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Professional 2 or 3 piece ceilidh band based in central Scotland. Also available as a classical or acoustic duo for ceremonies and parties!
String duo
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Claire Philip - Violin/Vocals - Studying towards Masters in Songwriting - Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Education - First class BA (Hons) Applied Music A graduate of the BA Applied Music degree and PGDE teacher training at University of Strathclyde, Claire studied violin and has performed at some of the most high profile venues in Scotland. With over ten years of solo performance experience and eight years as an orchestral leader, she has developed a thorough knowledge of musical styles to compliment her classical training. In addition to her violin playing, Claire is a songwriter and enchanting singer. She can sing songs for first dances on advanced request. William Johnston - First Class BA (Hons) Applied Music, specialism in classical guitar - Grade 8 (Distinction) electric guitar A recent graduate from the University of Strathclyde with a first class honours in BA Applied Music, William has been making music on a professional level for over six years as a soloist, band member and orchestral musician. William was awarded the prestigious Alexander Stone Award for an outstanding solo guitar recital in 2014. He has performed classical guitar recitals around the country, and in addition to his rising solo career, he is in demand as a session guitarist of all genres and instrumentations including electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitar, as well as the viola. William plays a beautiful handmade guitar by James Lister for which he received a generous grant funded by the LFMI.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Ceilidh dances include classics like,
Gay Gordon's
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
Virginia Reel
Military Two-Step
St Bernard's Waltz
Strip The Willow
And less well known ones such as
Cumberland Square Eight (Basket Dance)
Swedish Masquerade
Eightsome Reel
Progressive versions of some of the dances above!


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Mike H, 1 year ago

Fantastic party on Saturday made all the better with Simple Sounds. They were absolutely brilliant from the booking right through to playing on the evening. Highly recommend them!!

From other customers:

Wedding G, 7 years ago

A very big thank you to both of you for the fantastic ceilidh at our wedding. We had an amazing time, and were really glad we had you guys playing for us. It made such a difference that you matched the music to how the guests were feeling, and played some ballads while they were recovering from the previous ceilidh number! We were so impressed with Simple Sounds. Thank you so much again!

Wedding A, 8 years ago

Andrew and I were absolutely delighted with Simple Sounds! We couldn't believe there was only 2 of you playing-the sound was so full! You were fantastic at calling and great at engaging with the guests too! You were really relaxed too when talking to me and accommodating which helped ease the wedding stress (especially the first dance dread!) Claire was such a lovely singer and it was great to have Claire singing between dances to entertain the guests and also give them a chance to catch their breath for the next dance! So pleased, you should charge a lot more than you do! Extremely professional!

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