Ali Barnes is a fiddle player specialising in celtic & traditional music, with a vast repertoire of Irish, Scottish and also English folk tunes at her hand.
An experienced performer, Ali has numerous TV credits including performing on reality TV shows like Made in Chelsea (twice) and TOWIE, talk shows including Loose Women and This Week and the recent period drama Sanditon. She has also played fiddle for celebrities including David Mitchell, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Clarkson, Emma Watson, Charlie Boorman, Trinny Woodall, Noel Gallagher, Kirsty Alsop and Theo Wallcot among others.
Ali runs award winning ceilidh band Licence to Ceilidh, perhaps the busiest function band around, who she regularly performs with both as a Fiddle player and also dance Caller. It was with Licence to Ceilidh she also developed an enjoyment for playing pop music on the fiddle.
She performs as a duo with husband Philippe Barnes, as well as playing solo and frequently depping with many other Irish and ceilidh bands, including Crossharbour & Calum Stewart. Ali has played for dance teams including Mary Rose & Royal George, Victory Morris and Chequered Flag Appalachian and is also a regular on the London Irish music scene and can be found performing in pubs across the city numerous times each week. She alsorecently taking part in a recorded concert series for the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith “The ICC Seisiúns”
Since the pandemic Ali has been focusing more on on remote recording. She recently recorded music for a new Sky Mobile TV Advert on air now, featuring Lily James (“Wouldn’t it be Nice” by the Beach Boys but done in a Scottish style). Ali recorded tracks for an Irish musical for Chichester College, library music and an EP with Philippe Barnes.
FULL TV CREDITS
Sky Mobile TV Advert
ITV – Sanditon
E4 – Made In Chelsea : S12 Christmas Special
E4 – Made In Chelsea : S3 The Reeling Ball
ITV – Loose Women
ITV – TOWIE
ITV – This Time Next Year : S3
BBC – This Week
BBC2 – Great British Menu : S2 Finale
LICENCE TO CEILIDH
London’s Top Ceilidh Band
For the last 10 years Ali has run award winning Ceilidh & Covers band Licence to Ceilidh turning it into what it is today – one of the busiest Ceilidh band’s around with bookings all over Europe as well as the UK.
Specialising in Weddings & Corporate entertainment, Licence to Ceilidh is a fun, young and energetic band that provide a unique evening of music and dancing that’s suitable for everyone, from young to old and even those with two left feet. For more information about the back check out the link below.