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.