Alison has been calling for ceilidhs professionally for ten years and has worked with the Glorystrokes, Chalktown, Lasair and Blackbeard’s Tea Party in addition to bands she also plays fiddle in (see musician page). She has called at countless weddings, family parties, student events including Cambridge and Oxford University Balls, Burns’ Night ceilidhs, Hogmanay parties, and at the Ceilidh Club in London, Bristol Ceilidh and Oxfolk.

Alison can work with bands and with recordings, and has her own PA system.

Upcoming public events 2018:

Calling for Bristol Ceilidh Quartet at Meltdown Ceilidhs, 24th November

Calling for Bristol Ceilidh Quartet at White Horse Ceilidhs, 1st December



“Alison was a really fantastic caller” – 60th birthday party

“Thanks a million for Saturday. You played a blinder” – primary school fundraiser

“I just wanted to thank you very much for the ceilidh on Burns’ Night.  Everyone had a wonderful evening, really enjoyed themselves and it was great fun!” – Burns Night ceilidh

“I was impressed by this caller working with Blackbeard’s Tea Party last night at Oxfolk”   “We finished with walkthroughs quickly and got on with the dancing. There seemed to be little confusion or tendency to break up into discussion groups.”   “I also noticed that her calls were very well timed.” – Oxfolk ceilidh series

Above: Calling for Lasair at Bristol Ceilidh

angry birds

Calling for Blackbeard’s Tea Party at Oxfolk


Calling for Licence to Ceilidh at The Dorchester, London

A post shared by Alison (@alisoninbristol) on

Calling for Lasair at Bristol Folk House

A post shared by Alison (@alisoninbristol) on

Calling for a rootin’ tootin’ wild west birthday party