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Chris O’Malley

Director, Irish Arts Foundation

“The Irish Arts Foundation has worked with the team from Céilí Max on a number of occasions – its a partnership we intend to maintain. When we need top class performers in the south of England Ceilimax are always high on the list. In the world of folk and traditional music you need to be careful: there are a lot of ‘pretenders to the the throne’. The guys from Céilí Max have the distinction of being on top of their game musically as well as professionally – a rare blend.”

Dawn and Gareth after wedding Party

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your band mates in Ceili Max for Sunday! You’re very talented musicians and created exactly the atmosphere we’d hoped for!

Rory Gallery

Tad, Rory here from last week. Just wanted to say thanks again for a great night everyone loved it. Hope you guys enjoyed it too!

Meadhbh and Ivan Heard

Well what a cracker of a céilí that was! Céilí Max played for us at our wedding and the buckets of sweat that were dripping off our guests in the chill of the evening just about says it all about how fantastic they were! The music – fantastic, the caller – brilliant (and hilarious) and communication leading up to the day – couldn’t have asked for more. We (and all our guests – they are still talking about it!) had an absolute ball at the céilí you put on for us and we highly recommend Céilí Max!

Lizzie & Rich

We booked Ceili Max for our wedding in Kent in July. Tad was absolutely fantastic from the off, providing a speedy and competitive quote, and answering any queries I had all the way up to the wedding. The team arrived on time to set up, were very mindful of not interrupting any of the proceedings, and gave us a wonderful night of music and dancing. They were always accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. Thank you all!

ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy)


We would like to sincerely thank Céilí Max for entertaining our supporters at our recent Winter Supper.  They performed an engaging set, and went the extra mile to ensure everyone had a great time.  The craic was mighty and guests danced their socks off.  Tad was very professional and it was a pleasure to work with him ICAP and the rest of the band.  We couldn’t recommend them highly enough and look forward to welcoming them back to another ICAP event in the future.

Laura and Stephen Shellum

Ceili max are brilliant experienced musicians! Their ceilis are full of fun and their callers arr great! They really do no how to engage an audience and bring life to any party! At our wedding everyone was on the floor dancing away! Thanks for the craic! Xx

(10 / 10)

Event Organiser, Burns’ Night dinner and Ceilidh for serving soldiers.”

“Thank you so much for coming to play for us at our Officers’ Mess Ceilidh. We really enjoyed the dancing, the music and the free-style playing in between dances. It was the perfect atmosphere setter for the relaxed ‘drinks party’ moments and a fantastic switch to ‘high-energy’ dancing when needed. Every guest had good  say and all thoroughly enjoyed the music. Having heard many Ceilidh bands over the years, yours stood out for as having a relaxed ‘joyfulness’ about it.

Your band’s professionalism and ease with the guests made my job as an event organiser really easy. I cannot recommend using your band enough – especially being willing to drive all the way from London! Thank you again for a great evening!”

Patrick Fergerson’s

40th birthday party

“Hi Tad and Ceili Max

Thank you so much for everything. Everyone had a great time. Thankfully the mix of Ceili and Indie disco works really well, whodathought!

I think testament to the power of a Ceili was seeing a German Lady and her Indian Husband absolutely loving it…they didn’t have a clue what to expect!

Thanks again 


Luke & Naomi Barker’s Wedding 

“Just a quick note to say huge thanks for all your hard work at our wedding yesterday. The Ceilidh was fantastic, it was so lovely to see everyone joining in and happy and it worked so well having the lights and music set up afterwards. Will defs use you again if we can and will recommend you to others.”

Caitlin & Christopher Ward

“Just thought you might be interested in a few photos from our wedding on 26th May – everyone said great things about the ceili, and you can tell from the photos that people really had a good time. Thanks again for making our day special!”

Philip Halpin

“We booked Ceilidh Max for my 50th birthday bash! They were totally professional from start to finish ! The music was authentic and perfectly matched the crowd. A packed floor for all the dances and everyone has been messaging to say what a great night ! I would highly recommend anyone to book them .  You won’t be disappointed and you will be assured of a night to remember . Just brilliant and a great craic !!”

Flight Lieutenant Dave Burke, RAF Brize Norton Officers’ Mess Committee

“Ceili Max put on an excellent ceilidh – and I’ve been to a lot! The music was first rate and they kept a room full of novice dancers going all night, through their energy and love of the music they were playing.  Their combination of friendliness and professionalism really helped to buoy the atmosphere; I’d recommend them to anyone (unless your event clashes with mine!)”

Elliot and Sarah

“Hi Tad


Thank you all so much for playing at our wedding reception. 


The music was fantastic (great to listen to outside as well as for those dancing). 

You were great at encouraging everyone to join in. We had a lot of reluctant dancers in the room who leapt in and had a great time, including both of our Dads and two teenage boys! Everyone felt that the moves were explained in a really accessible way for the many beginners!


It was such a wonderful way to start married life. We’ll definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a ceilidh band. 


