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  • 3 piece traditional ceilidh/barn dance band
  • Comprising melodeon or harmonica, clarinet and guitar.
  • Caller included


The band is based in Lancaster and frequently plays for dances across Lancashire, Cumbria and West Yorkshire. All members of the band are very happy to find excuses to travel further afield to play, so don't be deterred if you live outside our immediate area.

Standard Set Times

  • A ceilidh will typically be from 8.00pm to midnight or thereabouts with a 20-30 minute break.

About this Act

Moorgate is a traditional barn dance or ceilidh band based in Lancaster, UK. It plays a variety of music from the British Isles and elsewhere - including Irish, Welsh, Scottish, English, American and Scandinavian tunes - for dancers of all abilities and ages.

The band is available for weddings, functions, corporate events, private parties, ceilidhs, barn dances or any type of celebration.

Moorgate always comes complete with a caller, so you don't need to know the dances in advance but can have fun learning the steps on the night instead.

The band have been playing folk dance music for years (with The Ran Tan Band, Free Reed Band, Shake A Leg, One Foot In The Gutter, Slur et al.) so this is one belting-good ceilidh band and the music they play has strong melodies, subtle harmonies and traditional dance rhythms.

We generally cover the area of North West England – but we have been known to travel further afield.

Set List

32-bar jigs:
The Female Rake/The Spanish Jig/Matthew Briggs - Trad.
Merrily Kiss The Quaker/Cajun Jig - Trad.
The Mucking of Geordie's Byre/Czech Bagpipe Tune - Trad.

48-bar jigs:
Miss Grace Hay's Delight/Miss MacPherson of Ballindalloch - Trad.
Colonel Roberson/ The Canty Old Man - Trad.
Oyster Girl/Cumberland Reel - Trad.

Fisher's Hornpipe/Lancaster Hornpipe - Trad.
Peter Pratt's Hornpipe/The Old Polka - nTrad.

Teribus/Greenwoodside/Duke John - Trad.
The Dressed Ship - Trad.

Red Wing/Polka - Trad.
Lunesdale Gavotte - Trad.

The Lass of Pratie's Mill/East Neuk of Fife/The Bottom of the Punch Bowl - Trad.
The Green Ship/John Peel - Trad.

Slip Jigs:
The Turn of the Tide/The Night Before Larry was Stretched/Andrew Carey - Trad.
Drops of Brandy/Foxhunter's Jig - Trad.

Westmorland - Trad.
Margaret's Waltz - Trad.


  • Band comprises Simon Booth playing melodeon and harmonica; Richard Robinson playing clarinet; and Tony Cooke on guitar.


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