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BlackRock Ceilidh

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About BlackRock Ceilidh

BlackRock Ceilidh - Enthusiastic and experienced. Committed to craic ! One of the busiest bands in the Highlands
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BlackRock Ceilidh is a duo evolved from an earlier band with a slight line up change 17 years ago this year and have been very busy ever since . We perform Ceilidh, Celtic, Covers and Original material for Functions, weddings , celebrations, Corporate events, Festivals and Pub , Music venue and Hotel gigs. We perform as a duo, line up performing a 3 and a half hour set and can cater for dance calling. longer or shorter sets are no problem by arrangement. The band plays all over the UK and has appeared at many Scottish festivals over the years. We have the luxury of 2 composers/ song writers in the line up which allows us to produce new music all the time. The line up can include 2 vocalists, Guitar, accordion, mandolin, small pipes, bagpipes, saxophone, drum pedal and bodrain. We are very conscious of our customers needs and have our own p.a. set up. We arrive on time, set up & sound check prior to commencement and perform a set to cater for all ages. We also have the facility to allow clients to run their own i,device favourites mix through our p.a., with our supervision, during any breaks. Above all we are committed to craic as we love what we do.

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5 gigs
Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Country, Folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Covers list Jan 2022
Waterboys- Fisherman’s Blues, Bang on the Ear, When will we be Married Molly, Raggle taggle gypsy
Levellers- 15 years, Beautiful day, The Boatman,
Avicii - Wake me up, These are the nights ( my father )
Lumineers - Ho Hey
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
George Ezra – Blame it on me, Shotgun
Jake Bugg - Lightning bolt
Deacon Blue – Twist & Shout
Primal Scream – Country girl
Paolo Nutini – Pencil full of lead, A Man’s a Man, New shoes on, Candy
Bob Marley – 3 little birds
Rednex – Cotton eye Joe
Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
Talking heads – Psycho Killer
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Steve Earle – Galway Girl , Copperhead Road
Proclaimers – 500 miles, Jean
Pogues - Dirty old town
Runrig- Every river
Thin Lizzy – Whisky in the jar
Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel, Mary’s Kitchen
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, Green river
Johnny Cash – Ring of fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Get Rhythm,
Kenny Rodgers – The Gambler
Bruce Springsteen – Shackled and drawn
John Denver – Country roads
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
Van Morrison – Moondance, Brown eyed Girl, Bright Side of the road
Dougie Maclean - Caledonia, Feel so Near, The Gael (last of the Mohicans)
Skippinish – Walking on the waves
Saw doctors - I Useta’ love her
Dr. Feelgood – Back in the Night, Going back home
The Killers – All these things that I have done
Robbie Williams – Let me entertain you
Elvis Costello – Pump it up
Hot House Flowers – Don’t go
Need to Breathe – The Outsiders
Gerry Cinnamon – Belter
Nathaniel Rateliff – S.O.B.
High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain.
From the film Juno – All i want is you
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
Cockney Rebel – You’ve done it all
Wilson Pickett - in the midnight hour
Men at Work – Down under
Tom Odell – Grow old with me
Tom Baxter - Better
Traditional songs –
Barnyards of Delgaty,
Lads o the fair,
Ye Jacobites,
Are you sleepin’ Maggie,
Fiddler in the north,
Shady Grove,
Leaving of Liverpool,
I’ll tell me Ma’ ,
Raggle Taggle Gypsy ,
Loch Lomond,
Wild Mountain Thyme,
Peggy Gordon.
Summer of ’46,
Lock the door Lariston,
Lammas tide,
Kismuil’s Galley,
Walking on the waves,
Auld Lang Syne,
Flower of Scotland ,
A mans a man
and many more including 50 original songs in a celtic vein
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We give a high energy set and put everything into each performance. We are all very committed to our bookers, practices and performance and are enthusiastic about our set and performances. We turn up in plenty time set up discretely ,sound check for an optimum sound . We always try to give our booker a great show & a little more than they expect.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Strathpeffer pavilion, Clashmore Hall, Bogbain, Sligachan Hotel, Three Chimneys. Skeabost House Hotel ,Skye. Institute Hall Fochabers. Aswanley House, Huntly. Caledonian, Mercure,Bunchrew, Achnagairn, Inverness, Kings College, Maryculter House, Aberdeen, Brodie Castle, Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, The Torridon & many more hotels and small to large halls

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Martyn Bennet, Shooglenifty, Steve Earle, CCR, The Levellers , The Waterboys, Mumford & Sons, Van Morrison , Dougie Maclean and many more

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

Belladrum Festival, Channel 5 TV, Fox TV US, Duke of Westminster Estates, Islay festival, Barra Fest, Aigas estate for Virginia McKenna & Sir John Lister Kaye. Alladale for Stolchinaya Vodka business owner , Suzanne Dando & various high profile guests whom we are not at liberty to divulge.

Can you perform covers?

Yes we have included a list of the one's we use most. this is always evolving.

Do you have different line-up options?

We generally perform as a duo , Duo consists of 2 Vocalists, guitar, accordion, mandolin, mandola, small pipes, bagpipes, saxophone, bodhrain and drum pedal

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

We try to be flexible. Let us know in plenty time especially if we have a distance to travel to your event.

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

We are happy to run your i.device through our p.a. upon request at booking stage. we shall operate this for you. we charge £80/hour

How much time do you need to set up?

For small venues 60minutes for larger venues ( larger p.a. set up ) up to 90mins including sound check

Do you provide a caller?

We often provide this service for those unfamiliar with the dance steps. Our caller is available with every line up option. Just tell us if you need us to help you with this at the booking stage

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 various PA systems are included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 5m x 4m space to perform”

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. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you, if the arrangement suits our instrument set, given notice. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”


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From Encore customers:

1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Excellant, crowd loved them and will book again.

Katherine H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

A great experience. The band were amazing, they played a good range of songs.

Morag D
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Booked the band for our daughter’s wedding. Fabulous night. Really good explaining the dances for our less Ceilidh experienced guests. Thank you Euan and the lads.

Reply from BlackRock Ceilidh
3 months ago

Thanks Morag , we had a blast too !

Jessica R
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

BlackRock were AMAZING! Everyone raved about the ceilidh and the music and they did a fantastic job. Friendly, personable and went above and beyond! Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Reply from BlackRock Ceilidh
3 months ago

Thanks Jess , Your guest were brilliant and totally up for the craic !

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From other customers:

Paul S
6 years ago

BlackRock Ceilidh played at our wedding & all we can say is book them. They were fantastic ! Our guests haven't stopped talking about how great the band was ! They played music to suit everyone with some guest putting in requests. Euan even gave us a Ceilidh dance lesson. The songs rthey sang and the instruments they used created such a grat atmosphere, all the guests were dancing. Great musicians and vocalists . They really mage our wedding reception an unforgettable one. ( Paul & Shiona )

Clan S
7 years ago

Sept 2016 Clan Grant Ceilidh – The Grant Arms Hotel , Grantown on Spey Dear BlackRock Ceilidh I have had housefuls of visitors since we saw you at the Clan Grant Ceilidh, so I apologize for not writing to thank you sooner. It was just brilliant to have you all – a wonderful evening – I wish you could have been at our AGM the next day, one of our members (who had not been there) was a bit dreary about having you guys and how all the others who had been there immediately said it was the BEST thing that they had had for ages!! Loved the piping duo! I believe Patrick has booked you for next year – at the heartfelt request of the members – let us hope I can get them to be a little more active! Please pass my thanks to all of the Band – it was just great! Fiona Fiona Grant Chairman Clan Grant Society UK

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