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Da Hooley *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: caller, accordionist, 2 fiddlers and guitarist
Recordings: none
Contact: Email:

Da Hooley ceilidh band can inject a sense of energy and fun into any occasion. We are a mix of fiddles, accordion and guitar, coupled with calling and occasional percussion. The band is known for our lively energetic style, and has been getting ceilidh crowds onto their feet since 1995.

We're available to play for any type of event, from the smallest family party, to fundraising ceilidhs, large corporate events, wedding ceilidhs, birthday ceilidhs, graduation ceilidhs, and any other event you would like to celebrate. No matter what you're planning, we'll have people up on their feet, enjoying the craic.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!

Information supplied by Ros Gasson.

Hugh Ferguson and Dalriada Scottish Country Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Bristol and the South West of England
Style: SCD and Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3-6 piece with base group of accordion, piano and fiddle. Augmented if required by 2nd fiddle, double bass and acoustic guitar.
Recordings: Reflections of Dalriada Others in preparation
Contact: Hugh Ferguson Tel/Fax (+44) (0)1934 852091

The Dalriada Scottish Country Dance Band was formed in 1973 in the Manchester area, playing extensively throughout the NW of England until Hugh moved to the SW in 1976, where the band has flourished, often augmented by original members. The band plays in an area stretching from Wales to Norfolk, and Yorkshire to Cornwall and the south coast, as well as in many international venues.

Favourite memories of the band include playing on six occasions for HM the Queen and members of the Royal Family.

The band have made 3 extensive tours �down under,� playing for numerous Scottish Country Dance Groups in Australia and New Zealand (both Islands) and played in many other countries, including festivals, concerts and dances in Canada, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, the Channel Islands and twice in the World Folk Dance Festival in Majorca.

Dalriada plays for, Ceilidhs, Scottish Country Dances, and Weddings (complete with caller), as well as for demonstrations and events. A demonstration team can also be arranged.

Information supplied by Hugh Ferguson.

Dancin� Digits Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Northern Ireland � County Antrim
Style: Ceilidh/Weddings
Typical line-up: 3 piece: Fiddle, accordion and drums complete with a dedicated dance caller.
Contact: Steven Wilson
Tel No: [+44] (0)7850 317252

3/4 piece ceilidh band formed in County Antrim but performing all over the North and South of Ireland. Experienced Musicians and Caller. Available for Ceilidhs, Weddings and Events. Visit our facebook page and website for more information with Sound Clips and Videos.

Robert Whitehead and The Danelaw *SCD*

Based in: North-East England
Style: Scottish Country/Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 2 accordions, piano, fiddle and drums
Recordings: Strictly Scottish Vol 1 (1997)
Strictly Scottish Vol 2 (1998)
(among others)
Contact: Robert Whitehead
2 Bothal Barns
NE61 6QL
Tel No: [+44] (0)1670 812389
Fax No: [+44] (0)1670 853896
Available for Scottish Country and / or Ceilidh Dances. Number of personnel is flexible from 3 upwards.

Usually one trip abroad each year at the end of January (Jan 2000 is to Majorca with band personnel, to date, of Robert Whitehead, Ian Thomson - accordions, Tom Lapsley - fiddle, Duncan Burns - drums & Ann Rutherford - piano) Details & booking form from - John Semple Travel, 173 High Street, Dumbarton G82 1NP or Ian Barbour at

Danse McCabre *Ceilidh*

Based in: Aberdeen, North-east Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Fiddle, Whistle/Bodhran, Concertina and Keyboard. Caller included.
Contact: Helen Lynch
Tel: (01224) 481268

Described in �Real Weddings� as a �fantastic all-girl band� with an �excellent Caller�, Danse McCabre has an eclectic lively style, playing a mixture of old favourites and less familiar dances as required. Also provides Scottish music for listening at conference banquets, weddings and other occasions.

Information supplied by Helen Lynch.

Dark Island *Ceilidh*

Based in: Aberdeen, North-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 2 fiddles, mandolin, whistle, keyboard, guitar. Dance calling included.
Contact: Email:
Web page:

The Dark Island Ceilidh Band is available for hire throught Deeside and Aberdeen for public and private ceilidhs. All proceeds from the fee go to local and national charities.

Information supplied by Bill Muir and Jenny Watson.

Darloch Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Central Scotland near Stirling
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Normally a 3 piece but have a host of talent in the wings when required.
Recordings: ???
Contact: Kenny Donaldson ( tel: 01259 761005

Darloch have played in Stirling Castle, Dubai and many more not quite so exotic.

Information supplied by Kenny Donaldson (

David Cunningham Junior *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Fife
Style: Scottish Country/Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, keyboard and drums
Recordings: Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol 3: HRMCD503 (1996)
All Set, Thane Records, CD - TRCD9801 / CASS - TC595
The Silver Thistle Collection, Thane Records, CD - TRCD9804
Heartbeat of Scotland, Thane Records, CD - TRMC9201
Contact: David Cunningham (

Young David Cunningham must have been one of the few children who have ever eagerly anticipated school dinner time! However, it was not meals but music that he looked forward to, and from those lunch-break practice sessions with his friends Ian and Graham grew this young but extremely experienced band. David started playing the accordion as soon as he was big enough to hold one, and the band which he formed in his early teens has now been together for fifteen years, during which time they have travelled throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe, and have made many T.V. and radio broadcasts. David now has his own music label, Thane Records.

The band has a website at

Description by Highlander music.

