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|Based in:||Isle of Skye, Western Scotland|
|Typical line-up:||3-4 piece: accordion, pipes, drums, fiddle and singer|
|Contact:||Ally K MacPherson|
|Based in:||Edinburgh and Glasgow, Southern, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||Fiddle, accordion, drums, MIDI-bass, caller. Can also include
piper and keyboard
Tel: 0141 889 9655
Web page: homepage.mac.com/blazeinthebothy
ABlaze in the Bothy are an exciting band, full of excellent musicians with backgrounds in the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). If it is for a function, then we could also provide a disco. We core of the band is quite traditional but we can also bring in our piper for a fast and wild ceilidh night.
Two of the band also play with The Porridge Men (www.porridgemen.com) whose platinum-selling album "Planet Porridge" was famously used by the UK's ice skating team as their chosen music for the freestyle dance section at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics.
Information supplied by Iain MacPhail.
|Based in:||Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||4-piece plus caller
Tel: 0131 669 8108
We consist of Lead guitar/vocals, Keyboard split with bass left hand and keyboards right hand, Fiddle/mandolin/guitar/flute/whistle/backing vocals bod, and me, Drums, vocals and calling Scottish Country dances when required.
We play every fortnight on Fridays in Biddy Mulligan's Irish Pub in Edinburgh (live rehearsal effectively!) . This allows us to take gigs of other styles such as ceilidh, weddings, functions and rock venues as well to keep us enthusiastic and solvent!
Information supplied by Ian Forrest.
|Based in:||Lothian, the Borders, Fife
|Typical line-up:||fiddle, keyboard, Northumbrian pipes, bass guitar and caller
|Contact:||Noel: (0131) 443 9723
Graham: (01875) 320503
Information supplied by Alan Gardiner <email@example.com>.
|Based in:||Biggar, South-east, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||3 or 4-piece: accordion, keyboard and drums, plus optionally
accordion or fiddle
|Recordings:||True Reflections (1993)
Highlander Music CD 7 (1998): HRMCD507
RSCDS Book 26 (1999)
Tel: (01899) 220473
Information supplied by Alan Gardiner
|Style:||Scottish Country Dance and Ceilidh|
|Typical line-up:||Accordion, Piano, Drums - can be augmented to 4 or 5 piece
stripped down to a one-man band.|
Tel: [+44] (0)1324 559793
Comments made about the band include:
"You play tunes which I've not heard anyone else play"
"A terrific dancing beat for Country Dancing"
"How do you get that fantastic sound?"
|Based in:||Edinburgh, Lothian|
|Style:||Scottish Country, Ceilidh, Old Time|
|Typical line-up:||4 or 5-piece: 2 accordions, fiddle, guitar and drums.|
|Recordings:||RSCDS Books 17, 32 & 34|
24 Barnton Park Gardens,
Tel: [+44] (0)131 312 6730
Information supplied by Alastair Wood.
Dependably brilliant with a broad repertoire - Ed
|Based in:||Fife, Scotland
|Typical line-up:||4/5-piece: accordion, scottish/gaelic/contemporary vocals,
guitar, piano & drums.
|Recordings:||Sonas (1999): TRCD 9904
4 Kingsloan Court
Tel: 01334 840469
ALBANY is a 4/5 piece band featuring BILLY ANDERSON on midi piano-accordion and Mod Gold Medalist MARGARET MACLEOD on Scottish/Gaelic/Contemporary vocals, with guitar, piano and rhythm accompaniment, providing a varied selection of music and song for mixed dancing, including Ceilidh, Old-tyme and Modern.
Over the years, ALBANY have toured extensively throughout United States and Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia , Germany and continue to travel and entertain all over Scotland, with occasional visits to England, Ireland and Wales.
The ALBANY STAGE SHOW is extremly popular throughout the East of Scotland, which also features JACKIE PAUL on guitar, KENNY DOWNIE on drums, ALAN KITCHEN on piano, along with piper DUNCAN SOUTAR and Scottish Folksinger JIM REID.
MARGARET MACLEOD and BILLY ANDERSON are continually involved in radio and television presentation and appear as a duo in cabaret within the HILTON HOTEL GROUP during the summer season.
Having recently released their 4th album on THANE RECORDS, the band is in great demand for weddings, corporate events, concerts and other social functions.
