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Paddy's Whiskers *Ceilidh*

Based in: Devon, England
Style: Scottish, English and Irish Ceilidh Dancing
Typical line-up: 3 or 4 piece plus caller: Border Bagpipes, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Percussion
Recordings: Tales From Orient Road 2010
Contact: Andrew Robinson Tel: 01803 520798
Web: and

Paddy's Whiskers are a three or four piece band playing traditional footstompin' Irish, Scottish and American music in a contemporary and upbeat party style. We are proud to provide great barn dances and ceilidhs at events, weddings and parties across Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the South West. We work with the best callers from the area and our light hearted attitude combined with our infectiously dancy and driving music ensures that everybody has a great time.

Information supplied by Andrew Robinson.

The Pentlands Ceilidh Band *Ceilidh*

Based in: West Lothian and Fife (will travel anywhere)
Style: Ceilidh Scottish/Irish
Typical line-up: Two Accordions Midi Bass and Drums (Fiddle on request)
Recordings: Just Four Ewes (LCRCD5)
Contact: Tel: 01501 734818
Mob: Colin Brown (07967) 014986 or Derek Rae 07973 703360

One of Scotland's best ceilidh bands, performing regularly for weddings, birthdays and all other social occasions.

The Pentlands Ceilidh Band comprises:- Two Accordions, Midi Bass and Drums. A Fiddle can be added on request, and a Dance Caller and Disco can be arranged if required.

The Band are extremely experienced, and have broadcast twice in recent years, on BBC Radio Scotland's "Take The Floor", hosted by Robbie Shepherd on a Saturday evening.

Ceilidh Band Champions in 2002, the band are also regular guests at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, as well as making appearances at the Mull Music Festival, Oban Music Festival, Jura Music Festival and Newcastleton Music Festival.

If it's lively, energetic, Scottish/Irish ceilidh music you're after, the Pentlands Ceilidh Band will NOT disappoint!

Information supplied by Derek Rae.

Perpetual Motion *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh
Style: Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 6-piece ceilidh band consisting of violin, whistle, guitar, drums, bass and harmonica/caller.
Contact: Chris McSoy (

Information supplied by Chris McSoy (

Petronella *SCD* * Contra * *Ceilidh*

Based in: Devon, South-west, England,
Style: * English Ceilidh *
Typical line-up: 2 accordions, fiddle, keyboard.
Contact: Mary Marker

We play for Dances / Clubs / Weddings / Functions. A caller is available who is particularly good with complete beginners and children.

Information supplied by Mary Marker.

Phill Jones Scottish Dance Band *SCD*

Based in: Bo'ness, Central Scotland
Style: SCD
Typical line-up: 1 to 5-piece depending on availability: accordion, fiddle, drums, keyboard, flute, 2nd accordion
Contact: Phill Jones
Tel: 0333 3445510
Mobile: 07887 844873 Email:

Used to be known as Ceol na H'Alba.

The Picts *Ceilidh*

Based in: Glasgow
Style: Energetic ceilidh rock and song
Typical line-up: 4-piece: Fiddle, accordion, keyboard and drums.
Recordings: The Island (PICTS0002CD)
Moving Sands (PICTS0004CD)
Contact: Mobile: 07762 847774

Formed in February 1997, The Picts have quickly become one of the most popular live bands on the folk rock and concert scene. They have reached out with their unique brand of Celtic Rock and captivated hundreds of audiences both at home and abroad. There is a considerable influence of original material combined with the traditional. The sets are upbeat and irresistible for dancing. The songs (both original and traditional) are powerful and rocky, yet retain their original sentiment, feeling and intimacy.

Gigs: Headlined 1997/98 Hogmanay bash at George Square, Glasgow 'T in the Park' for the eighth consecutive year. Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany Headlined the Celtic Stage of the Stirling Millenium Hogmanay celebrations Gael 2000 concert Headlined 'Celtifolies' in Lyon. Sell out concerts in Glasgow�s Cottier Theatre Wedding of Dougie Payne (Travis) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting). James Bond Ball in Aberdeen BBC Radio Scotland�s program 'The Lemontree' BBC Radio nan Gaidheal�s live broadcast 'Tiompan' for BBC music live.

In the end we always have a lot of fun and this comes through in our playing. The more we enjoy ourselves the more our audiences will.

Information supplied by Jeremy Stirling (

Plaid Attitude *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: San Francisco Bay area, USA
Style: Scottish Country/Ceilidh
Typical line-up: Typical line-up: Susan Coleman, Ned Dairiki and Heather MacKay on fiddle; Dave Mavity on guitar; Ken Thompson on percussion; and Janis Dairiki on keyboard; may also include mandolin, recorder, whistle or bass.
Recordings: none
Contact: Ned and Janis Dairiki (
835 Indian Rock, Berkeley, CA 94707, USA, Tel: 510-525-9563

Plaid Attitude, led by Ned and Janis Dairiki, grew out of an open band playing for a weekly Scottish country dance class in Berkeley, California. The band now plays for dance parties, classes, and demonstrations around the San Francisco Bay Area and the west coast, inspiring the dancers with lively traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes, elegant strathspeys, and an occasional waltz or polka. Band members are also Scottish dancers and, if encouraged, will get up and join the dance!

Plaid Attitude also plays at weddings, pubs, and coffeehouses and at Scottish Highland Games. The band's goal is to share its passion for Scottish dancing and music and to encourage newcomers to join in the fun!

Updated 19-May-2000

Information provided by: Ned and Janis Dairiki (

Portobello Ceilidh Band *SCD* *Ceilidh*

Based in: Edinburgh, South-east, Scotland,
Style: SCD, Ceilidh
Typical line-up: 5-piece including caller: Accordian, fiddle/whistles, guitar, bass guitar.
Recordings: Spider Stomp (): SWK 301
Contact: Roy Henderson

An Edinburgh-based band,Portobello Ceilidh Band has done over 600 events, ceilidh and SCD. Established the Guinness world record for the largest Scottish dance (1,914 at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, 2000). A swinging, infectious approach to the music together with the experience to ensure the needs of the dancers are always come first and are always met.

Accordian, fiddle/whistles. guitar, bass guitar. The band is a five-piece, including Wilma Henderson, one of the most experienced and sought after free-lance callers in the country.

Information supplied by Roy Henderson.

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