Malthouse Passage plays for Festivals, Conferences, Weddings, Birthdays, or other special occasions. These are evenings of traditional dance in the English, Irish or Scottish style. Barn dances, country dances or ceilidhs, pronounced “kay lee” which is gaelic for come all ye, are all basically the same thing. The dances are fun for experienced dancers who know the steps and even more fun for beginners who don't!! They are a great way for people to get to know each other, as they often involve ‘progressing’ - i.e. changing partners. We work with experienced callers, who will find dances suitable for all abilities, and will help you through the stages of the dance so you won’t get lost!!
We usually play for 31/2 hours, e.g.. 8.00 - 11.30 p.m., with a break for refreshments and food but can be flexible to suit your needs. We use good quality P.A. equipment, and can offer background music through the P.A. during the break. As we are very familiar with the joys and pitfalls of organising Ceilidhs, we can help you plan your evening to ensure it is a success, and is tailored to meet your individual requirements.  Our rates are competitive (payments in cash on the evening are always preferred) and we can make sure you have a great time without breaking the bank! Here are some examples of our tunes for ceilidh dances.
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Johnson’s and the Sunshine  are two bouncy tunes played for popular dances known as Hornpipes.

All around the world for sport and Horizonto are two lively 48 bar jigs
Feeling a bit tired with all that jigging around!?  Flatworld and Orange in Bloom are tunes for waltzes that will help you cool down!  The dog is nothing to do with the band!

Halllng Polka is a fine Swedish tune ideal for polkas or reels

“Malthouse Passage played great music for us at Unicorn Ceilidhs in April.  

As well as the melodeon / concertina / guitar / whistle combination we had oddities like the bass clarinet, mandola and hammered dulcimer - but they all blended well, and the five-piece band was

always really together. Obviously well-rehearsed and professional, they were a joy to dance to. “

Alan Creamer - Unicorn Ceilidhs, Hitchin , Hertfordshire