Playing Without Amplification

We sometimes get asked to have a ceilidh or barn dance without amplification. Forget it. It won't work and most bands won't even attempt it. Being in a small room doesn't help either, it is probably even worse as people's bodies absorb the sound and the noise of their feet thumping, laughter and shouting drowns everything out.

In the olden days, before amplification, Ceilidh bands were small orchestras, 10 or 15 strong. Remember, amplified music doesn't have to be loud, just enough to be heard comfortably and for the sound quality to be good rather than weak and strained. If the band is too loud, ask them to turn it down a bit.

 

This applies to our bands:

 

Ringerike Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band  

 

Licketysplit American Barn Dance Band

 

Ceilidh Idealach Scottish Ceilidh Band

 

Coulan Sona Irish Ceilidh Band

 

Hullabaloo English Barn Dance Band

 

Austentatious Jane Austen Country Dance Band

 

Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy English Country Dance Band

 

The Bagels Klezmer Band

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