Information supplied by Billy Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Glasgow, South-west, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||3-piece: accordion, fiddle and drums; can add flautist
64 Croftburn Drive
Tel (home): 0141-630 1003
Tel (mobile): 07830 198891
Web page: WWW.THISTLEDUBH.COM
We are a trio of professionally trained musicians playing the Accordion, Fiddle and Drums (we have an optional Flautist if required) who deliver our exciting style of 'Ceilidh' music to our audience via the very best in modern public address systems. Stage lighting is also used to illuminate the band during our performance.
Our versatile, energetic, creative and professional style of playing reaches out to all age groups, thereby ensuring that our blend of music will be enjoyed by the novice, discerning dancer and musical enthusiast alike.
In demand throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK (with a recent gig in Dubai under their belts) you can be assured that attending a 'Thistle Dubh' Ceilidh - be it a wedding, graduation, birthday party, school dance or fundraiser - is a real (or should that be reel) foot tapping, kilt swirling experience.
We know from experience that not everyone who attends a 'Ceilidh' knows what to do. Therefore all dances can be called by the band if required, to ensure that the dance floor is full from start to finish - so the inexperienced dancer needn't worry about making mistakes.
The following dances are typical of the ones we get asked to play on a regular basis: Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Strip The Willow, St Bernard's Waltz, Eightsome Reel, Duke of Perth, Postie's Jig, Britannia Two-Step, Military Two-Step, Virginia Reel, Postie's Jig, Eva Three Step, Slosh, Birdie Song, etc., and many more!
If required 'Thistle Dubh' can also incorporate a disco (full disco lighting system included) alongside the ceilidh for a complete evening's entertainment. This has proved time and time again to be a very popular choice of entertainment with our client's and our vast selection of CDs ensure everyone's tastes will be catered for.
Just being there will provide you with not only a sensational evening of swinging Scottish Ceilidh Dancing, but also with a host of delightful memories to take home and rave about, until you attend another 'Thistle Dubh' Ceilidh!
It goes without saying, that we are fully aware of your expectations regarding timekeeping, appearance, performance standard, attitude and professionalism.
We won't let you down!
Information supplied by Alistair Lennox <email@example.com>.
|Based in:||Hawick, South-east, Scotland,
|Style:||Ceilidh, Old Tyme
|Typical line-up:||accordion fiddle drums keyboard, depending on whether a 3 or 4
piece band suits your requirements.
Tel (mobile): 07958 225535
Tel: 01968 679583
This is a superb scottish dance band, a self taught accordionist. They can provide a mixture of dance music for the beginner or the more experienced dancer. A caller can also be available on request. Available for weddings, ceilidhs, birthdays, etc.
Information supplied by Louise Cowie.
|Based in:||Northumbria, North-east, England,
|Style:||SCD, Ceilidh, , Old Tyme, Northumbrian Ceilidh
|Typical line-up:||Two fiddles, melodeon, accordion/pipes/mandolin, guitar, tenor
|Recordings:||short demo CD available
3 East Law
Tel: 01207 560684
The Angels of the North aim to be amongst the leading ceilidh bands in North-east England. Their material is drawn from many parts of the British Isles but concentrates on dances, tunes and songs from Northumbria, both old and new. The Angels are actively involved in both archive research and composition, so a typical programme will include dances and tune sets from five different centuries.
The Angels of the North pride themselves on providing bespoke ceilidhs, carefully crafted to make each event into a special occasion.The Angels apply only two criteria when selecting material: does it have a North-eastern connection and is it fun!
Information supplied by Noel Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Edinburgh (although will travel anywhere)|
|Typical line-up:||fiddle, keyboard, bass and dance caller (Tricia Matthews)|
|Recordings:||Apart from a demo, no recordings to date|
Mobile: (07768) 563138
Annasach (Gaelic for unusual, unconventional) are a three-piece ceilidh band plus dance caller and are available for all occasions. We have been playing for ceilidhs, parties, birthdays, weddings and folk festivals since 1990 from Aberdeen to Zurich!
The sound of the band has a more folk based slant rather than traditional ceilidh with the current line-up being fiddle (Katherine Stewart), keyboard (Andrew Elders) and bass (Colin Wilson). This provides an energetic, vibrant sounding front line mixed with a forceful, funky piano and bass back line.
Our dance caller, Tricia Wilson, (who is probably the most important member of the band!) has years of experience and is guaranteed to calm any nerves and make sure that everyone enjoys themselves.
