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The Frank Reid Scottish Ceilidh Band are the top traditional Scottish Ceilidh band outside of Scotland.
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Frank Reid has been playing Scottish music on the accordion for most of his life. At first the band played almost exclusively for enthusiast Scottish dancers but since then have evolved into a Scottish Ceilidh band offering a package including calling the dances for novice audiences with little or no knowledge of Scottish dancing. We get great reviews for this people often mentioning getting the level just right for the audience and enjoying the humour thrown in

Performance details
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
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Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party
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Song list

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
St Bernards Waltz
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
Waltz Country Dance
Boston Two Step
Strip the Willow
Mairi's Wedding
Duke of Perth
Virginia Reel
Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Hamilton House
Military Two Step
Flower of Scotland
The Nothern Lights
Skye Boat Song
For these are my mountains
Will you go lassie go
Cailin mo ruin sa
Morag of Dunvegan
Lovely Stornoway
Black Velvet Band
Forty Shades of Green
The County of Armagh
Westering home
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

No we don't. We're a top Scottish ceilidh band and we stick to the knitting!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we do. The standard line up is accordion,fiddle,flute and drums. We can add keyboards or another fiddle. Or we can drop the flute for a three piece. Or offer a two piece of fiddle and accordion. Any of these smaller options still come with the PA for the whole band so you get an awesome sound with even just accordion and fiddle.

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

Nearly everbody's timings change from what they first thought. It's no problem!

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

Yes we can. We have a theatre quality Bose PA including bass bins so we're well set up for a quality sound at all levels up to 200 people (and beyond with prior notice). We have a Sony broadcast quality CD player within our rack. We also have dedicated channels set aside for your ipod or whatever including direct from lightning socket

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually arrive an hour before we're set to play. Some of this time is used to get the kit out of the trailer and get to the nearest point of entry. Because most of our kit is already wired up in a rack unit we can actually set up in as little as 30 mins.

Do you provide a caller?

We have a fantastic caller within the band. Many of our reviews mention the quality of calling. It's a really important element so its not something we like to leave to chance. If you want dances tending towards the reeling spectrum we would advise a separate caller of which we have three to choose from.

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

Our program is crafted from years of experience and we invariably do the same dances. The order is important as some of the moves build on what has gone before. However if you specific requests these can of course be catered for. In particular we have a first dance medley we can teach the bride and groom if they're up for it.

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

In addition to the high quality PA which is included in the quote we have wireless mics which can be used for speeches etc. We calso carry a table mic stand which is useful at Burns suppers for instance. We have LED lighting which adds atmospehere but can also be used in sound to light mode for the DJ sets.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

It's quite common (at a wedding) for us to play the couple's choice of first dance through our PA. We're sometimes asked to learn a particular song which we're happy to do provided it fits our style and instrumentation.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The comments that recur most often are 'quality of the music' 'swingy' 'toe-tapping' 'getting the calling just right' and 'professional'

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

With over 4000 gigs behind us its hard to list a fraction of them but some that we've played at often are: The Caledonian Club Whitehall Banqueting Suite Middle Temple Hall Islington Town Hall Cheltenham Town Hall St Columba's Church Pont St Hammersmith Town Hall Wandsworth Civic Suite Wycombe Abbey Achool Eton College Down House

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Alasdair Fraser (who used to play with us) Calum Kennedy Andrew Rankine Iain MacPhail The Proclaimers The Corries Capercaillie and out of genre: Michael Bublé Diana Krall Jamie Cullum

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

St Andrews Ball at Buckingham Palace


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1000
Up to 2 hours£1100
Up to 3 hours£1300


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Adrian S, 2 years ago

Frank’s band played at my recent 50th birthday party in a village hall for 60+ guests of all ages - we all had great fun, enjoyed their attempts at teaching us the moves (a huge variance in skill set amongst us!) and would throughly recommend the band. Great value for money, very accommodating in terms of our timings and willing to help and assist with PA and connecting my own playlist whilst the guests arrived. A Reassuring, professional and calming presence. Thanks Frank & team!

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Rob M, 3 years ago

Franks band made a good night into a great night, I could only afford two members of the band but despite that it was enough and my guests enjoyed them selves and their attempts to dance.

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Ophelia M, 2 years ago

Your music was absolutely fantastic! Best band that have played for us, we would love to have you again!

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Alistair G, 2 years ago

Thank you so much for putting on another brilliant ceilidh. We had three days of exciting events throughout the conference, but the only thing the girls would talk about in the debrief was how much they enjoyed the ceilidh! It was such a terrific event - down to your brilliance in calling the dances and the quality of your band. You make things so easy for an event organiser in communicating before the event, adapting to our plans and setting up without fuss. I am hugely grateful - as always. It really was a fantastic evening.

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