10 Best Ceilidh Bands For Hire in Scotland (With Prices)

Updated 16 June 2024
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10 Best Ceilidh Bands For Hire in Scotland (With Prices)
In this blog post, we'll list out the 10 most popular ceilidh bands for hire in Scotland on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025.

Scotland is home to some of the finest ceilidh bands in Europe...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings.

You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of the ceilidh bands offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable.

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All of these bands perform traditional Scottish ceilidh sets for dancing, and some perform pop & rock covers as well...these bands are known as "ceilidh and covers bands".

Ceilidh bands on FixTheMusic have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment.

FixTheMusic's ceilidh bands perform in a variety of styles, from Scottish and Irish traditional dance music to barn dance and folk music.

How we choose the best wedding ceilidh bands in Scotland

Every band on this list has been selected because they have the most bookings on our platform. The team at FixTheMusic invite only exceptional musicians to join the platform, so the wedding bands highlighted here are truly the best of the best.

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Here's the list of the 10 best ceilidh bands for hire in Scotland for 2024...

1. Circassian Ceilidh Band
2. Ceilidh Fire
3. Seafolk Ceilidh Band
4. Hup
5. The Glasgow Ceilidh Band
6. The Motherships
7. The Edinburgh Ceilidh Band
8. The Inverness Ceilidh Band
9. Ceilidh Storm
10. The Scottish Ceilidh Band

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Let's take a closer look at the most in-demand ceilidh bands in Scotland this year...

Average booking price: £1,710 (as of June 2024)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of Circassian Ceilidh Band ➡️

Formed in 2015, Circassian Ceilidh Band are a new and exciting group, guaranteed to give you a great evening.

The band are available to play at weddings, functions, birthday parties and any other event you might think of!

They cater for all abilities of dancer and all of their members are experienced dance callers.

Alongside playing for dancing they can also provide a singer, performance sets, background music, a wedding piper and a DJ set.

A typical evening running order could consist of: 1x hour of ceilidh dances, 30 mins of covers (traditional and popular songs), 30 mins DJ set, 1x hour of ceilidh dances.

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The band are more than happy to tailor the event to suit your needs and all times and running orders are completely flexible. Circassian Ceilidh Band will provide a full PA system for your event and are happy to provide Public Liability insurance documents as required.

Our piper is available to add a further Scottish touch to your event. Typical duties for a piper include piping at wedding ceremonies and receptions, piping and addressing the haggis at Burns Suppers and performing outside the venue of an event for guests arriving.

To add an extra special touch to your event, Circassian can compose a tune specific to your wishes. This is becoming increasingly popular as a first dance option for wedding parties.

Our core members feature some of Scotland's finest musicians. Ross (Pipes/Vocals) is Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Robbie (Fiddle) studies at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Craig (Guitar) is a winner of both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award.

Based in Glasgow, Circassian Ceilidh Band are available to perform throughout Scotland and are frequently booked for events in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt, Germany
  • Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg
  • Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness
  • Tullibole Castle, Kinross
  • Winton Castle, Pencaitland
  • Ballogie House, Aboyne, UK
  • Borthwick Castle, Gorebridge
  • The Abercairny Estates, Crieff
  • Wedderburn Castle, Scotland
  • GRANGEFIELDS, Derbyshire
  • Òran Mór, Byres Road, Glasgow
  • The Coos Cathedral, Aboyne
  • Branxholm Park, Hawick
  • Crossbasket Castle, East Kilbride
  • The Byre at Inchyra, Perth
  • Glenbervie House Hotel
  • Achnagairn Castle, Scotland
  • Avonholm House Estate
  • Boturich Castle, Scotland
  • Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • GG's Yard, Castle Douglas
  • Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe
  • Cameron House, Alexandria
  • Primrose Hill Farm, Banbury
  • Dalmeny Park House Hotel
  • Arta, Albion Street, Glasgow
  • Strathaven Hotel, South Lanarkshire
  • Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Glasgow
  • The Old Dr Bells' Baths, Edinburgh
  • Newhall Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian
  • Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews
  • OGV Podium, Windmill Brae
  • Thainstone House, Inverurie
  • Gilmerton House, North Berwick
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Lochnell Estate, Argyll & Bute
  • Rossie on the Earn, Perthshire
  • Kilfinan Hotel, Argyll & Bute
  • Dumfries House, Cumnock

So if you're looking to hire the finest ceilidh and covers band Scotland has to offer, get in touch with Circassian Ceilidh Band.

