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|Typical line-up:||3 fiddles, guitar, wooden flute/keyboards|
|Recordings:||2 CDs now published (at end 2005)|
Information supplied by Bryan McAlister (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Based in:||Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
|Style:||Ceilidh, modern covers, rock n roll, disco provided on request
|Typical line-up:||5 piece: Fiddle, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass and drums.
|Contact:||John or Craig
Tel: 0131 557 2088
Web page: http://www.callanishmusic.com/
A lively band, combining modern styles in ceilidh, not your traditional sedate ceilidh band. Also accomplished at covers, rock n roll, take any requests. Own PA (Up to 5K), lighting rig, disco if required.
Information supplied by Chris Herraghty.
|Based in:||Biggar, South-east, Scotland, |
|Style:||SCD, Ceilidh, Old Tyme|
|Typical line-up:||4 or 5-piece: accordion, keyboard and drums, plus either or both of accordion and fiddle|
|Recordings:||Scottish Country Dancing with Callum Wilson and his Dance Band (): CWSD CD001 (CD)/CWSD MC001 (tape)|
Tel: (01899) 220233
Callum also runs Scottish Country Dance holidays in Europe, typically in January. They went to Spain this year (2000) and will go to Majorca next year.
Information supplied by Callum Wilson.
|Based in:||Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
|Style:||Ceilidh, Weddings, Birthday Celebrations
|Typical line-up:||Calum: Accordion Eric: vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar and dance-calling.
Tel: 0131 664 8466
Web page: http://www.ericwood.co.uk/
Tel: 0131 337 8164
We play for ceilidhs, weddings, birthday celebrations (all ages from primary school age to 80th+ birthdays), overseas groups, conferences.
Calum and Eric are members of The Roundhouse Ceilidh band and perform together as The Calum'n'Eric Ceilidh Band.
They provide lively Ceilidh music and have unrivalled skills in encouraging participation on the dance floor. They also provide moving and rousing songs either for dancing or for listening.
As well as a large selection of Scottish Dances, they also do Irish and American dances, Modern waltzes, Quick steps and fox trots.
Calum Marwick - Accordion. Calum's influences are mainly from The North and West highlands.
Eric Wood- Vocals, guitar,banjo, fiddle and legendary calling.
Information supplied by Eric Wood.
|Based in:||Bishopbriggs, North of Glasgow, Scotland|
|Style:||Ceilidh/Old-time/Concert. Dance Caller available if required.|
|Contact:||Calum Low (CalumLow@hotmail.co.uk)
Tel: 0141 772 8405|
Mobile: 07850 402 763
We are available to play for Ceilidhs, Old Time Dancing and for seated audiences. Dance Caller available if required.
Information supplied by Calum Low.
|Typical line-up:||Accordion, Fiddle, Drums, Vocals, Caller|
|Recordings:||New CD now available|
|Contact:||Alex Ross (email@example.com)
Tel: [+44] (0)131 661 3836|
Our band (which can be a 2, 3 or 4 piece depending on your requirement) specialises in Ceilidh Weddings and as such is amongst the busiest in Scotland.We provide the very best in Ceilidh Music as well as Highland Dance demonstration and selected songs during the night. Please see band web site for gig dates and additional information.
|Based in:||Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||4-piece: box, fiddle, guitar and double bass|
15 Gilberstoun Place
Tel (home): 0131 669 8463
Web page: http://www.capitalceilidh.com/
The young Shetland fiddler Annie Jessop teams up with established accordion wizard Jan Osinski to front this exciting new ceilidh band based in Edinburgh.
They are joined in the line up by Dave Mitchell, talented Celtic guitarist and whistle player. Shug Kelly on bass plays all the low notes.
Whatever the function the Capital Ceilidh Band will provide memorable entertainment. Equally at home in large or small venues, they will perform at ceilidhs, festivals, weddings, Burns suppers, corporate functions or private parties.
