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About The Jacobites

The Jacobites are an experienced ceilidh band based in Edinburgh that offer professional ceilidhs for weddings, festivals and events.
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The Jacobites are passionate about Scottish music. We play it, we write it, we teach it and we perform it. "So many guests said it was the best ceilidh they'd ever been to." Together we have 30 years combined experience in the Scottish music industry. We have played at weddings, concerts and events across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Our highlights are: • playing at the festival ‘Mestralia’ in Catalonia • playing a festival tour of North East France including Paris • composing and performing a WW1 remembrance tune for HRH Princess Anne • playing at the BBC Hogmanay Live with Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain • featuring on the BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ • playing at hundreds of venues across the UK from grand concert halls to small town halls. From playing with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra to playing at weddings across the country. From teaching and inspiring the next generation of Scottish musicians to founding The Edinburgh Street Ceilidh. From winning national traditional music competitions to playing for Irish dancers. From playing the critically acclaimed Wilfred Owen violin to leading local traditional music sessions. From writing our own sets of music to playing concerts in aid of and in recognition of humanitarian causes. As you can see, we love Scottish music. Our name the Jacobites is a nod to our tradition. We take that tradition and with our own unique style and sets bring it in to the present day.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
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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4th Encoreversary
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Booked for 10 Encore gigs!
Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Folk rock, Folk, Traditional Irish folk
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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, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

All the ceilidh dances. A few include:
Wagon wheel
Tell me ma
Little lion man
Loch Lomond
500 miles
Ship called dignity
Time of your life
Chasing cars
Bonnie Lass o Fivve
Whiskey in the jar
Dirty old town
All the small things
Folsom prison blues
Country Roads
Ye Jacobites by name
Kids (mgmt)
Snow (hey oh)
Hey ya
A mans a Man
Jock hawks adventures in Glasgow
Heart of Gold
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our high energy ceilidh gets everyone up on the dance floor

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hundreds all across the UK and Europe 🇬🇧🇪🇺

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

Probably one of the following 3 - We've played live on the BBC, a festival in Spain and we've played for HRH Princess Anne

Can you perform covers?

We're mainly a ceilidh band but we do play some covers and Scottish songs

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, 2, 3 or 4 piece band. Fiddle, guitar drums, extra fiddle, piper, accordion, piano, flute

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

That's usually fine, just let us know as soon as you know any changes

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

Yes, we're very happy to help out with background music before and between our sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually around 1 hour, depending on the space and size of band.

Do you provide a caller?


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

Yes, absolutely.

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


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Potentially - please send us requests as soon as possible so we can let you know if they're possible.


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£1000
Up to 3 hours£1000


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Hannah C, 1 month ago

We honestly cannot praise The Jacobites enough!! Awesome musicians and people in general. Getting married on a small island meant the boys had to stay as part of our wedding party and we were so pleased to have them- our guests adored them. The ceilidh was amazing 🥰 They called it so well (despite the fact we were all absolutely terrible and somewhat drunk by that point😂). We honestly cannot thank them enough! Book them right now- go on, do it!! ☺️ Hannah & Owen

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Gail J, 2 years ago

We had the Jacobites for our wedding.I cannot express enough how good they are. Thank you for making our evening amazing. Mr & Mrs McGrath

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Simon B, 2 years ago

brilliant from start to finish. spoke to the guys before the event nothing appeared any hassle they were great... its just a shame our dancing let us down! totally recommended, cant wait to have them back.

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Martyna S, 1 year ago

This band made my husband's and my vacation to Scotland and Edinburgh one to remember! I can't remember the last time I danced so freely and had so much fun! they are fantastic.

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Rachel M, 1 year ago

Cannot thank these guys enough for playing at our wedding reception!!! Music was fantasticand great selection of ceilidh dances. They have been an absolute pleasure to deal with 😊

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