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Best Before Midnight Ceilidh, Rock, Folk & Pop Covers Band

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About Best Before Midnight Ceilidh, Rock, Folk & Pop Covers Band

Best Before Midnight use an eclectic mix of traditional and modern ceilidh music, giving the music a unique funky Celtic-fusion twist.
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Formed in 2008, Best Before Midnight are one of Scotland finest Ceilidh Bands. Best Before Midnight use an eclectic mix of traditional and modern ceilidh music, giving the music a unique Celtic-fusion twist, with funky and syncopated rhythms. Many of our ceilidh tunes have been composed in a neo-traditional style by band members, and when added to our array of purely traditional tunes, this makes for the interesting and unexpected sets which ceilidh dancers can’t help but love! Our music is fiddle driven with a powerful rhythm section of Lead & Rhythm Guitar, keyboards and drums. The band members in Best Before Midnight have all had experience playing in different bands, some with many years’ experience together prior to forming and creating the fresh and exciting new sound of Best Before Midnight. Our sets are tailored on the spot to meet the needs of the particular set of guests at a wedding or event. Often, once into the swing of our ceilidh music and dances, guests don’t want to stop. At othertimes we may find guests need a little break from ceilidh and with the addition of vocals we will slip into a set of polished pop classics to change the mood. No two gigs are the same, and as each night unfolds we often change our mix of ceilidh and covers to suit the night and keep as many of your guests on the dance floor as possible, usually culminating in a manic Orkney reel then Loch Lomond or Auld Lang Syne to finish. Whatever your occasion or mood, Best Before Midnight can provide a mix of music to suit. Best Before Midnight can also perform the odd piece of Celtic folk/funk/rock between dances if we feel guests need a breather, and just want to enjoy listening to some beautiful music. Our dance caller Gillian is second to none, Gillian commenced her dancing career as a Highland dancer at the age of 3yrs. Her competing culminated in her becoming a three times senior Scottish Highland Dancing champion. Gillian commenced teaching the art of Highland and national dancing at 17yrs and opened up her own dance school. Over the years Gillian produced many champions of her own, including senior Scottish and British champions, Gillian studied choreography and used her skills to compose dances and as a founder member of the Ballochleam Highland Dancers Gillian has toured the globe. During this time Gillian has taught Scottish ceilidh dances at festivals and events from Taiwan, Europe and the USA. Gillian loves to see people enjoying Scottish Ceilidh dancing and ensures that those who have never done a ceilidh dance in their lives still have a ball, and that the “experts” don’t get bored waiting until she organises the beginners, a difficult balance to achieve. If pop classics or a live band for the covers part of your event is not what you require, we work closely with a local disco, and can offer the option of ceilidh first half, and then disco after the break. Many years’ experience with the same disco outfit/DJs ensures a seamless transition from band to disco. Gillian can also provide a piper and highland dancers to perform at your event and the highland dancers can even help lead the ceilidh dances.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Christmas, Traditional Scottish folk, Ceilidh, Folk, Folk rock, Country, Covers, Pop, R&B, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Rock, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

500 Miles
Johnny B' Goode
Thats All Right Mama
Whole Lot of Shaking Going On
Wagon Wheel
Brown Eyed girl
Sweet Home Alabama
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Love is all Around
Dance the Night Away
Honky Tonk Woman
Walk of Life
All Right Now
Loch Lomond
Caroline ( Status Quo)
Rocking all Over the World
Mustang Sally
Wonderful Tonight
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Folsum Prison Blues
Blue Suede Shoes
All shook Up
Bad Moon Rising
Day Dream Believer
Peaceful Easy Feeling
and many more.....................
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes no problem. We perform a range of pop, country, blues, folk and rock classics. We also perform some Scottish favourites like Shang-a lang & 500 miles. We can adjust the music and performance through out the evening to ensure your special event unique. Our usual performance would be first 1/2 ceilidh only and the second 1/2 a mixture of covers & ceilidh.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line up is as follows Fiddle, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and drums. We also have an on floor ceilidh caller with radio mic to lead the dancing. For the covers we add male lead and backing vocals.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings 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 an ipod service for free. If you'd like a DJ service this can be arranged at a moderate extra cost approx £100 .

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually require a minimum of 1.15 minutes to set up before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic on floor ceilidh caller " Gillian" as part of Best Before Midnight. Gillian has performed and competed in Highland and national Dancing since the age of 3 yrs. Gillian was 3 x Senior Scottish Highland Dance Champion. Gillian also qualified as a teacher and judge in the art of Highland Dance and produced many champions.

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 PA and lighting system is included in your quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it so please ask. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn and it suits our style and we have enough time to rehearse them we would be happy to learn and perform this.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have played at many Castles, top venues & hotels throughout Scotland & the North of England. We have also played at Celtic folk festivals in Wales, Steenvoorde, Lorient, Majorca and a tour of Taiwan. In all of these countries our caller has taught ceilidh dancing often with the use of an interpreter if required. Gillian has an enhanced PVG .


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

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Up to 1 hour£900
Up to 2 hours£900
Up to 3 hours£900


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Kerry W, 1 year ago

Thank you so much for a fantastic night. Everyone loved it and thought you guys were amazing !! Really hope you are back next year Kerry Anne , Craig and Jayden Walker, Burn Night fundraiser for Coaltown of Balgonie Childrens Gala in Fife, 28th January 2019

Mr Y, 3 years ago

Best Before Midnight Ceilidh & Covers Band are absolutely fantastic. They played at our wedding and they really made the day special. We had a fantastic time and Best Before Midnight were a huge part of that. So many of our guests have mentioned how incredible the band were. We cannot praise them highly enough. If you are looking for a lively, friendly and talented ceilidh band then look no further!

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