Sylvia Fisher, 

Barn Dance and Ceilidh Caller

Hello, and welcome to my web pages.

Are you looking for a barn dance caller whose emphasis is on fun and who empathises with dancers, who is good with novices and children, and is friendly and enthusiastic?

Then look no further and contact me for your event.

Web pages updated 23rd February 2016

For the last twenty three years I have called for all kinds of social events, including knees-ups, weddings, birthdays, corporate, fundraising and charity dos, fancy dress bashes, PTAs etc in the north Staffordshire, north Shropshire and south Cheshire areas and further away too.  On many occasions for certain evenings I have been especially asked to be the caller.

I am the regular caller for the The Moody Food Ceili Band of Newcastle under Lyme, and for Skimmity too.   I also call for other local bands such as  Steamhead , The Maggoty Ceilidh Band and Madcap Ceilidh Band of Cheshire, The Jolly Machine, Parish Lamtern  and the Slippery Hill Boys from Stoke on Trent and Leek area;  I have also worked with HiJinx of Newtown, Powys, Wales, and  Bonrif from the Lichfield area, and then Saxon Drain and Sharon's Handbag from further a field in Berkshire. 

Links to: The Moody Food Ceili Band,   Skimmity,   The Maggoty Ceilidh Band


 The Maggoty Ceilidh Band at a do at a hotel near Holmes Chapel in January 2015


With the Skimmity Barn Dance Band.    To see and hear Skimmity, please link to the Skimmity web pages to obtain the URL of their videos currently on YouTube


 The Moody Food Ceili Band at a fund-raising barn dance in Kidsgrove Town Hall, Staffordshire, October 2015


The Madcap Ceilidh Band at a recent private party held in  Congleton Town Hall, September 2014


With the Steamhead Band  at a fund raising barn dance at a Community Centre near Northwich in May 2015


My personal approach is to make sure novices quickly gain confidence and ensure they can get the best out of having a fun evening.  My style of calling places emphasis on relating to the dancers on the floor in a light hearted way, with wit, humour, understanding and animated involvement.  This personal approach exudes enthusiasm and ensures enjoyment for all.  It is my aim to achieve a rapport with the dancers, by adjusting to their experience, especially if there are many novices. 

I offer special encouragement to children after all they are the next generation of dancers!

I am always willing to help and offer advice on organising your event and arranging the order of your evening.  I work with bands of various sounds and styles and can select and book a suitable band for your event.

To see what others have said about events where I have been the caller, please click on comments and feedback.  For an informal chat about barn dances, barn dancing and ceilidhs, please  call 01782 536630, or email

These links may be useful for the North Midlands folk and barn dance scene:  North Staffs Folk Diary -         Sylvia Fisher