contemporary scottish ceilidh


We are lochnagar


Lochnagar has been playing together for over a decade, and we're accustomed to playing for all sizes and types of venues, from large halls packed with hundreds of excitable students, to the most elegant of weddings at the grandest of estates.

Don’t know the dances? Don’t worry! We have an experienced caller to guide you through all the dances with infectious enthusiasm. 

We usually play as a three-piece band plus caller. However, we can adapt depending on the size of your event and your budget. You can book Lochnagar as a two-piece band for smaller events and occasionally we play as a five-piece.

The band has full PA amplification equipment that is suitable for most halls.





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a wedding night to remember

A Ceilidh is the ideal way to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership. 

From the very start, guests of all abilities and ages can enjoy the dancing. As it mixes everybody up it’s the ideal ways to get to know your new extended family and friends!

The Lochnagar band includes an experienced caller, whose warmth and enthusiasm will get everybody on their feet. The caller will guide you through the steps for all the dances, so there’s no excuse – everybody can join the fun!

You may want to include special requests, perhaps for the first dance or the last waltz. It’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to begin the evening by leading the dancing with a Gay Gordons or Scottish Waltz before the rest of the guests join them on the floor. Just ask us.

We understand how important it is to get your wedding reception just right. The Lochnagar ceilidh band has played for countless weddings, and knows how to give you a fun-filled evening that your guests will remember for years to come.

We have some practical tips on how to run a ceilidh here

“We would like to thank you for the fantastic job you did at our wedding celebrations. The Scottish dancing was great and everyone had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect and we cannot thank you and the band enough. ” Louise 

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What to expect

A Ceilidh is a traditional social event, consisting of dancing to live Scottish music. A ceilidh band can have a varied lineup of musicians, and common instruments include the accordion, fiddle, drums and piano. 

Ceilidhs are popular for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, fundraisers, reels and balls.

Everybody can take part from the youngest to the ‘less young’, and dances vary in complexity and pace to suit all ages and abilities.

The music is upbeat and lively, and the most popular ceilidh dances have simple steps that are easy to learn. Our experienced caller will show you how! 

The Lochnagar band will play all your Scottish ceilidh favourites, including:

  • The Gay Gordons 

  • The Dashing White Sergeant 

  • Strip the Willow 

  • Military Two-Step 

  • Canadian Barn Dance 

  • The Eightsome Reel 

  • The Virginia Reel 

  • And many more... 

There are hundreds of Scottish ceilidh dances and the Lochnagar band can play an extensive range of Scottish Country Dances and Reels to suit more accomplished dancers as required.


This video from Ceilidh Club in Hammersmith shows what we do, and the reaction we get…



Come and experience Lochnagar at Ceilidh Club at Cecil Sharpe House in Camden and Baden Powell House in Kensington. This lively event sells out regularly and you’ll get to experience the ceilidh atmosphere first hand alongside 300 other participants.

The event runs from 8pm - 11pm, with doors open from 7, and is open to all levels of experience.

You can see us on the following dates, and unless indicated otherwise, tickets are available here

25th october cecil sharp house, camden

30th november baden powell house, kensington

13th december Cecil sharp house, camdeN

30th January portchester town hall

1st February portchester town hall

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Say Hello!


If you’d like to enquire about Lochnagar playing at your event please contact us using the form below,

or email

or call Dave on 07791 865567

or Malcolm on 07525 415542.

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