Information supplied by David Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Birmingham, Midlands, England, |
|Typical line-up:||4-piece plus caller|
|Recordings:|| Captain Swing and other likely stories (1998): CSCD001|
Web page: http://www.captainswing.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
Captain Swing play music for English Country Dances, often called Barn Dances or Ceilidhs. This is traditionally a social evening of country dance, music and occasionally songs. The event is led by the caller who leads everybody through the dances.
These dances are fun and can be enjoyed by anyone, of any age, ability or sex. They are ideal for all kinds of social events. No experience is necessary as the caller explains everything you need to know. An entertaining time for all is guaranteed.
The musical repertoire of the band is based mainly on traditional English dance tunes and music written by Andy. This is complemented by classics from 1066 to 1966! The talented line-up of skilful multi-instrumentalists play in a wide range and variety of styles, drawing influences from traditional Roots, Folk Rock, Jazz, Country and Rock 'n' Roll. The music is fresh and exciting, with no two tunes ever sounding the same.
Information supplied by Mike Griffiths.
|Style:||Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian dance music|
|Typical line-up:||accordion, mandolin, keyboard and drums|
|Recordings:||Gie's A Wee Intro (1994),|
All In A Day's Work (1997)
|Contact:||Matt Carlyle or Wilma Carlyle|
Tel: (01506) 416580
The Carlyle Family have been playing together for eight years now and consist of Kenny (13) on drums, Kirsten (15) on piano, Wilma on mandolin and Matt on accordion. Check out the Carlyle Family website at. http://www.carlylefamily.50megs.com/.
On our site you can read a bit about us, see how scary we look and also download some clips of our music. Please email us and tell us what you think.
Information supplied by Matt Carlyle (Matt@mcarlyle.freeserve.co.uk).
|Based in:||Glasgow, South-west, Scotland,
|Style:||Ceilidh, Scottish Show, Burns Nights, Weddings
|Typical line-up:||From 1 to 6 Piece Accordion, Fiddle,Keyboard, Drums etc
2 Brora Drive
Tel: +44 (0) 141 638 0344
Web page: www.carmichaelsceilidh.co.uk
John Carmichael continues to be one of the busiest and most popular band leaders and entertainers in the country for all things Scottish. For many years John has compered and played in theatre shows, performed Burns night speeches and music, and provided music for ceilidh and country dances all over the world. John's reputation for being able to 'call' dances is second to none.
John has produced, presented and performed many times on STV, BBC Radio and Television, CBC Canada and many others (over 200 TV shows with his band and as a solo artist).
Former Scottish accordion champion, John has made extensive tours of USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle and Far East. He has been musical director for and toured with many of Scotland's top artists including Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth MacKellar, Calum Kennedy and others.
Information supplied by John Carmichael.
|Based in:||West Wales, Wales, |
|Typical line-up:||Lin Cram : Dance Caller / percussion,
Ian Edwards : Melodeons,
Howard Bragen : Guitar,
Mark Vincent : Bass / percussion |
Tel: 01994 419779
Tel (mobile): 07970 030707
Web page: http://www.clcb.co.uk/
The "Carreg Las Ceilidh Band" are a folk/dance band, based in West Wales who can engage all types of functions, and will definitely make any event fun. With their experienced dance-caller, an excellent nights participatory entertainment can be assured for groups of all ages and dance-abilities. Carreg Las play a mixture of Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish tunes; both traditional and new, and are available for dance functions and private bookings.
Information supplied by Mark Vincent.
|Based in:||Fife, Central, Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||3 Piece : Midi Accordion, Fiddle, Guitar/singer/caller|
Tel: 01592 874471
Wide range of dances (all called if needed) and many years experience of all types of function.
Information supplied by Kevin Thompson.
|Based in:||London & Home Counties, England|
|Typical line-up:||5/6 piece: Double Bass, Two Violins, Flute, Drums and Caller(s)|
|Contact:||Jonathan Giles Moss|
Tel: 07792 390334
Ceilidh Generation is a young and energetic professional ceilidh band, based in the South of England with performances all over the UK and further afield. We usually perform as a five or six piece band with caller, which includes drums and double bass as well as traditional instruments. However, we also have the flexibility to offer larger or more traditional ensembles if preferred.
