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Berking Mad Ceilidh Band is a small, compact but perfectly formed ceilidh band with Mike on accordion/melodeon and Gerry on guitar with Dave doing the calling and singing local songs by way of variety.

The Berking Mad Ceilidh Band came about as a result of the folk nights in the Berkeley Tavern in Whitley Bay and many ceilidhs were held there as a result.

Each band member is a singer/musician in their own right adding to the variety of performance.

Mike is a very experienced accordion/melodeon player having performed in ceilidh bands for many years.

Gerry is a very accomplished guitarist having played in ceilidh bands and performed solo for many years.

Dave has over thirty years experience as a ceilidh caller and treats every dance as fun and not as a workshop. Making mistakes is all part of the experience.

Berking Mad Ceilidh Band comes with its own PA, which is regularly PAT tested, and Public Liability of £5 million.  The band plays tunes from the North East and the continent of Europe, old and new, dances from Scotland, Ireland, England, America, Isle of Man and every dance called in a clear and sensitive way you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself. In the past Berking Mad Ceilidh Band has performed at the Torch procession in Blaydon where members taught the words of Blaydon Races to a choir as the Torch was processed. Berking Mad Ceilidh Band are based in the North East of England and will cover that area and sometimes the North West. Furthest South they have been would be M'bro and the furthest North would be Berwick whilst the occasional trip across to Cumbria has also been done.

The Berking Mad Ceilidh Band will always turn up and are often available at short notice.

All prices on application and dependant upon event,venue and times, but very reasonable.



Hello, I’ve been Mrs Donnelly for 2 weeks now and I’m still smiling from how lovely our wedding was which is mainly thanks to you and your band mates. Our family and friends and still talking about the day and how great the Berking Mad Ceilidh Band was. The atmosphere you created was just what we wanted and you were wonderful when the singer didn’t turn up. We can’t thank you enough. Kind regards,

Jill Donnelly.


I’d just like to say a massive thank you to Dave, Mike and Gerry who form The Berking Mad Ceilidh Band. This is the third event that we have booked them for and once again it was a massive success.

They are always reliable and turn up on time. They set up the equipment with no fuss and are very adaptable to any type of event whether it be a Burns Night, a Ceilidh, a Wedding or a Birthday Party.

Dave is incredibly patient at giving instructions to those who are novice dancers and even goes out onto the dance floor to help people with the dance steps. They cater for all abilities, young and old!

Dave encourages people to get up to dance without being too intrusive and has a good sense of humour which makes people laugh and enjoy the night.

Everyone who has been to our events where The Berking Mad Ceilidh Band have played have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have always been very positive about this band.

I would certainly recommend the Berking Mad Ceilidh Band for any occasion and will be booking them again in the future.

Kerry Elliott

The Friends of Jenifer Grove Area Community Group

"Words cannot describe how pleased we are about the exceptional entertainment provided by Dave, Mike and Gerry at our wedding in Durham. Their fantastic repertoire truly added a special and unique touch to our evening, and provided many of our guests from all corners the world a wonderful introduction to British folk music. Not to mention how patient and friendly their caller Dave was especially in teaching the dances to our guests, many of whom had never danced a Ceilidh before. In addition, their cheerfulness and easygoing disposition really helped us and our guests have a marvellous time. To this day, our guests still constantly praise the ceilidh music provided during the evening. Thank you so much and we would recommend them over and over again to anyone seeking quality entertainment for any event."

Thank you ever so much once again - you truly made it a night to remember for us.

Best Wishes

Mr Markus Kahl and Mrs Yun Long-Kahl

Linsay Slater

Hi Dave,

I just want to thank you for last night. Everybody enjoyed themselves. I think it was the right balance between ceilidh and entertainment for the kids.

I had a lot of people complimenting you.

Thanks again


Forthcoming events

June 8th Wedding in Hexham

June 24th Friends of Briardene in Whitley Bay

July 29th Wedding ceilidh in M'brough

August 19th Tynemouth Sailing Club

September 10th Wedding at Lumley Castle

October 20th Birthday party in Whitley Bay

December 30th Blyth

January 20th Burns night for Jennifer Grove

January 22nd Brownie ceilidh

February 24th Birthday party M'bro 

May 5th Birthday party at M'bro

May 10th Beamish Hall

May 11th Butterknowle

June 30th Durham

July 6th M'bro

July 13th Jesmond

July 28th Hexham

August 17th Byker

August 18th Tynemouth Rowing Club

August 26th Fenham

September 1st Darlington

October 27 th Stanhope

November 24th Darlington

December 14th Seaton Burn

January 5th singing for Wedding reception Lanchester

January25th Linskill Centre

January 26th Jennifer Grove

March 23rd Shildon

May 18th Brinkburn Priory

June 6th Slaley Hall

June 8th Knott Memorial Hall. Heddon on the Wall

June 13th Revolution Hotel, Durham

June 14th Alnwick Castle

June 29th Stocksfield

July13th St Georges

August 17th Tynemouth Rowing club

November 2nd Fawdon

November 9th South Shields

December 28th Newbrough

January 24th Burns ceilidh

January 25th Burns ceilidh

`March 27th Guides ceilidh

April 4th Hillheads

June 20 Burnhope

June 27 Alnwick Garden

Hello Dave, 

Just wanted to write to say sincere thanks to you, Gerry and Mike  for making our Burns Night so special last night.  You created a fantastic and fun atmosphere with your talented playing, vocals and humour while your efforts to organise our dances were much appreciated and enthusiastically received by all.     Numerous members of our gathering  mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the band.    That was also backed up by how ready people were to get up to take part in the dances.     You all made the night  great fun and memorable  and I look forward to seeing you all again at any function in the future  including our next Burns Night Supper.


Best wishes for all your future events.


Thanks again



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