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ABOUT US

Portobello Ceilidh Band is one of Scotland’s longest-established and best-loved ceilidh bands. We provide traditional ceilidh music with a dedicated dance-caller for weddings, birthday parties, retirements, anniversaries, conferences, fundraisers, and community ceilidhs.

We have decades of combined experience playing and calling for all kinds of celebrations.

We’re equally happy playing for complete ceilidh novices, folk who remember a handful of dances from school, or ceilidh fanatics: what’s most important to us is that you and your guests have great fun dancing to our swinging, toe-tapping tunes.

We cherish the music and dance of Scotland and in particular we love the unique way they bring people together. When the equation between music, players, dancers and caller is right, a magical camaraderie fills the room and your evening takes off in a way you’ll never forget. That’s what we’re after in every ceilidh!

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Ceilidh
  • Scottish music
  • Dance
  • Folk
  • Scottish
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We play these instruments:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Fiddle
  • Accordion
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Engagement Party
  • Private Party
  • Wedding
  • Other
  • Birthday Party
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Location

We are based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Travel

Willing to travel nationwide.

Travel may increase the final quote.

PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

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    Portobello Ceilidh Band
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    Our success stems from our commitment to promoting the fun of ceilidh dancing while retaining a wholehearted respect for its music. Fiddle and accordion – the definitive ceilidh instruments – are underpinned by insistent guitar and captivating bass in tunes chosen for their vigour, heart, exuberance and mischief. Our job is to capture these inherent qualities, and share them with you.

    The relationship between music and players is echoed in the one between dancers and caller. Dancers bring energy and light hearts to the party: we’ll be looking to tap into these at every turn. And by being at the heart of the action (in the middle of the dance floor, rather than behind an instrument in the band), our caller Cath is best placed to demonstrate, share, encourage and give confidence, throughout the evening.

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LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

1 Set List

Ceilidh dances
01
Britannia Two-Step
02
Canadian Barn Dance
03
Circles Four
04
Dashing White Sergeant
05
Eightsome Reel
06
Flying Scotsman
07
Gay Gordons
08
Military Two-Step
09
Orkney Strip the Willow
10
St Bernard's Waltz
11
Strip the Willow
12
Virginia Reel