Martin Young - Bowstring - Folk, Ceilidh, Barn Dance



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Saturday 7th December 2019

ROSSLYN COURT, MARGATE where the Turner Gallery, Shell Grotto and Dreamland come from   

Sunday 26th January 2020 

Woolston & Burlesdon Folk Club, SOUTHAMPTON where the Supermarine Spitfire was dreamed up

Monday, 17th February 2020
WALTHAM ABBEY FOLK CLUB, WALTHAM ABBEY where the gunpowder comes from and where King Harold ended up! 

Wednesday, 19th February 2020

BURNEY FOLK CLUB, SHEFFIELD, where the steel should come from!

Thursday, 20th February 2020

FLEETWOOD FOLK CLUB, FLEETWOOD, where the Fisherman’s Friends come from


Martin Young is an English folk singer based in Faversham, Kent, with roots firmly in the English tradition. He has played all over Britain at many different venues large and small including clubs and festivals. He has toured Europe and New Zealand.

Barn Dances and Ceilidhs

A song for FAVERSHAM……..Play Loud!



Event Date: 30/09/2017  

Venue: Emmer Green Primary School Hall, READING. Berkshire Event Type: Birthday Party

Event Rating: 5/5

“The band was absolutely brilliant and made our special celebration such fun. Everyone enjoyed the evening. We would thoroughly recommend them and if we had another ceilidh would book them again. They were on time and very professional in their attitude.”

By R.J. B


is an Experienced, Energetic and Professional  5 piece Folk/Rock Ceilidh Band comprising  Pip Ives (Melodeon), Gemma Gayner (Violin),  Geoff Sandiford (Bass Guitar), Neal Adams (Drums)  and Martin Young (Guitar and Caller teaching you the dances, all in good humour).

Please take a look at the picture of the band above.
There are 5 people. This is the band that rehearses and
will appear at your wedding, birthday party, corporate
event, barmitzvah or any event of your choosing.

We do not substitute band members with any other
musician who happens to be available.
It might be a cliche but…

There are at least three ceilidh bands, that we know of,  claiming to be….The UK’S Leading Ceilidh Band We make no such claim but who is to say we are not?!  It’s up to you Contact us: 07813 202503 and tell us whether we’re the UK’s leading ceilidh band!
  • We play lively traditional tunes in a fresh,  modern way often coupled with a more up to date tune or  song which might offer one or two surprises and…..
  • To enhance the atmosphere we have our own lighting.
Disco Packages
  • We encourage our clients to book our ceilidh band and  separate disco package. While it might seem, in booking  a ceilidh/disco package, that the total cost of your  night would be slightly cheaper than booking them  separately, we do not pretend to have the know-how of a  dedicated and experienced DJ and we do not compromise  simply to make more money. It is important that you have  the very best entertainment and experience that we can  offer. We are a ceilidh band. That’s what we do best.
  • However, clients are welcome to play their own music  through our pa system via ipod etc.
Available: London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire,  Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk,  Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire,  Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire 

MARTIN is also in great demand as a caller

with recorded music

as well as his work with The Watergrain Band

Listen to Where The Sunset Meets The Sea
by The Watergrain Band

Dates are subject to change

                   Call us on 01795 538238/07813 202503                                                         

Available CD's

Martin Young - Watergrain Martin Young - The Climbing Boy Martin Young - Botany Bay Bowstring - Vinnie's Return

Click an image to hear samples or purchase a CD

Upcoming gigs

October 5 2019

Plaxtol, Kent UK

Martin Calls a ceilidh with Rogues Gallery – The Not So Traditional Barn Dance Band

October 12 2019

Ashford, Kent UK

Bowstring play for a ceilidh

October 19 2019

Warwick, UK

Ramona and Martin play for a Wedding Ceilidh

November 9 2019

Faversham, Kent UK

Swing The Bridge play at The Market Inn, East Street, Faversham, Kent UK ME13 8AT


November 30th 2019

Ashford, Kent UK

Swing The Bridge play for a Golden Wedding Anniversary Barn Dance at Sandyacres Sports and Social Club, Ashford

December 3rd 2019

Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex UK

The Watergrain Band play at HOY-AT-ANCHOR FOLK CLUB, The Royal British Legion, 7-9, Northview Drive, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex SS0 9NG

December 7 2019

Margate, Kent UK

Martin’s solo MARS BARS FROM MARS show at Rosslyn Court, 62, Sweyn Road, Margate, Kent CT9 2DD

December 14 2019

Islip, Northants UK

Martin plays a ceilidh with Ramona Egle

at Islip Pavilion, Islip Sports Field, Toll Bar Road  NN14 3LH

December 31 2019

Painters Forstal, Faversham, Kent UK

Bowstring play for a NEW YEARS EVE ceilidh at The Alma pub

January 8 2020

Rochester, Kent UK

Swing The Bridge play at

The Man of Kent, 6 John St, Rochester ME1 1YN


January 26 2020


Mars Bars From Mars

at Woolston & Burlesdon Folk Club,

Bursledon Village Hall

Long Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8BZ

Tel: 023 8043 4209.                                                         Email:

7.30pm start


February 17 2020

Waltham Abbey, Essex UK


Waltham Abbey Folk Club,                                                   The Angel, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EJ

Phone 01992 613987
Mobile 07799407363.
e- mail address


October 24 2020

East Malling nr. Maidstone, Kent UK

Swing The Bridge play a Barn Dance at East Malling Village Hall for East Malling W.I.

June 5th 2021


YES! 2021!!

An advance booking if ever I saw one!

SWING THE BRIDGE play for a Wedding at

Syndale Park Lodge, London Road, Faversham