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Jack’s Alive - Barn Dance Band Get quote

PRICE: from £850 (5x piece band including caller) | compare prices

Biography - About us

'Jack's Alive', are a popular 5-piece ceilidh/barn dance band and celebrated for their dynamic and rhythmic style. With vast experience, this popular live band infuses traditional tunes with rock, jazz and creative twists, making them a sought-after choice for weddings, parties and events. Boasting a repertoire of over 140 dances, they cater to all abilities from novices to seasoned dancers. Their playlist spans English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish traditions blending well-known favorites with newer songs.

What sets them apart is their adaptive approach. Their caller (one of the five skilled musicians) tailors the program on the spot to suit the audience. Each dance is meticulously explained in a walk-through, ensuring everyone is comfortable with the steps before the music begins. They provide up to 3.5 hours of music, strategically split by a break, offering exceptional value for weddings, parties and events. Ask about our live band and disco combination rates. 

For an unforgettable celebration filled with lively tunes and a touch of creativity, Jack's Alive will give you and your guests a fun and memorable evening.  

What we do and FAQ's

How long does it take you to set up?
About two hours

How much performance space do you need?
Width: 5m x Depth:3m

Are you happy to perform outside?
Yes, weather permitting or if a suitable protective cover is provided.

Can you learn requests or a first dance?
We can usually respond positively to special requests but would ask to be given at least 4 week's notice.

How long do you play for?
Our minimum fee includes up to 3.5 hour of playing for dances plus a 30 minute break about half way through (total 4 hours).

Do you provide your own lighting?
Ambient light is sufficient.

What do you do during your break(s)
We, or our clients, can provide suitable background music using a smartphone through our PA.

My venue has a sound limiter – is that a problem?
Our regular drummer also has an electronic kit so sound limiters are not usually a problem.

Where are you based?
Based in Chelmsford, Essex, covering Kent, London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and UK.

Repertoire - the music/songs we play

We have a repertoire of over 140 dances covering a wide range of abilities. A typical programme of 12 dances includes circle, longways and square set dances. At least one strip the willow dance is included unless specifically requested otherwise.

For example:
Oxo Reel
Clopton Bridge
La Russe
Botany Bay
Boston Tea Party
Foula Reel
Country Bumpkin
Thread the Needle Square
Sausage Machine
Circle Waltz


Testimonials and reviews

"Thank you so much for your amazing performance last night! Will definitely be recommending you to everyone. Please thank everybody in the band as they were all so great and everyone enjoyed themselves."
Wedding, Anna and Chris, Essex 

"Just wanted to thank you and your fabulous band once again for a fantastic Saturday night.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. You really made my 60th birthday so memorable."
60th Birthday Party, Jane Moore, Essex

"What a great band! Extremely talented musicians, a patient & entertaining caller and lively tunes all helped to create a brilliant atmosphere that really made our party go with a swing. Everyone said they had a wonderful time & the band was great, the only problem was that the evening went too quickly!"
Birthday Party, Julia Frascona, East London

"The evening was joyous. ‘I am exhausted from laughing.’ and ‘My face was aching from smiling so much.’ were just two of the comments."
Ukraine Benefit Ceilidh, Celia Kemp, Essex Folk News

"I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU again for the Barn Dance!  Absolutely everyone I have heard from and spoken to enjoyed it so much and loved the band."
New Year’s Eve Barn Dance, Ellie, Rayleigh Baptist Church, Essex

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