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Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band

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About Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band

Upbeat modern 4 piece ceilidh band including a caller. We've played for ceilidhs all over UK & can guarantee a great night of dancing.
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CEÒL BEAG is a professional multi-instrumental band of experienced players that have studied their craft to a high standard. We are very adaptable and offer various options for your event requirement, however if you have a specific request, please get in touch. Our genre is principly traditional and classical, but we do adapt to most styles of music. Ceilidh Band with Caller. Fiddle, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass and Drums. We regularly play for ceilidhs and have an experienced caller. There is also a Disco option available if required. Other musical options available: Popular during wedding ceremonies, our violinist can provide a lovely musical interlude while the bride and groom leave for the signing of the register. Solo classical Violin Violin and Piano accompaniment Classical Piano Solo fiddle Fiddle and Guitar accompaniment Unaccompanied Gaelic Singer

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Ceilidh, Scottish music, Classical
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Hotel / Restaurant event, Charity event, Christmas party
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Song list

We have a large repertoire of tunes that we play within our programme.
Listed is a selection of some of the tunes we play:
Ceilidh dances:
Barn Dance
Bridal Waltz
Circassian Circle
Competitive Flying Scotsman
Cumberland Reel
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Lomond Waltz
Military Two-step
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Progressive Canadian Barn Dance
Sausage Machine
St Bernard’s Waltz
Strip the Willow
Swedish Masquerade
The Reel of the 51st
The Virginia Reel
Virginia Reel
Some of the tunes in our sets:
Aiken Drum
Auld Rattray - Gay Gordons
Balkan Hills - Barn Dance
Bonnie Briar Bush - Lomond Waltz
Bonnie Gallawa - Lomond Waltz
Bottom of the Punch Bowl - Eightsome Reel
Braes Abune Bonawe - Lomond Waltz
Bridal Waltz
Bridge of Allan Capers - Strip the Willow
Brodick Bay - Gay Gordons
Calum Donaldson - Sausage Machine
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Competitive Flying Scotsman
Cumberland Reel
Dancers delight - Dashing White Sergeant
Deil Among the Tailors - Eightsome Reel
Devron Reel
Donald B. McTaggart - Sausage Machine
Dovecot Park
Dr Robertson - Flying Scotsman
Dundee City Police Pipe Band
Duke of Perth
Edmund McKenzie of Plockton - Cumberland Reel
Eightsome Reel
Elizabeth Air - Cumberland Reel
Fidget – Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Gillian’s Waltz
Highland Cradle Song - Waltz
Highland Lassie
Hurlocks Reel - Orcadian Strip the Willow
I Loe Nae a Laddie - Strip the Willow
Ian MacIntosh of Pine House
Irish Washerwoman - Orcadian Strip the Willow
Jewel of A Hundred Years - Barn Dance
Jock MacCallum of Rodel - Barn Dance
Jock O’ Hazeldean - St Bernard’s Waltz
Joe Fosters Jig
John Donald of Coulle
John Florence of Monymusk - Gay Gordons
John Spence of Uyeasound - Sausage Machine
Johnnie Cope - Flying Scotsman
Kate Dalrymple
Kenmuir’s on and Awa - Strip the Willow
Kirkconnel Lea - St Bernard’s Waltz
Lady McKenzie of Coull - Flying Scotsman
Links of Love - Waltz
Loch Lomond - Lomond Waltz
Loch Ruan
Macrostie Park - Gay Gordons
Malcolm Ross
Manola’s Reel - Sausage Machine
Margaret’s Waltz
Masons Apron - Eightsome Reel
Merryness Reel - Orcadian Strip the Willow
Military Two-step
Miss Linda McFarlane - Gay Gordons
Miss Susan Cooper - Sausage Machine
Morpeth Rant - Eightsome Reel
Morrison’s Jig - Orcadian Strip the Willow
Mrs McLeod - Eightsome Reel
Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre - Strip the Willow
My Home - Waltz
My Little Jimmy - Gay Gordons
Nettie Fraser - Military Two Step
New High Level - Eightsome Reel
North Shore - Dashing White Sergeant
O’ Dem Golden Slippers - The Virginia Reel
Oh Suzannah - The Virginia Reel
Old Rosin the Beau - Strip the Willow
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Pat Donald
Pet of The Pipers - Orcadian Strip the Willow
Progressive Canadian Barn Dance
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
Rakes of Mallow - Dashing White Sergeant
Reel of Stumpie - Flying Scotsman
Roaring Jelly - Orcadian Strip the Willow
Roxburgh Castle - Eightsome Reel
Royal Scotts Polka
Ruby’s Jig - Strip the Willow
Sausage Machine
She’s Aye A Kissin Me - Gay Gordons
Sid Chalmers - Cumberland Reel
Six Twenty Two Step
Snouts & Ears
Soldiers Joy - Circassian Circle
St Bernard’s Waltz
Standing Stones - Gay Gordons
Statin Island - Circassian Circle
Strip the Willow
Swedish Masquerade
Tarry a While - Cumberland Reel
The Barrowburn Reel - Sausage Machine
The Blackthorn Stick - Strip the Willow
The Blasted Man - Military Two Step
The Crooked Stove Pipe - The Virginia Reel
The Dandy Dancer - Cumberland Reel
The Duchess of Buchleugh - Flying Scotsman
The Duchess Tree - Waltz
The Family Pride - Jigs
The Flourish - Strip the Willow
The Hardanger - Cumberland Reel
The Hills of Perth
The Honey Harbour - Gay Gordons
The Kettle Drum - Flying Scotsman
The Merry Reapers - Dashing White Sergeant
The New Brunswick - Dashing White Sergeant
The Peat Bog - Orcadian Strip the Willow
The Quarryman - Strip the Willow
The Reel of the 51st
The Rev Peter Fenton
The Rose Tree
The Skye Crofters - Barn Dance
The Swamp Lake - Dashing White Sergeant
The Ton - Gay Gordons
Thurso Wedding - Flying Scotsman
Turkey in the Straw - The Virginia Reel
Virginia Reel
Waltz for Tracey
Wee man at the Loom
Where, tell me Where - St Bernard’s Waltz
Willafjord - Sausage Machine
Winchester Gallop
Wratten’s Welcome to the Queen Mother - Sausage Machine
Auld Lang Syne
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We love playing at ceilidhs and have great fun doing so. This translates to the dancers having a great evening. We are a contempory enthusiastic band with a full sound.

