Ceilidh:
cèilidh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːlɪ]) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves dancing and playing Gaelic folk music, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.
- Wikipedia

Covers:
Performing monster versions of poular Pop, Rock, Funk, Disco, Motown, Jazz and Reggae Music.

 

WHAT WE OFFER:

Ceilidh & Covers Package:
We provide up to 3 x 1hr sets of Ceilidh & Covers, and recommend mixing the Ceilidh and Covers throughout the night (a couple of ceilidh, a couple of covers) to allow people to have a rest between dances, catch their breath and get a drink. It also allows non ceilidh dancers to be involved throughout the night. We usually do a big finish with an Orcadian Strip The Willow to round off the evening.
Performing with a modern twist, the band cover songs by famous Scottish folk acts like Salsa Celtica, The Unusual Suspects, Treacherous Orchestra, Alastair Fraser and Lau, arranged for popular Scottish Country Dances. While also offering all the classic Pop/Rock/Motown floor fillers to bounce and sing along to.

Reeling:
Ceilidh and Reeling have a few dances that overlap, but the rule of thumb generally is that Reeling is more advanced than Ceilidh, and unlike Ceilidh, it is not usually taught at the event.
We have a large repertoire of songs for Reeling as well. If you enjoy dancing a Hamilton House, Duke of Perth or Reel of the 51st and would love some Reeling at your event as well we can provide the music for that too. We recommend for these more difficult dances not to be called on the night (we can run through a quick reminder though), as they take a little longer than the usual Ceilidh dances to teach. Tom offers private Reeling lessons for any groups wishing to learn from scratch or brush up on, before an event which may include Reeling. Please enquire on our contacts page.

Ceilidh Only:
We provide up to 2 x 1hr sets or 3 x 40min Sets.
These dances are for all ages and abilities and can be taught at the event. It is the best way to mix up a room and meet lot's of new people!

Klezmer:
If you have a Jewish connection and want some Klezmer Music during your celebrations, we can add Hava Nageela and Siman Tov and Mazel Tov to our set.

 

FAQ's:

Not everyone in our Family Tree is Scottish, so there will be some beginners, is that ok?
Of course, we have taught dances all over the UK to all levels of Ceilidh goers, and provide an inclusive gender neutral service for all ages.

Do you supply a written contract?
Yes. Written by the Musicians Union.

How much deposit is required?
A non-refundable minimum deposit of £500 is required to confirm a booking.

When is payment due?
The remaining balance is required 7 working days prior to the event.

Is there any scenario in which the band could cancel?
In the unlikely scenario that a player cannot make a performance, each player has a long list of deputy musicians to call upon.

Do you provide PA and lighting?
Yes! Our standard PA is suitable for a room of around 300 people.
If you are hosting a large-scale event we are happy to supply further lighting and a larger P.A.
However, an additional fee will apply.
If you are personally hiring a P.A. system, we are happy to discuss the act requirements with your sound engineer.

Can we use your PA/Mics for our speaches?
Yes. However, depending on the time you require it there may be an extra charge for the early set up.

Can the band set up earlier in the day before my guest arrive?
Yes. We do offer an early set up, but there will be a small extra fee per musician for doing so.

How much space do you require?
We require a "stage" area 4m x 3m minimum.
This doesn't need to be an actual stage, an area within the floor is also fine.

I've been told the venue has a "sound limiter" - is this a problem?
A sound limiter is an electronic device that monitors the sound and is sometimes connected to cuts the power in the venue (and therefore to the bands equipment) if the volume level in the room exceeds a pre-set level. Please be very careful when choosing your venue as your event could be ruined if a limiter is installed.
If your venue has a sound limiter we will contact them to ensure there are no foreseeable problems with noise related concerns.

Our venue doesn't have a late liecence for live amplified Music - What can you offer?
We are happy to liaise with your venue and put together a program.
We also offer a DJ service for after the band have performed.

The venue is far away on a remote wee Hilltop, how far do you travel?
We are happy to travel anywhere in the world.

How early do you need to setup before a gig?
It takes us up to 1 hour to set up PA, lighting and sound check.

Can you supply background music between sets?
Yes. We can provide music from a playlist between sets.
This can be Jazz, Folk/Celtic, Pop or a mix from your own device.

I have a small budget, can you help?
We will try our best to accommodate all budgets. Get in contact and we'll try our best to help you out!

What type of venues will the band play at?
Our only requirement is that there is a safe power supply and a cover for outdoor events in case of rain.

How does the band dress?
As standard we wear the pictured Ramsey Tartan Kilt outfit.
On request we can aslo provide an all Black dress code,
"Mumford & Sons" look (as we apeared on Made in Chelsea),
Black Suits (with or without Tartan Tie) and Highland Dress/Black Tie atire.
If you have a special request please let us know when you enquire.

Are you insured?
Yes. We are fully insured, PAT Tested and have PLI.

Can you perform our 1st dance?
Yes, we offer a 1st dance choice free of charge.
Tell us what your thinking of and we'll advise if it can be done with the line up you've booked.

Can you perform additional requests that arn't on your set list?

Yes, however there is an aditional charge for transcibing and aranging your choice.

Some of our guests require a wheel chair, can they still join in the Ceilidh?
No problem, we can adapt our set list of dances to be inclusive of those with disabilities.
This can be in advance or on the night.