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Bass Rock Ceilidh Band

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About Bass Rock Ceilidh Band

What happens when you bring together four insanely-talented musicians from different genres? You get the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band!
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Bass Rock Ceilidh Band are a truly electric four piece ceilidh band with fiddle, bass (of course), electric guitar and drums (electric too), adding an exciting, modern twist to traditional Ceilidh music. We enjoy having fun, and our sole aim is to make sure that you do too! Our musicians have more years combined experience than they care to admit (nearly as much as the Bass Rock itself!) both at home and internationally, and hail from Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Central Belt - we play most places in Scotland, from the Borders to Perthshire. We specialise in weddings, and we also play ceilidhs for St Andrews Night, St Patricks Day, Burns Suppers, Christmas nights out, school dances, birthday parties, fund-raisers and corporate events.

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25 gigs
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Ceilidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Alternative rock, Scottish music, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Bass Rock Ceilidh Band's Song list

Scottish Ceilidh Dances
Bass Rock Reel
Britannia Two-Step
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Cumberland Square Eight
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Highland Schottische
Hooligans Jig
Military Two-Step
Riverside Jig
St Bernards Waltz
Strip the Willow
Swedish Masquerade
Virginia Reel
Irish Ceilidh Dances
Waves of Tory
Walls of Limerick
Siege of Ennis
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We mix up well-known rock riffs amongst the traditional ceilidh tunes, and this catches guests by surprise. You can see the lift in their step when they hear Thunderstruck, or Layla.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to mention - lots of castles - Melville, Tullibole, Dalhousie, Dalmahoy, Sherbrooke...hotels; Balmoral, Sheraton, Principle... other places: Royal College of Physicians, Surgeons Hall, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Comrie Croft. We have the advantage of an electric drumkit - which means we can adjust the volume to meet sound limiter levels too.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Shooglenifty, Skerrivore, ACDC, Eric Clapton, Motorhead,

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

STV 24hr ceilidh for Lorraine Kelly. She was so lovely, as were her crew - even after midnight when she would have been exhausted, she was still bubbly. We loved that gig!

Can you perform covers?

We bring disco with us instead of singing covers (we only sing in the shower!) so that we can play all types of requests. With the exception of Irish songs which we can do as a 5-piece 'Celtic-Rock' style band, with singer Stuarty.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, our standard line up is fiddle, electric guitar, bass guitar and electric drums, and we all call (give instructions for the dances). We also can perform as a three-piece (without the bass) and as a two-piece 'traditional' ceilidh band with fiddle + acoustic guitar. We add an Irish singer/rhythm guitar for occassions that request this.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible, If things change slightly in the run up to the event, just let us know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after our four consecutive hours of entertainment, we privide this for an additonal £25 per half hour.

How much time do you need to set up?

We require one hour to set up and sound check after we have loaded our equipment in. In addition, we require one hour to dismantle afterwards. AS soon as our equipment is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere before the party begins.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, we are all callers and all give instructions for our dances using fun-filled banter. This ensures everyone will be able to join in the fun, and means you do not have to pay an additional fee for a caller.

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event

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

Our PAT-tested PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 4m2 space to perform

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We do not sing, however if you would like a special song for your first dance, if we do not have it in our vast library of music, you can bring a USB stick, an iPad or phone with it, or send us the link on Spotify and we will gladly play it through our system for you.

Bass Rock Ceilidh 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£1140
Up to 2 hours£1140
Up to 3 hours£1140
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.


Microphone/PA use for speeches
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Bass Rock Ceilidh Band's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Isla B
13 days ago
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5 out of 5

Absolute class band and people. It has been a wonderful experience working with the team. Simon was an absolute legend. Thank you guys so so much

Reply from Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
12 days ago

Really appreciate those kind words Isla. It was a pleasure working with you too and of course we absolutely loved playing for you and your fun guests. All the best to you both and hopefully we'll see you at another ceilidh in the future!

Margaret P
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

You guys were fabulous, the dance floor was full all night and nothing was a bother for you. Loved the ‘rock ceilidh’, it was so much fun 😊

Reply from Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
3 months ago

Glad you had a great night night Margaret. It was absolutely our pleasure and great to discover a stunning new venue. Congrats again to the lovely Heather and Jamie!

Erin B
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Bass Rock Ceilidh Band were incredible! The perfect mix of ceilidh and then onto DJ later in the night. The band got everyone on the dance floor and guided folks easily through the steps. The musicians were amazing, the rock music mixed with the traditional ceilidh music was awesome!

Reply from Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
5 months ago

Awe shucks Erin that's really nice of you to say so. We had a great night too and it was an absolute pleasure to play for you! Best wishes to you both for a long and happy future together from all at Bass Rock Ceilidh Band.

Shirley E
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

We had a great night at our Hogmanay Hoolie. The music was amazing and everyone loved the quirkiness of the style. Would definitely love to welcome Bass Rock Ceilidh Band back to Garvald.

Reply from Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
8 months ago

Many thanks for that lovely review Shirley, it really is appreciated. We had a great time too and you really looked after us well. Look forward to playing for you all again in the not so distant future! Bass Rock Ceilidh Band

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From other customers:

Alan, G
7 years ago

Thanks again for being on the show, you were great.

Penny, E
7 years ago

Many thanks to you and all the band - I have had several comments about the band and how good you were so thank you so much - it is greatly appreciated.

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