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The Brogues

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About The Brogues

The Brogues are a UK-based ceilidh band who met in Glasgow and now play all over the country. #lovetoceilidh
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The Brogues love to ceilidh - they’ve been doing it for years, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. And they’d love to help you with your next one. With a history of organising dances and concerts for visitors on the Isle of Skye (home for two of them), they’ve since moved further afield, and have been involved in leading events across the UK and beyond. Active in writing their own tunes, the band’s sound is grounded in Scottish traditional folk music, with a modern feel. They’re a versatile bunch, though, adept at throwing in the odd fun quirk every now and then, and they’ll happily sing you a song or two (English or Gaelic) - just ask! In days gone by, almost every township or village in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland would have had a ‘ceilidh house’ - a place where people felt welcome, and found good company. It was here that folk shared the gift of entertaining each other in song, dance and story. It’s a custom that’s made Scotland famous throughout the world, and it’s this kind of atmosphere that the Brogues seek to create wherever they go. So whatever your event - big or small - get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. It would be our joy to help.

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Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Originals, Acoustic, Covers, Americana, Disco, Contemporary Christian, Christmas, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Church service
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Song list

Upbeat covers:
Accidentally In Love
Brown Eyed Girl
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Dance With Me Tonight
Dancing In The Dark
Dancing In The Moonlight
Dancing Queen
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Hey Soul Sister
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Hold Back The River
I'm A Believer
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
I've Had The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
I Won't Back Down
Kiss Me
Loch Lomond
Lucky (Britney Spears)
Mr Brightside
My Life
Reach For The Stars
Shut Up And Dance
Stuck In The Middle With You
Summer Of '69
Sweet Caroline
Take It Easy
Uptown Girl
9 To 5
Chilled covers:
Auld Lang Syne
Fields Of Gold
Hey Jude
I'm Yours
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
My Funny Valentine
Thinking Out Loud
Time After Time
To Make You Feel My Love
Wild Mountain Thyme
Wonderful Tonight
Ceilidh dances:
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Cumberland Basket
Dashing White Sergeant
Flying Scotsman
Foula Reel
Gay Gordons
Highland Strip The Willow
Hooligan's Jig
Military Two Step
Orcadian Strip The Willow
Riverside Jig
St. Bernard's Waltz
Swedish Masquerade
Virginia Reel
Waves Of Tory
Folk/traditional tunes:
Aird Ranters
Ally Bally
Babes In The Woods
Break Down
Brochan Lom
Bulgarian Red
Captain Carswell
Connaughtman's Rambles
Fairy Dance
Famous Baravan
Father John MacMillan Of Barra
Fiddler's Welcome
Heights Of Cassino
High Road To Linton
Humours Of Glendart
I Bhi Ada
Irish Washerwoman
Jig Of Slurs
Jig Runrig
Kenny Gillies Of Portnalong
Kenny MacDonald's
Kesh Jig
Lass O' Pattie's Mill
Manus Lunny's (Parahandy Theme)
MacArthur's Road
Margaret's Waltz
Meeting Of The Waters
Morag Of Dunvegan
Morrison's Jig
Mrs Macleod
My Love Is But A Lassie Yet
Out On The Ocean
Over To Ireland
Scarce Of Tatties
Simon Thoumire's
Sleep Soond In Da Mornin'
Spoot O' Skerry
Sweet Biddy Dally
The Dashing White Sergeant
The Gael
Tongadale Reel
Walking On The Moon
Wee John's Reel
5-Minute Wonder
Christmas songs/carols:
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Angels' Carol
Angels We Have Heard On High
Away In A Manger (3 different melody options)
Born That We May Have Life
Carol Of The Bells
Christmas Day
Coventry Carol - Lully Lulla (2 different melody options)
Deck The Halls
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Emmanuel (From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable)
Gabriel's Message (The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came)
Glory In The Highest
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark Hark
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
He Shall Reign Forevermore
Infant Holy Infant Lowly
In The Bleak Midwinter (2 different melody options)
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Joy To The World
Last Christmas
Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow
Little Bilberry
Midnight Clear
My Lord Has Come
My Soul Magnifies The Lord
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come Let Us Adore Him
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Holy Night
O Little Of Bethlehem (2 different melody options)
Once In Royal David's City
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
See Amid The Winter's Snow
Shepherds In The Fields Abiding
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
The First Noel
The 12 Days of Christmas
Unspeakable Joy
We Three Kings
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Wexford Carol
What Child Is This
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
And any requests you have, with a few weeks' notice!
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Boturich Castle Brig' O' Doon Comrie Croft Dalswinton Estate Fingask Castle Grand Central Hotel House For An Art Lover Isla Gladstone Conservatory Lews Castle Loch Lomond Shores Mar Lodge Mount Druid Oran Mòr Portavadie Marina Sherbrooke Castle St. Andrews In The Square Strathpeffer Pavilion The People's Palace UK churches/country houses/town & village halls

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Arthur Cormack Beoga Brian Finnegan Bruce Guthro Capercailie Cara Dillon Damien O'Kane Donnie Munro Dreamers' Circus Duncan Chisholm Emily Smith Flook Frigg Ingrid Henderson James Graham John McSherry John McCusker Julie Fowlis Kathleen MacInnes Karen Matheson Lau Meantime Mike Vass Nickel Creek Patsy Reid Paul McKenna Punch Brothers Runrig Saltfishforty

Can you perform covers?

Yes, we can include some covers as part of our performance - see our song list for some examples. We tend to recommend at least a 50/50 split for covers at a ceilidh, with perhaps a few more ceilidh dances to keep your guests happy!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! We can perform as a duo, trio or quartet. Our line-up depends on band availability, and we most often perform as a 3-piece band, but we can also check if our 2-piece & 4-piece line-ups are available for any enquiry. 2-piece: piano & fiddle; 3-piece: piano/guitar, fiddle & drums; 4-piece: piano, guitar, fiddle & drums.

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

We always try to be as flexible as we can to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. We know these things are subject to change, especially if the booking is made far in advance! So if your 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?

Yes, absolutely! This service comes included in our price. We can use your playlists or our own, with folk/ceilidh tunes, classic DJ rock/pop/soul favourites, ambient/chilled background music... whatever the occasion requires.

How much time do you need to set up?

We need around an hour to setup and soundcheck immediately before the live music & dancing starts. As soon as our PA is set up, we'll put on our playlist to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We always have an experienced caller with us at ceilidhs to guide the dancing clearly & confidently, so you don't need to worry about finding one.

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 it through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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

Yes, everything is included in our quotes - PAT-tested sound equipment & lighting. We need access to mains power (via plug sockets or generator extensions).

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We're happy to take requests, as long as we have the finalised songs by 6 weeks before your event!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£725
Up to 2 hours£745
Up to 3 hours£765
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From customers:

Tom S
7 months ago, for a Wedding in Wollaton Rd
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5 out of 5

"Huge thanks to all of you for helping make our wedding on Saturday so memorable! The ceilidh was everything we hoped it would be and more and our guests haven't stopped talking about it! The auld lang syne was a magical moment which we will never forget!"

Ewan C
7 months ago, for a Corporate event in 18 Holyrood Park Rd
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5 out of 5

"Many thanks for last night... it was bouncing when I left. Great stuff. Many thanks to you all... The music was great, Grace called the dancing very well, getting everyone up dancing. It was very relaxed and at just the right pace allowing those who were completely new to ceilidh dancing to have a fantastic evening. The room was buzzing."

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