Entries by Keith Gustafson

Northern Lights Ceilidh Band – 2000 to 2020

celebrating 20 years of music and dance! This very popular ceilidh band celebrated its 20th anniversary just before lockdown and is still very much open for business.  The original Northern Lights members got together in 1999 and held their first ceilidh the following year. It was a roaring success and they have never looked back! […]

Northern Lights and the Danish connection

Northern Lights play mostly traditional music from the British Isles and Ireland for the ceilidh dance. We also play music from around the world both for listening and dancing – music from Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. This includes waltzes, hornpipes, polkas and other tunes either for dancing, or just for the listening enjoyment of our […]

What is a Ceilidh?

  What is a Ceilidh? CEILI, BARN DANCE OR HIGHLAND FLING Originally the word Ceilidh (kay-lee) descended from the Gaelic word for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’… However, these days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company! As for the rest: they all […]

Burns Night 2021!

Every year Northern Lights play for guests at a Burns night. Over the years we have played at hotels, schools, golf clubs and village halls. In 2019 and 2020 we played at Gisborough Hall Hotel and we are scheduled to play again next year 2021. We have our fingers crossed that this will go ahead […]


Sunday July 7th – Hexham Carnival Northern Lights will be playing at 1.00pm on the Bandstand in the park There is a whole afternoon of performances , all local acts from Tynedale. Find Hexham Carnival on facebook for more information. The weather should be good and we are expecting a big family crowd! Northern Lights […]

Dark Sky Wedding!

On June 15th Northern Lights band will play for an evening ceilidh at The Comb, Kielder for a wedding. This is the first time we have played at the Comb in Northumberland and it looks like being a great night. “Cozy fires, sunset drinks on the terrace, banquet or barbque under the stars, live band […]