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Forth ceilidhs

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About Forth ceilidhs

Experienced ceilidh musicians played at home and abroad
Ceilidh band
Public liability insurance of £10 million

We have played for about 15 years at all sorts of weddings, events and cultural evenings. We have played all over the UK and abroad as the Willie Fraser band, as far as China and even Indonesia, and are well accustomed to dealing with internationals if non Scots are present. We love to get everyone up dancing and having a good laugh. The videos show the 2 and 3 piece band options of accordion and drums with fiddle as the third instrument. Fiddle adds an extra layer of melody and harmonies for that extra special sound. David is the drummer/ fiddler/ caller and has played now in over 12 different countries. We have recently added Ewan Galloway and Scott Leslie as alternative accordionists when Willie is not available hence the newer name Forth ceilidhs. Ewan is equally accomplished and is the founder and host of a local radio station of Scottish music, and was recently nominated for dance band of the year. Scott learned the trade from his own Father and has played since the 90s. We are young but highly experienced and this reflects our style. Energetic and lively but a relatively traditional dance band style.

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
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Gay Gordon's
Dashing white
Snowball waltz
St Bernards waltz
Virginia Reel
Strip the willow
Orckadian strip the willow
Military 2 step
Canadian barn dance
Flying Scotsman
Circle waltz
Cumberland square eight
Riverside jig
Auld Lang syne
Tunes include:
My love is like a red red rose
My bonnie lies over the ocean
Scotland the brave
Irish washerwoman
Road and miles Tae Dundee
Ae fond kiss
Fairy dance
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

No we are a traditional style ceilidh band. We can play playlists if needed.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we play with 2 piece (accordion and drums) or 3 piece ( fiddle added) or 4 piece ( keyboard or extra accordion)

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 this service for free

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 hour 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 caller as part of our Ceilidh band

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 system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 4 by 3 m 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. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Traditional but lively

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hotels, churches, community halls

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jimmy Shand and other traditional ceilidh bands

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

Beijing Caledonian Society


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£750


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Annessa A, 1 year ago

David is an extremely professional musician who went above and beyond during a recent school event. His manner and dedication to his job meant that he created a lively and dynamic party atmosphere. His clear and concise instructions during the ceilidh dancing was extremely beneficial for both experts and newcomers alike. I could not recommend David and his team more for any type of event and already have them booked in for my next function!

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Liam M, 2 years ago

I had forth Ceilidhs play at my 21st birthday this year and they were excellent! The band played an excellent selection of Scottish music which was upbeat and entertaining in itself. David the fiddle player makes a brilliant caller! He gives clear instructions how to do the dances and does so in a fun way. Watch out if you are not up dancing because he will call you out! There were no long waits between dances and people were encouraged to get up and find a partner! My birthday was a great day which I will remember for a long time and the band was a great success. They were happy for the family to add personal touches too, (in my case a quiz during the interval) I would Highly Recommended them for any events.

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