Bow and Box

Concert and Ceilidh Band
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Bow and Box are a dynamic folk duo from the South Coast. They specialize in delivering unique ceilidh experiences, invigorating concerts, and enhancing background music for any occasion.

Chris Nichols on fiddle and viola, and Matt Smee on diatonic accordions, the duo formed after a chance meeting while busking on Eastleigh high street. Their musical chemistry was immediate, igniting their passion to create the unforgettable sounds of Bow & Box. 

Chris and Matt leaning against a post.

With their roots deeply rooted in the traditional music of the British Isle, they take inspiration from the instrumental greats to craft their own unique sound. Their music is infused with intoxicating melodies, powerful rhythms, and a dynamic energy that makes you want to move and groove.

Their sound is as complex and intricate as that of a larger band, yet the intimate nature of a duo allows them to explore their music in a way that larger groups cannot. Bow and Box’s powerful presence and outstanding musicianship create a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more.

If you’re planning a ceilidh, barn dance, festival, wedding party we would love to hear from you! 


Lucy, Wedding Ceilidh


“Such an incredible band – absolutely made our wedding! Very professional and helpful in the run-up and loads of compliments from guests who are ceilidh connoisseurs. Couldn’t recommend them enough!”

October, 2022

Hannah, Party


My first meeting of Bow and Box. They were great and everyone at the party enjoyed it and appreciated their contribution. Communication between booking and the event was efficient. Good value; Great guys; Great service. Would recommend.”

July, 2022

David, Birthday Ceilidh


“We had a great party largely due to Matt & Chris and caller Tom adapting to the audience, providing a variety of dances and a really fun time. So much smiling!!! I would highly recommend these guys. Thank you Bow and Box.

April, 2023

Public Gigs

See Bow and Box live! Check out our upcoming public events.
Get ready to dance and have a night to remember!

Bookings and Enquiries

Book Bow and Box for your next ceilidh, concert, or festival! Fill out the contact form or send an email to with the details of your event. We’ll provide you with a prompt, no-obligation quote and confirm availability so you can plan your perfect celebration with ease.

Press Pack

For high resolution photos, blank posters
and logos, click here.

Tech Spec

To download our tech spec,
please click here.

Photography by the wonderful Aidan Hampson Photography.

Get in Touch!

For all questions and inquiries, reach out to us using the form below or sending an email to
To receive an accurate and no-obligation quote, please include the location and date of your event, as well as any other relevant details. We’re here to help and make your celebration unforgettable!

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