To order a copy of the Malarkey Live CD , please Contact Us giving your name, address,
telephone number and the number of copies you require
Your CD’s will be sent by post with an invoice for £5.50 (including UK postage) for
each CD ordered
To listen to samples of the music, please click on the titles next to the CD cover
Or click on the titles below to listen to other Malarkey recordings
The Malarkey Ceilidh and Barn Dance band plays ceilidhs [pronounced kaylees] and
barn dances and they also play for weddings, corporate events, anniversary celebrations
and other special occasions such as St. Patrick’s day, Burns nights or even for that
When we play ceilidhs or barn dances we use the fiddle, guitar and mandola as the
basis for the music. This is Malarkey as a duo but we can embellish this by adding
other instruments such as accordian, bass, percussion, flute, whistle, mandolin ,
bazouki, etc.etc. depending on your preference and the size of the ceilidh band you
want. On top of this we use highly experienced callers to guide you through each
barn/ceilidh dance routine and to ensure you know the wondrous ins and outs of the
'dos y dos' and strip the willows.
Ceilidh and barn dancing is a great collective experience, breaking down barriers
and bringing people together. Sometimes these ceilidhs and barn dances are known
as shindigs or hoedowns [or hodowns] but they're all pretty much the same thing
..… dancing in squares or sets or circles but ultimately working together to enjoy
a great sense of rhythmic movement and graceful interaction that is at the heart
of all country dancing.
Malarkey also play lots of songs, jigs and reels too, so when you're puffed out after
a particularly demanding ceilidh or barn dance routine, you can get your breath back
as Nikki belts out a storming jig or reel or Steve leads in with a cracking celtic
song or perhaps a lilting waltz depending on the mood or the occasion.
The fiddle [or violin] is at the heart of the Malarkey essence and the guitar is
used to drive it all along, or perhaps on occasions, we'll use the mandola or the
mandolin, the banjo, the bazouki or the bodhran [pronounced bowron] to give it the
right kind of feel.
Malarkey originates in Leicester but we play all over and will consider almost any
venue. However, in the recent past, we have tended to play in the EastMidlands, Leicestershire,
Rutland, Birmingham, WestMidlands, Northants, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire
and Staffordshire, but would consider Yorkshire, Norfolk and Shropshire.
So, pretty much where ever you are and you want the very best in ceileidhs and barndances,
its Malarkey you need.
So, just click on the Contact button above and ask any questions you may wish to
ask us : the Malarkey Ceilidh and Barn Dance band is your ticket to one of the best
evenings of your life so far !