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The Official Site of Whistling Sheep Ceilidh Band

The Whistling Sheep are a ceilidh band based in and around Northumberland. They are available for private parties, charitable functions, wedding receptions and all manner of other events.We are an independent  Ceilidh band for school students from the area around Ponteland  Morpeth and Hexham. We play ceilidhs all over the local area We arrange practices to suit the players’ needs - currently at Ponteland High School. The band leader is Jim Grant who has worked with young people, music and traditional dance for many years. We are available for hire        

Contact Jim for more info:  email:
See also our Facebook page:   Whistling Sheep 

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and on Twitter   @whistling_sheep



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How it all started!

The band started in March 1996 at a Northumberland High School, when several friends got together with the help of a parent and a teacher to hold a fundraising ceilidh. The event was so popular, they were asked to do another, and another... and the band plays on! One of the first players carried a sheep rucksack, which was usually hung on a mike stand at the front of the band. So when the players wanted a name for the group, there it was - The Whistling Sheep!

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