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Staffin Island Ceilidh Band is a 6 piece Scottish dance band, based in Central Scotland.

The Staffin Island ceilidh band, based in Central Scotland is blessed with a talented, dedicated caller, who excels at getting bums off seats and onto the dance floor. They have a fantastic range of cover songs under their sporrans, including a few traditional numbers. They teach  18 dances, from the traditional to the down right funky, and play some lively tuneful arrangements.


In a Nutshell

We really love a good Scottish ceilidh and we think they should be great fun.

To this end we have a big selection of dances, a lively sound, great cover songs, and a caller who really knows his stuff. He's great at teaching the dances to even the biggest groups of beginners, and will even shout out reminders along the way.


Our pricing is very competitive and also includes excellent deal rates for charities and student society events. Please drop us a message for a quick quote and more information. We are based in Dundee but will happily travel out to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond!


We do covers of popular songs in our own unique style, with a repertoire of covers ranging from Avicii to the Lumineers, and from the Beatles to the Franz Ferdinand.


Staffin Island Ceilidh Band are  the cream of the crop of Scottish Ceilidh ensembles in Central Scotland.

Music and Dances

We have a unique and varied and range of songs and dances that never fail to make a great night.

Cover Songs

We enjoy putting our own folky Scottish take on songs from all kinds of genres and styles. 


Galway Girl ~ Steve Earle

Ho Hey ~ Lumineers

Wake Me Up ~ Avicii

Take Me Out ~ Franz Ferdinand

Wagon Wheel ~ Old Crow Medicine Show

Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

You Make Me Feel So Young  - Frank Sinatra

Can't Buy Me Love ~ The Beatles

I Saw Her Standing There ~ The Beatles

500 Miles ~ The Proclaimers

I’ll be there for you - The Rembrandts (Friends theme)

Come Up And See Me ~ Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor

Gracefully Facedown ~ Devil Makes Three

Caledonia ~ Dougie MacLean




Our dedicated caller Chris has a passion for fun and unusual dances, his interactive and attentive calling style means even inexperienced dancers can easily learn even the most challenging dances.


Borrowdale Exchange

Britannia Two-Step

Circassian Circle

Circle Waltz

Cumberland Square Eight

Dashing White Sergeant

Eightsome Reel

Flying Scotsman

Gay Gordons

Hamilton House*

Hooligan’s Jig

Military Two-Step

Patacake Polka

Reel of the 51st*


Sausage Machine

Strip The Willow {Traditional and Orcadian}

Witches Reel*


For a taster of our music, click on the link below to go to our youtube channel.



The Band

A closer look at team Staffin

Mike Paxton

Instruments ~ Fiddle, Mandolin and Vocals


Playing Style ~ Scottish, Country and Bluegrass


Influences ~ John McCusker, Stuart Duncan


Musical Background ~ Michael began playing the fiddle at a young age. He has played in a mixture of orchestral and Scottish groups throughout his school life and is now a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. It was when he went to Abertay University that he really got into playing ceilidh music.


He has had a passion for Country and Bluegrass music for much of his life, which has had a great influence on his own playing style. He also loves to experiment with different instruments, which is what inspired him to take up the mandolin and guitar.

Mike of Staffin Island Ceilidh Band

Aidan Ferguson

Instruments ~ Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Mandolin and Banjo


Playing Style ~ Roots, Trad, Contemporary


Influences ~ Chris Thile, Dawes, Sarah Jarosz, John Martyn


Musical Background ~ Aidan started playing guitar about 13 years ago. Since then he's been interested in a lot of different styles and genres. In school he started out playing for rock and blues songs, before touching on a little jazz and finally discovering Scottish music at university. Here, he and Michael still play in the Abertay University Ceilidh Band.


In the ceilidh band he tends to flirt a little with jazz and blues influences while still respecting the music's Scottish roots. He also plays fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and sings in the band.