All of our musicians are very experienced at playing for ceilidhs, and we have been playing together in various guises for many years now. We use a confident, articulate caller who will ensure that even your most reluctant dancers quickly relax and really enjoy themselves on the dance-floor. We offer a mixture of Scottish and English dances to suit a mixed ability crowd, and our caller is always more than happy to discuss preferred dances in advance if desired.
Finally, we can also offer a number of optional extras to enhance your event, ranging from solo pipers to string quartets and jazz trios. Our competitively-priced disco package is particularly popular, and can provide the perfect way to end your evening. If you are interested in this option, our DJ will be happy to discuss your preferences in advance and create a playlist tailored for you and your guests.
Information supplied by Jonathon Giles Moss.
|Based in:||Central, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||accordion, fiddle, piano and drums (and sometimes guitar); we call all the dances ourselves.
A demo CD is available on request but samples are on the website. ()
Web page: http://www.ceilidhminogue.co.uk/
We are a Scottish ceilidh band based in central Scotland but play all over Scotland and abroad. The band has been together for a number of years now and the members have featured in countless albums in the Scottish taditional and jazz scenes. Recently featured by Visit Scotland at their Expo in Aberdeen and on BBCs 'Monarch of the Glen' series. In big demand so book early.
Information supplied by Alastair.
|Based in:||the Garioch, Aberdeenshire; will travel|
|Typical line-up:||Fiddle, Accordion, Bass and Dance Calling, Guitar,
also occasional use of Piper, Percussionist, Keyboard as required|
|Recordings:||Winching in Lochmaddy (2004) |
|Contact:||Ian Rae: Tel: [+44] (0)1651 872093 or
Ceilidh Mor plays: Scottish/irish/cape breton/frenchcanadian/cajun tunes for weddings/ceilidhs/partys/events.
They have a web site at http://www.ceilidhmor.com/.
Information supplied by Bryan Low (email@example.com).
|Based in:||, South, Wales, |
|Style:||Ceilidh, Twmpath, Barn Dance|
|Typical line-up:||A mix of fiddlers, banjo, mandolin, flute, guitar, bones,
and bodhran. Callers and a singer are also available|
Tel: 01792 234316
Our group has been established some 27 years in the south Wales area. We play predominantly irish and welsh music but also some scottish tunes. Generally playing for ceilidhs otherwise known as twmpath or barn dances, but also background music for other occasions. The band is made up a mix of fiddlers, banjo , mandolin, flute, guitar, bones, and bodhran. Callers and a singer are also available.
Information supplied by Lynda James <James.firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Paisley, South-west, Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||2 accordions plus drums|
|Recordings:|| Demo CD available|
??? (phone number now out of date)
The Ceol Mor Scottish Dance Band are a popular choice for dances in the Glasgow area, but have travelled further afield as far as Inverness, Fife and more recently to Germany for a Burns Night country dance. The band also take bookings as guest artistes for Accordion and Fiddle clubs.
|Typical line-up:||Accordian (with midi bass), Fiddle, Drums (the full kit!),
guitar and vocals - also call the dances if required|
|Contact:||Alistair Sinclair (email@example.com)|
It is a Ceilidh Band - fast & furious - nae messin'!
We carry a full PA rig that caters for most venues (Strathclyde Uni level 8/Paisley Town Hall/Partick Burgh hall/...)
Information supplied by Alistair Sinclair (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com).
|Based in:||Glasgow, South-west, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||5 piece - Fiddle,guitar,bouzuki,keyboard,whistle
Tel: 0141 339 8382
Tel: 0141 884 3953
Web page: http://chitterybite.com/
A typical evening's entertainment consists of all the usual country dances, which we call. Songs from folk to funk make up a large part of our reportoire also. Everything you need to know is on the website.
