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If you’re looking for a lively, professional Celtic Ceilidh Band in the Yorkshire area – look no further! Dogsbody Ceilidh Band is the band for you! Based in the Leeds / Bradford area, Dogsbody regularly perform for ceilidhs and barn dances in Leeds, York, Harrogate, Bradford, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Halifax,  Sheffield, Wakefield – and all points in between. Whatever the occasion, Dogsbody never fail to entertain and guarantee a fun night for everyone. The band perform lively renditions of traditional music and dances of the British Isles, from fast jigs and reels to slow, lilting Celtic love songs. With their own lively caller to guide you through the evening, Dogsbody cater for all age groups, from experienced dancers to casual party-goers and anything in between! So please browse this site for more information and if you like what you see, contact us for availability.

About Us

Dogsbody live up to their name! The band has a wealth of talent and experience. They usually perform as a five piece, but are available as a four piece for smaller events, or as the full six piece line-up for special occasions and festivals.
Brenda is well-known throughout the folk music world as an MC, caller and club organiser. She has made regular appearances at leading folk festivals throughout the region. Her ready sense of fun, and ability to match the dances to the skills of the dancers ensure a good night out for everyone, whatever the occasion, whether a party, wedding, festival or Caledonian Ball.
Brenda Spence
caller, bodhran, bazouki.
Norrie, born in Edinburgh, brings a wealth of experience of Scottish music to the band's repertoire. He is a fine exponent of all branches of Celtic music both as a musician and singer. Equally at home with Burns or the Dubliners, his lead vocals put Dogsbody into a class apart from other ceilidh bands.
Norrie Spence
melodeon, whistle, vocals.
Peter is an outstanding and well respected guitarist. One of the founder members of the band, his clever chord structures and arrangements provide the basis for the distinctive dance rhythms of the Dogsbody sound. An excellent harmony singer, he also plays a mean harmonica!
Peter Norman
guitar, harmonica, vocals
Kath is a talented folk fiddler, as much at home playing fast jigs and reels as with steady hornpipes, waltzes and schottiches. She is also a fine singer and regular dance club musician, who can often be found playing for other Yorkshire bands when not out with Dogsbody. She just loves playing - and it shows!
Kath Charnock
fiddle, vocals
Leah Fox is a graduate of Leeds University in Music Performance specialising in the harp. A skilled classical musician, much in demand for weddings and similar occasions, her harp arpeggios add an extra dimension to the Dogsbody performance, giving depth and swing to the fast dance sets and a haunting Celtic feel to slow airs and waltzes.
Leah Fox
With family roots firmly based in the Irish tradition, Fran is an excellent all-round trained musician and vocalist. Best known for playing strong rhythm guitar, she also provides underlying keyboard rhythms for the Scottish sets and mandolin accompaniment for Irish songs.
Fran Hughes
12 string guitar, keyboard, vocals



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