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Albireo. Photo by Elly Lucas

Since forming in 2001, Albireo have become firm favourites in the Greater Manchester area, with appearances at Poynton Ceilidhs, Phoenix Ceilidhs and regular trips on the Glossop and Edale Rambler folk trains.

The band play a mixture of tunes. Most are English, Scottish, Irish or American, but some come from further afield and there are some self-penned compositions as well. The emphasis is on folk dance tunes, but we'll also throw in in-between tune sets or songs for those with weary feet.

The Band

We provide a caller for dances, or we'll happily work with your caller or MC, or simply play tunes if you prefer. We also bring our own high-quality amplification, so you've got no worries about hiring an expensive PA rig or your guests' ears being assaulted by tunes that sound like they're being played down the 'phone. Oh yes, and of course we're covered by public liability insurance and the equipment's PAT tested to comply with the Electricity at Work regulations.

The Event

Albireo is available for private bookings. We've played for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, conferences, PTA hops and harvest festivals, and are used to fitting in with your existing arrangements. If you and your guests have never been to a ceilidh, ceili, barn dance, hoe down, folk dance or whatever you want to call it before, don't worry! The caller is there to ensure that everyone has a good time. He or she will introduce the dances and make sure you and your guests are happy with the way the event's going.

If you're thinking of booking us - or any other ceilidh band - for your event, you may want to check out our advice on hiring a ceilidh band. Also, please feel free to contact us by email or phone if you've got any questions or to discuss any particular requirements.


Phone: Steve on 01625 613679 / 07776 483 017
Post: Peter Crowther, Albireo, 16 Brook Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5RY, England

Although we're officially a five piece band, subsets of Albireo are available for smaller gigs or acoustic settings. Ask Steve for details. Guest players may also make an occasional appearance.