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Ian Robertson & his Scottish Dance Band

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About Ian Robertson & his Scottish Dance Band

A very experienced Scottish Ceilidh band specialising in weddings, parties, Burns nights, etc. Available Solo, Duo, Trio, and Quartet.
Ceilidh band
Aylesbury
Public liability insurance of £5 million
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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 PAT tested) and hold public liability insurance. With a back catalogue of professional recordings (and more in the pipeline), Ian's most recent project is a solo Scottish fiddle CD recorded with Scotland's finest country dance pianist Muriel Johnstone. Ian is also an accomplished composer and to date has published two volumes of compositions for fiddle and accordion.

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Genres:
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, 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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Song list

The 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
Veleta
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
Customer questions

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

In 2011 Ian competed in the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships at Blair Castle.

Can you perform covers?

No.

Do you have different line-up options?

We come as Solo, Duo, Trio, and Quartet.

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?

No.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, we do! 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.

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?

Yes. We arrive self-contained with all PA equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

The 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!

Prices

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

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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£900
Up to 2 hours£900
Up to 3 hours£900
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Claire R
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ian Robertson Scottish Dance Band performed for us at our village Burns Night Supper. They were excellent in every way and I would not hesitate to recommend them and we will definitely book them again next year !!! An absolutely brilliant evening enjoyed by all. Thank you !!!

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Steve K
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

They truly made our party a memorable experience. Ian was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process answering any questions and catering for all our requirements. They played very energetic sets on request keeping everyone dancing, both experienced and novice dancers. They provided us with exactly what we asked for and in the most pleasant and helpful manor we could have hoped for. I would thoroughly recommend them for any event

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Clare B
4 years ago, for a Wedding in London Rd
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5 out of 5

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
4 years ago, for a Wedding anniversary in North Harrow
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5 out of 5

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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