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,
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.
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.
Mr Markus Kahl and Mrs Yun Long-Kahl
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.
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
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.
Tynemouth Golf Club - Captain 2019-20
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