HotScotch Ceilidh Band 10 Year Anniversary

Edinburgh based Ceilidh band HotScotch, are celebrating their 10 year anniversary in 2016. Their first function together was in February 2006 in Glasgow with original band members Paul Chamberlain – Accordion, and Jim Walker – Drums. The fiddler in the band at the time was Vicky Gray from Shetland. Michael Haywood took over the role of permanent fiddle player in 2014 and has been with the band since.

HotScotch Ceilidh Band back in 2006
HotScotch Ceilidh Band back in 2006

 

Paul Chamberlain  – Accordion

Paul is an accomplished accordionist and has won many competitions with his playing in both classical and Scottish music styles. He has made appearances at music festivals around Europe and also performed on live television in Russia and Finland. He formed HotScotch Ceilidh Band in 2006 and his arrangements and lively style of playing bring a fresh feel to the music. In October 2010, Paul represented the UK at the accordion world championships in Croatia. He graduated with a Masters in Music (performance) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaches at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music.

Michael Haywood – Fiddle

A virtuosic performer on both fiddle and sax, Michael has appeared in many leading venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Barbican London, and has played on BBC Radio Scotland. He qualified with an honours degree in folk and traditional music degree from Newcastle University and is now a highly respected session musician. Michael was selected to join the prestigious Live Music Now! scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin and has provided hundreds of concerts across the UK and abroad.

 Jim Walker – Drums

Born in Canada, Jim came back to his roots in Scotland in 1984. His skills as a player and teacher of pipe band drumming, percussion and kit drumming have long been recognised and he adds an inventive and powerful rhythmic structure to the band. For several years, he toured with Ceolbeg and has also played with Ally Bain and Phil Cunningham and Sandy Brechin.

HotScotch are one of Scotland’s most popular wedding ceilidh bands and travel all over Scotland and the North of England as well as performing regularly overseas, including recent functions in Italy, Bahrain, Greece and Monaco. Their lively style of playing and rapport with the audience will have the dancers up on the floor all evening. All of the ceilidh dances can be called by the band to ensure everyone can join in whatever their experience.Ceilidh music is the ideal entertainment for a celebration of any kind. HotScotch has a lively style of playing and the band go above and beyond to ensure that everyone is up on their feet and having a great time. They cater to all ages groups and for everyone from experienced ceilidh dancers to casual party-goers and anyone in-between. Whatever your event, hire HotScotch Ceilidh Band and make sure it’s a memorable occasion for all involved!

New Video of Scottish Ceilidh Band HotScotch from a wedding at Houston House

HotScotch Ceilidh Band play all over Scotland for a variety of functions, but specialise in providing a professional evening’s entertainment for wedding receptions. They have years of experience between them, and have now been playing for over 10 years as a band.

This video was taken as the band had a soundcheck after setting up before the evening reception began. A very compact three-piece set-up comprising of Accordion, Fiddle and Drums, HotScotch Ceilidh Band can adapt to suit any size of venue and Houston house has a wonderful large ballroom with plenty of space for dancing.

 

Accordionist and leader of the band, Paul Chamberlain  is  an  accomplished  player and  has  won  many  competitions  with  his  playing  in both  classical  and  Scottish  music  styles.  He  has  made  appearances  at  music  festivals around  Europe  and  also  performed  on  live  television  in  Russia  and  Finland.  He  formed HotScotch  Ceilidh  Band  in  2006  and  his  arrangements  and  lively  style  of  playing  bring  a fresh  feel  to  the  music.  In  October  2010,  Paul  represented  the  UK  at  the  accordion  world championships  in  Croatia.  He  graduated  with  a  Masters  in  Music  (performance)  from  the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaches at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music.

HotScotch to play at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club, Summerhall

Edinburgh Ceilidh Band HotScotch are looking forward to playing again at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club on Tuesday 17th of May. The ceilidh takes place in Summerhall – a creative hub for the arts in Newington, Edinburgh.

The dancing begins at 8pm and instructions will be given for all the dances so if you are a novice ceilidh dancer, then come along for a great evening. Many popular dances such as the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, Cumberland Square Eight and Dashing White Sargeant will be on the programme along with many others.

Edinburgh Ceilidh Band HotScotch perform for weddings and functions all over Scotland

Playing for the evening, HotScotch Ceilidh Band, are a very well established three-piece Edinburgh Ceilidh Band and you are guaranteed to have a great time. An exciting mix of accordion, fiddle, and drums will provide just the right atmosphere for a cracking night of ceilidh dancing!

Tickets are available from www.edinburghceilidhs.com and are £6.

This video was taken when HotScotch last played for the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club in February 2016