Information supplied by George Shand.
|Based in:||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, |
|Typical line-up:||1, 2, 3 piece - accordian, piano, fiddle with MIDI backup (bass and drums)|
Christine Baker has been entertaining audiences with scottish accordian music in Canada and parts of the USA periodically since 1975. However, since 1993 Christine has been playing for Scottish Country Dances and Workshops in Western Canada. Christine has opened shows starring The Alexander Brothers, Gaberlunzie, Stuart Anderson & Grant Frazer.
Information supplied by Christine Baker.
|Based in:||Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, |
|Style:||SCD, Ceilidh, |
|Typical line-up:||Mark on fiddle, Karen on accordion, Allan on mandolin, Jane on percussion and Joe on guitar and vocals|
Tel: 07751 933431
We're from the villages of Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire but play all over the country from Tiree to most recently, Hopetoun House in the east. Karen calls the dances as required. Jane and Allan can demonstrate.
Information supplied by Joe Logue <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland, |
|Style:||SCD, Ceilidh, Modern music|
|Typical line-up:||4-piece: 2 accordions, drums, guitar|
9 Fenton Barns Cottages, East Lothian, EH39 5AN
Tel: 01620 850 837
Graeme has been playing throughout the scottish dance scene for some 16 years and writes many jigs and reels. He has played second accordion with Alastair Wood's band for most of these years and has carried out three broadcasts and LPs. Graeme formed his own band which includes guitar and drums. He has played in many different parts of the world for the St Andrew's Society and RSCDS this includes Jakarta, Singapore, Eindhoven, Athens and regularly plays in Guernsey. The band are known for both scottish and modern music. Graeme can also do a disco after a ceilidh if required.
A dependable band well known for good toe tapping music.
Information supplied by Graeme Munro.
|Based in:||South of Scotland|
|Typical line-up:||Ian Kirkpatrick (accordion), Finlay Allison (fiddle and
caller), George Ormiston (fiddle, whistles and flute), Ian Murray (mandolin and
guitar) and Richard Burger (keyboards).|
|Contact:||Ian Murray (01899) 220629 or Finlay Allison (0141) 946 2665|
Cloud Howe have been playing ceilidhs all over the South of Scotland since 1994. Currently do around 50 to 60 gigs a year - usual mix of socials, weddings, fund raising events, seasonal parties etc.
For more information see the web site.
Information supplied by Ian Murray.
|Based in:||Lanark, South-west, Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||Two accordions, fiddle, piano and drums|
|Recordings:|| Light Reflections (2002)|
The Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band has featured on Radio Scotland and many other stations in Scotland and beyond. Available for Ceilidhs/weddings/functions/St Andrews Societies world wide. All members are able to call and demonstrate a large programe of dances.
Information supplied by Allan Smith <email@example.com>.
|Based in:||Ayrshire, South-west Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||3-piece - fiddle, accordion and drums (including a dance caller)|
The Complete Ceilidh (2006, Rostral, RTRLCD011)|
Full On (2001)
Get Reel (1996)
Live at the Civic (1994)
Web page: www.coila.com
Coila is a lively Scottish ceilidh band which is in popular demand across the UK and abroad. The band features an entertaining and expert dance caller and award-winning professional musicians. Coila have performed at international music festivals such as Celtic Connections and The Shetland Folk Festival and in recent years has played in countries as diverse as France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Canada, China, Nigeria, Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar.
Information supplied by William Weir.
|Based in:||Lothians. Available Edinburgh / Glasgow / Borders / Central Scotland |
|Typical line-up:||Accordion, Drums (+ fiddle if required). We can call all the dances.|
|Recordings:||Samples of our music is available on our website www.CopperCeilidh.co.uk|
We are a traditional Ceilidh Band, based in the Lothians and available for events across Central Scotland and the Borders.
We can provide the music for any sort of event, from small parties, to weddings or large corporate functions. The size and format of the band can be customised to suit every event, venue and budget.
We are happy to call the dances, walking you through each one step-by-step before the music starts to ensure everyone is able to get up on the dancefloor and take part and we can provide a disco for between sets of ceilidh dancing so you can catch your breath while still keeping the party atmosphere lively.
