The Star of the County Down

The Athol Highlanders


Scattery Island Slides

Morpeth Rant/Soldier's Joy

Echo Lake/Kyles of Bute

Whiskey in the Jar

Mairie’s Wedding

As I Roved Out

Off to California/Turkey in the Straw

Star of the County Down

The Crickets March Over the Salt Box

The Raggle Taggle Gypsies

East Tennessee Blues

Julia Creehan

Mason’s Apron

Old Joe


Tenpenny Bit

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

    special birthday.

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 !

The Scattery Island Slides

Mairi’s Wedding

The Wild Mountain Thyme

The Morpeth Rant/Soldier’s Joy

Banks of the Ohio

Echo Lake/The Kyles of Bute

Whiskey in the Jar


As I Roved Out

Off to California/Turkey in the Straw

Star of the County Down

The Crickets March Over the Salt Box

The Raggle Taggle Gypsies

The Atholl Highlanders