Frequently Asked Questions
Our fee depends on how many musicians we bring, and how far we have to travel. Prices start at £350
We will give you the best band we can for your budget. The best thing is for you to decide on a budget and then we can discuss what we can offer you.
Our fee depends on how many musicians we bring, and how far we have to travel.
We will give you the best band we can for your budget. Obviously, having more in the band generally costs more. The best thing is for you to decide on a budget and then we can discuss what we can offer you.
The actual instrument line-up depends on availability. Our core band consists of three musicians (accordion / piano, electric guitar / mandolin, pipes / whistle / sax) plus a caller. With four musicians we usually add percussion.
With three musicians or more we bring a sound man with us to operate our mixing desk to ensure the best possible sound for you.
We will let you know exactly which instruments we can provide before you sign a contract.
If you would like to use our PA to play your music through after the ceilidh rather than going to the extra expense of hiring a DJ, then there would be an additional charge of £50 per hour. You can plug in your own iPad, phone or similar device. This service depends on us having a sound man.
The fee includes a full sound system and travel expenses. You can use our PA during the time we are with you to play background music, make speeches or even sing a song!
We will be available to you for three hours. This usually comprises a 1 set hour followed by a half hour break and then an hour and half set.
We have Public Liability Insurance and our equipment has PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) certification
We are very used to playing for weddings. Most of the comments on our testimonials page are from satisfied wedding clients. Our callers will be able to help you and your guests have a great time. If you are hiring a wedding planner, we would be happy to talk with and walk through a suggested timetable.
We like to get into the venue around 1 hour before we have to start to set up the sound system, but it only takes about 15 minutes to set up.
It takes about 30 minutes to break down the equipment afterwards.
You can plug your own iPod, phone or other similar music player into the PA for incidental music or for your first dance at a wedding.
There are lots of options for the first dance, so there's always one to suit you whether you are a fantastic hoofer or someone with two left feet. These are the most popular options:
Bride and Groom dance to their favourite pop song
Bride and Groom dance a waltz
Bride and Groom dance called by the caller with some special guests (parents, best man, bridesmaids etc.), followed by everyone else joining in.
Bride and Groom are 'head couple' in the first called dance with everyone else.
For an alternative wedding dance click on this
We play a wide variety of tunes for dancing, both original and taken from traditional sources. We also have a repertoire of tunes to play between dances.
Please note that we are not a traditional Scottish or Irish band, and we don't sing the Wild Rover!
You can hear some of our music on our Music page
Our callers are used to playing for both experienced dancers and those who have never done it before. They have a selection of easy dances and everyone is guided through what to do.
All dances are led by our caller. This means that everyone 'walks through' the steps and moves before actually dancing it. The caller won't start the dance until everyone is looking pretty confident in what they have to do.
If any of your guests don't want to dance, but would rather concentrate on other attractions, that's OK too.