A few emails a phone call then nothing until about 2 weeks before the wedding. We don't want to bombard the couple with questions and requests we want to provide a good quality entertainment experience with as little hassle for the couple as possible. We know exactly what to do on the night all we need to know is first dance start time and that's it! We will leave you alone in the hectic planning process.
What makes a romantic first dance?
Everyone on the floor in a big circle encouraged up by lively music. Play first dance and call in wedding party by name. Then burst into next lively dance and keep guests up there!
What is your number one floor-filler?
Good guidance and gentle discrete encouragement from the band.
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?