HotScotch Ceilidh Band

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About HotScotch Ceilidh Band

Hotscotch Ceilidh Band provide a traditional Scottish ceilidh experience with their live band. Since 2006 they have been playing accordion, fiddle and drums at events all around the UK, delivering exciting and memorable performances.

This energetic Scottish dance will have everyone involved and having a blast together on the dance floor. The band establish a great rapport with the audience and ensure that everyone has fun, no matter what their level of experience is.

Opt for a ceilidh service or a ceilidh and disco package to finish the night with a disco catering to all music tastes, where requests are welcome. Paul will help you plan everything so that the process is straightforward and easy.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch today to discuss booking Hotscotch Ceilidh Band for an unforgettable night!

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  • "Pauline & Neil - Glenbervie House Hotel"
    This testimonial was entered by HotScotch Ceilidh Band on 3 July 2019

    Hi Paul Just wanted to say thank you SO much for playing at our wedding at Glenbervie House on 16th August. You guys were absolutely fantastic - we couldn't have wished for more! ALL our guests loved the ceilidh and said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to (especially those that had travelled up from England). They were so impressed with the quality of sound from your 3-piece set up - just amazing. Would highly recommend you guys to anyone and thanks again for making our night! We hope you enjoyed it too. Best wishes ? Pauline & Neil Glenbervie House Hotel - August 2015

  • "Arthur & Jenny - Balbirnie House Hotel"
    This testimonial was entered by HotScotch Ceilidh Band on 3 July 2019

    Hi Paul, The ceilidh was a huge success on our wedding day and still commented on by guests a year later, you all judged the mood perfectly and had no problem talking through and explaining all dances clearly to an audience who had not ceilidhed previous. You were all super professional throughout and would recommended in future. Arthur & Jenny Balbirnie House Hotel - September 2015

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your starting price?


What services do you offer?

Our most popular ceilidh & disco package comprises - 3-piece Ceilidh Band (accordion, fiddle & drums) Experienced Dance Caller to make sure everyone can join in and have a great time Disco & Lighting Rig including laser effects Professional PA system Public Liability Insurance We can also play as a Jazz Trio of Saxophone, Piano & Drums should you wish to have some music during the afternoon reception.

What is included in the wedding package?

Our Wedding Package Includes - 3-piece Ceilidh Band (accordion, fiddle & drums), Experienced Dance Caller to make sure everyone can join in and have a great time, Disco & Lighting Rig including laser effects, Professional PA system, Public Liability Insurance

How far in advance should I contact you?

Please contact us as soon as you have a date and we can check availability.

What style of music do you offer?

We are a Scottish Ceilidh Band

Type of musical group:

We are a Scottish Ceilidh Band

Size of musical group:

Normally we are a three-piece band (Accordion, Fiddle & Drums) however if you have something else in mind or would like a larger line-up then let us know and that can easily be arranged.


We are all experienced full-time professional musicians and the band has been together for 13 years now.

Do you have your own equipment?

Yes we have a high quality professional sound system capable of filling all sizes of venues. ? We use JBL Eon Speakers, DB Monitors, Rode & Sure Microphones, Yamaha Mixing Desk, Roland Sound Module for the Accordion (which gives piano & double bass sound from the left hand) ? We always carry spare microphones, cables, laptop and even mixing desk to ensure that you have complete peace of mind.

Are you able to travel?

Yes we are happy to travel and have performed for weddings and events all over the UK and Overseas.

Is there a charge for travelling?

If your wedding is outwit the Borders, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Central Belt or Fife, then there may be a small additional fee for travel.

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


What is the length of time of the act?

A typical evening would look like this - 7pm - 8pm Arrive, Unload, Set-up & Soundcheck 8pm - First Dance (if a wedding) then into the first half of the ceilidh 9.30pm – 10pm - Break whilst evening buffet is served 10pm – 11pm – Ceilidh (2nd set) 11pm – 12am – Disco ? However we are very flexible and will work with you to accommodate the specific arrangements and timings of your event.   ? If would like to have ceilidh all evening that's absolutely fine, equally if you would prefer a more even split between the ceilidh and disco we can switch over after the evening buffet.

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

What are the forms of payment?

We take payment by bank transfer or cheque

What is a Ceilidh?

The word Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) comes from the old Gaelic word for ‘a visit’ which then evolved to mean a social gathering or party. Nowadays, a Ceilidh is brilliant fun night which combines Exhilarating Scottish Dancing, Fantastic Music and Great Company! Ceilidh Dancing is something that people of all ages can participate in. No experience is necessary so a typical ceilidh would often include a mixture of novices, occasional dancers and more experienced dancers. You don’t need to know anything beforehand and our caller will walk you through the steps on the night before each dance. Enthusiasm counts more than dancing skills - just enjoy yourselves.

Which Ceilidh Dances do you do?

We have a large repertoire of ceilidh dances from the more Traditional favourites such as - Gay Gordons Dashing White Sargeant Military Two-Step Virginia Reel Strip the Willow St Bernard's Waltz ? To the more adventurous such as - Eightsome Reel Cumberland Square Eight Riverside Jig Orcadian Strip the Willow Reel of the 51st ? We also have a few less well-known dances up our sleeve such as The Troika, The Borrowdale Exchange and Swedish Masquerade which are also a lot of fun.

How much time do you need to set-up and soundcheck?

We can set-up and soundcheck in 30 minutes for most events. We always arrive a little earlier in order to park, unload the gear and check out the layout of the room if an unfamiliar venue. ? We would normally set-up immediately prior to the performance during the room turn-around after dinner. (If the room is in use immediately before the ceilidh) ? If you require us to set up earlier in the day, that can be arranged but there will be an additional fee.

Is there anything I need to supply for the band at the venue?

We bring all our own sound equipment, so just require a small table for the Mixing Desk and DJ Decks, a couple of chairs and a power socket within reach of the stage area.

What is your booking process?

In order to confirm your booking we will require a deposit of £250 which firmly holds the date for you, and therefore makes it no longer available to other potential clients. We would then issue a booking confirmation document to be signed by both parties. A little closer to the date we would be in touch to finalise the arrangements for the evening with you and the remaining balance is then due 14 days days prior to the event.


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