A few of the Oxfordshire Venues we've ceilidh and barn danced at

This page is about Oxfordshire and some of the venues that our Ceilidh Bands and Barn Dance Bands have played at for weddings, birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, fund raisers, St Patrick’s Days, Burns Nights, Christmas and New Year Eve and many other events. None of our musicians actually live in Oxfordshire, but it is only a short distance up onto the Cotswolds into the county, where we have performed for numerous Barn Dances and Ceilidhs, sometimes of mixed style with the Ringerike Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band and sometimes with our specialist Scottish, Irish or American bands. We play for weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, fund raisers and more. This page is just a random selection of gigs we have performed at in Oxfordshire.

 

Oxfordshire is superb county from the musician's point of view, in that it has so many beautiful venues, attractive villages and homely village hall to perform in, but importantly it's a pleasant county to drive around in. It is quintessentially a county of villages where English Country Dances once were the week end entertainment, but now is multinational with Irish and Scottish Ceilidhs, alongside American and English Barn Dances being the norm. Any music group tends to have to do a fair bit of driving, as relative to the number of venues and existence there are quite a small number of top-class jazz bands, string quartets and barn dance bands. Also, from the musician's point of view, the probability of getting a booking within a certain radius of home is only a quarter the probability of being booked for an event at double that radius, simply because the area of the circle is given by pi R squared. Thus it is quite common for a band to drive an hour to reach a wedding venue, even if they are what is termed a local band.

Depending on where in the country you are, this can be very enjoyable or quite unpleasant. If you are having to hammer up packed motorways, or crawl your way through heavy traffic, the journey is definitely not enjoyable, but travelling in Oxfordshire, much of which is the Cotswolds, is very pleasant indeed, particularly in the summer. It can be a bit hairy on occasions in January or February, when snow frequently lies in the higher parts the Cotswolds, but for most of the year getting to the performance venue begins with a pleasant drive through beautiful countryside, and ends with a drive home on almost deserted roads at round about midnight.

The two major hill ranges of the Home Counties are the chalklands of the Chiltern Hills in the east, and the Berkshire Damns in the south. Part of the limestone Cotswolds cuts across north-west Oxfordshire limestone. Walls, cottages, manor houses and churches are all built of this local stone which, around Banbury where the Cotswolds meet ironstone hills, takes on a honey-coloured tint.

The Thames from its source in the Cotswolds retains much of the atmosphere of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. The locks may be easier to navigate today and the pleasure craft using them may have sleeker lines, but the riverside inns are as welcoming as ever, and fields lining the river banks are still a popular spot for weekend picnic parties.

The gentle water-meadows of the infant River Thames form the boundary between Oxfordshire and Berkshire. South of the river lie the rich, flat farmlands of the Vale of the White Horse, named after the great chalk figure cut in ancient times into the bold escarpment of the Berkshire Down which border the Vale to the south.

 

 

( The list covers the Mixed Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band, the American Barn Dance Band the English Barn Dance Band the Irish Ceilidh Band and the Scottish Ceilidh Band )

 

St. Aldates Church in Oxford, , OX1 1BP, Oxfordshire

Live band hired for Wedding Ringerike Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band  

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

Hired for Wedding Ceilidhs & Birthday Barn Dances in Oxfordshire

With its honey-coloured stones, noble lawns md dreaming spires, Oxford is part of man's cultural heritage. Factories and houses have sprawled across the suburbs, but the colleges at the heart of the city remain compellingly lovely. Within a single square mile, 653 buildings are listed as being of architectural or historic merit.

The city was originally called Oxnaforda and began with the foundation of St Frideswide's nunnery in the 8th century. A university was established 1214 and by the end of the I3th century, four colleges had been founded: University, Balliol, Merton and St Edmund Hall. In the following century Exeter, Oriel, Queen's and New Colleges were founded. Lincoln, All Souls and Magdalen (in medieval times it was pronounced 'Maudalayne', and 'Maudlin' is its pronunciation today) are i5th century. Brasenose, Corpus Christi, Christ Church (the headquarters of Charles I during the Civil War), St John's, Trinitv and Jesus all date from the i6th century; Wadharn and Pembroke, from the iyth century; Worcester and Hertford from the 18th century; and Keble from the igth century.

