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Lochnagar is a popular and vibrant Scottish ceilidh band based in London and the South-East with an exciting traditional sound
Public liability insurance of £5 million
We can perform outdoors
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
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk
Dashing White Sergeant
Strip the Willow
Canadian Barn Dance
Lady Godiva Goes to Town
Cumberland Square Eight
Reel of the 51st
Can you perform covers?
We specialise in ceilidh, with traditional instruments and sound and an authentic yet contemporary feel. We don't have a singer (although we have a ceilidh caller to teach the dances) and we don't perform cover versions of rock / pop songs.
Do you have different line-up options?
Our usual line-up is accordion, fiddle and drums, plus caller. We can also play as a smaller line-up without drums for smaller budgets. We can also enlarge the band with e.g. acoustic guitar or second fiddler. What size of band we quote on Encore will depend on the client's stated budget, but get in touch is you want multiple quotes for different line-ups
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
We're flexible - if timings change slightly just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
You'd be welcome to plug your mp3 player into our PA for background music between sets - we have a cable that will plug into a standard headphone socket - just let us know. If you want to use our PA for an extended time before or after our slot, we can often provide this for a small additional fee.
How much time do you need to set up?
We allow an hour before the ceilidh start time to unload and set up discretely. If you need us to be set up earlier, for example because you plan to 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, our caller will encourage your guests onto the dance floor and teach all the dances so everyone can get involved, walking everyone through the steps. Our caller doesn't play an instrument, so he's free to guide everyone while the music's playing.
Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?
We're always happy to take requests. Our repertoire includes all the popular Scottish ceilidh dances, and we craft our setlist on the night to suit the abilities and energy of the crowd. If you want a less common Scottish dance, it's best you let us know in advance so we can prepare.
Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA) included in your quote?
Yes, we bring our own instruments and PA system (amp, speakers etc) and this is included in our quotation. Our equipment is PAT safety tested where relevant. We will need access to a single power socket near where you want the band to set up.
Can you learn song requests before the event?
Possibly, it depends. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll see what we can do!
What do your clients love most about your performances?
Our musicianship, energy and sense of fun. Our aim is to get everybody enjoying themselves, so we choose dances that everybody can learn, and our caller will encourage everyone to get involved. We have a traditional Scottish sound with a contemporary appeal.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
We've played all sizes and types of venues - too many to list! We perform most regularly at Camden's Cecil Sharp House where you can sample us live - just ask when we're next there.
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
We have one foot in Scottish tradition and the other in contemporary music. We love Shooglenifty, Alasdair Fraser, Lau, Richard Thompson, Flook, Chris Stout, Martin Simpson, Chris Wood, Jimmy Shand (!), Karen Tweed, and many more. We also love free jazz, techno, minimalism, post-punk and musicals, but you're less likely to hear that in our ceilidh music!
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
You can see and hear us on Netflix's 'The Crown' (Series 1, episode 10) where we were the ceilidh band for a Highland Ball for the 'Royal family'.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
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