Frequently asked questions

What it your policy regarding rescheduling / cancelling my ceilidh due to Covid-19?

If your wedding needs to be postponed due to Covid-19 we can reschedule the ceilidh for free or refund the deposit in full minus a £30 admin charge for processing your booking.

Nobody at my event has ceilidh danced before, is this ok?

Of course! We have played highly successful ceilidhs for tourist groups that do not speak english.  There is always enough time to call the dances and do demonstrations. We love a challenge!

Will there be a caller?

Yes. We will always have an experienced caller in the band to go through each dance before starting. Depending on the gig we may send band members out into the audience to do demonstrations and help organise the sets. With so much experience doing so many different types of events you can rest assured that the calling is going to be great!

Do you play gigs outside of Edinburgh?

Yes we are happy to travel.  Upon request we can quote travel expenses.

What happens if the dancers get tired?

We have a repertoire of traditional music that we can play as background music to give everyone a break. We also alternate the energetic dances with less tiring dances to make sure people are having fun from start to finish!

Do you have public liability insurance?

Yes of course, we are insured by Music Guard which gives us public liability insurance, Employee Insurance should any of the band members suffer an injury during work and our PA equipment is insured too.

Do you conduct risk assessments?

We have a general risk assessment for every ceilidh which can be sent on request.  Every venue and function is different which means there are different hurdles that we need to overcome each night to provide a great ceilidh (ie where to setup the speakers, managing intoxicated dancers, noise levels, making sure people don’t trip on cables).  Our band members are highly experienced and trained in all the things that can go wrong and so will always take these into account and seek to deal with them before a problem arises.

How long will you play for?

We can tailor the length and number of sets to suit you, as an idea we tend to play 2 x 75 minute sets with a short break in between. The maximum amount of time you can book the ceilidh band for in one night is 3 hours, any more than that means both the dancers and the band will get too tired to ceilidh!

Can we use the PA system during the break and for speeches?

Yes, of course.  However, please note that when we finish our set we need to take the PA system away with us so it cannot be used to for an iPod shuffle DJ set all night long!

How long do you take to set up?

We allow an hour to set up.

What happens when I make a booking?

Once we take a deposit our online event form will be sent out to confirm all the logistics. Following this, we will be in touch nearer the time to confirm all the details and then see you on the day itself.

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