There are five women's colleges dating from the end of the 19th century—Lady Margaret Hall, Somerville, St Anne's, St Hugh's and St Hilda's. The most modern colleges are St Catherine's and Wolfson, both founded since the Second W'orld War. St Antony's, Xuffield and Wolfson are solely postgraduate colleges.

Most colleges are within an easy wralk of the High Street, and all the colleges west of a line drawn through St Giles Street, Cornmarket Street and St Aldate's are 'modern', with the exception of Worcester and

St Edmund Hall, Oxford Queens Lane, Oxford , OX1 4AR, Oxfordshire

Live band hired for Wedding - Rose and Ollie Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

College Bar, Magdalen College, Oxford. , OX1 4AU, Oxfordshire

 Live music booking for Wedding reception  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band r

The rivers help to make Oxford what it is. The city is on the Thames but here the great river, known to the Romans as Thamesis, is called the Isis—and exactly where the Thames becomes the Isis and then the Isis becomes the Thames again has never been denned. Meeting the Isis just south of Folly Bridge is the Cherwell (pronounced Charwell). Flo wing through flat lands, bordered with pollarded willows, the rivers provide marvellous punting, boating, fishing and bathing. From Wolvercote, further north, the Isis meanders through the vast Port Meadow, owned by the city since before the days of the Domesday Book.

 

The George Hotel,  High Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. United Kingdom , OX10 0BS, Oxfordshire

Live music booking for Wedding  Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band

 

Wallingford has a history that dates back to the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans, who realised the importance of this Thames crossing point, the name being Saxon for 'ford of Wealh's people'. The town's charter dates from 1155 and was granted by Henry II, whose possession of the Throne was confirmed by the Treaty of Wallingford. The castle, a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War, finally surrendered to the Parliamentary army in July 1646, and was one of the last Royalist castles to fall. It w:as kept in use as a prison until 1652, when it was demolished.

Wallingford today is a market town and riverside resort, with swimming and paddling pools which in no way detract from the beauties of the towpath walks. There are many fine Georgian houses, and the 17th-century town hall, which stands on stone pillars, contains several portraits by Gainsborough.

Wantage is a quiet town in the centre of a wide agricultural belt. A century ago it was notorious for thieves and ruffians who fought, stole and murdered after dark, or who baited bulls and badgers and got roaring drunk in local cock-pits. It has cobbled streets and I7th and r8th-century houses, and is a pleasant town for quiet strolling. The cobbles in the passage leading from Newbury Street to some 17th-century almshouses are made of sheep's knucklebones. There is a statue in the town square to Alfred the Great, who was born in Wantage. At the west end of the spacious square stands the Church of SS Peter and Paul, partly dating from the I3th century and containing, as well as some fine

Live music booking for Wedding Celidh/Barn Dance Band 

Abingdon is a Thames-side town best approached from the river. A Benedictine abbey was built here in the loth century and, though much of the abbey has disappeared since the Reformation, there are some interesting remains by the river. The granary contains a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre, and performances of Handel's operas are often given there during the summer. The Guildhall contains two Gainsborough paintings, and the County Hall, built when Abingdon was Berkshire's county town, is one of the most magnificent in the country. Many authorities believe that the building, completed in 1682, took its style from designs by Sir Christopher Wren.

At Steventon, 4 miles south, a former priory has been converted into two houses. One has the original Great Hall.

 

Banbury Cricket Club, The Pavilion, White Post Lane, Bodicote, , OX15 4BN, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

Banbury is best known for its cakes and its celebrated cross, Banbury remains a pleasant to\s n in spite of being a large industrial, marketing and shopping centre. It dates back to Saxon times, though few buildings survive from earlier than the i~th century. This is largely due to a kind of demolition fren?.y among Banbury's inhabitants. In the 17th century, they petitioned Parliament to pull down their great castle so that they could use the stone to repair the damage caused to the town by two Civil W ar sieges. In the i8th century, they blew up their old church rather than restore it.

