Ceilidh Band with caller and DJ in the North East of England

Ceilidh Knights Corporate Entertainment

Ceilidh at Ellingham Hall, Northumberland
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About Ceilidh Knights band

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Jonny sound checking with his violin at Durham Castle
Photo: Alan Mason Photography

About Ceilidh Knights

Emma and her violin at Matfen Hall, Northumberland
Photo: Alan Mason Photography

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Stephen at Durham Castle
Photo: Gary James Photography

About Us

Ceilidh Knights perform all over the North East of England and are an integral part of North East Soiree - who have peformed at over 1200 events here in the North East of England. The band is led by Gordon Callander who plays keyboards in the Ceilidh Band but more importantly is a vastly experienced Scots Ceilidh dancer and teaches all the Ceilidh moves simply and clearly before and during the dancing. The fiddler plays the tune and our drummer plays some funky beats to give the dancing a great lift and keeps everything in strict time. Each dance starts with a quick demonstration, then everyone is encouraged onto the dancefloor and we all walk through the steps together. Gordon is assisted by band members Jonny and Stephen whenever there are multiple sets of dancers to speed up the learning process then all return to the band to start each dance and Gordon calls out further instructions with a Headset radio Mic until everyone has got the hang of it. We don't mind if the moves aren't all perfect, just so long as everyone has a go and joins in the fun. Gordon wrote all of the band arrangements out by hand during the late 1980's and early 1990's and has performed all over the west of Scotland. Gordon then moved to the North East of England in 1998 and formed this new band here with exactly the same formula that worked so well in Scotland. Gordon is also the DJ after the Ceilidh is finished and has been doing DJ work most weeks for well over a decade.

Because Ceilidh Knights is part of North East Soiree which also includes a highly experienced String Quartet, we have a great supply of violinists who have all played Ceilidhs over the years. We have two Jonathans, Emma and Dave who have all played for many years with the band. We also have several drummers (as you can see in the many photos) in addition to Stephen, we have Les and Ian who are both fabulous professional drummers and valued members of our team.

About Ceilidh Knights at Matfen Hall

Gordon calling out the moves while playing piano at Matfen Hall.
Photo: Alan Mason Photography


Previous venues have included Castles such as Langley Castle, Alnwick Castle, Brancepeth Castle, Lumley Castle and Allerton Castle. We have also played at various Halls and country houses including Beamish Hall, Doxford Hall, Ellighgam Hall, Eshott Hall, Linden Hall, Newton Hall, Woodhill Hall and Wynyard Hall. We have also played at many clubs, church halls, community centres and village halls and even some houses. Here is a list of some of the venues that the band has performed in over the years so we know the dance floor works ok for a really good Ceilidh.


Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Gardens and Treehouse, Bamburgh Castle, Beaconhill Community Centre, Blanchland Village Hall, Blyth Golf Club, Boe Rigg (Charlton), Brockley Hall, Broomley Grange, Chillingham Castle, Close House, Craik Park Morpeth, Cuddystone Hall, Dissington Hall, Doxford Barns, Doxford Hall, Ellingham Hall, Embleton Hall, Eshott Hall, Felton village Hall, Featherstone Castle, Guyzance Hall, Healey Barn, Kirkley Hall, Langley Castle, Langley Garden Station, Le Petit Chateau, Linden Hall, Longhirst Hall, Matfen Hall, Middleton Hall, Newton Hall, Newton Village Hall (nr Corbridge), Northumberland Hall (Alnwick), Otterburn Towers (now Otterburn Castle), Slaley Hall, Stamfordham Village Hall, The George Chollerford, Tynedale Farmers Function Suite Hexham, Warkworth Tennis ground, Whalton Village Hall, Winter Gardens Hexham, Wood Hill Hall.