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Average booking price: £1,372 (as of June 2024)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of Ceilidh Fire ➡️

Ceilidh Fire are a foot-stomping ceilidh band based in Edinburgh available for weddings and events throughout Scotland.

The group comprises some of the best musicians in Scotland, all of whom are passionate about Scottish music.

They play it, they write it, they teach it and they perform it. Together they have 30 years of combined experience in the Scottish music industry.

They have played at weddings, concerts and events across Scotland, the UK and Europe.

They take tradition and combine it with their own unique style and sets to bring it into the present day.

Here are just some of the locations where Ceilidh Fire have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Villeneuve-de-Duras, France
  • Bergerac, France
  • Burg Battenberg, Germany
  • Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Girvan
  • Drumtochty Castle, Laurencekirk
  • University of St Andrews
  • The Colonnades at the Signet Library
  • Fingask Castle, Rait, Perth, UK
  • Barnard Castle
  • Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
  • The Free Company, Edinburgh
  • Hidden River Cabins, Carlisle
  • The Engine Works, Glasgow
  • Neidpath Castle, Peebles
  • Lodge on Loch Lomond, Alexandria
  • The Byre at Inchyra Luxury Barn
  • Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow
  • Crossbasket Castle Hotel, Glasgow
  • Achnagairn Estate, Inverness
  • Comrie Croft, Braincroft, Crieff
  • Kirknewton House Stables
  • Rhynd Café, Tayport, Scotland
  • Airth Castle Hotel, Stirlingshire
  • Knockraich Farm, Glasgow
  • Forres Town Hall, Moray
  • Summerhall, Newington
  • Braemar Highland Games Centre
  • Marthrown of Mabie, Dumfries
  • Escrick Park Estate, Yorkshire
  • Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Kilberry, Tarbert, UK
  • Elgin, Scotland
  • Dunfermline

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So if you're looking to hire a young and modern ceilidh band for your wedding or event in Scotland, get in touch with Ceilidh Fire.


Average booking price: £1,000 - £1,500 (as of June 2024)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of Seafolk Ceilidh Band ➡️

Performing together since 2007, Seafolk ceilidh band provide a fresh, modern approach to the classic ceilidh, combining traditional with the not-so-traditional.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, but happy to travel throughout the country as well as overseas, they mainly provide music for weddings, corporate events, parties and student events.

They can provide lighter background music as well as upbeat ceilidh and pop/rock covers music for dancing.


4. Hup

Average booking price: £1,801 (as of June 2024)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of Hup ➡️

Hup is a four-piece band bringing a traditional Scottish feel to all genres, from Contemporary to Classic Party Hits.

The band is comprised of father and son Eddie and Matt and father and daughter Tam and Eilidh! All members are extremely dependable and bring a wealth of experience.

Hup is available to hire for all kinds of events, from weddings and private parties to pub and corporate events, the band can play them all!

Eddie brings a massive sound to the music with his Midi Accordion and Keyboards, Matt is one of Scotland’s top young vocalists and guitarists, Tam brings a Rootsy feel on the Mandolin with Eilidh providing some foot-stomping Fiddling and the finesse of her classically trained Violin.

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The band have been blowing crowds away for three years now with their mix of Rock and Pop Classics and a few bouncing Ceilidh Dance sets thrown in to make every party one to remember.

