Scotland's Ceilidh Band
Tony Coogan Donald McAskill
About us and our band members:
Scotland's Ceilidh Band is made up of some of the top traditional musicians in our country - accordion, keyboard, drum players, fiddlers, flautists and guitarist. The majority of our team have played since they were in 'single figures' and as such can play both by 'ear' as well as being highly competent reading music. The band organisers, Tony and Donald, have both been playing music since they were in single figures and have played together for the last decade and a half. Both Tony and Donald have shared the benefits of their experience with the other band members - young and old - resulting in a consistency of performance whenever Scotland's Ceilidh Band is booked.
Our typical 3-piece ceilidh band comprises of an accordion, drum and fiddle player, whilst a typical 2-piece band may consist of an accordionist and either a drummer or fiddle player. It is usual for one of our group, usually the most accomplished and extrovert, to take on the role of 'caller' and to guide you and your guests through the various marches, reels, jigs and waltzes. All our callers have been professionally trained to the highest standard and can accommodate the needs of beginners and experienced dancers alike. The use of radio-microphones assists our ability to walk you through the steps as needed - whilst we do the talking.
A number of our players have performed on such programmes as 'Take The Floor', (BBC Radio Scotland). Our band has likewise performed to gatherings from just '1' (the host turned up!), to over 25,000 noisy revellers at Perth's Hogmanay Party earlier this year. We were invited to perform at the traditional Shetland 'Up Helly Aa' Festival in January 2006 - and this involved us playing non-stop for 12 hours solid! (most ceilidhs thankfully don't last that long).
Depending on what you need, we also travel throughout Europe and indeed worldwide. Recent ceilidh trips have included events in France, Ireland, Norway, Canada, USA, Far East - and many journeys to England. It would be fair to say that in our 20 years in the ceilidh business we've played in the vast majority of prestigious hotels in Scotland and a fair number of Scottish castles as well. There's nothing quite like the atmosphere of a ceilidh in a castle, is there?
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