Choosing a Ceilidh Band for your event

Making sure you have the right entertainment for your event.

When it comes to organising an event with musical entertainment there are many different things that one has to consider in order to make it as successful and enjoyable as possible. If these areas are carefully looked at in detail whilst planning the event, then it will have a much higher chance of great success.

Choice of Music

Of course, right at the top of the list is the decision as to the type of music required for the vent and how this will fit in with the other aspects. Background music by a solo pianist will provide a great ambience during a meal for instance, whereas a Scottish Ceilidh Band will ensure a great fun, social night for all attendees.

Finding the best entertainment to suit the venue

The type of entertainment also depends on the venue in which it is to be held. If one if looking at a dancing scenario, then there must be adequate space on the dancefloor, or room for the venue to lay down a good-sized floor if there isn’t already on there.

Types of Bands

Again, the type of band is crucial to the success of the event. Bands range from Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Salsa, Ceilidh Bands and many more. There is a great variety in the line-up of all of these types of bands, and that must also be taken into consideration to suit the size of venue and the budget of the event.

How to choose the most suitable band for your function

To make a choice as to the most suitable band for your function, you must consider the type of event, theme of the event, the target audience or attendees if it is a corporate function, and pick a style of music that will appeal to the greatest range of your guests.

Listening or Dancing

At any type of social event, there will always be some guests who are not able to participate in the dancing due to age, fitness or other reason. It is therefore essential that the music being provided for the guests is enjoyable to listen to if one is not dancing. Scottish Ceilidh Bands are ideal in this situation as the music is lively, tuneful and the sort of thing that people will naturally tap their feet along to and enjoy whether they are able to dance or not.

Many people only get the chance to participate in Scottish ceilidh dancing when they attend weddings in Scotland. There are however, many public ceilidhs which take place regularly all over the country and it is worth seeking out what is happening in your area so that you can enjoy this great form of entertainment all year round.

 

Ceilidh Bands Edinburgh

Ceilidh Bands Edinburgh

Are you looking for a high-energy ceilidh band in Scotland? Then find out more about HotScotch today. This exciting ceilidh band plays a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary music that your whole party will love. Whether you’re looking for quality entertainment for a wedding, a birthday party or for a corporate function, you can rest-assured that HotScotch will have the whole room up on their feet. Accordion, fiddle and drums combine perfectly to create just the right atmosphere for your event.

Music to Celebrate to

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 and make sure it’s a memorable occasion for all involved. The band are based in Edinburgh, however they play at venues throughout Scotland and the North of England. So whether you’re in Glasgow, Stirling, Dunfermline or anywhere in Northern England, find out more today. For further information visit the website.

Busy summer for Edinburgh Ceilidh Band HotScotch

Edinburgh based HotScotch Ceilidh Band have had a very busy summer this year playing for functions around Scotland. What better way to celebrate at a wedding than an evening of ceilidh dancing where all the guests can have a great time. Accordionist Paul Chamberlain guides everybody through the dances so that they all know the basic steps and can fully enjoy the experience. All of the most popular dances are featured during a ceilidh with this Edinburgh Ceilidh Band, from the Gay Gordons, to the Dashing White Sargeant, Strip the Willow, Eightsome Reel, Canadian Barn Dance, Military Two-Step, Circassian Circle, Flying Scotsman, Virginia Reel, Cumberland Square Eight.

Ceilidh Bands come in all sorts of sizes and line-ups, and it is often down to personal preference which style of playing one prefers. The traditional line-up of Accordion, Fiddle and Drums can be augmented to include other instruments such as bagpipes, guitars, keyboard and double bass. One should also be satisfied when deciding on a band, that they use high quality, professional audio equipment capable of providing crystal clear sound.

Which are the most common dances?

Most Scottish Ceilidh Bands will have a caller, who will ensure that if some guests are not sure what to do, need a reminder or have never done ceilidh dancing before, then they’ll be able to join in without any problems and have a great night. Usually the caller will talk the guests through the dances and may also do a walk-through prior to beginning each dance. Some of the most popular dances are The Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, The Dashing White Sergeant, The Flying Scotsman, Military Two-Step, The Eightsome Reel, Canadian Barn Dance, The Virginia Reel, The Cumberland Square Eight, and The Orcadian Strip the Willow.

How large does the dance floor need to be for Ceilidh Dancing?

All hotels and wedding venues will either have a dance floor built into the room, or will put one down prior to the evening function commencing. These vary greatly in size, but the generally, the larger the dancing area, the better.

Ceilidh and Disco Combination

Many Scottish Ceilidh Bands now offer an evening consisting of both Ceilidh Dancing and Disco music. This can be the perfect combination to cater for all tastes during the function and much more economical than hiring a Ceilidh Band and a separate DJ. It is usually possible to request certain tracks to be either played or avoided during the disco. Some couples decide to provide a complete playlist for the DJ, while others will make a list of the favourites to be included in the evening. Disco lighting is important and the addition of professional lighting effects makes the complete Ceilidh/Disco package.

HotScotch Ceilidh Band are one of the finest ceilidh bands in Scotland and have played for over 500 weddings since 2006. Their vast amount of experience will guarantee a professional and fun evening.

 

 

Looking for a Scottish ceilidh band for your wedding reception?

The increasing popularity of Ceilidh Bands for Wedding Receptions

As anybody who has organised a wedding will know, planning and preparation is key to ensuring a successful day. As important as the actual marriage ceremony, is the evening reception and arranging the best entertainment for your guests, to ensure an enjoyable, fun evening. There are many options to choose from but the increasing demand for high quality live music has helped to raise the popularity of Ceilidh dancing as a choice of entertainment for wedding receptions. There are many aspects to consider when deciding on a band, some of which are discussed below.

Making the right choice of band

HotScotch Ceilidh Band performing at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Ceilidh Bands come in all sorts of sizes and line-ups, and it is often down to personal preference which style of playing one prefers. The traditional line-up of Accordion, Fiddle and Drums can be augmented to include other instruments such as bagpipes, guitars, keyboard and double bass. One should also be satisfied when deciding on a band, that they use high quality, professional audio equipment capable of providing crystal clear sound.

Which are the most common dances?

Most Ceilidh Bands will have a caller, who will ensure that if some guests are not sure what to do, need a reminder or have never done ceilidh dancing before, then they’ll be able to join in without any problems and have a great night. Usually the caller will talk the guests through the dances and may also do a walk-through prior to beginning each dance. Some of the most popular dances are The Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, The Dashing White Sergeant, The Flying Scotsman, Military Two-Step, The Eightsome Reel, Canadian Barn Dance, The Virginia Reel, The Cumberland Square Eight, and The Orcadian Strip the Willow.

How large does the dance floor need to be for Ceildh Dancing?

All hotels and wedding venues will either have a dance floor built into the room, or will put one down prior to the evening function commencing. These vary greatly in size, but the generally, the larger the dancing area, the better.

Dancing the Cumberland Square Eight with HotScotch Ceilidh Band in Edinburgh
Dancing the Cumberland Square Eight with HotScotch Ceilidh Band in Edinburgh

Ceilidh and Disco Combination

Many Scottish Ceilidh Bands now offer an evening consisting of both Ceilidh Dancing and Disco music. This can be the perfect combination to cater for all tastes during the function and much more economical than hiring a Ceilidh Band and a separate DJ. It is usually possible to request certain tracks to be either played or avoided during the disco. Some couples decide to provide a complete playlist for the DJ, while others will make a list of the favourites to be included in the evening. Disco lighting is important and the addition of professional lighting effects makes the complete Ceilidh/Disco package.