They're definitely one of Scotland's best folk-inspired modern cover bands featuring accordion, mandolin and violin / fiddle.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar
  • Troon Town Hall
  • Comrie Croft, Braincroft
  • Cardney Steading, Dunkeld
  • Altskeith Country House, Scotland
  • Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe
  • Newton Stewart, Dumfries
  • Cornhill Castle Hotel, Biggar
  • Brig o' Doon House Hotel
  • Elsick House, Aberdeenshire
  • The Den at Culross, Blairhall
  • Cupar, UK
  • Coatbridge, UK
  • Blairgowrie, Scotland

Average booking price: £1,022 (as of June 2024)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Glasgow Ceilidh Band ➡️

The Glasgow Ceilidh Band are a truly electric four-piece ceilidh band with fiddle, bass, electric guitar and drums (electric too), adding an exciting, modern twist to traditional Ceilidh music.

You will always have fun at a ceilidh, whether you are a learner, a regular ceilidh dancer, or you’re watching from the sidelines laughing at the capers of the participants.

Ceilidhs are very social affairs even if you or your partner has two left feet!


Average booking price: £1,272 (as of June 2024)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Motherships ➡️

The Motherships are a 4 piece ceilidh & covers band from central Scotland that entertain at weddings, corporate events and parties.

The Motherships' only aim is for all clients that book them to have exactly what they want, when they want it!

If your event has to be a modern upbeat party or whether you need it to have the old Motown classics to swing to, we will be happy to tailor our song list to suit your preferences.

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The Motherships have all their own PA systems, lighting rigs and transport (full details can be given on request). They are also fully covered with full public liability insurance for your own peace of mind. All equipment is PAT tested to the highest safety standards.

We are able to learn any song requests you may have, provided you let us know well in advance of your wedding or event.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Lochside House Hotel, New Cumnock, UK
  • North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, UK
  • Elgin, UK
  • North Berwick, UK
  • Culzean Castle, Maybole, UK
  • Seamill Hydro, West Kilbride

So if you are in need of the finest wedding band Glasgow has to offer, that are amongst the most reliable and experienced in the business, then look no further than The Motherships band.

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At The Motherships, we're suckers for romance. Helping couples to celebrate their wedding day is the most gratifying part of our job.

We aim to deliver a service that is completely bespoke for you and yours, with minimal fuss - leaving you to concentrate on everything else that goes into planning the best day of your life.

We provide everything you need, including set list consultation to get your wedding soundtrack just right, to all of our own sound and lighting equipment, so that you know you can arrive on the day with your guests, relaxed and ready to party.

The band also offers a called ceilidh set, which is a very popular option to include.

We perform all over the UK, and take bookings years in advance.


Average booking price: £1,043 (as of June 2024)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Edinburgh Ceilidh Band ➡️

The Edinburgh Ceilidh Band are a lively professional Scottish dance band.

They are a band that can be hired for all events from Scottish country dancing to lively ceilidhs, weddings, graduation balls.

They are in demand to perform at weddings and functions throughout the UK and internationally.

As well as providing music for ceilidhs, the band is also experienced at traditional reeling and Scottish country dances.

The band has travelled to France, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Spain, Kenya and Oman to play for functions, with more trips scheduled in the future.


Average booking price: £911 (as of June 2024)
Location: Inverness, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Inverness Ceilidh Band ➡️

The Inverness Ceilidh Band have been performing together for over 10 years, during which time they have become one of the most in-demand ceilidh bands in Scotland.

We have evolved our sound, line up and capabilities whilst retaining the original core & heart of the band. We perform ceilidh, Celtic folk music, pop & rock covers and original material as a 3, 4, 5 or 6 piece outfit.


Average booking price: £1,534 (as of June 2024)
Location: St Andrews, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of Ceilidh Storm ➡️

Ceilidh Storm are a charismatic covers and ceilidh band based in Scotland with an excellent repertoire of rock and pop from acts as diverse as ELO, Queen and Taylor Swift.

They perform as a quartet or trio and can also add fiddle if the emphasis is on the ceilidh.

Ceilidh Storm provide a fresh, original and unique sound.

