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Staffin Island Ceilidh Band

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About Staffin Island Ceilidh Band

The Staffin Island Ceilidh Band is one of the best Ceilidh bands in East & Central Scotland! We specialise in Wedding Ceilidhs & Events.
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The Staffin Island Ceilidh Band remains one of the best Ceilidh/Wedding event bands in the UK! Based in Central Scotland, we're blessed with a talented, dedicated caller who excels at getting people of all ages and abilities onto the dance floor. We can also offer a fantastic range of cover songs, as well as a comprehensive repertoire of traditional numbers, with a focus on lively, upbeat performances and an exhilarating, rocky style. We've performed around the UK and Ireland over the years, and most of our members are also experienced traditional musicians with their fingers on the pulse of contemporary traditional music - something we bring to the fore in our smaller lineups. We're active in our local music scene as well, promoting our love of Scottish music old and new, and supporting local charities and organisations with our work.

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Staffin Island Ceilidh Band's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sharon R
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Fabulous! Great fun and the callers had the patience’s of a saint. Brilliant band would recommend

Gavin B
6 months ago
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5 out of 5


Katherine L
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

We had a great night with the Staffin Island Ceilidh band. The booking, planning and communication process was very straightforward. The talented band played excellent music and the caller did a brilliant job of explaining the dances. We had a few interesting and innovative dances that we had not come across before and that kept everyone on the dance floor and mixing well. Definitely recommend this band and we will be asking them back for the next ceilidh.

Reply from Staffin Island Ceilidh Band
10 months ago

Thank you for such an immensely kind review! We're so glad you all had a great time, and we had a blast playing for you all. Looking forward to the next time!

Gordon M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Great musicians and caller; who helped our evening event come together perfectly. Our plans for a mix of dancing and music were listened to, and the evening itself flowed comfortably with what the people there were wanting to do on the night. A good selection of dances and music made happy memories.

Reply from Staffin Island Ceilidh Band
1 year ago

Thanks so much for your kind words Gordon! We loved playing for you, and so glad it all went well for you.

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From other customers:

Laura S
1 year ago, for a Wedding in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Helloooooo to the most incredible Staffin Island Celidh Band, THANK YOU SO MUCH for being the soundtrack of our wedding day! We knew you were amazing, but you were the absolute BEST EVER!!!! You blew us away and absolutely made our wedding party. We have had so many comments from our friends and family about how incredible you were - we feel so lucky to have had you be part of our special day. Thank you all SO SO MUCH. Our first dance was magical - thank you for learning the song and making it so special. We really can’t thank you enough. We hope we will get to see you at an event very soon so we can party with you again. We’ll be encouraging everyone we know to get in touch!!! If there is anywhere we can leave a public review or testimonial then please let us know. Thank you all so much - you are awesome! Laura & Alexander x

Karyn S
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Dundee
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5 out of 5

We had Staffin Island play at our wedding on 7/9/19 and I might be biased but it was the best ceilidh I have ever been to. We had lots of people who had never ceilidh'd before and Chris did a fantastic job of bringing the room together. They played a great mix of dances and knew perfectly how to read the room. Our guests loved every minute of it and we couldn't be more grateful. Trust them, they know what they're doing! Thank you guys! Love Karyn and Tom x

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Staffin Island Ceilidh Band's Song list

We have a unique and varied range of songs and dances that never fail to make a great night.
We enjoy putting our own folky Scottish take on songs from all kinds of genres and styles.
Galway Girl ~ Steve Earle
Ho Hey ~ Lumineers
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ~ Cyndi Lauper
I'm a Believer ~ The Monkees
Wagon Wheel ~ Old Crow Medicine Show
Stuck In The Middle ~ Stealers Wheel
Brown Eyed Girl ~ Van Morrison
Sit Down ~ James
I Saw Her Standing There ~ The Beatles
500 Miles ~ The Proclaimers
I’ll be there for you - The Rembrandts (Friends theme)
Your Song ~ Elton John
Take It Easy ~ The Eagles
There She Goes ~ The La's
Caledonia ~ Dougie MacLean
Valerie ~ Amy Winehouse
Kiss Me ~ Sixpence None The Richer
Proud Mary ~ Tina Turner
Wild Mountain Thyme ~ Traditional
Loch Lomond ~ Runrig
Our dedicated caller Chris has a passion for fun and unusual dances, his interactive and attentive calling style means even inexperienced dancers can easily learn even the most challenging dances.
Borrowdale Exchange
Britannia Two-Step
Circassian Circle
Circle Waltz
Cumberland Square Eight
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Hamilton House
Hooligan’s Jig
Military Two-Step
Patacake Polka
Reel of the 51st
Sausage Machine
Strip The Willow {Traditional and Orcadian}
Witches Reel
The traditional ceilidh tunes (both ancient and modern) we use in our dance sets are too numerous to name, but here's a few classics you might recognise:
The Atholl Highlanders
The Jig of Slurs
Scotland the Brave
The Dashing White Sergeant
The Flowers of Edinburgh
Jig Runrig
The Hut on Staffin Island
The Road to Errogie
A Hundred Pipers
The Gael

Staffin Island Ceilidh Band's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1200
Up to 2 hours£1500
Up to 3 hours£1850
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes, no problem. We have a range of modern covers we're happy to perform in addition to traditional Ceilidh music - normally these fit into the breaks between dances, but if there's anything you'd like to hear, feel free to ask us about it!

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Keyboard, Bass, and Drums. The 2- and 3-piece options can be configured so we only bring the instruments you need, and our full 7 piece line-up includes a Koto (Japanese harp) player for that extra wow factor.

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?

We can run a playlist through our PA stystem, and we do this for free in any breaks between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 2 hours before the performance time, but in venues with good access arrangements or for smaller line-ups we can sometimes reduce this time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic caller, Chris, as part of our Ceilidh band, who is included as standard in our 7-person line-up.

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

Our set lists have been tailored through countless performances and learning what gives us a full dance floor, and an amazing time for your guests. However, we're definitely happy to talk things through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA) included in your quote?

Yes, all our equipment is included. We usually require a minimum of 8 meters by 3 meters space to perform.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. For weddings, we will normally consider all reasonable requests for First Dances at no additional cost. However, for further requests we normally ask £40 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
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