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Faer Company *Ceilidh*

Based in: Dundee/Tayside/Angus/Fife
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 4-piece: Guitar, Whistle, Double-Bass, Fiddle
Recordings: none
Contact: Graham Robertson (01382) 541933

Faer Company have been playing in the Dundee/Angus/Tayside/Fife areas solidly for the last 4 years. We play a variety of music and teach and call all the dances that we play for. We have toured extensively in Ireland and Germany.

We have a website at http://www.j-wren.com/folk/ .

Information supplied by Jock Wren (jock@iona2.demon.co.uk).

Fagin's Pocket *Ceilidh*

Based in: Carlisle, Cumbria, England,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3-6 piece
Recordings:
Contact: Gail or Alan
Tel: 01228 510747
Email: faginspocket@msn.com
Web page: http://www.faginspocket.fsworld.co.uk/

Fagins Pocket features melodeon, harmonica, whistle, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flute, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, drums and other percussion, 2 vocalists and its own dance caller...... and there's only the 6 of us!

The members of Fagins Pocket come from very different musical backgrounds (jazz, classical, rhythm and blues as well as folk) and combine to provide top notch music for dancing - not just for ceilidhs or barn dances but anywhere you want good sounds.

We might be based in Cumbria but we do travel and we're worth it!

Information supplied by Alan Cole <faginspocket@msn.com>.

Fiddlesticks & Ivory *SCD*

Based in: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: Fiddle, piano, accordion, bass, drums
Recordings: Ghillies on the Golden Gate, 1992
San Francisco Collection, Volume 2, 1997 (with other artists)
Contact: bookings and recording sales: David Mostardi (mostardi@pobox.com)

Talented arranger Lyle Ramshaw heads up this innovative SCD fiddle band. Besides their popular appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fiddlesticks & Ivory have also played in many venues along the Pacific Coast, including Hawaii, Vancouver, Fort Townsend, and Southern California.

Information supplied by David Mostardi.

Fiddlers Three Plus Two *Ceilidh* *SCD*

Based in: Glasgow / Central Scotland
Style: Ceilidh, Old Tyme, Country Dance, Stage
Typical line-up: Three Fiddles with backing
Recordings: Fiddlers Three Plus Two Vols 1 + 2 and RSCDS Recordings for books 14, 15 and 37.
Contact: Lex Keith
59 Woodside Avenue
Lenzie
Glasgow
G66 4NG
Tel: 0141 775 0412
Email: lexkeith@yahoo.com

Solo accordion and background dinner music, lounges etc, up to full Scottish show with singer, dancers, piper.

Information supplied by Lex Keith (lexkeith@yahoo.com).

Flying Haggis *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow/Central Belt, South-west, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, Fiddle, Scottish Small Pipes / Highland Bagpipes and Guitar
Recordings:
Contact: Lorraine
Tel: 0141 581 0165
Tel (mobile): 07967 221 565
Email: flying_haggis001@hotmail.com
Neil
Tel: 0141 581 0165
Tel (mobile): 07050 130 127

Information supplied by Lorraine <flying_haggis001@hotmail.com>.

The Flying Pieman *Ceilidh*

Based in: Banchory, North-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Caller, fiddle, banjo, keyboard and accordion, with occasional brass.
Recordings: mp3 samples ()
Contact: Neil Bayfield
Path Head
Raemoir Road
Banchory
Kincardineshire
AB31 5XP
Scotland

Tel: +44(0)1330 822048
Email: info@flyingpieman.co.uk
Web page: http://www.flyingpieman.co.uk/

Alternative ceilidh band with some fun dances from farther parts of europe, mixed in with traditional scottish ceilidh (full caller instruction). Specific requests catered-for, given notice.

Information supplied by Gavin Bayfield.