All their musicians are professionally trained, full-time working musicians with impressive performing credits.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Airth Castle Hotel, Stirlingshire
  • Glen Clova Hotel, Angus, UK
  • Monkton House, Musselburgh
  • Cameron House, Alexandria
  • Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline
  • Auchen Castle, Beattock, Moffat
  • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
  • Taypark House, Dundee
  • Crear Weddings, Tarbert
  • Rhynd Café and Events Venue
  • Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  • Errol, Perth, UK
  • Helensburgh, Scotland
  • Bonchester Bridge, Hawick

So if you're looking to hire the finest ceilidh and covers band Scotland has to offer, get in touch with Ceilidh Storm.

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Average booking price: £814 (as of June 2024)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Scottish Ceilidh Band ➡️

The Scottish Ceilidh Band are a well established exciting and dynamic ceilidh band providing top-quality traditional musicians for private parties, company events, weddings, charity ceilidhs and Burns Supper evenings.

Dance the night away to an eclectic mix of Scottish traditional ceilidh and contemporary song.


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At FixTheMusic, we list top-quality ceilidh bands that have been selected by invitation only.

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Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a ceilidh band for your wedding or event...

How much does it cost to hire a ceilidh band?
Ceilidh bands usually charge about 300 GBP per musician, so a trio would cost roughly 900 GBP and a 4-piece ceilidh band would cost approximately 1,200 GBP. As with all musicians, price depends on several factors, not least how far they will need to travel to reach your venue. Bands will generally quote an all-in price (which includes all expenses) or quote their performance fee with expenses clearly detailed.
How long do ceilidh bands perform for at weddings and events?
They usually perform 2 or 3 sets of 45-minutes, or something similar to this. Any longer is not recommended as the live music at any event should not be overused or it doesn't have maximum effect. Also consider that performing ceilidh music (and indeed the dancing that goes with it!) is a physical activity for both musicians and guests. Breaks in between sets can be around 30 minutes.
What music do ceilidh bands perform?
They perform the standard ceilidh dances, from the Scottish and Irish traditions. Famous dances include The Dashing White Sergeant, The Gay Gordons, Canadian Barn Dance, Highland Schottische, The Military Two Step and the Pride of Erin Waltz.
Do they perform pop & rock covers like a standard wedding band do?
About half of ceilidh bands just perform the traditional Scottish and Celtic dances, but some also perform pop & rock covers...these bands are often referred to as "Ceilidh and Covers Bands". They tend to perform a set of traditional music followed by a pop & rock party set to finish the night off.
Most of my guests aren't experienced ceilidh dancers. Will the ceilidh band teach my guests the dances?
Yes! Nearly all ceilidh bands feature a "caller" who will guide your guests through the moves. The band will usually take a few minutes to explain the dances, followed by the actual performance. The caller explaining the dances is a really fun and interactive part of the entertainment, and of course, it means that less experienced guests can take to the dance floor!
Do ceilidh bands bring their own equipment?
Ceilidh bands will bring all of their own instruments, and sometimes their own PA system and lighting. However, this is not always the case, so you may need to provide a PA system and lighting based on their specifications. Most bands usually charge less if they require the client to provide some equipment.
Which musical instruments do ceilidh bands consist of?
There is a huge amount of variety in the instrumentation of ceilidh bands. Most bands will include a violin (fiddle), an acoustic guitar and a drum kit to set the rhythm. However, several other instruments are often added, including accordion, piano or keyboard, bagpipes, flute or tin whistle and bass guitar.
How much space does ceilidh dancing require?
The band itself will require about 3m by 5m area, but ceilidh dancing takes up a lot of space...much more than a typical disco dance floor, so it's best to clear away tables and chairs to provide the maximum space available.
Do ceilidh bands take requests?
There are only a handful of ceilidh dances, and bands will know their repertoire to a very high standard. It's best to leave the set list to the band's own. discretion. For ceilidh and covers bands, they may be able to accommodate some requests in their covers set.

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Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.

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