Ceilidh Bands for hire in East Lothian

Hire a Ceilidh band in East Lothian for your wedding, Burns night or event today. We have 95 fantastic traditional Scottish and Irish bands available to hire in East Lothian to make sure everybody gets on their feet! With varying line-ups and instruments, fantastic callers to instruct the dance moves, and bands that will also play your favourite pop covers, there's no better time to book a Ceilidh band. Hire a Ceilidh band in the UK for your wedding, Burns night or event today. Pronounced 'kay-lee', these bands will perform upbeat traditional Scottish tunes while calling out the dance moves out to keep your guests on their feet! Ready to book? Simply browse our collection of our 95 best local Ceilidh bands in East Lothian available for hire today. Our groups have callers to instruct the dancing and many bands will also play your favourite pop covers. There's no better time to book your Ceilidh band!

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Hire The Jacobites
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£1175 - £1825
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

The Jacobites are an exceptional ceilidh band based in Edinburgh that offer professional ceilidhs for weddings, festivals and events.

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Hire Norloch Ceilidh & Covers Band
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£545 - £1220
Ceilidh bandLoanhead

We are a lively experienced band who can provide a full evening of ceilidh dances combined with cover songs through the decades,50s-90s etc

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Hire Bon:Stovi Ceilidh Band
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£1500
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

Some of Scotland's most talented musicians performing with a power, energy and spirit that will leave your guests happily exhausted!

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Hire Ceòl Beag Music
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£500 - £1250
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

Ceòl Beag is a popular contemporary, upbeat ceilidh band. We play for all kinds of events & guarantee a great night of dancing to remember.

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Hire CopperCeilidh
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Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

We are a traditional Ceilidh Band, available for events across all of Scotland.

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Hire Alive & Jiggin Ceilidh Band and Disco
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£650 - £1500
Ceilidh bandPenicuik

CEILIDH PARTY BAND IN SOUTHERN, EASTERN AND CENTRAL SCOTLAND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED, VERSATILE AND ENTERTAINING BAND WITH OVER 700 GIGS DONE

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Hire The Ceilidh band
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£1750
Ceilidh bandLoanhead

The number one Scottish band specialised in delivering a great , up beat , fun night as well as great musicianship.

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Hire Ceilidh Experience
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Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

Ceilidh Rock party band with sound system + optional lighting and in-house DJ

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Hire The Haggis Chasers Ceilidh Band
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£1000 - £1200
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

The Haggis Chasers Ceilidh Band represent High-Quality Sound and Musicianship – without Losing Traditional Roots

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Hire Stravair
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£437.50 - £875
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

The beautifully elegant duo of Stravair. We've quickly become the most popular guitar and violin duo in Scotland. Guaranteed to move you!

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Hire ODIA
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£1500 - £3500
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

World-Class International World Folk Electronica Band

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Hire Annasach Ceilidh Band
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£1222.50
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

Ceilidh Band available for all occasions from Aberdeen to Zurich!

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Hire Ewan Galloway Ceilidh Band
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£320 - £600
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

High energetic ceilidh band with years of experience. As seen on BBC Country file / Royal Highland Show / BBC Radio Scotland and more!

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Hire Whisky Kiss
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£1500
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

Whisky Kiss - the world's favourite ceilidh band (NYC Tartan Week, Shanghai, Singapore, Edinburgh Fringe) & we come with DJ & Dance Caller!

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Hire Lost Shores Ceilidh Band
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Ceilidh bandLeven

The bands energetic style fuses traditional ceilidh tunes with some exciting modern twists,makes for an enjoyable evening of music and Dance

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Hire Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band
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£1300 - £1500
Ceilidh bandManchester

Make your event an outstanding, unforgettable experience with the UK's finest professional Scottish ceilidh band for hire.

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Hire Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
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£780 - £1200
Ceilidh bandGlasgow

What happens when you bring together four insanely-talented musicians from different genres? You get the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band!