The original Banbury Cross was destroyed, too, in an upsurge of Puritanism three centuries ago. The present cross dates only from 1859. The 'fine lady' of the rhyme is believed to have been a member of the Fiennes family, who still live at nearby Hroughton Castle. The ride to the cross was probably a May Morning ceremony.

Bampton is a A market town on the River Batherm, with a graceful street of Georgian houses. There is an annual fair of sheep, cattle and Exmoor ponies in the last week of October. In the churchyard two handsome yew trees, about 500 years old, are encircled by stone seats. Chain Bridge, over the River Exe, to the south-west, is a charming old iron bridge.

Brize Norton, OX18 3NA, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

Caswell House Caswell Lane, Brize Norton , OX18 3NJ, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding - Sophie and John Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

Caswell House, , OX18 3NJ, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding  Barn Dance/Ceilidh Band

Marquee, Windrush House, Windrush near Burford, OXON, OX18 4TT, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booked for Wedding reception of Charlotte and Spencer  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

Bradwell Village HallBradwell Village [left off Woodside Dr, just after Care Home] Burford Oxon, OX18 4XG, Oxfordshire

 

50th birthday party The Ceilidh Idealach Scottish Ceilidh Band

Oxford RFC End Of North Hinksey Lane, North Hinksey Village, Oxford , OX2 0NA, Oxfordshire

 

St Patrick's Day Craic  Celidh/Barn Dance Band

Hired for Burns Nights, Anniversaries and Fund Raising Barn Dances and Ceilidhs in Oxfordshire

The Mathematical Institute Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road , OX2 6GG, Oxfordshire

 

  this is perhaps not where you would expect to hold a birthday party, but they do offer conference facilities and catering, so it's not all pure mathematics. It's also a very appropriate place to have a live band of any sort, with a string quartet, a jazz band or as in this case a ceilidh band, as a surprisingly high percentage of good musicians are also mathematicians. The subjects of music and maths seem to go together for some reason. I've often heard people say this because music is mathematical in the way that time is subdivided into rhythms, and harmonies and note pitch can be described mathematically. I personally don't buy this one the. Everything on the planet is mathematical if you look at it like that, in that it can be modelled, and indeed the great mathematician Alan Turing produced a mathematical argument that given unlimited time, resources and energy availability, anything that existed in the universe plus many things that didn't exist, could be modelled by a computer. I personally think that the reason many mathematicians are good at music is that they are skilled at holding ideas and manipulating them within their minds, in the internal world. Although this may seem to have nothing to do with playing music, which is a physical activity in the external world, a musician has to create a model of the music they are intending to play within their own mind, with all the emotions inflections and feelings they want to include in their performance. This model is then translated into the physical reality of playing the instrument giving the musical performance, much of it done completely subconsciously if the musician is good enough and well enough practised. Well, that's my take on it at least, but I doubt that many people who hire a string quartet or book a jazz band think about this, and it really doesn't matter as long as the music is superb and is enjoyed by the audience.

 

 

70th Birthday party   Celidh/Barn Dance Band

Somerville College, Woodstock Road Oxford, OX2 6HD, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booked for Wedding Reception for   Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night Supper event Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

  this was originally an all-female college, though no longer is. This band has played the on many occasions for Burns nights, and it's always a great evening for the audience and for the band, because everybody is so enthusiastic. The first Burns event of the year is for students, and the band go hell for leather to wind up the dancers into a frenzy. The second performance of the year is somewhat more civilised, as is full staff and their guests. Two quite different events, but both great fun.

I came across a reference recently, in a book I was reading about the scientific understanding (or in many ways lack of understanding), of time, including relativity and quantum physics, to one of the heads of the college, who was there around 1910 or thereabouts. She had been on holiday in France with a friend, visiting a famous Château. It seems she had what she regarded as a time slip experience, seeing people from hundreds of years earlier just appearing, or so she thought. She kept this quiet it seems, as it wasn't the sort of thing that would go down well in academic circles that time, and presumably she thought that people would consider her as being totally wacky. It seems though, that some years later, her and her friend published a book under pseudonyms, that was based on this strange apparently supernatural experience.