Information supplied by Jan from Copper Ceilidh.
|Typical line-up:||5 piece - accordion, piano, 2 fiddles
and drums (Ian R Muir, Judith Muir, Brenda de Souza, Keith Anderson and Graham
Hamilton). This can be augmented with 2nd accordion (subject
to musician availability).|
Farewell to Paternoster Square (1991)
Craigellachie in Oxford (1992)
Reel Friends (1993)
After the Chord (1996)
The Blackwater Collection (2006)
Take Your Seats (2006)
|Contact:||Graham Hamilton (drums (a) craigellachie.demon.co.uk),
31 Boundary Road, Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 1PW, ENGLAND, or|
Ian Muir (craigellachie (a) btinternet.co.uk)
Craigellachie is one of the UK's most innovative and exciting Scottish Country Dance bands south of the border. For nearly 20 years it has been playing disciplined Scottish dance music that is both good to dance and listen to, taking pride in its musical arrangements.
Since its inception the band has continued to be well received both in the UK and abroad, including tours to Germany, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Holland, Oman and, more recently, making its debut appearance at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival in 2004, then returning again in 2006.
Information supplied by Ian and Judith Muir and Graham Hamilton.
|Based in:||Central Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||Frank Leighton midi accordion, Mike Garner fiddle/mandolin, Alan Stevenson vocals/caller/percussion|
|Recordings:||Testing the Water CR101|
Tel: 01259 760029
Tel: 01236 823213
Web page: www.craigenroan.com
Craigenroan have extensive experience of ensuring people don't get to sit down for long!
Information supplied by Jim Leighton.
|Based in:||London, England|
|Style:||Ceilidh, Scottish Country Dances, Reeling Parties|
|Typical line-up:||Fiddle, Accordion, Piano Drums and caller|
Tel: 0118 969 4135
The band was formed in the early 1980's and is run by Stuart Forbes and Alistair Forbes.
Information supplied by Stuart Forbes.
|Based in:||Glasgow Area, South-wast, Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||Midi Accordion, Electric Guitar/Acoustic guitar, Fiddle,
Drums (Full kit). Sometimes pipes if required.|
Tel: [+44] (0)141 762 4905
The guys have played extensively at home and abroad for numerous high profile functions and indeed festivals including T in the Park. Due to the wide range of influences of the band members the music has an eclectic mixture of styles from rock to cajun to funk while its roots are firmly celtic and always great to dance to - that's the priority. The accordion player, Davie, is also the bands caller. His humourous, tongue-in-cheek approach is an integral part of the band's performance. All well-known ceilidh dances and indeed some lesser-known unusual dances are called. Tunes murdered, guests insulted indiscriminetely, no function too bizarre.
Information supplied by Davie Morrison <Daviebox@tesco.net>.
|Typical line-up:||African percussion, bass, fiddle, keyboard|
Edinburgh EH12 8UJ
Tel & fax 0131 339 5374 (24 hours)
Information supplied by Ken Gourlay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Based in:||Tayside, Central Scotland, |
|Typical line-up:||5-piece - accordion, keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums|
|Recordings:||Turning The Tide: Ninegaites Music, NGCD1007|
Freefall: Tortoise Records, TORT01001
|Contact:||George Carmichael or Calum McKenzie|
Tel: [+44] (0)1382 611256 or [+44] (0)1382 451262
Formed in Tayside in 1994, The Cutting Edge are doing for Celtic music what Charlie Parker did for Jazz and literally tearing down the boundaries in music. Crossing reels with a James Brownish type groove, merging pipe tunes with an African Chant. Dashing White Sergeant to a fiery Latin American beat Anything�s possible with these guys. And they do it with such panache.
The band have excited audiences all over the world with there unique and electric blend of music and songs. Whether it�s in concert sets or at a Ceilidh dance, I defy anyone to keep their feet still when this exhilarating band crank it up.
Information supplied by Deryck Mitchelson.
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