We've compiled a list of the most common questions we've been asked during our years of playing weddings and functions. We hope this will help answer any questions you might have and also perhaps serve as a checklist for anything you hadn't thought of. :-)
Clear communication is always the key to a successful event and we aim to ensure that your event is memorable for all the right reasons. If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed below then please do ask us.
- What sort of music do you play?
- Do you offer a ceilidh / Scottish country dance option?
- How long do you play for?
- How far will you travel?
- How much does the band cost?
- We're thinking of a midweek/Sunday wedding. Can you play midweek & Sundays?
- How long will it take you to set up your equipment?
- My wedding reception is a formal black tie event. Can the band dress accordingly?
- How do I book the band?
- How far in advance should I book?
- What if I have to cancel/postpone my wedding due to illness or a family bereavement?
- How can I come and hear the band before I book?
- Can I make a provisional booking?
- Can we choose the song for our first dance?
- Can we specify a list of songs from your set list that we'd really love to hear?
- If there are other songs we like that are not on your list, can we request them for our event?
- Can we request that you don't play any songs from your list that we don't like?
- Can you provide background music during the buffet?
- We would like to book you for our wedding in 2 years time. Will you still be around?
What sort of music do you play?
We play anything from Michael Buble to AC/DC, and pretty much everything in-between. Having both male and female vocalists enables us to do justice across a wide range of musical styles. Take a look at our Set List for an idea of the sort of material we do.
Do you offer a ceilidh / Scottish country dance option?
Yes we do, and it's included in the price! Ceilidh is becoming very popular again at Scottish weddings and can be a lot of fun, especially if you have visitors from outside the country :-) If you would like to book a ceilidh set, just let us know when you make your booking. A typical ceilidh set lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. Alternatively, individual ceilidh dances can be interspersed throughout the evening. Either way, the dance steps are fully called so that everyone can join in the fun :-)
If you would like a longer-than-normal ceilidh set, this is also no problem as we work with a number of fantastic ceilidh players. Just let us know when you make the booking as this affects the overall price.
How long do you play for?
Our standard set is from 8.00pm to 12.00am, including any ceilidh, and with a break during the evening buffet.
A typical evening would go along the lines of:
- 7.00pm: Band arrives at the venue and starts setting up
- 8.00pm: Band plays first dance and kicks off the evenings dancing
- 9.30pm: Ceilidh set begins (if applicable)
- 10.00pm: Break for evening buffet (band plays background music)
- 10.30pm: Band back on
- 11.45pm: Last couple of dances, leading up to Loch Lomond/Auld Lang Syne
Please note that start times are dependant on the band having access to the performance area 60 minutes prior to the start time.
How far will you travel?
We will travel anywhere in the UK and Europe.
How much does the band cost?
We offer a very competitive fixed rate for our standard set. The overall price may vary depending on location or any special requirements (extended ceilidh, DJ, extensions to standard playing times etc). There have also been occasions where we've had to hire a sound company for large corporate events. However, we never pad these costs and always aim to provide the best value for money. Please contact us to obtain a quote tailored to your specific event.
We're thinking of a midweek/Sunday wedding. Can you play midweek & Sundays?
We will play on any day of the week :-)
How long will it take you to set up your equipment?
We are normally setup, dressed and ready to go within 60 minutes of gaining access to the function room.
My wedding reception is a formal black tie event. Can the band dress accordingly?
Yes, we can wear formal evening attire when required.
How do I book the band?
If you'd like to make a booking, you can submit a Booking Enquiry on our site, or email us directly at email@example.com. We will then respond to you and discuss the specific details. A deposit is required to confirm the booking and reserve the date. Once the booking is confirmed, you will be provided with a booking confirmation, which will include the specific details agreed for your event and our standard terms and conditions.
We operate a central online booking system which ensures that double-bookings are not possible!
How far in advance should I book?
As far in advance as possible is best. We currently have confirmed bookings up to 3 years in advance.
What if I have to cancel/postpone my wedding due to illness or a family bereavement?
As long as we are available on your rescheduled date then there's no problem - your deposit will still be valid. If we're not available then your deposit is, unfortunately, non-refundable. There is no cancellation fee.
Our best advice here would be to consider rescheduling to a midweek night. That would greatly increase the chances of all your existing suppliers (venue, caterers, photographers, band etc) still being available. It's difficult enough rescheduling your guests without having to start looking for new suppliers as well.
How can I come and hear the band before I book?
Most of our shows are weddings and private functions but we do announce details of public shows on our Facebook Page, to enable prospective clients to come and hear us play. Just go there and click Like and you'll be kept up to date on what we're up to :-) If you let us know up-front that you'll be coming along on a specific evening, we'll make sure and look out for you during our break.
If you need to hear us urgently, or if distance is an issue, we can arrange an online personal live showcase. It's an interactive event where we would play extracts from some of the songs in our set and then take any requests that you have. During the event, we chat with you over FB, Skype etc. We've used this very successfully on several occasions. It's not exactly the same as coming to hear us play live but it's very close. As well as enabling you to hear us play live without leaving your home, you can also have family members and friends listen in :-)
Can I make a provisional booking?
We will hold an unconfirmed date for up to 2 weeks. If, during that time, we receive another enquiry for that date we will contact you and give you first chance to confirm it.
Can we choose the song for our first dance?
Absolutely! Just give us at least three weeks notice to give us time to learn anything that's not currently in our set.
We can also, if requested, play an original artist version on MP3 for your first dance. However, we would ask that you please specify clearly which version of the song you would like. We find that providing us with the specific YouTube link works very well and avoids any unpleasant surprises on the night :-)
Can we specify a list of songs from your set list that we'd really love to hear?
Of course you can. Just let us know what songs you particularly want to hear and we'll ensure they're played.
If there are other songs we like that are not on your list, can we request them for our event?
We're happy to discuss this when you make your booking. If you request new songs that we feel will add value to our set list then we'll do our very best, based on the time allowed, to learn them. Anything of a more obscure nature would need to be discussed but if we can, we will :-)
Please note that we won't ever knowingly play any songs of a sectarian or racist nature.
Can we request that you don't play any songs from your list that we don't like?
If there are any songs on our list that you really don't want us to play, for personal reasons, then just let us know.
Can you provide background music during the buffet?
Yes we can. Alternatively, if you prefer to make a playlist on your iPod, we can play that through our sound system. Please just ensure that there's enough life left in the battery, or provide a charger so that we can plug it in.
We would like to book you for our wedding in 2 years time. Will you still be around?
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