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|Typical line-up:||Davie Morrison (accordion, wah-cordion), Martin McLean
(Guitars), Gordon Roberts (Drums), Dave Mackay (Fiddle)|
|Recordings:||None as yet|
79 Beaufort Gardens, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2DQ, Scotland
The band got together in the early 1990's and have become one of the most highly-regarded ceilidh bands on the scene. This due not least (we think!) to our "no rules" approach to the music. Yes it's Scottish/Irish traditional but draws influences from rock, funk, cajun - anything really. From Jimmy Shand to Rammstein, Fish, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Bach. If it sounds good and feels good - it's in the set. Since we all have quite diverse musical tastes the resultant racket is dynamic to understate slightly. The music's been described as "manic" - from haunting melodies, gallus marches to thundering reels and jigs, nobody can predict what's going to happen next. We like that element of surprise. Worth mentioning too is the fact that we're good at "calling" the dances at our ceilidhs - essential when not everyone in the audience will know the steps. Even for seasoned dancers we still have to give the instructions for some of the more bizarre dances in our repertoire. Okay yah?
So! We play at literally hundreds of weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, numerous corporate events - like er..really big corporate events. For example we played for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in Brussels. We've played at the weddings of supermodels and film stars for instance Kirsty Hume, Donovan Leitch and John Hannah. We have been World Ceilidh Band Champions (twice). We're not strangers to the Festivals either having played at Celtic Connections, the Islay Festival, Stirling's Hogmanay at Stirling Castle Esplanade (for their Hogmanay celebrations) and T in the Park on 4 occasions.
We've had quite a number of overseas stuff too - to places like Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Copenhagen, Moscow, Pisa. Crikey we've even played in England...
It was said by Hunter Farqhuarson from Edinburgh "If Carlsberg made ceilidh bands - they probably wouldn't be as exciting as Last Tram tae Auchenshuggle".
'Twas also said by Tom Shields, Glasgow Herald, "Lads - Don't EVER rehearse - it would spoil it..."Information supplied by David Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
|Based in:||Udny, Aberdeenshire, North-east, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||5-piece: fiddle, keys, guitars/bass, drums, whistle/caller
Tel: 07734 943545
Web page: www.laverock.net
Laverock are a Celtic rock band from the Udny area, who have been entertaining crowds at ceilidhs, weddings and fundraisers for over five years. Equally experienced at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, Highland hotels, modest family gatherings or outdoor events, Laverock can cater for all Scottish music and dance requirements.
Information supplied by Jonathon Aspden.
|Based in:||Alloway, South-west, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||5-piece: 2 accordions, fiddle, piano and drums. Can add others
|Recordings:||Highlander Music CD 9 (1999): HRMCD509
17 Carseloch Road
Tel: 01292 441844
Be it ceilidh, Scottish Country or Old Time dance, Sandy and his energetic band are ready to go! They've played for weddings and socials, clubs and live broadcasts, they've recorded a hugely popular ceilidh dance album, they've been to Bulgaria for a St. Andrew's Night, to Spain for a ceilidh.. and they've even played in England!
Sandy has fronted his own band for siz years now, with a stable core of musical friends. Teh band also benefits from the talents of other musicians, whom Sandy calls upon to emphasise particular musical slants for specific occasions. The band give special thanks to Neil MacMillan who joined them for this recording.
Sandy and the band bring their own ebullient style to the traditions of Scottish Country dance, with music for an effervescent evening's dancing.
Information supplied by Sandy Legget <>.
|Based in:||Glasgow / Central Scotland|
|Style:||Ceilidh, Old Tyme, Country Dance, Stage|
|Typical line-up:||Accordion, Fiddle, Drums|
|Recordings:||Lex Keith Country Band.|
59 Woodside Avenue
Tel: 0141 775 0412
Solo accordion and background dinner music, lounges etc, up to full Scottish show with singer, dancers, piper.
Information supplied by Lex Keith (email@example.com).
|Based in:||London, England|
|Style:||Ceilidh, Weddings, Reeling, Corporate|
|Typical line-up:||5-piece, Caller/Fiddle, Fiddle, Guitar/Keys, Bass, Drums|
Licence To Ceilidh (LTCCD001)|
Tel: 07813 646440
Web page: www.licencetoceilidh.co.uk
Licence To Ceilidh is the most sought-after ceilidh function band in the south east of England. Re-defining the dowdy image of social dance, the charismatic Licence To Ceilidh is in constant demand, from well known beautiful wedding venues to private members' clubs in London.
As highly trained classical musicians, we also provide the Bespoke Classical Package; an exciting evening's ceilidh dancing, guaranteed to be the focal point of any function, combined with the sophistication and elegance of a classical string quartet for an afternoon reception. We are also able to provide pipers, jazz pianists, harpists, classical guitarists, traditional dancers, and even an entire orchestra if you so wish.
Licence To Ceilidh is the perfect complement to any stylish, modern wedding, and with traditional twist, it guarantees to be a fantastic evening for all to remember. It is also the ideal evening's entertainment to round off your corporate event, team-building day or office party. The band travels all over the country playing at events and giving public performances at venues such as The South Bank Centre, Cecil Sharp House, Battersea Arts Centre and at prestigious classical festivals.
Information supplied by Philippe Barnes .
|Based in:||Central Belt + the Highlands|
|Style:||Ceilidh, Old Tyme, Country Dance|
|Typical line-up:||typically 3-piece, but can do 4 or 5-piece|
|Recordings:||Step in Style HRMCD007 (2000)|
The original "Inside-oot Fish-Eater" (after whom Peter Wood named the tune). One of the musicians defining the dance music scene in Scotland.
Information supplied by Ian Brockbank.
|Based in:||Edinburgh/East Lothian, South-East Scotland|
|Typical line-up:||Six piece including caller, two accordians, two fiddles (one
calling), guitar and drums.|
Tel: 0162 082 6840 (h) or 0131 665 4216 (w)
Fax: 0131 653 6482
|Typical line-up:||accordion, drum-kit, keyboard, and banjo/guitar, inc two
Information supplied by Gerry Jones.
|Based in:||London and South-East|
|Style:||Ceilidh, Weddings, Reeling|
|Typical line-up:||4-piece: Fiddle, accordion and drums plus caller.|
Mobile: 07791 865567
Web page: www.lochnagar.band
Lochnagar is a lively and busy Scottish ceilidh band based in London and the south-east. Traditional and energetic, Lochnagar plays for parties, weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and stand-alone ceilidhs. We’ve been playing regularly for London’s ceilidh club for over a decade.
Information supplied by Dave McAllister.
|Based in:||Fife, Central, Scotland,
|Typical line-up:||Generally 3 piece: accordian, fiddle and drums but a 2nd
accordian can be included if desired
|Recordings:||On a Higher Level ()
Whisky in the Jar ()
Live in the Studio ()
In Full Swing ()
Stepping Out Ninegaites
Tel: 0796 73840091
Based in Fife they are a Ceilidh/dance band. Generally 3 piece, Accordian, fiddle and drums but a 2nd accordian can be included if desired. Recordings include: On a higher level; Whisky in the jar; Live in the studio and more recently In full swing.
They are however also a broadcasting dance band with apperances on Robbie Shephard and the Reel Blend of which they will be appearing again next year.
Information supplied by Laura Stewart.
|Typical line-up:||3 or 4-piece - accordion, fiddle, piano and drums|
|Recordings:||More than a dozen...|
tel: [+44] (0)7710 471832
"They play tunes I never hear anywhere else."
- Two quotes overheard after a recent dance at which they played.
Information supplied by George Meikle.
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