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Gallivanters Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Perth
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Five piece: accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass
Recordings: Once upon a ceilidh
Contact: Email:
Tel: 01738 783585, Mobile 07970034697

We play a variety of Scottish and Irish music to accomapny dancing, all the standard stuff as well as singing a range of songs from trad Scottish, through the Beatles and Country to Buddy Holly. We demonstrate the dances so that everyone can join in.

Information supplied by Brian Cowing (

galik bred *Ceilidh*

Based in: Aberdeen, North-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Alan - accordian, Fiona - accordian, flute, Jen - fiddle, Ian - guitars elec. and accoustic, John - bass guitar, Grant - drums, pipes, Pauline and/or Val - callers
Contact: galik bred
Web page:

We are the current holders of the very prestigious title (!!) World Ceilidh Band Champions - Isle of Bute Folk Festival and have already played a gig from that at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. We are based in the aberdeen area, however have been known to travel to Suffolk, England for weddings. We are also purely ceilidh, and in the throes of recording a CD.

Information supplied by Pauline L. Robbie <>.

The Garleton Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh**SCD*

Based in: East Lothian
Style: Ceilidh/Scottish Country
Typical line-up: 4-piece: 1st accordion Robin Hamilton, 2nd Accordion Adam Young, Piano Joanna Cockburn, and drums Graham Crichton
Recordings: None at present
Contact: A.W.Young ( (also
A.W. Young
5 Lydgait Gardens
East Lothian
Tel:[44](0)1620 824933

A band which has a modern sound with a wide variety of music. Toured France on two occasions.

The band is busy at the moment playing for ceilidhs, weddings and other gigs from near and far. The band is willing to travel, and has a wide repertoire, so that from any level of dancing, anywhere, a great night will be had by all. The band is also available to play at accordion clubs throughout the country.

Information supplied by A.W.Young (

The Gary Blair Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: ???
Recordings: Missing Time: featuring the Gary Blair Ceilidh band with guests Donald Shaw (Capercaillie), Alan Kitchen (piano/keyboards), Alistair McCulloch (Fiddle), and Dave Cowan (Bass).
Full steam ahead featuring Gary Blair (Solo)
Contact: Gary Blair (
146 Sandy Road

The Gary Blair Ceilidh Band play for Ceilidhs, Weddings, Parties etc. They have two UK accordion champions in the band and are the regular band on the ''Ferry'' in Glasgow. They have a web page at or

Information supplied by Gary Blair (

Gary Donaldson *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh
Style: Scottish Country, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3 or 4-piece, can include caller
Contact: Gary Donaldson
22 House O' Hill Avenue
Tel: (0131) 343 3094
Mobile: 07803902957
Brilliant. Lively with some super sets - Ed.

Information supplied by Gary Donaldson.

Gary Forrest Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh* *Old Tyme*

Based in: Jedburgh, Borders, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh, Old Tyme
Typical line-up: 3-4 piece. Gary Forrest lead Accordion. Robin Hamilton - Keyboard.Donald Graham Drums & a Second box player on request
Recordings: Alive & Jiggin' ()
Contact: Gary Forrest
8 Priors Meadow
Tel: 01835 863108
Tel (mobile): 07760 450749

Information supplied by Gary Forrest <>.

George Meikle and The Lothian Dance Band *SCD*

Based in: Dumfries
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: 3 or 4-piece - accordion, fiddle, piano and drums
Recordings: More than a dozen...
Contact: George Meikle
tel: [+44] (0)7710 471832
" How can four men look so serious and play so well? "

"They play tunes I never hear anywhere else."

- Two quotes overheard after a recent dance at which they played.

Information supplied by George Meikle.

Get Reel Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Aberdeen, North-east Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 4-piece band (3 girls and 1 bloke) with a Fiddle, Whistles, Mandola and Keyboard
Contact: John Kearns
Tel: 01330 833638

Based in the NE of Scotland, we are a 4-piece band (3 girls and 1 bloke) with a Fiddle, Whistles, Mandola and Keyboard line-up; we also feature Tenor banjo, Bodhran and 'Cello by way of varying the arrangements and sound.

