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 and are £6.

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

The summer is a busy time for many ceilidh bands

Summertime is always a busy time for established ceilidh bands since many people choose to get married during the summer months. HotScotch Ceilidh Band enjoy performing for wedding parties around Scotland to help them celebrate the evening with a superb night of ceilidh dancing. A diverse range of venues where the ceilidh bands play range from hotels, to stately homes, marquees, village halls, and many others. This weekend HotScotch Ceilidh Band are performing in Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens again, followed by Tynninghame Log Cabin, and then Glenskirlie Castle.

Wedding Ceilidh at Edinburgh Botanics with HotScotch Ceilidh Band

The Ceilidh Band will call the dances so if some people 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. Some of the popular dances are the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sergeant, Flying Scotsman, Military Two-Step, Eightsome Reel, Canadian Barn Dance. The ceilidh band and usually finish up the night with a big Orcadian Strip the Willow to get everybody involved on the dancefloor.

Choose HotScotch Ceilidh Band for your event

Ceilidh Bands in Scotland

Have you been let down by your choice of ceilidh bands in the past? Then don’t give up – HotScotch is a little different. The group have played at events not only in Scotland but the north of England and even overseas, with more and more demand for their services appearing all of the time. The band can even call ceilidh dances if your guests are inexperienced with the form, and can also provide lighting and disco facilities to make your night go with a bang. The band have played at birthday parties, corporate events, weddings and more, and are able to connect with various types of audiences.Looking for Ceilidh Bands in Scotland - HotScotch Ceilidh Band will ensure you have a superb night of music and ceilidh dancing for your event.

True Authenticity

HotScotch use a range of accordion, fiddle and drums to create music that’s bound to enthral your guests. The band’s website plays host to various YouTube clips and testimonials, which have convinced a wealth of clients to place a booking. The band’s fast-paced, highly-energetic music brings a gleeful atmosphere to events, making them truly unforgettable. If you’re looking for ceilidh bands in Glasgow, Scotland, Stirling, Dunfermline, Edinburgh or the north of England, of the highest quality, look no further than HotScotch Ceilidh Band. Simply visit their website to find out more information.




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.