The band has another connection with this college, in that the flautist from the band read music at this very College, though she originally had gone to Oxford to read physics, but changed in her first year. However, the college has always booked the band as a three-piece band, and it's only the four piece band that includes the flute, so sadly she's never played at any of these Burns nights.

Burns Supper Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, Oxford St Margaret's Road, Oxford , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Supper Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, University of Oxford St Margaret's Road , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

St Hugh's College, University of Oxford St Margaret's Road , OX2 6LE, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh 2nd year Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

Lady Margaret Hall Norham Gardens, Oxford , OX2 6QA, Oxfordshire

 

25th wedding anniversary -  Ceilidh Band

Cherwell Boathouse, 50 Bardwell Rd, Oxford, , OX2 6ST, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booked for Wedding The Coulan Sona Irish Ceilidh Band

St Edward's School, Woodstock Road, Oxford.  , OX2 7NN, Oxfordshire

 

Live band hired for Wedding Reception - Ceilidh  Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band

Wolvercote Village Hall 1 Wolvercote Green , OX2 8AB, Oxfordshire

 

30th Birthday Party  Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

Woodstock was until recently this was one of the most beautiful towns in the country, but much of its 18th-century elegance has been destroyed by modern building. However, Woodstock will continue to draw visitors because of Blenheim Palace, Sir John Vanbrugh's grandiose masterpiece built for John Churchill, the ist Duke of Marlborough. Among the famous craftsmen who worked on the palace were Sir James Thornhill, who painted the ceiling in the great hall, Laguerre, Gibbons, and Rysbrack, the designer of the duke's monument in the chapel. The house was begun as a gift from a grateful nation to the duke after his victory over the French and Bavarians at Blenheim in 1704; but the Marl-boroughs themselves had to pay £50,000 for its completion. One of its main attractions today is the room where Sir Winston Churchill, grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, was born on November 30, 1874.

The park-like landscapes of the immense Blenheim Park were created by Capability Brown, who dammed the River Glyme to make Blenheim's fine lake. Bladon stands on the edge of the park, and in Bladon churchyard Sir Winston and his parents Lord and Lady-Randolph Churchill are buried.

 

West Somerton is a quiet village at the eastern end of Martham Broad, with a weedy reach good for angling. Drainage of the marshy surroundings, carried out through a maze of streams and dikes reaching the sea near Yarmouth, was once powered by windmill-pumps, most of them now shorn of their sails. In the 18th century, smugglers are said to have landed cargoes in Somerton Gap, working to instructions provided by the windmill sails, which were set at agreed angles to issue warnings of Revenue men and transmit messages.

The Tythe Barn, Charbridge Way Launton, Nr Bicester, Oxon.  , OX26 5DP, Oxfordshire

 

Live band hired for Wedding Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

Stratton Court Barn Stratton Audley Oxfordshire , OX27 9AJ, Oxfordshire

 

Live band hired for Wedding  Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band

Poundon HousePoundon Near Bicester, OX27 9BB, Oxfordshire

 

Live band hired for Wedding -  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

The Old Swan & Minster MillOld Minster, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxon , OX29 0RN, Oxfordshire

 

Annual company meeting  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

Witney Lakes Resort, Downs Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, , OX29 0SY, Oxfordshire

 

Live band hired for Wedding Reception  Celidh/Barn Dance Band

Worton Hall Worton Park, Cassington , OX29 4SU, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding  Ceilidh / Barn Dance  Band

Eynsham hall North Leigh, Witney , OX29 6PN, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding -  Scottish Ceilidh Band

Eynsham Hall Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, Oxfordshire,, OX29 6PN, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding -  Barn Dance/Ceilidh Band

  

  right on the river by the ancient three arched bridge, this was originally built in the 18th century as a private house. It soon turned in to an inn, which must have been a sensible thing to do as is guaranteed a constant flow of travellers crossing the Thames at Newbridge. The bridge itself is somewhat earlier, being 13th century, and was told crossing until the 1930s. Being by the river, it always has the threat of flooding, the owners apparently have put in some cunning flood defences of their own, so that if you've hired a ceilidh band for your wedding, you can be sure that it can be danced without paddling, no matter what the weather.