We don't have any CDs though we do have some basic quality tapes so people can hear the sound if they wish.

Get Reel offers 'Customised Ceilidhs for All Occasions' - we usually try to work with clients to meet their individual requirements. We can either provide a majority of simple dances (with repeats!) for beginners or lots of variety for the older hands We can either do our own calling or are equally happy to work with an outside caller. We are also happy to mix in listening sets / songs in order to take the pressure off the feet. We have a modular PA which fits all types of likely ceilidh venue.

Information supplied by John Kearns <>.

The Ghillie Dubhs *Ceilidh*

Based in: Dundee, Perth, St Andrews
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3-4-piece: Fiddles, keyboard and drums.
Contact: Email:

We play traditional Scottish music for the traditional dances some with a wee twist. We also call dances if clients wish and enjoy some of the lesser known dances as well as the most popular dances like the Dashing White Sergeant. Recommendations and samples on request.

Information supplied by hedgewtch

Glamaig Celiidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Portree, Isle of Skye, Western Scotland
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, guitarist/singer, and drums
Contact: Email:
Ally Cruickshank Tel: 01478 613539 Mob : 07920442620

We are a traditional West Highland Dance and Ceilidh Band. Instruments include Accordion, guitar, drums and vocals. We specialise in Ceilidhs & Concerts, Weddings and Private Parties. We also throw in a spattering of more contemporary music, eg Creedence Clearwater, Lynard Skynard, Eagles, Greenday & Steve Earl.

On request we can record the event and produce a basic CD of the event.

Our aim is to provide a good night of dance, fun and entertainment.

A great night guaranteed!

Information supplied by Ally Cruickshank.

Gled Tae Be Glaikit *Ceilidh*

Based in: North-east, Scotland (willing to travel),
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Fiddle (x2), keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, dance caller and vocals. Can include pipes.
Contact: Stuart
Tel: 07743 858935
Web page:

Gled tae be Glaikit are a young ceilidh dance band from Keith in Moray. Gled tae be Glaikit perform a varied repertoire of traditional Scottish ceilidh music combined with more modern themes and rhythms. Gled tae be Glaikit have become very well established in the area in their 2 ½ years together having played at fundraisers, Burns Suppers, weddings, hogmanay and festivals. They also guested at the 2004 Keith Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) festival which is one of the biggest in the TMSA calendar. All dances are called and walked through. They can also provide a short disco during the ceilidh and are willing to travel.

Information supplied by Gary Coull.

Nicol McLaren and the Glencraig SCD Band *SCD*

Based in: Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: 2 accordions, fiddle, piano, bass and drums
Recordings: Craigievar Dances: SHEILCD001 Shielburn Associates (1997)
Note'n'Away" SHEILCD004 Shielburn Associates (1998)
Contact: Nicol McLaren
9 Sheila Road,
PH10 6RP.
Information supplied by Nicol McLaren (

The Glenhoulachan Midge Club Ceilidh Band. *Ceilidh*

Based in: West Dunbartonshire
Style: Ceilidh ("fast and furious West Coast Ceilidh")
Typical line-up: Typical Line up. On Midi Accordion - Billy "The Box" MacPhee, On Guitar, vocals, and caller - Gordon Ross, On Mandolin, Tenor Banjo - John MacGregor. Can add musicians as required.
Recordings: Dumbarton's Drums: Kelvin Records, Glenfarg, Scotland
Contact: John MacGregor
9. Milton Court,
Dumbarton. G82 2UD
Tel: 07747 800841

The Glenhoulachan Midge Club Ceilidh Band is called after a 17th century Dumbarton Drinking Club whose only function was to have a good time. (Sounds good!) Based in West Dunbartonshire. 3 Piece Band but can add musicians as required.

The band have been together for about 8 years and are very experienced. Typical gigs include weddings and corporate events for whisky companies etc.

This year the band have performed in, Kuwait, Dubai, Jersey, Romania, and Russia (Moscow and Saint Petersburg).

Information supplied by John MacGregor (JOHNMACGREGOR@AOL.COM).