Newcastle upon Tyne

As You Like It, Assembly Rooms, Biscuit Room at the Biscuit Factory, Caledonian Hotel, Centre for Life, Copthorne Hotel, Gosforth Cricket Club, Gosforth Hotel, Gosforth Marriott, Hilton Doubletree at the Airport, Hope City Church, Horton Grange, Jesmond Dene Hotel, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle Golf club, Newcastle Uni, Northern Counties Club, Shieldfield Social Club, st Georges Jesmond, Station Hotel, Summerhill Pavillion, Swallow Inn, Thistle Hotel, Vallum Farm, Vermont Hotel

Tyne and Wear

Backworth Community Centre, East Boldon Cricket Club, Grand Hotel Tynemouth, Holiday Inn, Little Haven Hotel (South Shields), Menzies Hotel, North Shields Rugby Club, Park Hotel Tynemouth, Quality Hotel Boldon, Rockcliff Rugby Club (Whitley Bay), Saville Exchange, Sea Hotel South Shields, Seaton Delaval Hall, Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth Sailing Club, Washington Arts Centre, Whitburn Parish Church Hall


Angel View Inn, Baltic Art Gallery, Blackhall Mill Village Hall, Lancastrian Suite, Felling Methodist Church Hall, Gateshead Hilton, St. Mary's Heritage Centre, The Sage Northern Rock Room

County Durham

Beamish Hall, Beamish Museum, Binchester Community Hall, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Black Horse Inn, Blackhill Comrades Club, Bowburn Hall, Bowes Museum, Brancepeth Castle, Cotherstone village hall, Coxhoe Village Hall, Coxhoe WM Club, Demi Consett, Derwent Manor, Dipton Community Centre, East Durham College, Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, Glebe Centre Murton, Hallgarth Manor Hotel, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Hardwicke Manor Hotel, Hetton Centre, Lumley Castle, Manor House (West Auckland), Mickleton Village Hall, Minsteracres retreat, Morritt Arms, Ramside Hall, Redworth Hall, Riverside Durham County Cricket, Seaham Hall, Shadforth village hall, Sherburn Community Centre, Shildon Civic Hall, South Causey Inn, The George Piercebridge, Walworth Castle, West Cornforth community centre, Whitworth Hall, Winterton Park Spa, Witham Arts Centre

Durham City

Alington House, Marriott County Hotel, Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham Castle, Durham Cricket Club, Durham Rowing Club, Durham Masonic Hall, Durham School, Durham Town Hall, Durham University (Van Mildert, St Bedes, St Hilds, St Chads, Hatfield, ) Oswald Institute, Radisson Blu Durham, Three Tuns Hotel


Ashbrook Cricket Club, Calvary Christian Fellowship Hall, Crowtree Leisure Centre, National Glass Centre, Marriott Hotel Seaburn, Masonic Hall, Quayside Exchange, Roker Hotel, Salvation Army Hall, Stadium of Light, St Lukes Church Hall Pallion, Sunderland church of latter day saints Hall, Sunderland Health and Racquet Club, Tunstall Lodge


Bannatines Hotel, Blackwell Grange, Dinsdale Spa Golf Club, Hall Garth House, Headlam Hall, Rockliffe Hall, Rockliffe Hall Golf Club, The Kings Centre


Durham Uni - Stockton Campus, Eaglescliffe Golf Club, Gisborough Hall, Hartlepool Rugby Club, Judges Hotel Yarm, Marton Hotel, Oakwood Centre Eaglescliffe, Worsall Village Hall, Wynyard Hall.

North Yorkshire

Allerton Castle, Brompton Village Inn, Chapel Hall Hutton Rudby, Chopgate Village Hall, Crathorne Hall, The Feathers Helmsley, Fountains Abbey, Grinkle Park, Harewood House, Middleton Lodge, Newburgh Priory (Coxwold), Oulton Hall (West Yorkshire), Priory Cottages (nr Tadcaster), Raithwaite Hall, Rudding Park, Rushpool Hall, Skeeby Lodge, Stokesley Town Hall, Swainby Village Hall, Whinstone View, White Horse Farm Inn Rosedale, Yorkshire Barn Wedding Venue (Gilling West)

Ceilidh Knights - North East Ceilidh Band serving Northumberland, Newcastle, Durham, Teeside and North Yorkshire.

Contact Us

Please contact Gordon using the form below and please include the event date and venue so we can check our availability.
Alternatively, call on 01388 327 202 or 07768 323 832 to discuss your requirements.






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Scots style Ceilidh Band with caller and DJ in County Durham

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