Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band
Wraggle Taggle are a professional and talented traditional band performing celtic, Irish and Scottish music at parties, festivals, pubs, clubs, ceili dancing, and functions and providing quality wedding reception and corporate entertainment.
Anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller.
Musical influences include; The Chieftains; Planxty; The Bothy Band; Altan; Ally Bain; Boys of the Lough; Jimmy Shand; The Pogues; Van Morrison; The Dubliners and Christy Moore and the many talented friends we have met over the years in the vibrant traditional music scene.
The band are both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. If you wish they will concentrate on one particular style throughout the performance e.g. Scottish or Irish.
The band go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller.
Mick Bailey (guitar/vocals), Barbara Hackett (accordion) and Mick O'Connor (banjo) form the "core" of the band.
Other instruments such as fiddle, flute, tin-whistle, double bass or percussion may also be added. Speciality instruments such as Scottish or Irish bagpipes, bodhran or traditional dancers are also available.
Their most common format for a ceilidh consists of four musicians plus a caller who will teach the dances from scratch - no experience needed!
A Ceilidh is ideal for a successful party, as it is a fun way to get families, friends and colleagues to mix and meet and because all age
"Hi Mick, just a brief note to say how good it was to see you all again last Saturday (2nd December 2006 Saturday St William of Perth RC School, Canon Close, Rochester, Kent). Everyone had a fantastic, fun filled evening as always, thank you. We were also wondering if the 16th March 2007 was still available? Please let me know as we would like to book it if possible. Take care and hi to all" Sara Daly 4th Nov 2006
"Dear Mick, Just a note to say thank you to you and your band for a wonderful evening (17th November 2006 Friday Layer Marney Tower, Near Colchester, Essex). The guests really enjoyed the ceilidh band" Darren & Tansy Carter 21st Nov 2006
"Hi Mick Thank you so much for Tuesday evening, (7th November 2006 (trio) Tuesday KPMG, 8 Salisbury Square, London, EC4) the music was most enjoyable. Kind regards" Carole Bartlett KPMG 9th Nov 2006
"Hi Mick, I am now back at work after a truly wonderful honeymoon. I just wanted to say an enthusiastic thank you for the Ceilidh dance at Sopwell House on the 7th (7th October 2006 Saturday Sopwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire). All the guests said that they enjoyed in immensely and both Joanne and I thought it was really great. We are so pleased to have had the dance and I have already been recommending you to my friends. Thanks especially for accommodating the slightly late running of the speeches Thanks a million" Tom Peace 30th Oct 2006
"Many Favourable Comments"
"Dear Mick, Just a brief note to thank you and the band for an excellent show in the High Street last Saturday (7th October 2006 Saturday (11.30 - 1pm) High Street, Southend ). I think the size of the crowd was testament to the standard of your performance and there were many favourable comments. I hope your event in St Albans went well too. You must all have been exhausted by the end of the day! With many thanks, Yours Sincerely" John Skinner, Museum and Galleries Manager, Southend on Sea Borough Council 11th Oct 2006
"Dear Mick, Just a note to thank you very much for all you and Wraggle Taggle did to make our party go with a swing yesterday (24th September 2006 Sunday (3 - 5pm) Hampton Court House School, Hampton Court Road, Surrey). You even arrived early and certainly in time to play "Happy Birthday" for us. (I hope you enjoyed the lunch.) The lovely weather enticed everyone into the gardens and it was especially kind of you to go out and "round up" the guests to come in and dance! It was all great fun and enormously appreciated and many whom I would not have expected to dance joined in. The little girls especially loved it. We would certainly recommend Wraggle Taggle and feel free to pass this letter on. Warm wishes" Rosemary Somers 25th Sept 2006
"Perfect end to a perfect day"
"Dear Mick and Wraggle Taggle, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding in July (28th July 2006 Friday Alverbank Country House Hotel Stokes Bay Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire). We all had such a fantastic time and there is plenty of video evidence of people being swung and flung across the dance floor and having a great time. The music was beautifully played (we even got an unexpected double bass which was fab) and the calling was clear and very funny: we noticed all the perceptive teacher/education jokes thrown in for our benefit! All in all, Wraggle Taggle provided the perfect end to a perfect day and the type of dancing and music meant that everybody could get involved and have a giggle. Thank you very much - Tim fancies having another ceilidh for his 40th in a few years time so hopefully we'll speak to you then! Best wishes" Jo and Tim Downs 24th Sept 2006
"I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to you and the rest of the band for the concert you played at Clavering Parish Church on 24th June (2006 nr Saffron Walden, Essex). The feedback I had was great, everyone had a really good time and I raised about £650 so I was very pleased with that" Angela Davis 3rd Jul 2006
"Really glad we found you!"
"Hi Mick Just back from honeymoon! (was brilliant but a little sad to be back to reality!) Wanted to say thank you so much to you and the rest of the band for your fantastic entertainment on our wedding day! (28th May 2006 Sunday Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Ascot, Berkshire) The night just flew by and we and our guests were all really impressed with the band and the music - great fun - and really glad we found you! Thanks also for being so easy-going when the entertainment had to be a little later than planned! and hope you all got to enjoy a few beers and the buffet! Best wishes" Caroline & Alistair Brown 28th Jun 2006
"Really appreciate your efforts"
"On behalf of both Liz Hobbs Group and Epsom Downs Racecourse we would like to thank you for all your hard work at the Ladies and Derby Day Festival (2nd & 3rd June 2006 Saturday (10.45am - 4.30pm) Mahoney's bar, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey). The whole entertainment package was deemed a success and we really appreciate your efforts on the day. Thankfully the weather was gorgeous on both days and the atmosphere on both days was astounding. We have received the most positive feedback regarding entertainment ever this year thanks to your hard work. We hope that you enjoyed the weekend and if you did have a bet on the big race that you came away better off! We all look forward to seeing and working with you again in the future. Many Thanks. Kind Regards" Liz Hobbs MBE, CEO and the team, Liz Hobbs Group 21 June 2006
"It got everyone up"
"Hi there Mick Back from Honey moon and just wanted to thank for a marvellous evening at our wedding at Knebworth Barns (22nd April 2006 Saturday Knebworth Hall Barns, near Stevenage, Hertfordshire). The feed back on your band has been excellent, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it as it got everyone up and dancing and everyone could join in. It really made the evening. We have some really great photos of it all too. So please pass on our thanks to all of you band members, it was a very special evening. Kind Regards" Karen Baber 23rd May 2006
"See you again"
"Hi Mick, Just wanted to let you know what a great night we had on Saturday in Stafford (29th April 2006 The White Eagle Polish Club, River Way, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16). Sorry to have missed you going but hope you had an easy trip back home. Thanks again and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you, so may see you again in the future." Amanda Baugh 1st May 2006