Information provided by Colin J Wilson (email@example.com).
|Style:||SCD, Ceilidh, Reeling, Old Tyme
Tel: 01306 730040
Fax: 0870 0526969
Web page: http://www.musi.co.uk/
Arcadia is a live music agency which specialises in providing Scottish ceilidh and dance bands for any kind of event in England and mainland Europe. Arcadia is run by Scottish dance band fiddler (and piper) Max Rankin. I know the majority of Scottish dance musicians in the South of England personally and have played with a good number of them. Because of that we are uniquely placed to advise on and supply a Scottish dance band appropriate to any function - we know which bands sound authentically Scottish, which do a good wedding ceilidh, and which can handle a specialist 'Reels' (or 'Reelers') evening with 500 guests. We are happy to answer enquiries without obligation.
Information supplied by Max Rankin <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
|Based in:||Lanarkshire, South-west, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||Accordion, Fiddle, Keyboard and Caller
|Recordings:||Doon the Brae (2004): APCD 0401- Scottish Ceilidh
dances with full instructions
Web page: http://www.nicolasbroadbridge.com/page4.htm
The Assembly Players started as a Scottish Ceilidh Dance Band in 1989 (after the demise of The Gallivanters Ceilidh Band), playing mostly for Scottish ceilidh dances until the issue of their first CD in 1994. By this time, the original keyboard player, Dick Burger, had gradually given up playing with the Band, and his place had been taken by keyboard player and pianist extraordinary Brian Prentice. Brian's arrival enabled Nicolas to steer the band further towards his first and abiding passion, English Country Dances.
With the subsequent issue of one, and sometimes two, recordings annually since 1994 The Assembly Players' reputation as an English Country Dance Band has steadily grown, so that they have been invited to play at many dances and Balls, workshops and folk festivals both in England and abroad.
Owing to Nicolas' teaching and MC'ing commitments, The Assembly Players do not play as a band as often as many others, but despite this restriction and being based in Scotland, the band has played for dances or Balls at Cecil Sharp House, Eastbourne, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Oxford, Darlington, Norwich, Gloucester, Leamington, and abroad in Holland and the USA.
The band is still in demand in Scotland for Ceilidh Dances, and these feature prominently in the diary.
Information supplied by Nicolas Broadbridge.
|Typical line-up:||caller, 2 fiddles, mandolin, guitar and bass, or piano.|
|Recordings:||none at present|
3F1, 55 Marchmont Road
email : email@example.com
We've been playing around Edinburgh for the last 10 years and have a strong line up of experienced musicians. The band is led by fiddles and dance caller. Our ceilidhs include a good cross section of dances; fast and slow; scottish and international. The emphasis is on getting everyone up on the dance floor and having a good time, and to be as professional as possible.
Information supplied by Robert Brice. Based in: Aberdeen + Aberdeenshire Style: Ceilidh Line-up: Minimum 4 piece plus caller, including concertina, fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, percussion + vocals. Recordings: Not yet Contact: Gillian Mackintosh 01651 863052 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: www.aurorascot.org.uk/ceilidh/
|Based in:||Aberdeen + Aberdeenshire|
|Typical line-up:||Minimum 4 piece plus caller, including concertina, fiddle,
flute, guitar, mandolin, percussion + vocals.|
Tel: 01651 863052
|Based in:||South West England, Cornwall, Somerset, Devon|
|Typical line-up:||2 accordions, fiddle,piano, drums, and MC|
Cornwall PL32 9YN.
tel: [+44] (0)1840 261708
Autumn Gold Country Dance Band specialise in Scottish country dance music and the big weekend is the first weekend of October when the Marhamchurch Scottish Country Dance Club run their special weekend at Bude, & tutors come down from Scotland etc to instruct the dancing. Cathie Upton plays lead accordion, Alan Corkett plays 2nd piano accordion, Hilary Hudson plays fiddle, Liz Sidebotham plays piano and Dawn Burden plays drums. Les Burden, Dawn's husband is MC for the evening dance. We divide up to provide music for workshops & usually get a piper too.
Autumn Gold are very flexible, appear as 3, 4 or 5 piece for various kinds of social gatherings, including weddings, parties, barn dances, English folk dancing & ceilidhs.
They have appeared at Folk Festivals such as Eastbourne and tutor on courses, ie Halsway Manor folk Dance Musicians/Crafts at Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Somt., the only permanent residential folk centre in the UK (see www.halswaymanor.org.uk)
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