Scots Music Group runs traditional music and song classes for adults, informal sessions, monthly ceilidhs and other social events.
We are a community-based charity in Edinburgh.

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Ceilidh Bands

We often receive enquiries from people looking to book a band to hold a ceilidh themselves. We don’t ‘offer’ bands as such, but you will find links to the regular bands that play at our monthly fundraising ceilidhs at St Bride’s in the list to the right.

These bands have been playing at SMG’s ceilidhs for many years now, please support them!


SMG’s very own dance band, Ceilidh Caleerie grew out of our Playing for Dancing class, and they regularly play for community and charity ceilidhs (for a small donation to Ceilidh Caleerie funds). Ceilidh Caleerie’s policy is to play at events for good causes which couldn’t otherwise hold a ceilidh, rather than competing with professional bands, but they do offer a full ceilidh complete with calling, and have their own PA system.

Please contact the band through their website.


Auld Spice Band is one of many groups that owe their existence to the encouragement given at Scots Music Group classes to take their music into the community. The band was formed back when SMG was still part of the Adult Learning Project, and met in Downfield Place. They played their first gig in 1997 and the band still includes some original members. They play at all sorts of events including ceilidhs. Please contact the band through their website.


Bella McNab’s Dance Band

Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band

Da Hooley Ceilidh Band

The Occasionals

Portobello Ceilidh Band

The Robert Fish Band

Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance Band