Maybush Abingdon Road, Newbridge, Witney , OX29 7QD, Oxfordshire

Live music booking for Wedding - Chris and Jess The CS Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band ref: 4302.3

  this is one of the many superb gardens that exist in the Cotswolds, and was the home of the School of horticulture for ladies from 1932 to 1971. I always think, as a musician, it is a privilege to play music in beautiful gardens like these, indeed musicians who are booked for weddings, parties and corporate events are very fortunate in that they can play in beautiful gardens, elegant houses, and the sort of places that those musicians who only give formal concerts, never experience. Formal concerts in concert halls are all very well, and musically perfect, but I find it much more interesting to play music in some elegant stately home, surrounded by beautiful furnishings, and playing for people who are socialising and enjoying themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. And of course, if you have been hired to play for an event in gardens that are open to the public as well, then not just those people who have booked you can enjoy the music, but so can other visitors to the gardens. I've no idea whether on this occasion the gardens were close to the public, or whether other visitors were enjoying the gardens, but I've certainly played myself in situations where more than just those people who have hired us can enjoy the music.

St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding  Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band

St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford. , OX4 1DY, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding  Scottish Ceilidh & Party Band

Florence Park Community Centre Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, Walsall , OX4 3NH, Oxfordshire

 

Work Social   Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

  they advertise this as the largest venue for conferences and events in Oxford, though underneath the statement they do say one of the largest, but whatever, it's a large modern building. It is used for corporate events, and obviously being in university city of Oxford, with so much going on in science and literature, and many start-up companies, conference centres well used. For this event, the quartet were booked to play civilised music to set the correct atmosphere for the reception.

Marquee at Great Tew Cricket Club, Oxfordshire, OX7 4DL, Oxfordshire

 

Leaving party Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.4

Ancient stocks stand on the village green at Great lew.

Chipping Norton, OX7 5AR, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booking for Wedding Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

Chipping Norton is the  highest town in the county, at 700 ft. It was mentioned in the doomsday Book as Norton; the 'chipping' or 'cheapening', meaning 'market', was added to the name.

Cotswold Hotel and SpaCotswold Hotel & Spa, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5QH, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding - Rhys and Maryanne Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, , OX7 5UF, Oxfordshire

 

Ceilidh for a wedding Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.1

Heythrop Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. , OX7 5UF, Oxfordshire

 

Young Women's World Forum Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.3

Chipping Norton Rugby Club, Greystones, Burford Road, Chipping Norton Oxon, , OX7 5UY, Oxfordshire

 

Ruby Wedding Anniversary celebration  Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band

Glyme Farm Charlbury Road, Chipping Norton, Oxon , OX7 5XJ, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding  Ceilidh/ Barndance Band

A fragment of the once great royal hunting forest of Wychwood overlooks the valley of the River Evenlode, and gives its name to picturesque villages like Shipton-under-Wychwood, Milton-under-Wychwood and Ascott-under-Wychwood. In medieval times the forest was as large and important as the New Forest. Henry 1 used to keep a menagerie there, and in Tudor times hunting parties used to carouse in Burford. The surviving woodland, the highest peak of which reaches 509 ft, is beautiful countryside.

