Booking a Ceilidh Band for your Wedding

As a recently engaged couple planning your dream wedding, there are a huge list of things to discuss, decide and subsequently book to ensure that your precept day is one which you will cherish and remember for ever with the fondest of memories.

Firstly, deciding when and where often depends on availability of wedding venues and this can be sometimes over a year in advance. It is right to consider all aspects of the venue such as location, number of guests it can accommodate, suitable dance floor, catering (in-house or external). Then there is the the service itself, vows, wedding cars, entertainment, wedding breakfast menu, evening buffet, and many other things too. HotScotch are listed in the Edinburgh Wedding Directory, a recently published website with a whole host of wedding suppliers based around the Edinburgh area.

Scottish Ceilidh band HotScotch are one of the finest Ceilidh Bands in Scotland. Lively, Energetic, Fun music for weddings, and other events.

The evening reception entertainment is a vital past of the wedding and a fantastic way to celebrate your wedding is by booking a traditional Scottish Ceilidh Band. This is a great way of ensuring that you and your guests have an energy-filled and enjoyable evening dancing to great live music. Ceilidh dancing is very social and also helps to mix both sides of the wedding party. It doesn’t matter if some people have never been to a ceilidh before or think they can’t remember the steps for the popular dances. A professional ceilidh band such as HotScotch will talk you through the dances so that everybody knows what to do and can really enjoy themselves.

HotScotch are one of Edinburgh’s top Ceilidh Bands and have played for literally hundreds of weddings over the years. Accordionist Paul Chamberlain, who was the first person to graduate with a Masters Degree in Accordion performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has played at concerts and events around the world and has led HotScotch Ceilidh Band since it’s formation in 2006.

HotScotch can also provide a disco & lighting package alongside the ceilidh should you wish to have a mixture of music during the evening.

The band travel all over the country to play so whether you’re looking for ceilidh bands in Glasgow, ceilidh bands in Scotland, ceilidh bands in Stirling, a ceilidh band in Dunfermline, or an Edinburgh ceilidh band of the highest quality, look no further than HotScotch Ceilidh Band. Simply visit their website to find out more information and get a quote for your wedding.

Hogmanay Ceilidh, ye Dancer!

Tickets are now available for Edinburgh’s best Hogmanay ceilidh on Tuesday 31st December. It will take place in the Assembly Roxy, a venue well known to ceilidh dancers in Edinburgh – lively, enthusiastic, relentless traditional dancing with the HotScotch Ceilidh Band.

HotScotch Ceilidh Band have been one of the regular ceilidh bands performing at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club for many years and are very much looking forward to what will be a tremendous evening and great way to bring in the New Year – Come along and join in the fun! All the favourite dances such as Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, Canadian Barn Dance, Cumberland Square Eight, Virginia Reel, Orcadian Strip the Willow, Borrowdale Exchange, Flying Scotsman and Eightsome Reel will be featured. There are instructions for most of these popular ceilidh dances here on the HotScotch Ceilidh Band Website.

Doors open 8:30pm. Dancing from 9pm. Finish 1am.
Licensed Bar. No smartphone restrictions!
Tickets: £28.90 online (including fees) from Eventbrite and Assembly Festival. No refunds.
Click here for ticket link on Eventbrite

Edinburgh Ceilidh Band Busy start to 2017

The band has had a busy start to 2017 with ceilidhs in Glasgow’s Trades Hall, Edinburgh Zoo, Teviot Row, Dunblane Hydro, St Andrews and Glasgow University amongst many others. They also had a great night playing for Edinburgh Ceilidh Club in March.

The Scottish Ceilidh Dancing scene is very much alive and what better way to celebrate a wedding, or special event than with a ceilidh.
Ceilidh Dancing the Riverside Jig at Edinburgh Caves with HotScotch Ceilidh BandSMLXL

 For the second year running, HotScotch Ceilidh Band played for the Edinburgh University Medics Ball, held at the Caves in Edinburgh. A great crowd of enthusiastic dancers and a brilliant evening all round.
HotScotch Ceilidh Band playing in Edinburgh for a ceilidh in the CavesSMLXL

Ceilidh music is the ideal entertainment for a celebration of any kind. HotScotch Ceilidh Band 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.
HotScotch can provide a Disco Package to compliment the ceilidh so whether you want ceilidh music all evening, or a mixture of ceilidh and disco, HotScotch will keep the party going. A vast library of music covering all eras up to the latest chart hits, will ensure that every taste can be catered for. Requests are very welcome on the night, and if there are particular songs that you would like played, you can provide a list for the DJ in advance. It can be difficult to judge the balance of ceilidh and disco beforehand, but HotScotch are experienced in gauging the crowd and are entirely flexible on the night, so as to guarantee you and your guests have a fabulous night. More information is available on their website –

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!

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

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.