Stompin' Irish-American roots music played in the spirit of the tradition! Featuring hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, and vocals, we weave evocative traditional melodies into a wholly unique groove for weddings, wine tastings, private parties, memorials, and special occasions of all kinds. Our sound is "pure drop" Irish with a spoonful of Americana that will lift your spirits and make your heart sing!
Specializing in lilting Irish dance music, we play prolifically around the greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz, hosting weekly and monthly music sessions and dances; Irish and Scottish ceilidhs, Irish sets, and American contras that keep toes tapping and skirts a-whirl. Highly versatile and accommodating, we inspire with classical wedding instrumentals, mystical movie and TV themes, down-home pickin', and traditional and modern songs. We're absolutely delighted to create the perfect atmosphere for your special occasion!
Professional, punctual, flexible, and real, our spirit and our sound inspire a sense of community and cheer, the music endlessly listenable and uplifting. Whether indoors or out, amplified or acoustic, on stage, on the street, in the church, or around the campfire, let us share our love of traditional music with you at your next gathering!
Julie, David, Ken, and Mark
The Crooked Road Céilí Band
"These guys are truly great!" - Brenda Laurel, private party Los Gatos
“Fantastic!! Right from the start, I loved their warmth and positive good cheer, and that shined through their beautifully comfortable music. Talented musicians and a particularly delightful professionalism.” - Elizabeth Hutter, private party Los Altos Hills
"The Crooked Road Ceili Band provided the Celtic weave that tied our party together. Many Thanks!" – Nathan Irvine, South Bay Scottish Society annual Robert Burns Supper January 2016
“Thank you to The Crooked Road Céilí Band, all of the folks that showed up and had a fantastic time last night and the great dance instructor. The music and vibe fit our place so well. You guys rock!” – Kelly McGuire, owner of the Felton Trout Farm Inn
"The music was wonderful and we had such an amazing time. We will have to stop by when you are playing in San Jose again. I am also linked to your Facebook page so we will keep an eye out for other gigs that you might be playing. Hope to see you again soon." - Patricia Foley, bride Napa winery reception
“Last night was one of the most fun shows I have ever booked! I was so stoked to see such a nice turnout and the dancing and music was awesome! Julie Horner The Crooked Road Céilí Band." – Chas at the Felton Trout Farm Inn
"THANK YOU! We all had a wonderful time. I've had so many raves from guests about the music. Thank you for providing such a great time for everyone. The caller was wonderful too. Look forward to working with you again in the future." - Rachel Caplan, San Francisco ceilidh
"Your music was everything I hoped it would be. Thank you for your willingness to make the long drive up to Occidental." - Sheila Edlund McNallen, Asatru Folk Assembly Summer Solstice Festival, Occidental
"We had a great time! We got such great feedback from everyone about both the music and the dances, with a few people commenting they wished they had started dancing earlier in the evening but they were a bit hesitant about trying it!" - Stephen Slater, Los Gatos Scottish Ceilidh
“Wow and wow! Congratulations on a killer event. Thank you from all of us, I had a great time…[the dance] was awesome and a half!” – Andrea Lehrer Felton Trout Farm Ceili
"You were wonderful! Everyone enjoyed the music." - Colleen Kane-Dacri, San Francisco birthday party
“Intoxicating…mesmerizing…we could have listened to you all night long” – Juan Jose Negrete, San Patricio Gathering
"Fantastic Music!!! Thank you so much!!!" – Marjorie Coakley, South Bay Scottish Society
“Is your wonderful trio available for our pick-up party on September 20th? We would love to have you back. Jerold asked for you specifically.” – Marcie, sommelier at Silver Mountain Vineyards
“I must say the personal serenade of [The Talking Heads] “This Must be the Place” was so awesome I'll always remember it. Thank you for celebrating with us!!!! Thank you for being so wonderful!” – Dr.Maureen Rozenn, Santa Cruz bride
“The music you play is beautiful and captivating. I “Liked” your band page so I can keep an eye out for future gigs!” – Punter, Rosie McCann's Irish Pub Santa Cruz, CA
“My son and daughter-in-law loved your background music for their Groom's evening” – Tim Quiqley, San Jose/Dublin Sister Cities Program
“The Crooked Road Ceili Band did a great job keeping everyone on their feet…clearly everyone enjoyed a guid ceilidh!” – The Caledonian Club of San Francisco, Summer Ceilidh 2014
“You are just the folks we've been looking for…thanks so much for your swift response!” – Bride-to-Be