 

New Beaconsfield Hall Station Road, Shipton-under-Wychwood, OXON , OX7 6BQ, Oxfordshire

 

Birthday Party Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6BQ, Oxfordshire

 

Burns Night [Charity event] The Licketysplit American Barn Dance Band ref: 4814.2

Shipton under Wychwood, OX7 6DB, Oxfordshire

 

St Andrew's Ceilidh Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

Marquee, Lower Farm House, Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, , OX7 6EX, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding The Ceilidh Idealach Scottish Ceilidh Band ref: 4812.1

Merriscourt Sarsden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire , OX7 6QZ, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding - Oliver and Jessica  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band

Kingham Hill School, Kinghma,  Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 6TH, Oxfordshire

 

School ceilidh Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

Kingham Hill School,K ingham, Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 6TH, Oxfordshire

 

Barn darnce  Ceilidh / Barn Dance  Band

Kingham Hill School,Kinghma, Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 6TH., Oxfordshire

 

School ceilidh Ringerike Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band ref: 4003.2

The Mill House Hotel,, OX7 6UH, Oxfordshire

 

Live music hired for Wedding Ringerike Folk Session Band ref: 4003.5

The Mill House Hotel, Kingham , Oxfordshire, , OX7 6UH, Oxfordshire

 

Live music booked for Wedding Ringerike Folk Session Band ref: 4003.5

Thame is a market town that was old at the time of the Domesday Book. Its mile-long main street is so wide that a whole group of buildings, including the town hall, have been set down in the middle of the road. Every year this road is filled »ith stalls at the big autumn fair. The houses and cottages are like a Christmas-card picture—particularly the small gingerbread house near the top of the main street. Four of the inns date from the ijth century. One of them, The Bird Cage, is a gabled and timber-framed building, which is believed to have once been the local lock-up. Another inn, The Spread Eagle, was made famous by John Fothergill, a writer on country inns between the two World Wars, in An Innkeeper's Diary. There are fine brasses in the 13th-century church.

Henley-on-Thames is famous for it’s regatta and for my ancient car conking out at the main road intersection in the centre of town, in my university days and being pushed across the road with the help of a local policeman. The first river regatta in the world was held at Henley in 1839. The regatta is now held every July. Henley has a handsome bridge with five arches, a square-towered Perpendicular church and timbered houses, including the 14th-century Chantry House. Its main street is wide and elegantly Georgian, and there is a fine view from the towpath downstream to Temple Island. Remenham Woods rise on the right bank, and a further mile round the curve of the river at Mill End are the picturesque Hambleden Lock and Mill. On the left bank is Fawley Court, later the Divine Mercy College. At Grey's Court, just west of Henley, parts of the 14th-century fortifications to the house remain, and there is a donkey wheel, used in Tudor times for raising water.

 

 

This is a list of venues where you may want to hire one of our Barn Dance Bands for your Wedding, Party or Dinner. Our bands have already performed at many of these venues.
 

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Abingdon Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Ardington House, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

 

Live music, a cost effective addition to the event. We have a number of barn dance bands to perform your favourite music. A wild  Folk Band will give you and your guests a great evening. A barn dance or Ceilidh can work with as few as twelve people to as many as three hundred and fifty. More usual at a wedding is between fourty and a hundred and fifty. This is how one source has described this wedding venue: Ardington House, Oxfordshire

"In the countryside just a few miles south of Oxford stands Ardington House. Surrounded by well-kept lawns, terraced gardens, peaceful paddocks and parkland, this Baroque house was built in 1720. The main rooms of the House are adorned with many paintings and furniture from several periods. Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman wrote of the homeliness and warmth of Ardington House, and the rooms have seen many special occasions and important visitors in the past."

 

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Beauchamp Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Bix Manor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Chadlington House Hotel, Chadlington, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Cherwell Edge Golf Club, Chacombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Cotswold Lodge Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Council Offices, Wallingfoord, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Drayton Park Golf Club, Drayton, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

 

 

Live music for a magic atmosphere. Search the list of barn dance bands who are local to your venue. A terrific  Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band don't care if you've never done this before, they'll get you going and enjoying yourself. Ceilidhs and Barn Dances can be done to Scottish, English, Irish, American and some European folk tunes. Some of the dances are common to all nationalities, and all are done in sets and circles of varying sizes. A quote re, the wedding venue: Drayton Park Golf Club, Oxfordshire

"Drayton Park has superb facilities for weddings, parties and conferences. The Masters Suite can easily accommodate 220 guests for a sit down meal making this venue one of the most sought after for weddings in South Oxfordshire. Drayton Park is also a licensed venue for civil wedding ceremonies and evening receptions benefit from the dance floor and excellent sound system. We have extensive car parking. Regular entertainment nights are held with theme discos & tribute bands."

