Reels on Wheels

Highly recommended ceilidh and folk band performing from a great repertoire of Irish and Scottish jigs and reels. Available with or without caller for an entertaining ceilidh or a laid back folk evening. Irish Band / Folk Band / Ceilidh Band in London.


London Ceilidh Band


Reels on Wheels was founded in 1996 by Mick Bailey and grew out of the vibrant North London Traditional Music scene. Mick carefully selected the band members for outstanding ability on their individual instruments and as a group of good friends.

All the musicians have been performing, touring and recording for many years and two are award-winning performers. They are a professional and talented ceilidh band with many years experience specialising in traditional music in clubs, colleges, festivals, weddings, parties and corporate functions. Reels on Wheels play traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and tunes with innovation, flair and vitality. The band is both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. Complete themed music can be accommodated for your event such as Irish jigs or Scottish or reels. Reels on Wheels encourage your guests to participate in the dances and such interaction has ensured repeat bookings from clients from both the private and corporate sector.

The band offer a variety of performances ranging from folk evenings to full audience-participation ceildhs complete with four musicians plus a caller who will teach the dances from scratch - no experience needed! Whichever your preferred line-up, Reels on Wheels are a fun addition to any event requiring a lively and exciting band to keep your guests entertained both on and off the dance floor.

Line up & Options:

Trio: Guitar/vocals, accordion, banjo and/or fiddle.

Additional options:

  • Quartet: Additional flute
  • 5 piece as above including caller

Performance times:

A typical performance is for up to 2 hours of music

Selected Repertoire:

Ashokan Farewell
Athole Highlanders
Blackthorne Stick
Blarney Pilgrim
Boys of Bluehill
Calliopie House
Cliffs of Moher
Cock of the North
College Hornpipe (SailorsHornpipe)
Cup of tea
Dashing White Sergeant
Dingle Regatta
Donnybrook Fair
Drowsy Maggie
Duke of Perth
Dusty Windowsill
Earl's Chair
Fairy Dance
Farewell To Erin
Flowers of Edinburgh
Golden Keyboard
Gravel Walks
Hag at The Churn
Haste to the Wedding
High Reel
I'll buy boots for Maggie
I wanna be near you
Irish Washerwoman
Jig of Slurs
Keel Row
Kid on the Mountain
King of the Fairies
Lark in the Morning
Maggie in the Wood
Maguire & Patterson's
Maid behind the Bar
Margaret's Waltz
Marie's Wedding
Martin Wynn's No1 & No2
Mason's Apron
Merry Blacksmith
Miss McLeods
Mountain Road
Musical priest
My Love is but a Lassie yet
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Nine Points of Roguery
Off to California
Orange & Blue
Otter's Den
Over the Moor to Maggie
Pinch of Snuff
Planxty Irwin
Rakish Paddy
Rattling Bog
Red Haired Boy/Little Beggar man
Rights of Man
Saddle the Pony
Sailor's Bonnet
Sally Gardens
Scotland the Brave
Sean Ryan's
Si Bheag
Si Mhor
Silver Spear
Skye Boat Song
Sligo Maid
Soldiers Joy
Spanish Lady
Spider in the Bog
St Anne's
St Bernard's Waltz
Star of Munster
Statten Island
Swallows Tail
Tam Linn
The RoseT ree
Toss the Feathers
Tripping up the Stairs
Trumpet Hornpipe (Captain Pugwash)
Turkey in the Straw
Wise Maid


On behalf of my wife Ann and myself, I am writing to thank you and the other members of the band for a superb evening last Saturday. Your ability to get everyone involved whether 18 or 80+ was the key to a successful evening. Everyone was delighted with your performance and I can testify to the fact that many of the men there who would not normally grace a dance floor, were up and dancing! From my point of view as an organiser, I would also like to say how impressed I was with your professional approach right through from initial contact to the performance itself. I will have no hesitation in recommending the band to others.
Paul Collins

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Just wanted to say, thank you very much for the evening. You and the band were great. All the guests seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.
Lewis Maitland

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I have been meaning to drop you a line. May I thank you and your team for an excellent performance at our wedding. Everyone enjoyed your playing and the day went with a swing with everyone mixing because of you and the great people you had and the good music. Unfortunately I never got to do many dances due to my mixing role as we had some people who had travelled a considerable distance to be there. I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we and our guests did.
James Ryan

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A really big thank you for Saturday the feedback that I’m getting from all my friends and family are that they had a great time and that the band were really good, you managed to get everyone up and dancing and those who couldn’t tapped their toes and were entertained by the hopeless dancers. I was really surprised by some that got up to dance as normally they are chair dancers......I’m just looking for another excuse to hire you all again.
Jackie Andrews

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Thank you very much for a wonderful evening in Hanwell on Saturday. The band were fabulous and really made the party go with a swing. Our friends are still talking about you and how much they enjoyed the dancing and atmosphere. Thanks again for a lovely evening.
Angie and Mike Harris

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Just to say thanks to a great band. They were a pleasure to meet and made the evening a great success. Thanks
David Bailey

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Just a belated thank you to you all for coming up to Derbyshire for Sue’s 60th bash on the 25th June. It was a great night and everyone is still talking about it – great music and great dancing. Thanks again and hopefully there is another gig in the future..Every good wish
Jon Spencer

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Thanks so much for your performance on Saturday we all very much enjoyed the music and the dancing.
Dr Sue King

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Hi there, I just wanted to drop you a wee line to say you were all really great at Campbell and Nina's wedding and just made such a difference to the general atmosphere and 'buzz' of the event. Well done and many, many thanks for all your efforts!
Jean Campbell

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