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Dere Street is a 4 piece band hailing from the Scottish Borders. The name derived from the ancient Roman road that runs from York to Perth, and passes through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. This name was fitting as the 2 founding members (Gary and Keith) hail from Northumberland and Perthshire respectively. They both now settled in the Scottish Borders where their love for music has brought them together. The band describe themselves as a roots Celtic folk band, bringing together elements of Celtic songs from the British Isles and Ireland. Stuart and Andrew joined the band in the form of more modern instruments more associated with rock style music to bring and new dimension to the band yet still maintaining the folk roots throughout their compositions. The band has reworked the likes of Burns and Christie Moore songs to make a more modern feel to their original works. Also their self-penned work has a tongue and accent of the Border Countries between England and Scotland.

We can categorise or set into 3 streams:

1: Power Ceilidh - We perform the most popular Ceilidh dances and are able to call the steps so everybody can join in. We use the Highland Bagpipe and instruments like electric Guitar and drum kit to make this a high energy style of Ceilidh.

2. Folk and Celtic - We can play full set of Folk and Celtic Style music that are reworked traditional or self penned by our selves. Again we may rock some of these up or keep the more traditional side of folk to them. This giving us our signature of our band.

We combine our folk/celtic numbers during our Ceilidh to give the participants a rest between dancing.

3. Rock n Roll - We also provide an set of Rock n roll classics that can be used to break up our set to allow for some boogieing or jiving. Examples of these are: Rock around the clock, Proud Mary

Amarillo, Shake rattle and roll, Hound dog, Rock around the clock, Can't buy me love, Stray cat strut, Johnny B Goode

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Celtic
  • Folk
  • Folk rock
  • Traditional
  • Scottish
  • Celtic rock
  • Ceilidh
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We play these instruments:

  • Vocals
  • Tin whistle
  • Drums
  • Bagpipes
  • Guitar
  • Bass
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Festival
  • Private Party
  • Wedding
  • Corporate Event
  • VIP Event
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We are based in Selkirk, United Kingdom.


Willing to travel up to 150 miles outside of Selkirk.

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  • Price from £ 708
    Dere Street Ceilidh

    • PA
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)
    • Basic Lighting

    Additional Info:

    Our Ceilidh set is developed around providing premium musical entertainment to a celebration or a corporate style even. We call dances and can mix traditional with Rock and Roll classics.

    We provide a 4 piece band with a PA system suited to your venue and a sound engineer to make sure the music is sounding its best within the venue.

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  • Price from £ 236
    Dere Street Duo

    • PA
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)
    • Basic Lighting

    Additional Info:

    Keith and Gary can provide an acoustic set comprising of Small Pipes and Acoustic Guitars that is suitable for more folk style events. This is also suitable for entrance or background music.

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  • Price from £ 472
    Dere Street Acoustic / Folk set

    • PA
    • PAT Tested
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    This set is based around providing premium musical entertainment for a performance or a corporate style even. The instrumental items are based around Scottish Small Pipes Whistles Acoustic Guitar and Bass with had percussion. We can incorporate a sing along set if required.

    We provide a 4 piece band with a small PA system suited to your venue.

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