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Highly experienced multi-instrumentalist (accordion, fiddle, piano) specialising in Scottish ceilidh, weddings, balls etc. Solo, duo, trio
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Ian was born and brought up in Buckinghamshire and comes from a family steeped in Scottish music. His great-grandmother was a fine pianist who is known to have accompanied fiddler and composer James Scott Skinner in the late 1800s and his father led his own band for many years. Equally at home on accordion and fiddle, Ian is now a full-time musician in great demand for ceilidhs, weddings and Burns Night functions alongside a busy schedule playing for more formal Scottish Country Dancing all over the world. In recent years he has been a regular performer at major dance events across the UK and Europe as well as tours to Canada and Australia. In 2011 he competed in the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships at Blair Castle. Ian and the band work with a number of top-quality callers, all of whom are experts at getting people up and dancing ... even those who didn't think they would. With warmth and gentle humour, the caller will encourage and guide everyone through simple dances appropriate to the event. Ian and the band come fully self contained with their own PA (all fully PAT tested) and hold public liability insurance. With a back catalogue of professional recordings (and two more in the pipeline), Ian's most recent project is a dance CD recorded with Scotland's finest country dance pianist Muriel Johnstone. Ian is also an accomplished composer and in 2014 published “The Call of Home”, his first volume of compositions for fiddle and accordion.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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4th Encoreversary
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Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, French music, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Typical set list will include all the most popular ceilidh dances, but for every dance on the list there are several others we could include!
Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
Cumberland Reel
Strip the Willow
Flying Scotsman
Canadian Barndance
Highland Schottische
Scottish Waltz
Waltz Country Dance
St Bernard's Waltz
Bridge of Athlone
Earl of Inverness
Weavers Galop
Scotch Mixer
Cumberland Square Eight
Canonbie Ceilidh
Riverside Reel
Circassian Circle
Britannia Two-step
Eva Three-step
Virginia Reel
Lucky Seven
Pride of Erin Waltz
Military Two-step


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Betty L, 2 years ago

Ian was absolutely brilliant playing at my grandmothers funeral ...everyone we spoke to after the funeral said how good he was & how my granny would have loved it .... couldn’t have wished for a nicer person to do the job ... a big thank you to Ian ...will definitely recommend you ....many thanks again from betty & all my family

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Clare B, 2 years ago

I wanted to say a huge thank you for calling and playing for us to get the party started in the evening! We know there was quite a delay with the start time as our meal ran over, so thank you for being so understanding and patient with us and all I can say was it was definitely worth the wait! We had such a great time on the dance floor and I know the guests did too as our friends and family have been raving about it since. We even spotted a few 'non-dancers' getting involved - it was such good fun they just couldn't resist! That's all testament to your wonderful playing and calling and ability to read the room and coordinate the ceilidh in that rather small dance floor so thank you for making the evening so much fun for us and all the guests!

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Mike D, 3 years ago

I just want to thank you both for setting up our evening “do” for what was a fantastic evening. Everyone said how they enjoyed your set. So again thanks very much. Evelyn and Mike

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