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Last Tram Tae Auchenshuggle *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Davie Morrison (accordion, wah-cordion), Martin McLean (Guitars), Gordon Roberts (Drums), Dave Mackay (Fiddle)
Recordings: None as yet
Contact: David Morrison
79 Beaufort Gardens, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2DQ, Scotland
Tel/Fax: 0141-762-4905

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 ( .

Laverock *Ceilidh*

Based in: Udny, Aberdeenshire, North-east, Scotland,
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 5-piece: fiddle, keys, guitars/bass, drums, whistle/caller
Recordings: Soaring (2003)
Contact: Robert McGregor
Tel: 07734 943545
Web page:

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.

Sandy Legget and the Carseloch Ceilidh Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Alloway, South-west, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 5-piece: 2 accordions, fiddle, piano and drums. Can add others as required.
Recordings: Highlander Music CD 9 (1999): HRMCD509
Contact: Sandy Legget
17 Carseloch Road
South Ayrshire
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 <>.

Lex Keith Trio *Ceilidh* *SCD*

Based in: Glasgow / Central Scotland
Style: Ceilidh, Old Tyme, Country Dance, Stage
Typical line-up: Accordion, Fiddle, Drums
Recordings: Lex Keith Country Band.
Contact: Lex Keith
59 Woodside Avenue
G66 4NG
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 (

Licence to Ceilidh *Ceilidh*

Based in: London, England
Style: Ceilidh, Weddings, Reeling, Corporate
Typical line-up: 5-piece, Caller/Fiddle, Fiddle, Guitar/Keys, Bass, Drums
Recordings: Licence To Ceilidh (LTCCD001)
Contact: Philippe Barnes
Tel: 07813 646440
Web page:

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 .

Lindsay Weir *Ceilidh* *SCD*

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)
Contact: Lindsay Weir (

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.

The Lismore Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh/East Lothian, South-East Scotland
Style: Modern Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Six piece including caller, two accordians, two fiddles (one calling), guitar and drums.
Recordings: none
Contact: Email:
Tel: 0162 082 6840 (h) or 0131 665 4216 (w)
Fax: 0131 653 6482
For more information, see their web site at .

Information supplied by Malcolm Gillies.

Liverpool Country Dance Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Liverpool
Style: Ceilidh/Ceili
Typical line-up: accordion, drum-kit, keyboard, and banjo/guitar, inc two callers.
Recordings: none
Contact: Gerry Jones (

Information supplied by Gerry Jones.

Lochnagar Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: London and South-East
Style: Ceilidh, Weddings, Reeling
Typical line-up: 4-piece: Fiddle, accordion and drums plus caller.
Contact: Dave McAllister
Mobile: 07791 865567
Web page:

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.

The Lomond Ceilidh Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Fife, Central, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
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
Contact: Alan Small
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.

Lost Shores Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: Levenmouth/East Fife area
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Accordion, acoustic guitar and drums/cajon
Contact: Web page:
Tel: 07793 674717 or 01592 713951
Facebook: @lostshoresfife
Twitter: @lost_shores

Lost Shores Ceilidh Band formed around 5 years ago when brothers Finlay and Kyle O'Neill, Scottish trad/folkrock fans, decided to speak to their music teachers at high school to see if they could for a school trad band. Lost Shores were an offshoot of the school project, as Finlay's friend Michael joined on accordion, and having already had an interest in Scottish country dancing through the RSCDS summer schools, Michael learned to call the various dances.

5 years on and the lads play regularly for the likes of St Andrews University, Scott Kyle of Outlander fame has been a regular client and supporter of the band, having us along 3 years running for his annual Highlander Fling event. Weddings, fundraisers, hotel ceilidhs, charity events, birthday parties etc have all become the norm as the band continue to develop and learn their craft, playing a lively mix of popular Scottish sets infused with the occasional Irish or continental set.

Band members are Michael Taylor (20, accordion/dance calling), Finlay O'Neill (21, guitar), and Kyle O'Neill (18, drums/percussion/cajon)

Information supplied by Gary O'Neill.

The Lothian Dance Band *SCD*

Based in: Levenmouth/East Fife area
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.

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