What's a ceilidh? The word is Gaelic (pronounced "kay-lee") and means literally "meeting". It has been used over the centuries to describe traditional social dancing, where groups of people perform dances handed down over the years to jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas and the like. So, come along and dance your cares away!

Captain Swing

Captain SwingFriday Night Mega CeilidhCentre 70 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Captain Swing are a five-piece English ceilidh band playing exciting music for dynamic dances. Formed in 1988 with strong Morris roots, the band comprises Mike Griffiths (caller), Andy Casserley (melodeon, concertina, recorder, clarinet), Liz Griffiths (recorders, concertina, saxophone, percussion), John Davis (bass guitar, recorder), and Ian Pittaway (guitar, mandolin). "... like syncopated ice cream with extra chocolate flakes. Yummy."

Melobo & Pete North

Melobo & Pete NorthSaturday Family Ceilidh + Saturday Night Mega CeilidhMain Stage 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM + Centre 70 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Melobo is an established ceilidh band from just up the road in Wantage. They love bringing their special brand of rocking ceilidh to BunkFest. Graham on melodeon and Charlotte on oboe, with harmonious interchanges, are driven along by Howard's powerful bass lines. And for a lighter touch, Graham switches to fiddle, Charlotte to recorder and Howard to acoustic guitar. Join them for the afternoon family ceilidh on Saturday and in the evening for the mega ceilidh. As their calling card says "your ears will thank you and your feet will beg for mercy". Pete North is a fantastic and frolicsome caller from North Oxfordshire it's the second time he's called at BunkFest and last time was so much fun we thought we'd ask him to come back!