Gordon Shand *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Fife, Central, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 4-piece: accordion, fiddle, keyboard and drums
Recordings: Dancing Forth
RSCDS Book 23
In Top Gear
Contact: Gordon Shand
41 Arlick Road

Tel: 01383 839185

Information supplied by Gordon Shand.

Gowrie Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Perth, Dundee area
Style: Scottish Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Three piece ceilidh band featuring accordion, fiddle and smallpipes/highland pipes/whistle/guitar.
Recordings: demo available
Contact: Neil Paterson
Tel: 01828 686073
Mobile: 07958 629693

Three piece ceilidh band featuring accordion, fiddle and smallpipes/highland pipes/whistle/guitar. Dances called. Lively, fun music for dancing and listening to.

Information supplied by Neil Paterson.

Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance and Ceilidh band *Ceilidh* *Old Tyme*

Based in: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh, Old Tyme
Typical line-up: Graeme Mitchell and Gordon Duguid: accordion, Brian Cruickshank: Bass Guitar, Duncan Christie: Drums. Piano from Midi on one of the accordions. Fiddle and Piano can be added to become a full six-piece.
Recordings: Lasting Impression: SHIEL CD009
Contact: Graeme Mitchell
Marquis Road
AB54 4SJ

Tel: 01466 792195

Graeme Mitchell formed his own band in 1982 and three of the original band members still play in the band. They have broadcasted regularly and have made three commercial recordings the most recent of which, is August 2003 which was recorded before a live dancing audience to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the band. They are in great demand for ceilidh dances, weddings, old time dances and accordion club appearances. On a regular basis they play mostly in the North of Scotland but do some gigs in the Edinburgh and Border area. It is also a highlight for the band to make appearances in Shetland and the Western Isles occasionally.

For bigger venues, recordings and broadcasts the band becomes a 6 piece with the addition of Fiddle and Piano, namely Susan Mackintosh and Neil Macmillan respectively.

Graeme has many fine compositions, most of which are published in the book "Graeme Mitchell's Collection". Indeed he was commissioned recently by the BBC to compose a tune for Robbie Shepherd to mark his 21 years as presenter of the programme "Take the Floor" and as recognition of his MBE award.

Recent release title "In Full Swing".

Information supplied by Graeme Mitchell <>.

Graeme Munro *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Modern music*

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.

Graham Geddes *SCD*

Based in: Aberdeen
Style: Scottish Country, Golden Oldie, contemporary beat
Typical line-up: Accordions, fiddle, piano/bass, drums
Recordings: Let's Meet Again: HRMCD555 (1996)
Contact: Graham Geddes, 33 Corse Wynd, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8TP
From Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom to the St. Andrew's Ball, Bangkok, Graham Geddes and his Scottish Dance Band have played for dancers all round the world. Twenty-one years' experience, twelve of those as resident band at the Beach Ballroom, have given the band a professional polish which shines through their music, ne it Scottish Country, Golden Oldies or contemporary beat. Now working freelance, this leading band makes many radio, television and live appearances. So great is the band's popularity in Shetland that they have twice been invited to play with the Jarl Squad at the Up Helly Aa, a great accolade. In the willage hall, or at the Royal Albert Hall, the pithy pizzazz of Graham Geddes and his Scottish Dance Band ensures an excellent evening's entertainment.

Description by Highlander music.

Green Ginger *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: London
Style: Scottish Country, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 2 fiddles, keyboard
Recordings: Gang on the Same Gate (KSCD004) 2000
Miss Ogilvie's Fancy (KSCD009) 2002
Music for Quadrilles (KSCD012) 2005
2 tracks on the RSCDS London Branch 75th Anniversary CD 2006
12 Scottish Country Dances devised by Mervyn Short (IMTCD001) 2009
Contact: Meryl Thomson
telephone: 020 8763 0747

Our band has Ian and Meryl Thomson on fiddles and Cas Sloan on keyboard. We play music ranging from 1700-2012 and include a lot of original Scottish fiddle music in our repertoire.

We play for Scottish Country Dancing, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian and other Historical Dances, weddings, parties, ceilidhs, reeling dances and other functions. We can also provide a caller if required.

Information provided by Meryl Thomson.

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