We Are Akmed's Camel Ceilidh Band

The ceilidh band has over 30 years' experience and is in high demand with a busy schedule, but they will always make time for your special event.


Individually, band members have played at Broadstairs, Ely and Pontardawe festivals and played at some fantastic venues which include; the Cambridge Colleges; Ferry Meadows; various country hotels such as The Haycock, Peterborough and The Petwood, Woodhall Spa, and RAF bases such as Cranwell and Coningsby.

With Akmed's Camel ceilidh band you are guaranteed the perfect atmosphere and a enjoyable and memorable evening whatever the occasion. In order to make sure your event runs to plan, Akmeds Camel prides itself on:

  • Professional musicians of the highest standard.
  • A friendly and clear caller, who will explain all dances step-by-step as required.
  • A flexible and organised band who will work with you prior to the event to ensure you get the most out of your evening.


Piano-Accordion & Vocals

Kim is our lead musician and a skilled writer of quirky dance tunes. She started playing piano at the age of 5 and progressed to diploma level, picking up skills on recorder and flute along the way, before taking up the accordion in the 1980s. She has been playing for ceilidhs since 1987, her infectious style inviting dancers almost imperiously onto the dance floor. Her love of traditional music from the British Isles is blended with her creativity in composing original tunes, ensuring an abundance of variety and fun in our music which will keep even those who prefer not to dance but to sit back and listen entertained.


Guitars & Whistle

Married to Kim, this pair create a great musical duo, and often take it in turns to lead the music. Folk music is in the family and their interest shows throughout their performance.


Bass Guitar

Mark has played bass in roots and folk music for over 35 years, and in that time has worked as a folk festival organizer, Musicians Union Officer, and BBC radio presenter.

Alongside Phil he also writes writes and plays for Between the Lines.


Drums & Percussion

Until 20 years ago, Ian worked in his native North-East with many & varied bands, including the chart-scoring folk-rock band Prelude with their a cappella version of Neil Young's 'After the Goldrush'. Ian also played with Ray Stubbs R & B Allstars, which included working with the likes of the late Sammy Johnson (Spender), Steve Phillips (Notting Hillbillies) & Eric Burdon (Animals).


Caller

Jenny is the Ďcallerí for Akmedís Camel, who has had a lifelong love of ceilidh and barn dances. Jenny takes the dancers through the moves before the dance starts and reminds them what to do during the dance as well.

The dancers donít need any dancing experience and so the atmosphere is always full of laughter and fun. Jenny is particularly good with inexperienced dancers (or non-dancers) and children.


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