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Hire Jiggered Ceilidh Band
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From£640
Ceilidh bandGlasgow

Jiggered are a Scottish ceilidh and covers band based in Glasgow available for hire at weddings, birthday parties, and all other occasions.

Hiring a Ceilidh Band in East Lothian

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Popular genres:
Ceilidh, Folk, Pop
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2 hours
Busiest times:
July, August, September

How much does it cost to hire a Ceilidh Band in East Lothian?

The typical price per group member for Ceilidh Bands is:
£Budget£220
££Pro£330
£££High-end£400+

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Frequently asked questions

What is a ceilidh band?

A ceilidh band (pronounced ‘kay-lee’) is a musical group that specialises in playing traditional folk music for ceilidh dances, which are social events with Scottish or Irish origins. Ceilidh bands typically feature instruments like fiddles, accordions, and bagpipes, creating lively tunes for dances like jigs and reels.

What do people do at a ceilidh?

At a ceilidh, attendees participate in traditional Scottish or Irish folk dances. A caller guides the participants through various lively and energetic dances, such as jigs and reels, with specific steps and formations. Ceilidhs are social events where people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy dancing, often accompanied by live music from a ceilidh band. Participants interact, socialise, and have fun while following the caller's instructions, creating a vibrant and festive atmosphere. Ceilidh bands perform at at weddings, private parties, and community gatherings, providing a unique and interactive experience for everyone involved.

How long do ceilidh dances last?

Ceilidh dancing is often done in 30-45 minute bursts, with each burst having 3 or 4 dances. A typical evening of ceilidh dancing consists of three or four of these bursts of dancing, with gaps in between allowing guests to collect their breath, take a drink or use the bathroom.

What instruments are used in a ceilidh band?

Ceilidh bands commonly feature a variety of traditional instruments that contribute to the lively and upbeat atmosphere of the dances. Common instruments that ceilidh bands play are: - Fiddle: The fiddle is a central instrument in ceilidh bands, providing the melody and creating the lively tunes for the dances. - Accordion: Accordion adds a rich harmony to the music and is commonly used in ceilidh bands for its versatility and vibrant sound. - Bagpipes: Bagpipes, especially in Scottish ceilidhs, add a distinctive and traditional touch to the music. - Flute: The flute often complements the fiddle by providing additional melodies and harmonies, enhancing the overall sound of the band. - Guitar: Acoustic guitars provide rhythm and chord progressions, anchoring the music and giving dancers a strong beat to follow. - Banjo: Banjos add a lively, twangy sound and are particularly common in Irish ceilidh bands. - Drums/Percussion: Drums and other percussion instruments, such as bodhrán (a traditional Irish drum), provide the rhythmic foundation, creating a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for the dances. These instruments, played skillfully together, create the authentic and festive vibe that characterises ceilidh music and dancing.

Are ceilidh bands only for weddings?

Although wedding ceilidh bands are particularly popular, they are not limited to weddings. Ceilidhs are also popular for birthday parties, anniversaries, and other celebrations, adding a festive touch with their traditional music and interactive dances. Additionally, community events, cultural festivals, and corporate events often feature ceilidhs to engage attendees and create a vibrant atmosphere. Overall, ceilidh bands bring people together, making any occasion memorable with their spirited tunes and engaging dances. You can speak to one of Encore's experts today to find the perfect ceilidh band near you.

Why should I choose a ceilidh band for my corporate event?

Ceilidh bands are an excellent choice for corporate events. Their lively traditional music and spirited dances create an engaging experience that encourages everyone to get involved in a fun way. In contrast to traditional corporate entertainment, ceilidh bands foster a sense of community and camaraderie, breaking down barriers and encouraging guests to interact with one another. Ceilidh dances and the infectious enthusiasm of the musicians ensure that even the most reserved attendees find themselves on their feet and joining in the fun. Moreover, ceilidh bands cater to a wide range of musical tastes and ages, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the festivities, making them a versatile and inclusive choice for corporate gatherings.

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