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Caerketton *Ceilidh*

Based in: Linlithgow
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3 fiddles, guitar, wooden flute/keyboards
Recordings: 2 CDs now published (at end 2005)
Contact: Bryan McAlister
For more details see their web page on .

Information supplied by Bryan McAlister (

Callanish *Ceilidh* *modern covers* *rock n roll* *disco provided on request*

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:

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.

Callum Wilson *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Old Tyme*

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)
Contact: Callum Wilson
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.

The Calum'n'Eric Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh* *Weddings* *Birthday Celebrations*

Based in: Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh, Weddings, Birthday Celebrations
Typical line-up: Calum: Accordion Eric: vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar and dance-calling.
Contact: Eric Wood
Tel: 0131 664 8466
Web page:
Calum Marwick
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.

Calum Low Scottish Dance Band & Concert Duo *Ceilidh* *Old Time*

Based in: Bishopbriggs, North of Glasgow, Scotland
Style: Ceilidh/Old-time/Concert. Dance Caller available if required.
Typical line-up: ???
Contact: Calum Low ( 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.

Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh
Style: Ceilidh/SCD/Festival/Concert
Typical line-up: Accordion, Fiddle, Drums, Vocals, Caller
Recordings: New CD now available
Contact: Alex Ross ( 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.

Capital Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 4-piece: box, fiddle, guitar and double bass
Contact: David Mitchell
15 Gilberstoun Place

EH15 2RB

Tel (home): 0131 669 8463
Web page:

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 <>.

Captain Swing *Ceilidh*

Based in: Birmingham, Midlands, England,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 4-piece plus caller
Recordings: Captain Swing and other likely stories (1998): CSCD001
Contact: Mike Griffiths
Web page:

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.

The Carlyle Family *Ceilidh*

Based in: Livingston
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.

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 (

John Carmichael's Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh* *Scottish Show* *Burns Nights* *Weddings*

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
Contact: John Carmichael
2 Brora Drive
G46 6NR

Tel: +44 (0) 141 638 0344
Web page:

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.

Carreg Las Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: West Wales, Wales,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Lin Cram : Dance Caller / percussion, Ian Edwards : Melodeons, Howard Bragen : Guitar, Mark Vincent : Bass / percussion
Contact: Lin Cram
Tel: 01994 419779
Tel (mobile):
Howard Bragen
Tel (mobile): 07970 030707
Web page:

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.

Ceilidh Folk *Ceilidh*

Based in: Fife, Central, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3 Piece : Midi Accordion, Fiddle, Guitar/singer/caller
Contact: Kevin Thompson
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.

Ceilidh Generation *Ceilidh*

Based in: London & Home Counties, England
Style: Irish/Scottish/Contemporary
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.

Ceilidh Minogue *Ceilidh*

Based in: Central, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: accordion, fiddle, piano and drums (and sometimes guitar); we call all the dances ourselves.
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Tel: 07776057200
Web page:
Tel: 01866844319
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We are a Scottish ceilidh band based in central Scotland but play all over Scotland and abr ad. 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.

Ceilidh Mor Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh* /h2>
Based in: the Garioch, Aberdeenshire; will travel
Style: Ceilidh
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 email:

Ceilidh Mor plays: Scottish/irish/cape breton/frenchcanadian/cajun tunes for weddings/ceilidhs/partys/events.

They have a web site at

Information supplied by Bryan Low (

Celtic Sound *Ceilidh* *Twmpath* *Barn Dance*

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
Contact: Lynda James
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 <>.

Ceol Mor Scottish Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Paisley, South-west, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 2 accordions plus drums
Recordings: Demo CD available
Contact: Stephen Lochead
??? (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.

Chantywrasstlers ceilidh band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow/Renfrewshire/Ayrshire
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordian (with midi bass), Fiddle, Drums (the full kit!), guitar and vocals - also call the dances if required
Recordings: ???
Contact: Alistair Sinclair (
Mostly the band do private functions, social clubs, etc - but have been known to stretch to more public venues - Riverside Club / Royal Concert Hall.

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 ( (

Chitterybite *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow, South-west, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 5 piece - Fiddle,guitar,bouzuki,keyboard,whistle
Contact: Neil
Tel: 0141 339 8382

Tel: 0141 884 3953
Web page:

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.

Christine Baker *SCD*

Based in: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
Style: SCD
Typical line-up: 1, 2, 3 piece - accordian, piano, fiddle with MIDI backup (bass and drums)
Contact: Christine Baker
Tel: 780-642-9324

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.

Clamjamfrie *Ceilidh*

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
Contact: Joe Logue
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 <>.

Clappy Doo Ceilidh band *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Weddings*

Based in: Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh, Modern music
Typical line-up: 4-piece: 2 accordions, drums, guitar
Contact: Graeme Munro
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.

Cloud Howe *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Finlay Allison (fiddle, caller), Alan Shute (accordion), Richard Burger (keyboards).
Recordings: none
Contact: Ian Murray (01899) 220629 or Finlay Allison (0141) 946 2665

Regularly playing Glasgow / West of Scotland gigs in this line-up since 2010. Weddings, fundraisers social events family parties etc.

For more information see the web site.

Information supplied by Ian Murray.

Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Lanark, South-west, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Two accordions, fiddle, piano and drums
Recordings: Light Reflections (2002)
Contact: Allan Smith

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 <>.

Coila Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Ayrshire, South-west Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3-piece - fiddle, accordion and drums (including a dance caller)
Recordings: The Complete Ceilidh (2006, Rostral, RTRLCD011)
Full On (2001)
Get Reel (1996)
Live at the Civic (1994)
Contact: Alistair McCulloch
Web page:

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.

Copper Ceilidh *Ceilidh*

Based in: Lothians. Available Edinburgh / Glasgow / Borders / Central Scotland
Style: Traditional Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, Drums (+ fiddle if required). We can call all the dances.
Recordings: Samples of our music is available on our website
Contact: Email:
Mobile: 07711-923203

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.

The Craigellachie Band *SCD*

Based in: Middlesex
Style: Scottish Country
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).
Recordings: Encore (1989)
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), 31 Boundary Road, Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 1PW, ENGLAND, or
Ian Muir (craigellachie (a)

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.

Craigenroan Ceilidh band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Central Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Frank Leighton midi accordion, Mike Garner fiddle/mandolin, Alan Stevenson vocals/caller/percussion
Recordings: Testing the Water CR101
Contact: Frank Leighton
Tel: 01259 760029
Alan Stevenson
Tel: 01236 823213
Web page:

Craigenroan have extensive experience of ensuring people don't get to sit down for long!

Information supplied by Jim Leighton.

Craigievar Scottish Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: London, England
Style: Ceilidh, Scottish Country Dances, Reeling Parties
Typical line-up: Fiddle, Accordion, Piano Drums and caller
Contact: Stuart Forbes
Tel: 0118 969 4135

The band was formed in the early 1980's and is run by Stuart Forbes and Alistair Forbes.

Notable gigs:-

Information supplied by Stuart Forbes.

CrapOrCeilidh *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow Area, South-wast, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Midi Accordion, Electric Guitar/Acoustic guitar, Fiddle, Drums (Full kit). Sometimes pipes if required.
Contact: Davie Morrison
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 <>.

Culla *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh?
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: African percussion, bass, fiddle, keyboard
Recordings: ???
Contact: Ken Gourlay (
3 Hayfield
Edinburgh EH12 8UJ
Tel & fax 0131 339 5374 (24 hours)

Information supplied by Ken Gourlay (

The Cutting Edge *Ceilidh*

Based in: Tayside, Central Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
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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