Aidan of Ceilidh Band Scotland

Elle McKelvie

Instruments ~ Drumkit


Playing Style ~ Trad, Indie


Influences ~ Description to come


Musical Background ~ Description to come

Elle from Ceilidh Band in Scotland

Christopher Sulat

Role ~ Dance caller


Favourite Dances ~ The Witches Reel, Riverside


Background ~ Chris, an Orcadian himself, has been dancing his whole life, and has danced at ceilidhs in Japan, Scotland and Portugal. As our caller, Chris is fantastic at getting everyone up having a great time whether they come along knowing the dances or whether they haven't a clue! His infectious enthusiasm never fails to translate into a people having a great time.

Chris the Dedicated caller from the Staffin Island Ceilidh Band

Fionnlagh Ballantine

Instruments ~ Fiddle


Playing Style ~ Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, Folk


Influences ~ Box Club, Blazing Fiddles, Crooked Still


Musical Background ~ Taught violin from the age of 6 and trad from 14 by Ruth Morris, Fionnlagh began playing in sessions in the South-West of Scotland briefly playing in a folk band The Scruffy Buzzards. He Moved to Dundee, where he studied Graphic Design, and began playing in the Speedwell Tavern. He joined a folk band Delilah and the Samsons and played with the band until 2014. The band does not regularly gig anymore but occasionally plays at festivals in the Summer.


Fionnlagh moved to Glasgow in 2015 and has begun frequenting sessions there.

Fionnlagh, Scottish Musician

Kevin Hart

Instruments ~ Drumkit


Influences ~ Iain Robertson, Matt Tong, Metal


Musical Background ~ Kevin was our full time drummer until 2016 when he moved to Glasgow and unfortunately night shifts and long hours as a doctor has meant he can no longer perform for Staffin full time, although he does come over for the occasional gig.


Kevin has been drumming for over 10 years in orchestras and shows (e.g. Jekyll and Hyde), and has been playing in ceilidh bands for over 9 years. From a steel band, to brass orchestras, to musicals Kevin has experience in drumming all genres of music and brings this experience into ceilidh music, adding his own flare along the way.

Kevin, Ceilidh Musician from Central Scotland

Adam Sampson

Instruments ~ Bass Guitar, Vocals, Octave Mandola


Playing Style ~ Prog Trad


Influences ~ Roger Waters, NHØP, Lemmy


Musical Background ~ Adam started playing violin as a small child, graduating to progressively larger instruments as he grew up. He now plays instruments ranging in size from harmonica to grand piano. Born in Kent, he moved to Scotland in 2010 and fell in with Dundee's traditional music scene, where he's often to be found in the local pub sessions playing octave mandola and/or singing.


A fan of prog rock, blues and jazz, Adam likes experimenting with novel arrangements and backings for traditional tunes and songs. In the Staffin Island Ceilidh Band, he's usually found playing fretless or five-string electric bass.

Adam Sampson, bassist for the Staffin Island Ceilidh Band in Central Scotland

Clare Murphie

Instruments ~ Fiddle, Keyboard, Vocals


Playing Style ~ Irish, Scottish, Classical


Influences ~ John McCusker, Natalie MacMaster, Alison Krauss


Musical Background ~ Clare has been singing for as long as she can remember, and playing the violin and piano from a very young age. Although taught mostly in the classical style, traditional music and songs were played most often at home with her musical family. She has played violin in orchestras in Dundee, and piano for a number of choirs in and around Dundee. She has also directed a number of choir performances and was Musical Director of Dundee University Operatic Society in 2013.


She played in her family’s ceilidh band as a teenager, and now also plays with the Abertay Uni Ceilidh Band on occasion. She enjoys the challenge of bringing lots of the techniques learned through her various musical endeavours together into a ceilidh band!

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Mike of Staffin Island Ceilidh Band
Aidan of Ceilidh Band Scotland
Elle from Ceilidh Band in Scotland
Chris the Dedicated caller from the Staffin Island Ceilidh Band
Fionnlagh, Scottish Musician
Kevin, Ceilidh Musician from Central Scotland
Adam Sampson, bassist for the Staffin Island Ceilidh Band in Central Scotland