The Caledonians

from£470

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The Caledonians perform an intoxicating blend of traditional Scottish and Irish ceilidh dances and tunes with some English folk songs mixed in. Fiddle/pipes/vocals/guitar/cajon/loop pedal and flute/sax/caller, using a loop pedal with the guitar, cajon and fiddle to create live loops, so they can still create a full band sound with only two people and no backing tracks!

Time-honored tunes are given a contemporary twist thanks to their unusual instrumental line-up, which includes saxophone and flute alongside more traditional instruments such as the Scottish pipes and fiddle.

The ceilidh was fantastic. I think I danced every dance and it got lots of people up dancing who never normally would! Sarah & James, Wedding, Kenmore

They can play a mixture of background music (instrumental or vocal) and lively, infectious dance tunes, which means they can cover everything from background music during a wedding ceremony or drinks reception, through to the evening entertainment. They also include a caller as part of the band, which makes the ceilidh songs easily accessible, not to mention great fun!

The duo are well-travelled and perform regularly all around Europe, where they are veterans of the folk festival circuit. As a result, they can call dances in French, Spanish or German if required, as well as English.

The Caledonians are an excellent choice for weddings, parties, corporate functions or any event where the aim is to get everyone dancing. If booked for the evening, the band can do an additional afternoon set too, if required.

Performance info

Line-up Fiddle/pipes/guitar/cahon/vocals/loop pedal; flute/sax/caller
Performance duration 2 x 90 minute sets
Interval music Not included, but PA available if client wants to bring ipod/laptop/iphone

Booking options

Song requests
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The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Ceremony
Add £310
For a magical atmosphere before and during your ceremony
Ceremony & drinks reception
Add £555
Have the duo performing for your ceremony and afterwards for your pre drinks with a relaxed and upbeat sound
4-piece Ceilidh
Add £335
For a fuller sound and more varied repertoire
Electric drum kit
Add £0
Available on request. Recommended for venues with sound limiters set to a threshold below approx 95dB

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plus many more reels, folk songs and traditional tunes

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“Thank you so much for coming to our wedding and helping to make it such an amazing day for us! The music throughout the whole day was perfect and just what we hoped for. The ceilidh was fantastic, I think I danced every dance and it got lots of people up dancing who never normally would so thank you again!”

Sarah & James, Wedding in Kenmore, May 2019

“Everyone danced. Even the non-dancers!”

Fiona & Craig, Wedding in Perthshire, June 2018

“Your music was perfect!”

Brian, Birthday Party in Edinburgh, April 2018

“People were exhausted, but had a wonderful time!”

Mariam, Wedding in Scotland, July 2017

“You were fantastic and made it an enjoyable event for everyone!”

Rachel, Wedding in Edinburgh, August 2017

“You created such a great atmosphere and we had positive feedback from all our guests.”

Stephanie & Peter, Wedding in Perthshire, September 2014

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