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Matthew Maclennan Accordionist and Scottish Ceilidh Band

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Professional accordionist former Scottish Champion Professional Scottish Dance Band Professional Ceilidh Band Very experienced musicians
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Edinburgh
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Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance Band plays for Caledonian balls, ceilidhs, dances, concerts, festivals, weddings and parties all over the UK and beyond. The band has many years experience playing at functions and parties. Matthew is also a very experienced caller of Ceilidh dances. This allows everyone to join in and enjoy the fun of ceilidh dancing. Matthew Maclennan has been playing the accordion since the tender age of 7 years old! He has been performing on stage since he was 12 years old. Matthew has performed as a soloist, in other bands and has formed his own Scottish Dance and Ceilidh Band. The band was formed in 2005 and Matthew has been performing professionaly since 2010. Since 2009 Matthew and his band have been recording on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship Scottish Dance programme “Take the Floor”. The band features regularly on this show. Matthew Maclennan and his band released, “Traditionaly Inspired”, their debut album in 2014 which was awarded “Album of the Year” in 2015 by the National Association of Accordion and fiddle clubs. Also in 2014 Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance band was nominated as “Dance Band of the Year” at the Na Trads in Inverness. Matthew Maclennan has made trips abroad to play for weddings in France, Caledonian Societies in Kenya, Oman and Norway, The British Army in Germany, Scottish country dancing in Spain and the Netherlands. He looks forward to travelling to new places either as a soloist or with the band. In 2017 Matthew won the “All Scotland Traditional Accordion Championship” at the Perth Accordion Festival. Matthew and his band continue to enjoy playing for all events from small country halls to big ballrooms and hotels.

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Matthew's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Adrian H
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great

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Marlene H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Matthew was extremely obliging and very keen to provide exactly what my daughter wanted for her wedding dance. He and the band arrived in very good time and played beautifully and with great energy to a full dance floor all evening, giving us a great selection of dances. A wonderful end to a perfect wedding celebration!

Reply from Matthew
1 year ago

Thank you for your kind review. We all enjoyed the wedding. Thanks again for booking the band.

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Peter M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Matthew was very professional and a great addition to our wedding made the night very special

Reply from Matthew
1 year ago

Hello Peter, Thank you for your kind review. It was a lovely wedding and I am so glad that you and Julie enjoyed my contribution. All the very best.

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Anna T
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Millerhill
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5 out of 5

I booked Matthew and his two colleagues for my daughter’s 21st birthday in October 2021. His booking system was fair and simple, paying a small deposit until just before the event when full payment was required. I had arranged for them to start playing around 9 pm and they arrived early to set up. The food and speeches went on for much longer than anticipated so they didn’t start playing until 11pm but they never questioned it and never complained. They played for 2 hours and were BRILLIANT! Many of my daughter’s friends had never Ceilidh danced before but the floor was full for the whole 2 hours and everyone was so complementary about the band and the music. They really made the party a success for my daughter, and I would happily book them again. I couldn’t recommend them more highly for any event you may be holding. Anna Traquair

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Matthew's Song list

Requests for dances and tunes include:
Please ask if you have anything not on the list and we will learn it if necessary
Dances:
Gay Gordons
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassion Circle
Strip the Willow
Orcadian Strip the Willow
St Bearnards Waltz
Pride of Erin Waltz
Old time Waltz
The Riverside Jig
Cumberland Square Eight
Virginia Reel
Military two Step
Highland Schottishe
Eva Three Step
The Flying Scotsman
Boston Two step
The Rosa Waltz
The Waves of Torry
The big three
Britannia two step
Boston two step
Dashing White Seargent
Eightsome Reel
Duke of Perth
Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Foresome Reel
Reel of the 51st Division
Hamilton House
Inverness Country Dance
Waltz and Gallop
John Peel
Blue Danube Waltz
Quickstep
Foxtrot
Modern Waltz
Often requested songs:
Auld Lang Syne
Wild mountain tyme
Caledonia
Donald where's your troosers
Scotland the Brave
Flower of Scotland
Rose of Allandale
Black velvet band
Molly Malone
The Wild Rover
Sound The Pibroch
Willie McBride
Walking on the waves

Matthew's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450
Packages
3 piece wedding ceilidh band
Accordion and Caller, Fiddle and Drums. Including access to our PA system.
£900
4 piece wedding ceilidh
Four piece ceilidh band. Accordion, Fiddle, Piano and Drums. Including dance caller
£1100
5 piece wedding ceilidh band
Five piece ceilidh band 2 accordions, fiddle, piano and drums including dance caller.
£1500
Full Scottish Wedding Dance Band
Full 6 piece scottish dance band. 2 accordions, fiddle, piano, bass and drums including dance caller.
£1800

Add-ons

DJ Package
+£250
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our easy going and fun attitude to helping people enjoy ceilidh dancing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed in all sorts of venues from country halls to full size theatres from Shetland in the north to the South of England. All venues catered

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Iain Macphail, Jimmy Shand, Ian Powrie

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

BBC Radio Scotland Take the Floor programme, Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, Orkney Music Festival, Beach Ballroom Aberdeen.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We can be flexible with timings. Please just let us know and we can discuss the details further.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We can provide a DJ set for your party. This can be tailored to your tastes. Please let us know your favourite genres and acts and we can make sure to include this.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually we take about 1 hour to set up. Backround music can be played once we are set up and ready to go.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Our tunes are mostly from the traditional genre. If you have particular favourites then please just let us know and we will include them in our sets.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. We do not assume the venue has PA.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. Please do not hesitate to ask for any requests that you may have. If you have a tune that is special to you then just ask and we will be happy to play this for you.
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional Scottish folk, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, Church service
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Other skills:
Sound technician, Instrumental teaching
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