Many thanks”

Tourism Ireland


“Tourism Ireland would like to thank Tad and all the members of Céilí Max for their superb performances at recent Tourism Ireland events. Céilí Max are a pleasure to work with, talented musicians and take a professional approach to their work.”

Amelia Robinson

Dear Tad, Thank you very much for doing the ceili at our wedding. We had a great time and lots of people fed back that they really enjoyed it. Best wishes.

Amy Usher

Would like to just say a big thank you to you and the rest of the guys you did a grand job everyone loved the music!


Céilí Max are an incredibly talented group of musicians. Their technical skill was clear from the moment they opened our party, but along with that came a vibrant and personal approach to entertaining the room. All of our guests were up on the floor dancing and they truly made the night!

Sarah & Toby

The Ceili was great – all the guests loved it and we did too. It made the evening! The band were so flexible and they changed the sets to make it work for the venue and what the guests were doing. The room was pretty hot so non-stop dancing wasn’t really possible. 

Throughout the process they were professional and always contactable, and it was really good to speak with Tad on the phone. 

The music was really beautiful too, and my dad (an Irish accordion player) was impressed. He said that the sound was fantastic and created a great atmosphere. 

Mark Ellis

(Birthday party at Hilton Hotel)

Hi Tad and Ceili Max

Many thanks for a fabulous evening, the evening went very well with lots of compliments for the musicians. The caller did a fantastic job matching complexity and number of dances to the audiences age, agility after a few glasses and general fitness … please pass on my thanks.

Excerpt from the blog from Serina and Damien wedding blog.

We wanted to ensure a mixture of Irish, Indian and mainstream music for our guests. Damien achieved a real coup with the band, Ceili Max, which came with an Indian drummer (Jeevan Singh Chauhan) in tow. The mix was incredible. At first, the band led the drummer and we had some great attempts at Irish dancing and the Siege of Ennis with a background dhol beat. Then the drummer led the band and it was an amazing Irish bhangra fusion which packed the dancefloor! When the band wrapped up and everyone was thoroughly warmed up, the DJ, Dreamteam Roadshow, took over and delivered a terrific mix of bhangra and mainstream music to end the night (including a rendition of the Macarena, of course.)

From Rebecca Dooley after her charity Burns Night Ceilidh

“I cannot rate Ceili Max more highly. All of the members of the band were helpful, enthusiastic and incredibly talented! They went above and beyond to make our evening special. All 150 people danced all evening and I put this entirely down to the energy generated by Ceili Max. We have already booked them in for our next event. Highly recommend – book them now!!”

Kristen Dudley

50th Birthday Party May 

“We chose Ceili Max after extensive research looking for Ceilidh bands for my husband’s 50th birthday party.  They provided a great atmosphere to get everyone on the dance floor, ranging in age from two years old to the young at heart  Communication prior to the event with Tad was very responsive and clear.  I had no worries about being let down at the last minute or any surprises.  The band showed up on time, provided amazing music and went through the dance moves clearly.  I wouldn’t hesitate in booking Ceili Max again for another event.”

Conall and Siân Devlin

“We had the best and most special day and we are so grateful to be able to have included you. Our guests have been so complimentary on how much fun and engaging the ceili was. 

Your professionalism and flexibility on the day was gratefully appreciated 

Many thanks again”

Ivan and Alice

“Just wanted to drop a quick note to show our appreciation. Alice and I had a fantastic day and the ceili was certainly a highlight. 


You all played fantastically and the atmosphere in the barn was amazing. We’ve had great feedback from our guests- they all loved the music and dancing. Of those who had been to ceilis before, they said it was the best one they’d been to. Thanks to you all- a brilliant evening. 


Hope you enjoyed the bratwurst and beers. 


Will recommend you to others looking for a wedding band. 


All the best,

Ivan and Alice”


“Dear Tad


I wanted to thank you all for a wonderful evening’s entertainment on Friday.  Sadly we finished the meal late but given our lack of ability maybe we had tried the patience of the Caller sufficiently!


It was one of the highlights of the evening and I’ve had so many comments on what fun it was and how pleasant you all were.


It was superb.


Many thanks.”

Henry Adams

“Ceili Max put on an exceptional night for us. The piper and whistler set during the ceremony was beautifully delivered, with a few tears in people’s eyes before the wedding was even fully underway. The star of the show was the Banghra Ceilidh. Tad and the rest of the band did a fantastic job keeping the Banghra element a surprise for my Bengali wife who was utterly delighted with Jeevan’s reveal. The sound of both elements in combination for the first time was sublime and raised the atmosphere in the room to another level. I never thought we’d have more than a third of our guests up dancing; yet within the first couple of songs our caller had managed to draw what seemed like nearly every guest up, putting their best foot forwards with huge smiles all round. Simply put, Ceili Max injected a massive dose of fun into our special day- we’d book them again in a heartbeat.”

Daniel Williams

Great Ceilidh for my sisters wedding! I really enjoyed it and it was lead really well. The sound was great and travelled well throughout the hall. The dancing was energetic from all and the calling was helpful and authentic. The musicians in the band were great people and were encouraging and fun. I would thoroughly recommend them and book them for my own wedding! 10/10! Well done guys!

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