The Frank Reid Scottish Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Reeling*

Based in: near London, South-east, England,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh,
Typical line-up: The normal line up of the band is - accordion, fiddle, keyboards and drums. For the larger occasions a six or seven piece band can be supplied including two/three fiddles, flute and second accordion. A piper can be included in the team for weddings and other occasions. We have lots of contacts in the piping world including my father in law who is a first rate ex Black Watch piper.
Recordings:
Contact: Frank Reid
The Granary, Wheatlands Manor
Park Lane
Finchampstead
RG40 4QL
UK

Tel: +44 (0) 118 932 8983
Email: sdb@frankreid.com
Web: www.frankreid.com

Frank Reid was born in Glasgow and has been playing Scottish Dance Music on the accordion since he was 15. He formed his first band at the age of eighteen some twenty two years ago. The band in its present form has been playing the Scottish dance circuit for the past 10 years and is the best known Scottish dance band south of the border.

The band has recorded some five LP's for the London Highland Club and three on its own label as well as four recordings for BBC Radio Scotland's Saturday night programme 'Take the Floor'. A current reeling CD is available which also features the Scottish Dance Band of the Black Watch.

Through its association with Furlongs Travel the band has accompanied Scottish dancing enthusiasts on holidays in Denmark, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Canda, France, Italy and in 1991 Australia and New Zealand where it was featured on the National TV news! More recent trips include Canada and the US, New Zealand again, Vienna, Nova Scotia and Prague.

In the mid 90's events included the premiere of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' , and a solo appearance supporting the Glasgow representatives on 'Come Dancing'. A band TV appearance in 'Roughnecks' was shown in December 1994. 1995 saw the tercentenary celebrations of the Bank of Scotland, and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Ball in the presence of the Royal Family.

In the late 90's the band provided the music for the Leeds Festival of Scottish Country Dancing - the largest event of its kind in the world and also a highly successful 700 people ceilidh dance event at the Whitehall banqueting suite. Two regular St Andrews Night events at Whitehall and Hurlingham demonstrate the band's ability to delight the whole spectrum of Scottish Dancers. Burns Night events see the band playing to 2,500 people within two weeks including the band's longest running engagement for the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London at the Brewery. This event sells out its 480 tickets every year and there is often a waiting list of 200!

In June 2001 two ceilidhs within days of each other went spectacularly well. A corporate summer ball for Linklaters was followed closely by a 300 people ceilidh as part of the Wargrave Festival nr Henley. The tickets sold out on the first day it was announced which speaks volumes about the growing popularity of ceilidh dancing amongst the general public. In August a two piece band hopped over to Stockholm for a Scottish/Swedish wedding.

Information supplied by Frank Reid <sdb@frankreid.com>.

The Frazer Mclellan Band *Ceilidh* Pop-Jazz, Soul

Based in: Scotland
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, Guitar, Drums and Fiddle - Dance Caller included
Recordings: Numerous as solo, band and session musician as well as with The Big Elastic Band
Contact: Frazer Mclellan
Tel (home): 0141 339 6880
Tel (mobile): 07971 675 793
Email: gigs@frazermclellan.com
Web page: www.frazermclellan.com

The Frazer Mclellan Band are one of the UK's top Scottish Ceilidh bands. We play regularly in the UK's top ceilidh venues and travel abroad regularly playing for weddings and Scottish dances.

Information supplied by Frazer Mclellan <me@frazermclellan.demon.co.uk>.

Fred Moyes *SCD*

Based in: London, Ontario, Canada
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: accordion + electronic accompaniment
Recordings: What You Hear is What You Get (2004, Thane Studios)
Contact: Fred Moyes
Address: 90 Moraine Crescent, London ON N6G 4Z1, Canada
Telephone: 519-679-8633
E-mail: fmmusic@sympatico.ca

Fred plays for dancing across Canada and the United States, provides music for workshops, classes and examinations. He has played at the RSCDS Summer School in St Andrews for the past four years and will make a fifth visit to Japan to play for Scottish country dancing in May, 2007. Have "Petosa" - will travel!

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