Book Berking Mad Ceilidh Band on Encore Musicians

Berking Mad Ceilidh Band is a small but perfectly formed ceilidh band consisting of Mike on melodeon and Gerry on guitar with Dave the caller.

The ceilidh band has its own PA which is regularly PAT tested and Public Liability of £5million.

Contact as below to let us help you plan your ceilidh and to quote a very reasonable fee based upon length of performance and distance.


or 07967198430 

Forthcoming events

June 8th Wedding in Hexham

June 24th Friends of Briardene Whitley Bay

July 29th Ceilidh in M'brough

August 12th Seaton Sluice club for 6th Birthday

August 19th Tynemouth Sailing Club

September 10th Wedding at Lumley Castle

December 30th Blyth

January 20th Burns night in Heaton

February 24th Middlesbrough

May 5th Middlesbrough

May 10th Beamish Hall

May 11th Butterknowle

June 30 Durham

July 28th Hexham

August 17th st Dominics, Byker

August 18th Tynemouth 

August 26th Fenham

September 1st Darlington

October 27th Stanhope

November 24th Darlington

December 14 Seaton Burn

January 5th singing at Wedding reception in Lanchester

January 25th Linskill

January 26th High Heaton

March 23rd Shildon

May 18th Brinkburn Priory

June 6th Slaley Hall

June 8th Knott Memorial Hall, Heddon on the Wall

June 13th Revolution hote, Durham

June 14th Alnwick Castle, Big Dub Festival

June 29th Stocksfield

July 13th St Georges

August 17th Tynemouth

November 2nd Fawdon

November 9th South Shields

January 24th Burns ceilidh

January 25th Burns ceilidh

March 27th Girl Guides ceilidh

April 4th Hillheads

June 20th Burnhope

June 27th Alnwick Garden


Hello, I’ve been Mrs Donnelly for 2 weeks now and I’m still smiling from how lovely our wedding was which is mainly thanks to you and your band mates. Our family and friends and still talking about the day and how great the ceilidh was. The atmosphere you created was just what we wanted and you were wonderful when the singer didn’t turn up. We can’t thank you enough. Kind regards,

Jill Donnelly.

"Words cannot describe how pleased we are about the exceptional entertainment provided by Dave, Mike and Gerry at our wedding in Durham. Their fantastic repertoire truly added a special and unique touch to our evening, and provided many of our guests from all corners the world a wonderful introduction to British folk music. Not to mention how patient and friendly their caller Dave was especially in teaching the dances to our guests, many of whom had never danced a Ceilidh before. In addition, their cheerfulness and easygoing disposition really helped us and our guests have a marvellous time. To this day, our guests still constantly praise the ceilidh music provided during the evening. Thank you so much and we would recommend them over and over again to anyone seeking quality entertainment for any event."

Thank you ever so much once again - you truly made it a night to remember for us.

Best Wishes

Mr Markus Kahl and Mrs Yun Long-Kahl

Kate Telfer

Arrived early and were patient and flexible when timings on the day didn’t go exactly to plan. Very lovely people too, laid back and a lot of fun. Everyone had a great evening!

Linsay Slater

Hi Dave

Just wanted to say thank you for last night. Everyone enjoyed the night. I think is was the perfect balance between ceilidh and entertainment for the kids.

I had so many people complimenting you

Well don


Hello Dave,  Just wanted to write to say sincere thanks to you, Gerry and Mike  for making our Burns Night so special last night.  You created a fantastic and fun atmosphere with your talented playing, vocals and humour while your efforts to organise our dances were much appreciated and enthusiastically received by all.     Numerous members of our gathering  mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the band.    That was also backed up by how ready people were to get up to take part in the dances.     You all made the night  great fun and memorable  and I look forward to seeing you all again at any function in the future  including our next Burns Night Supper.   Best wishes for all your future events.  

Thanks again  

George Tynemouth Golf Club - Captain 2019-20    

I’d just like to say a massive thank you to Dave, Mike and Gerry who form The Berking Mad Band. This is the third event that we have booked them for and once again it was a massive success. They are always reliable and turn up on time. They set up the equipment with no fuss and are very adaptable to any type of event whether it be a Burns Night, a Ceilidh, a Wedding or a Birthday Party. Dave is incredibly patient at giving instructions to those who are novice dancers and even goes out onto the dance floor to help people with the dance steps. They cater for all abilities, young and old! Dave encourages people to get up to dance without being too intrusive and has a good sense of humour which makes people laugh and enjoy the night. Everyone who has been to our events where The Berking Mad Band have played have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have always been very positive about this band. I would certainly recommend The Berking Mad Band for any occasion and will be booking them again in the future.  

Kerry Elliott The Friends of Jenifer Grove Area Community Group