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MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band

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About MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band

We are a group of top Conservatoire trained musos, providing duos, trios and ceilidhs, Scottish caller.
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We are all Conservatoire qualified, myself as a pianist and opera singer, P performs with a National orchestra and J is a cellist and conductor. In additional to our Classical lineup, we perform Ceilidhs and lighter musical events in London and around the UK. We have performed widely at home and abroad, including many TV and radio appearances. Our lineup can be 2, 3, or 4 people, depending upon your budget, and we all have transport and our own PA system, instruments and mics. We perform every weekend at weddings, private functions, festivals and parties. Please note we get a lot of gigs, so early booking is essential. A list of our dances is on the song-list tab here. I also call the ceilidh dances, and get involved, helping audience members to demonstrate, prizes for the best dancers, competitions etc. I can use radio mics to call from the dancefloor or perform on keyboard and call too. We also provide backing music throughout the events such as wedding meals, and I can play/sing songs for you while you wind down, or in the background for art events and openings.

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MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Michelle W
3 days ago
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5 out of 5

Great communication. We had a great night. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Highly recommend

Reply from MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band
3 days ago

Thank-you so much Michelle- we had a great time too, and it was so lovely of you to provide refreshments for the band, thank-you x

Karen B
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Anita and the band were fantastic, got everyone on the dancefloor. Thank you so much for making our day special xx

Reply from MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band
10 months ago

So glad you enjoyed it, we loved playing at such a beautiful venue. Best regards, Anita

Kay F
1 year ago
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4.3 out of 5

Great music and detailed explanations

Reply from MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band
1 year ago

Thanks Kay, was good fun. Thanks for all your support and info Best regards Anita

From other customers:

Graham V
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Church Rd
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5 out of 5

Anita performed and called in a ceilidh for our wedding party, which was wonderful. She also played piano solos that we had requested for our function, so it was good to have an all rounded who could do everything that day. I would have no hesitation in hiring her again.

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MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band's Song list

Here is a mix of Ceilidh music/dances and more formal wedding songs.
Ae Fond Kiss -waltz
Afton Water - waltz
A Little Bit Of Heaven -background
A Mans a Man For A That - background
Annie Laurie - background
A Rosebud By My Early Walk - song
Ashokan Farewell- ceilidh
Aitken Drum - ceilidh
Auld Lang Syne - ceilidh
Barnyards O Dalgetty- ceilidh
Blackthorn Stick - ceilidh
Bluebell Polka - ceilidh
Bonnie Dundee - ceilidh/song
Bonnie Laddie - ceilidh
Bonnie Mary O Argyll - ceilidh
Bottom Of The Punchbowl - ceilidh
Boys Of Bluehill- ceilidh
Bonnie Dundee- ceilidh/song
Caddam Woods -ceilidh
Caledonian March - ceilidh
Canadian Barn Dance - ceilidh
Captain Jinks - ceilidh (my favourite one!)
Ceud Mile Failte - ceilidh
Charlie Is My Darling- ceilidh/song
Circassian Circle -ceilidh
Cock O The North -ceilidh
Cockles & Mussels -song
Come Back To Erin - song
Comin' Through The Rye -song
Corn Riggs - ceilidh
Cumberland Reel -ceilidh
Danny Boy -background song
Dashing White Sergeant- ceilidh
Davie Knick Knack - ceilidh
Deil Amang The Tailors -ceilidh
Delaney's Donkey -ceilidh
Did Your Mother Come From Ireland? -ceilidh /song
Down In The Glen - ceilidh
Duke O Perth - ceilidh
Eightsome Reel- ceilidh
Flanagan - ceilidh
Farquar and Hettie Macrae- waltz
Galway Bay- background/song
Gaygordons -ceildih
Grandfather's Pet - song
Greencastle Hornpipe- ceilidh
Greenholm - ceilidh
Hamilton House -ceilidh
Harvest Home -Hornpipe
Haste To the Wedding -ceilidh
Highland Laddie -ceilidh
High Reel -ceilidh
Hopeful Lover- song
How Can You Buy Kilarney?- song
Hundred Pipers- ceilidh
Hunter's Hill- ceilidh
If You're Irish Come Into The Parlour- song
I Belong To Glasgow- song
I Know Where I'm Going- song
I Love a Lassie- ceilidh/song
I'll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon- song
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen -song
Irishman's Heart- song
Irish Washerwoman- ceilidh
It's A Great Day For The Irish- song
Jeanie's Blue E'en- song
John Grumlie- ceilidh
Jonny Cope
Judique Jig
Just a Wee Doch and Doris
Kate Dalrymple
Kathleen Mavourmeen
La Russe
Lamb Skinnet
Lannagan's Ball
Lass O Gowry
Lass of Patie's Mill
Lay Dee at Dee
Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
Loch Lomond
Lochiel House
Long John's Wedding
Macnamara's Band
Merrily Danced
Military Two Step
Miss Bennett's Jig
Mrs McLeod
Muckin' O Georgie's Byre
My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose
My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
My Wild Irish Rose
New Rigged Ship
Off She Goes
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep
On The Banks Of Allan Water
Patsy Fagan
Peat Fire Flame
Peggy O'Neill
Peter's Peerie Boat
Phil The Fluter
Rakes Of Mallow
Ramblin Pitchfork
Reel Of Tullochgorum
Roamin' In The Gloamin
Roarin Jelly
Robin Adair
Roxburgh Castle
Saddle The Pony
Sailing Up The Clyde
Scotland The Brave
Shetland Fiddler
Soldier's Joy
Son of a Gambolier
St Bernards Waltz
Staten Island
Stop Yer Ticklin' Jock
Strip the Willow
Sweet Rose O'Grady
Sword of St Columba
That's An Irish Lullaby
The Bluebells Of Scotland
The Campbells Are Coming
The Dear Little Shamrock
The End Of The Road
The Foggy Dew
The Hundred Pipers
The Irish Rover
The Isle Of Innisfree
The Keel Row
The Kerry Dance
The Last Rose of Summer
The Little Minstrel Boy
The Road To The Isles
The Rose Tree
The Rose Of Tralee
The Skye Boat Song
The Spinning Wheel
The Tartan
The Wearin' O The Green
The Wild Colonial Boy
There Was A lad
Thistle O Scotland
Tom An t-Searraich
Trumpet Hornpipe
Wha Wadna Fecht
When Irish Eyes Are Shining
White Cockade
Will Ye No Come Back Again?
With My Shielagh Under My Arm
Ye Banks and Braes

MacDonald Ceilidh Caller/Band's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£720
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes, just ask and we will oblige. Some covers sound a bit odd played by a ceilidh band though, if they were written for a metal band, so be warned!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, caller/keys only, caller/keys fiddle drums, caller/keys accordion, drums

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Please let us know in advance unless an emergency, as we are often coming a distance, and want to avoid waiting for a long and unscheduled meal to finish. I am always at the end of the phone, so just message to say plans have changed.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, all good, with various playlists

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes minimum as we need to sound check too

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, I call all the dances (Anita) and demonstrate too!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes of course and more if you request a special one in advance

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA) included in your quote?

Yes, all equipment included.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, just message as above and we will learn, I can sightread everything so not a problem.
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