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Iain Cathcart & his band *SCD* *Ceilidh* *Old Tyme*

Based in: Ayrshire, South-west, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh, Old Tyme
Typical line-up: 3 - 6 piece: accordion, fiddle, 2nd accordion, piano, bass & drums for recordings/broadcasts. (generally 3-4 piece for gigs). Dance caller can be provided if necessary.
Recordings: As if by Magic... (2004): CONISB01
Contact: Iain Cathcart
69 Blairafton Wynd
KA13 6UQ

Tel: (01294) 552177
Web page:

Experienced band, at ease playing either for Ceilidh, RSCDS or Old time dances.

We have broadcast regularly for over 10 years on Robbie Shepherd's BBC Radio Scotland "Take the Floor" programme and have recently released our debut CD "As if by Magic..." Now available for purchase online at

Information supplied by Iain Cathcart.

Ian Holmes *SCD*

Based in: ???
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up: Button Accordion, Piano Accordion, Piano, Double Bass and Drums.
Recordings: Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol 4: HRMCD504 (1996)
Contact: Ian Holmes
Ian Holmes Music
1 - 7 Glasgow Street
Tel: 01387 262063

A chance encounter with an accordion in his early teens gave Ian Holmes his entry into the world of Scottish Country Dance Music; his interest and innate skills soon developed, and led him to the forefront of the dance music scene with his own band, which started broadcasting in 1962. [...] The innovative techniques of these superb musicians have contributed much to the flourishing traditions of Scotish Country Dance Music.

Description by Highlander music.

Information supplied by Ian Brockbank (

Iain MacPhail *SCD*

Based in: Edinburgh
Style: Scottish Country
Typical line-up:
Recordings: Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol 5: HRMCD505 (1996)
The Dancing World of Iain MacPhail
Contact: Iain MacPhail
Tel:[+44] (0)131 449 4664

The temptation of a forbidden instrument was too great for four-year old Iain MacPhail, who sneaked his father's button accordion out of its case in his mother's absence, and was caught soon after... playing The Rowan Tree! Driven by the irresistible forces of music and subtle rebellion, Iain has become one of the great innovators on the Scottish music scene with his original approach to the orchestration, syncopation and chord formation of tunes, and his band's cachet big sound created by the cream of Scotland's dance musicians. Whilst their creativity and musicianship are of supreme importance, Iain MacPhail and his band are consummate performers of music for Scottish Country Dancing.

Description by Highlander music.

Information supplied by Ian Brockbank (

The Ian Muir Sound *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Prestwick
Style: Scottish Country or Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 1-5 piece
Recordings: Dance Dance Dance - 19 popular Ceilidh Dances
Dance Some More - 18 popular Ceilidh Dances
Scottish Country Dances Vol 1&2 - Full length SCD
Scottish Country Dances Vol 3 - Full length SCD
The 2nd Collection of Kirkbrae Dances - Ful length SCD
Scottish & Beyond - Listening & Dancing album
Moving Tradition - Listening & Dancing Album
A Salute to Jim Johnstone - Sets of compositions from Jim's book
An Evening with Friends Vol 2 - Ceilidh Dances with the full band.

Contact: Ian Muir
1 Douglas Avenue
Tel Home: 01292 477053
Mobile: 07866 373095
or email Ian Muir (
The Ian Muir Sound have their own web page. Here's their description from the page:
THE IAN MUIR SOUND is one of the busiest bands on the Scottish Dance Scene and have performed not only in their native Scotland but all over England and Northern Ireland as well as Eire. They are also well known to cruisers on the P&O cruise ship 'Canberraa' having featured on Scottish Theme Cruises for the company. Indeed the band along with dance caller Eric Finley will be cruising in November 1998 aboard the 'Victoria'.

The basis of the band is essentially a trio - Ian Muir on accordion, Colin Bell on keyboards and Derek Hamilton on drums but for large functions the addition of a fiddle is often the order of the day and normally Gordon Simpson fills that roll admirably. For broadcasts Derek vacates the drum seat and young Scot Gordon ( son of famous Scottish entertainers Joe Gordon & Sally Logan ) sits in while Derek joins the front line on 2nd Accordion. Neil Macmillan joins the band on double bass. The full broadcasting band is featured on A SALUTE TO JIM JOHNSTONE.

THE IAN MUIR SOUND plays for a wide range of functions including weddings, ceilidhs, country dances, stage shows, accordion clubs and theme cruises.

Lively, an interesting selection of tunes; you can't go far wrong here - Ian Brockbank.

