Craigievar Ceilidh Band

The Craigievar Ceilidh Band are a highly experienced Scottish band for Reels, Ceilidhs, Weddings, Burns Night and Country Dances. Great fun for experienced reelers and novice dancers alike.

…the event was a great success and that was mainly due to the professional way your band conducted the evening for us. We have had such great feedback from people who attended the Ceilidh...

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Craigievar Ceilidh Band's Bio

The Craigievar Ceilidh Band play for ceilidhs, weddings, country dances, corporate events and reeling parties throughout the south. The band has been around since the 1980’s and is run by Stuart and Alistair Forbes who hail from Buckie, Banffshire.

They have performed in Caracas, Oman, San Francisco, Thessaloniki, Windsor Castle and have played for the Black Watch Summer Ball, as well as many local functions. For over twenty years they played at the Burns’ Night at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury and they have toured Scotland twice.

They appeared as the Scottish band at the Scottish wedding in Four Weddings and a Funeral and have done several corporate events at conference venues in recent years.

Their most recent reeling events include:

  • The Tedworth Hunt Ball
  • The Old Berks Hunt Ball
  • The Radley Reels
  • The Rock and Reel Ball at the Savoy (formerly at the Dorchester Hotel)
  • The Phoenix Ball at Westonbirt
  • and various private reeling parties.

Reeling Party Band

They are highly experienced having played for many balls.

  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • Reel of 51st
  • Hamilton House
  • Orcadian Strip The Willow
  • Duke of Perth
  • Eightsome/Foursome
  • and more

Wedding Reception Band

A Ceilidh is an excellent way to get your guests to mingle in a fun and informal way!

Their on-the-floor caller will talk you through the dances before and during the dance too.


“Thank you and the band so much indeed for your help yesterday evening. You got them all on to the dance floor and a live band makes all the difference!”

“Just wanted to say a massive Thank you for our performance yesterday – we have had wonderful feedback from everyone so will definitely be booking with you in the new year!!”

“Thank you so much for an incredible ceilidh – it brought all of the cultures, ages and dance abilities together and everyone is still commenting on how great you all were! We ourselves had an amazing night dancing away, so a huge thankyou for the perfect ending to a wonderful day! We wish you the best in the future (and shall be recommending you to everybody!)”

“Thank you for an amazing afternoon. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Everyone had such a great time!”

“When I organised a charity ceilidh for 150 people in Oxfordshire and needed a PROPER Scottish ceilidh band who could deal with a large number of keen but novice Scottish country dancers. Enter Craigievar who were superb!”

“Friendly, helpful, focused on what we wanted, patient with my well-meaning but chaotic guests, happy to come on site ahead of the actual event and very reasonably priced for a team of 4. Would thoroughly recommend them. Old school excellence!”

“Many people paid compliments about your playing, your music and the way you are aware of and react to what is happening on the dance floor. It all makes for a fun party and leaves me to get on with enjoying it!”

“…the event was a great success and that was mainly due to the professional way your band conducted the evening for us. We have had such great feedback from people who attended the Ceilidh and I am sure that we will repeat it in the future so I will be in touch!”

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