 

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Eynsham Hall, Witney, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Fallowfields Country House Hotel, Bagpuize with S'thmor, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Holiday Inn Express Banbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Hotel du Vin Henley-on-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Kirtlington Park, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Lains Bar, Wantage, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Luscombes Restaurant, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Malmaison Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Old Luxters Barn, Hambleden, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Oxford Belfry, nr Thame, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Oxford Centre, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

 

Live music- from weddings to parties, enhances the memories. Why not have a look at some of the barn dance bands suitable for your chosen venue. A vivacious  Ceilidh/ Barndance Band will involve everyone in the evening's entertainment, whatever their age. Callers are used to working with a broad range of guests at a wedding ceilidh. From young to old, from energetic to subdued, all can be guided throught the dances by a good caller. This has been written about the wedding venue: Oxford Town Hall, Oxfordshire

"Oxford Town Hall is one of the predominant establishments for venue hire in Oxfordshire, with rooms available for social functions and corporate or coomunity events such as concerts, conferences, job fairs, public meetings, birthday receptions, society balls, dinner dances and trade fairs. Also a popular venue for weddings, the Town Hall has been licensed for civic marriage ceremonies for a number of years. With versatile space and facilities to accommodate up to 12 - 742 people, the Town Hall and staff can ensure that your event will be a memorable success. The Town Hall is situated in the centre of the City a short walk from Gloucester Green bus station and Oxford Station. Easy access to the M40 and regular rail and bus links to the rest of the country make Oxford Town Hall an ideal venue for hall hirers and patrons from all around the UK. The five City Park and Ride services offer a convenient way for motorists to avoid city centre parking. For those wishing to park in the centre we recommend the Westgate Car Park."

 

 

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Poundon House, Nr. Bicester, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Randolph Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Studley Priory Hotel, Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Temple Island Meadow, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Temple Island, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Corn Exchange, Faringdon, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Garth, Bicester, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The George Hotel, Dorchester On Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Lambert Arms, Watlington, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

 

Music makes every event special. Select from the barn dance bands to make the day even more memorable. A jolly  Ceilidh /Barn Dance Bandtailor the event to suite the everyone, whatever their energy and abilities. Typically, the evening would start with some music to listen to, to get people 'in the mood'. There would be a couple of dances, then a break for people to get their breath back, while the band played another tune, then another dance and so on... Quotation: The Lambert Arms, Oxfordshire

"Situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the recently renovated Lambert Arms is a perfect venue for smaller, more intimate weddings and offers exceptional value for money. The brand new Oxford Room, licensed for civil ceremonies, accommodates up to 80 guests for a ceremony and 120 guests for a reception. It divides in two and features floor to ceiling windows with stunning views over the Chiltern Hills. It comes complete with state of the art lighting and sound systems and direct access to our sun terrace. With double Michelin-starred chef, Rob Clayton as group executive chef, we can guarantee that our food will add the ?wow factor? to your special day. There is a strong focus on local, seasonal produce and menus can be tailored to your requirements."

 

 

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Mansion House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Miller of Mansfield, Goring onThames, Reading, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Red Lion, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at The Springs Hotel & Golf Club, North Stoke, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at TheGreat Barn, Aynho, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Wallingford Town Hall, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Weston Manor Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Westwood Country Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Witney Four Pillars Hotel, Witney, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Witney Lakes Resort, Witney, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

barn dance & ceilidh bands at Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (Oxon)

 

 

For venues, ceilidhs, barn dances and information about the other towns and counties our other bands have played at, see:

 

Worcestershire Ceilidh Barn Dance Venues

 

Gloucestershire Ceilidh Barn Dance Venues

 

Warwickshire Ceilidh Barn Dance Venues

 

West Midlands Ceilidh Barn Dance Venues

 

Wiltshire Ceilidh Barn Dance Venues


 

 

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