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Frank Reid

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Scottish accordion player and ceilidh caller.

I've been playing Scottish dance music on the accordion since I was 14 and running a band since about 18. For the first few years or so we played almost exclusively at enthusiast Scottish dance events but since then we've been playing at more public facing events such as ceilidhs and weddings. The band has 9 recordings to its credit, 5 broadcasts on the BBC Scottish dance music program 'Take the Floor' and we've played in 23 countries of the world. We're reasonably unusal in the fact that I play the accordion and also call the dances. We reularly play to audiences of several hundred people using this approach and to judge from our reviews it works well. It probably helps that I have a background in Highland Dancing and Country dancing myself. Our drummer Richard Furlong helps organise the sets on the floor. We play regularly at such big London venues as: The Brewery The Caledonian Club The Banqueting Suite Whitehall Hammersmith Town Hall Lansdowne Club with occasional highlights such as: The Royal Albert Hall Victoria Palace Buckingham Palace one Marleybone Place but our average event is a wedding for a mainly non Scottish audience of 100 people

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
St Bernards Waltz
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
Boston Two STep
Strip the Willow

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Adrian S, 2 months ago

Frank’s band played at my recent 50th birthday party in a village hall for 60+ guests of all ages - we all had great fun, enjoyed their attempts at teaching us the moves (a huge variance in skill set amongst us!) and would throughly recommend the band. Great value for money, very accommodating in terms of our timings and willing to help and assist with PA and connecting my own playlist whilst the guests arrived. A Reassuring, professional and calming presence. Thanks Frank & team!

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Rob M, 1 year ago

Franks band made a good night into a great night, I could only afford two members of the band but despite that it was enough and my guests enjoyed them selves and their attempts to dance.

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Ophelia M, 7 months ago

Your music was absolutely fantastic! Best band that have played for us, we would love to have you again!

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Alistair G, 8 months ago

Thank you so much for putting on another brilliant ceilidh. We had three days of exciting events throughout the conference, but the only thing the girls would talk about in the debrief was how much they enjoyed the ceilidh! It was such a terrific event - down to your brilliance in calling the dances and the quality of your band. You make things so easy for an event organiser in communicating before the event, adapting to our plans and setting up without fuss. I am hugely grateful - as always. It really was a fantastic evening.

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