Irish Ceilidh Music Band

TAD
SARGENT

London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebarr in county Mayo…
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SAM
PROCTOR

Sam is one of the most in-demand fiddle players on the Irish music scene in London…
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ORLAITH MCAULIFFE

Órlaith started playing the tin whistle at the age of seven at her local Comhaltas class…
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COLETTE O'LEARY

London based accordionist, Colette performs around the UK, Ireland…
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JASON DICKINSON

Raised in Edinburgh, Jason was schooled from a very young age in the best traditions of Scottish…
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JOSEPH BARDWELL

Joe, from Cambridge, cut his teeth on the Manchester session scene, known the world over…
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Céilí Max Guests

Owing to the fact that our main members are incredibly busy with their own musical projects, it’s not always the case that they will be at your event.  Therefore Ceili Max uses exceptionally talented guests to fill in for the missing Ceili Max member.  All our guests are of the same high standard of musicianship. You may even find you’ve got a special guest at your event!  Some of our talented guests are below!  Please feel free to contact us for more information on the artists we book. info@ceilimax.com

Jeevan Singh

Dhol & Dholak Drums

Jeevan Singh is an extremely gifted musician hailing from Bristol with Indian roots. He is an all-round, multi-instrumentalist, but his expertise lies in rhythm and percussion, namely Dholak, Dhol, and Tabla. 

Jeevan Singh has played with various artists all over the musical spectrum including Bhangra Artists , XLNC, Dippa Satrang, Hans Raj Hans, Harbhjan Talwar, Meshi Eshara, Daljit Mattu (Captain Bhangreh Da) , Mika, Manak-E,Tariq Legacy, Surjit Anakhi, Jassi Sidhu, Sukhdhinder Shinda and Jazzy B, and has also featured with various local bands such as Malarchy, SmallAxe,Laid Blak, Flynn and Flora, The Ambling Band to name but a few.

Jeevan met Tad Sargent when they both worked at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  Read more about that story and the Bhangra Ceilidh option here

Alexis Bennett

Fiddle & Dance Caller

Alexis studied performance at the Guildhall School with Jane Rogers. He has performed widely with early music ensembles including the Dufay Collective, Florilegium, Horses Brawl and Musicians of London Wall and has appeared at Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall.

Alexis is an active folk musician, with over ten years of experience as a ceilidh caller and fiddler, often appearing with Ceili Max. He has taught at Dartington International Summer School, and is a member of the London-based old-time band The Croshaw Family.

Watch Alexis calling a ceilidh for Burns Night at Cecil Sharp House

Eimear McGeown

Flute

A First Class Honours graduate from the Trinity College of Music, London, the Irish flautist Eimear McGeown has established a busy and varied career both classically and on the Traditional Irish flute. She has appeared as a soloist in North and South America, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines and throughout Europe. Two of her most notable performances have been on BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and the World Premiere of Dave Morris’ Concerto in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She has recorded with various artists on albums for Decca, Universal and Chandos Record labels and played on BBC Radio, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM. Having performed for President Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Prince Edward, Eimear received an invitation by Her Majesty the Queen, to attend a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her achievements in the Performing Arts. 

On the Irish flute, she holds two All Ireland titles and has released a Celtic EP on iTunes. She has recorded with Barry Douglas on two of his Celtic albums which feature several of her own compositions and also recently performed them together with Camerata Ireland in the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Eimear has recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, for the video game Runescape and played in Lord of the Rings in the West End, London. She performed at the Sori International Music Festival in South Korea with the Irish Memory Orchestra and recently as a featured soloist with Libera in Tokyo’s Opera City Concert Hall. She is also involved in the Pop music scene and played with the X Factor winner Matt Cardle on the National Television Awards, the rock band Amsterdam at the Glastonbury Festival, and played support to The Pogues in the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Watch Eimear play Carmen Fantasy for the Last Night of the Proms in Belfast