Information supplied by Derek Hamilton.

Ian Thomson Scottish Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Stonehaven, North East Scotland
Style: SCD/Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 3 piece to 6 piece as required. We also call dances as required and travel all over Scotland, England and further if required!
Recordings: "Take 1" released in 1992, �Set Two� released in 2001, broadcast on BBC�s "Take the Floor" since 1990
Contact: Ian Thomson (
tel: (01569) 739399

Information supplied by Ian Thomson.

Innistor Scottish Dance Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: West and South of London, South-east England,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, fiddle, guitar + own caller
Recordings: None
Contact: Sandy Flett
Tel: 01252 782003

Innistor has been successfully playing for Scottish ceilidhs in the South East for many years - for weddings, parties, Burn's Nights, etc. The accordion, fiddle and guitar are complemented by midi piano and bass played live via the accordion left hand, giving a full, lively, authentic Scottish sound. Our very experienced caller ensures that the choice and number of dances through the evening is suited to the gathering. We are a friendly bunch whose aim is to provide good music and dancing and an enjoyable evening. More information, pictures, sound samples etc, on our web-site

Information supplied by Sandy Flett <>.

The Invercauld Scottish Dance Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Jersey, Channel Islands
Style: Scottish Country Dance/Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Two fiddles and piano, which can be augmented with accordion and drums
Recordings: Lilian released a CD of Scottish music in 2003, played on fiddle and piano. The tracks are arranged for dancing, and include sets of Reels, Jigs, Strathspeys and Waltzes, together with a couple of listening tracks. The CDs cost �12.00 each (+ �1.00 p&p in UK) and can be ordered from Lilian Linden. The Invercauld Scottish Dance Band also recorded two tracks on a recent London Branch RSCDS recording.
Contact: Lilian Linden
Telephone: 01534 789817
Mobile: 07829 722446
Web page:

In October 1997, Lilian formed a Scottish dance band (now called the Invercauld Scottish Dance Band), which plays for Scottish Country Dances and Balls, Weddings, Ceilidhs, St Andrew's Nights, Burns' Nights, Charity Dances and other fund-raising events, as well as Reeling Dances for Reelers, Parties and other functions with a Scottish flavour.

The Invercauld Scottish Dance Band has a vast repertoire of Scottish Music and aims to provide an exciting yet traditional sound, which is enjoyable for both dancers and listeners. The band normally consists of three or four musicians, consisting of fiddles, piano and occasionally accordion and/or drums. For Ceilidhs and Weddings, if a caller is required, the band has an excellent caller, and the lively music and calling together make for a great evening, with a tremendous atmosphere. Full PA equipment suitable for most halls.

Now based in Jersey and playing in Jersey, Channel Islands, the Invercauld Scottish Dance Band is however happy to travel occasionally to functions both in the UK and abroad.

Lilian has also composed Scottish tunes (some of which are on her CD recording), which are currently being played by numerous Bands.

Information supplied by Lilian Linden.

Iron Broo *Ceilidh* *folk (drinking songs, etc)*

Based in: Aberdeen and Edinburgh, North-east and South-east Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh, folk (drinking songs, etc)
Typical line-up: accordion, fiddle, whistle, flute, guitar, bodhran, greek percussion (dabuka etc.) vocals and dance caller 4/5 piece band
Contact: Charlie Abel
291 Broomhouse Road
EH11 3UR
Tel: 0131 4442801
Tel (mobile): 07802 861390

Based in Aberdeen, will travel anywhere. Iron Broo play lively wild ceilidh and folk (drinkin songs etc.) not for the faint hearted!

Information supplied by Charlie Abel.

Ithcy Fingers Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Aberdeen, North-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Five piece including caller. Instruments - highland pipes/tin-whistle, fiddle, button-box, guitar, bass
Contact: Val Cutler
Tel (mobile): 07710226686
Web page:

We are based in Aberdeen and prepared to travel anywhere in the North-East.

Information supplied by Tom Roche <>.

Ivythorn *Ceilidh*

Based in: Somerset/Wiltshire/Glos/Bath/Bristol
Style: English Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, 2 fiddles, bouzouki, + caller and others (eg banjo, guitar, flute)
Recordings: none
telephone: (01458) 43906

I heard Ivythorn at a wedding in Bristol - great lively sound, very flexible - they were quite happy to include Scottish Ceilidh dances at request.

Apparently emails to the address provided were bouncing. If you have an up-to-date email address for them, please let me know.

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