McStocker Ceili Band | Wedding Journal

About Us

The McStocker Ceilidh Band is based in Co. Antrim, Mid-Ulster Northern Ireland and is primarily comprised of family members. The band has over 25 years experience playing at Irish and Scottish ceilidhs, weddings, church functions, school formals, private parties, barn dances, corporate functions and other social events.  They play a range of Irish and Scottish ceilidh dances with waltzing and jiving in between the ceilidh dances to add a bit of variety if needed.

The legendary Oliver J “OJ” O’Neill, from Co. Tyrone, provides versatile guitar playing and vocals for a good mix of old tyme waltzs, country and even some rock ‘n’ roll music if requested.

John Oliver “JO” Duffin provides further variety in the band with tunes on the low whistle and uilleann pipes. John has many years experience with different bands like the Crazy Folkers and can play a wide variety of tunes from many different genres, blending in well with the dance music and singing.

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The Music

Ceilidhs (or ceilis) have been growing in popularity at weddings in particular, as the dances involve everyone – from the young to the not so young.

The instruments in the band include the midi accordion, fiddle, low whistle, guitar and drums. There is always a singer to provide a bit of variation from the ceilidh dance music if required.

No experience of ceilidh dancing is necessary as all the dances are called out and explained before the dance begins, and all the way through until you are exhausted – and happy!

DJ entertainment to finish off the evening can be easily organised by the band.

Gerard, Stephen and all, Peter and I just wanted to thank you all once again for performing at our wedding last week. We had an absolutely brilliant time, and so many of our guests as well as the staff at the Beech Hill have commented to us about how great you were at getting the party started and keeping people on the dance floor all night long. Even the Dutch guests who had never seen anything like this before had a fantastic time and everyone really enjoyed getting involved with the dancing. So thank you so much again - you really were such a big part of our reception and we cannot thank you enough for helping us all have a great time! Deborah and Peter
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