Can you perform covers?

We specialise in ceilidh dancing, with traditional instruments with a sound that is modern with a contemporary feel. We have a ceilidh caller to teach the dances, but not a singer. We don't perform cover versions of rock / pop songs, however if you have a particular popular song in mind, we will be happy allow you to play it through out PA system.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our usual 4-person line-up is fiddle/caller, piano, bass & drums. Our 3-person could be fiddle/caller, guitar, bass, or fiddle, piano, bass, depending on the event. We also offer solo & duet options. • Fiddle solo (Trad) • Violin solo (Classical) • Violin & Piano (Classical) • Fiddle & Guitar (Trad) • Gaelic singer (usually unnacompanied)

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

We are flexible. Timings frequently shift a little, so let us know and we will do our best for you.

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

We use a high quality digital PA system. You are welcome to connect a mobile device for bg music between sets via Bluetooth or headphone cable - just let us know in advance. If you wish to use our PA for an extended time before or after the ceilidh, we usually provide this for an additional fee. We ann also offer a DJ service as part of our package prices

How much time do you need to set up?

We allow an hour before the ceilidh start time to unload and set up the PA system discretely. If you prefer us to set up the PA earlier, for example because you have speeches, please let us know - there may be a small additional fee if you require us to be set up earlier in the day.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we always provide a caller who will encourage your guests onto the floor and teach them the dance steps. Our caller will encourage everyone can get involved by walking the dancers through the steps. Calling is often shared between the fiddler and the drummer and will always set the pace to suite your guests ability.

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

We are always happy to take requests. We have a large repertoire of tunes that have been carefully selected for all the popular Scottish ceilidh dances, however if you want a particular Scottish dance, that's no problem. Just let us know in advance so we can bring the music with us.

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

Yes, we will bring our own instruments, PA system and lights which are included in our quotation. All our electrical equipment is PAT tested and can supply a test certificate if required. We will need access to power sockets close to where you want the band to set up.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We can certainly learn traditional tunes before the event, so just ask in advance. Other types of tunes may also be possible, so let us know what you have in mind. We are an instrumental only band, so songs are not an option.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£1100
Drinks reception2 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception (not amplified). Exact price depends on duration and number of performers
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This can include accoustic music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave (no amplification). Exact price depends on duration and number of performers
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner2 musicians
- Music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. (not amplified). Exact price depends on duration and number of performers


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From Encore customers:

Andrew D
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We were so delighted with the communication beforehand, quality of performance and flexibility. We thoroughly recommend.

Reply from Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band
1 month ago

Thank you Andrew! We had great fun playing for your ceilidh

Ryan W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Willie and the family band played for a 30th birthday party recently. It was a stress free, well communicated and friendly experience and all of the guests had a wonderful time. The music was great and the calling clear (and patient with all the Ceilidh first timers present!). Would absolutely recommend Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band to anyone and have the play for any future events. Thank you all!

Reply from Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band
10 months ago

Thanks Ryan. Your review was appreciated.

From other customers:

Alexander J
1 year ago, for a Christmas party in 1-9 Inskip Terrace
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5 out of 5

We asked Ceol Beag to come and play for an event in Gateshead where most people hadn't Ceilidh'd before. The band did an amazing job of getting everyone involved - the reviews of the evening were amazing from everyone who came. I would highly recommend asking Ceol Beag to come to your event. (10 / 10)

Jo W
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Bonnyrigg EH19 3JB
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5 out of 5

Name: Jo Organisation: Wedding Rating: 10/10 Review: Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band played at my wedding last month. They did a fantastic job and made a real effort to get everyone up and dancing! They were able to meet our expectations around playlists and opening/ending songs and made our evening perfect. I would definitely recommend Ceol Beag Ceilidh Band to anybody considering them.

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