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. www.myceilidh.co.uk

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 www.edinburghceilidhs.com 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.

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.

 

 

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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.