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 www.edinburghceilidhs.com and are £6.

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

Ceilidh Bands Edinburgh – A Globally Renowned Ceilidh Band

Where to Find Traditional Scottish Entertainment

Looking for traditional Scottish entertainment? Then why not hire a ceilidh band? Whether your event is a birthday celebration, a wedding reception or a corporate function, a ceilidh band can create a really fun and relaxed atmosphere for your event. Many people throughout Scotland and the north of England hire renowned ceilidh band HotScotch to provide the entertainment for their events. The band play accordion, fiddle and drums to create a sound that’s as exciting as it is unique.

Michael Haywood - fiddler with HotScotch Ceilidh Band from Edinburgh, performing at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club HotScotch 9

A Globally Renowned Ceilidh Band

HotScotch has made a name for itself in Scotland and plays regularly at venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunfermline and Stirling.  However, it is also known throughout the world and has played at various overseas functions. In fact, the band has recently played at a Festival of Scottish Music and Culture in Moscow as well as weddings in Greece and Monte Carlo. Wherever you are in the world, if you want to hire a professional ceilidh band for your event, get in touch with HotScotch today. Learn more about this highly-regarded ceilidh band today or to discuss your requirements with the band’s Accordionist Paul Chamberlain call 07799 896050 or 0131 333 4319.

 Ceilidh Bands Edinburgh

Ceilidh bands can turn a good evening into a great one, and the band HotScotch can be booked for a whole array of social gatherings including birthday parties, corporate events and wedding receptions to name but a few. For those who don’t know, a ceilidh is a social event where Gaelic music is played, usually including instruments like accordions, fiddles and drums. An experienced ceilidh band can contribute to an excellent party atmosphere, and HotScotch can even offer a disco and lighting package as part of an event to ensure that goes with a bang rather than a whimper.

Everyone Welcome

HotScotch are one of the most popular ceilidh bands in Scotland and it has played at a huge number of events. Whereas traditional Scottish country dancing is usually competitive in nature, ceilidh dancing is not, making it possible for people of all generations and skill levels to enjoy it. The dancing is typically fast-paced, making it great fun for all concerned. Inexperienced dancers can have the various dances explained to them before they begin. Why not get in touch with HotScotch today if you’re looking for ceilidh bands in Edinburgh, Scotland, Glasgow, Stirling, Dunfermline or the North of England? Visit the website to find out more – www.myceilidh.co.uk

 

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.