Information supplied by David Cunningham (

David Hall and his Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: London, South-east, England,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh,
Typical line-up: Anything from 1 to 5 piece with or without caller.
Recordings: Reel Friends (Book 2) (2000)
Contact: David Hall
Tel: +44 (0)20 8390 7829
Web page:

We specialise in music for Scottish Country Dancing but also regularly play for ceilidhs, private functions and corporate entertainment, shows and cabaret. We can provide line-ups, including callers if required, to suit all occasions (and budgets). From the band's debut in Manchester in the mid-80s, we have played round the UK and beyond, from London, our current base, to Mull and Monaco, Builth Wells and Brussels, Szazhalombatta and St Andrews.

I also call and run demonstration teams.

Information supplied by David Hall <>.

David Morison *Ceilidh* *Reeling* *Disco*

Based in: Tayside, Central, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh, Disco
Typical line-up: One man band - accordion plus MIDI backing including drums and power bass, can add other band members on request.
Contact: David Morison
Milton of Guthrie
by Arbroath
DD11 4SH

Tel: 07740 300 052
Tel (home): 01241 828 255

I am a one man band basically, and provide all of the backing to my music through midi including drums and power bass. Other band members may be gathered on request. I sometimes feature a guest singer in the band. Her name is Rosemary Newsome and she sings Quick Step Style Songs and is thinking of venturing out into other types. I have also recently branched out into offering Disco style music as well.

Information supplied by David Morison <>.

David Oswald *Ceilidh* *SCD*

Based in: Stirling, Central Scotland
Style: Ceilidh, SCD
Typical line-up: 3-piece: 2 accordions + drums, can add fiddle, piano and bass and provide a caller
Contact: David Oswald
11 Castlehill Loan
Tel: (01786) 870719

The band generally consists of 2 accordions and drums but can be augmented to fiddle, piano and bass (generally in this order) if required. Ceilidh caller is available if required.

The band has made various trips abroad to places such as Portugal, Tunisia, Spain, Ireland and even across the border into England. They have played on two occasions for the Iberian Peninsula Scottish Dance Group in Spain. The band is also popular back home in Scotland and regularly plays for the Falkirk Branch Crieff weekend, Forfar Branch annual Ball and Pitlochry Summer Dancing.

Information supplied by David Oswald.

David Sturgeon and the Waverley SCD Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*, Ballroom, Sequence, Latin American

Based in: Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh, Ballroom, Sequence, Latin American
Typical line-up: 4-piece: 2 accordions, piano & drums, with synthesised fiddle; can add a caller if required
Recordings: capital ceilidh
capital ceilidh DANCING (1995)
Contact: David Sturgeon
10 Dalhousie Road
EH22 3AS

Tel: [+44] (0)131 663 1059

Information supplied by David Sturgeon <>.

Deoch 'n' Dorus Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow, Central Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion with MIDI Bass, Fiddle, Drums (with optional Pipes, Guitar and Singer).
Recordings: Debut Album "Deoch 'n' Dorus" Released Summer 2005.
Contact: Stuart Cameron
Facebook Tel: 07867 921 974 (mobile)

Deoch n Dorus are one of Scotland's top ceilidh bands. They won the "Scottish Dance Band of the Year 2012" award at the MG Alba Trad Music Awards that were held in Fort William on Saturday 8th December 2012.

We will travel anywhere and call all dances if required. Disco packages are also available.

The Dervaig SCD Band *SCD*

Based in: Auckland, New Zealand,
Style: SCD
Typical line-up: 2 fiddles, piano, bass and drums
Contact: Andy Nicol

The Dervaig SCD Band consists of four musicians who are passionate about SCD music. All are also active dancers and have a great feel and understanding about how the music should be best played to give dancers an enjoyable and rewarding dancing experience. The band is keen to retain the strengths of traditional dance music as well as adding interesting variety with contemporary compositions. The band is committed to and focused on the "RSCDS" style of Scottish Country Dancing and looks forward to providing live music for you at your dances, balls and weekend schools.

Information supplied by Andy Nicol.

The Dollarfield band *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Wedding* *Old Tyme*

Based in: Central Scotland
Style: Ceilidh / SCD / wedding / old time etc
Typical line-up: 2 fiddles, piano & drums
Recordings: Let's have a Ceilidh
Contact: Fiona
Mobile: 07525 745690

Experienced 4 piece ceilidh band with optional disco available for weddings, ceilidhs, parties, concerts etc. Playing all over the country and in Europe. Please give us a call to check availability and discuss your requirements.

Information supplied by Fiona Cook.

Donald Macleod Scottish dance band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Drymen, by Loch Lomond, Western, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 2-piece to 6-piece
Recordings: The Top of Ben Lomond (Sheilburn Associates)
Contact: Donald Macleod
2 Endrick Way
By Glasgow

Tel: 01360 660 483
Mobile: 07977 579839

Dance band to suit all events from ceilidhs, country dances, weddings. We can call dances and a caller could be added if wanted. The band has been recording for the BBC for almost 10 years and we have done 6 brodcasts in that time.

Information supplied by Donald Macleod.

Don Bartlett *SCD*

Based in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: accordion + electronic accompaniment (ie solo)
Recordings: ???
Contact: ???

Information supplied by Chris Collin (

Drumnadrochit *SCD*

Based in: Atlanta, GA, USA
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: Andrew Smith: piano, Ginger Richardson: flute, David Knight: fiddle
Recordings: none
Contact: David Knight (
Drumnadrochit formed in April, 1995 and have played for Atlanta socials and balls.

Information supplied by David Knight (

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