We've put together these Frequently Asked Questions off the back of what almost every client asks when they get in-touch with us - hope you also find them useful!


Why have a ceilidh?

Celebrate your special event with a traditional, exciting, and fun night. It's No' Reel are one of the most up-beat, lively, and engaging ceilidh bands in the business. A ceilidh is a great way to break the ice: as with so many events (particularly weddings) many of the guests don't know each other, and a ceilidh is the perfect way for people to mingle, dance, and get to know each other in a really exciting, fun way.

Can we choose a song for you to learn for our first dance?

Of course, however, please give us 4 weeks notice if you would like us to play it on our instruments. Otherwise, you can put it on an iPod, or let us know what it is and we'll make sure it's on our DJ system.
How long do you play for?

Most ceilidhs are a 4-hour hire between 8pm and 12 midnight, with a 30-45 minute break somewhere in-between (we're very flexible where this break goes, but normally if there's a buffet that's a good time for us to take the break). During the break we'll play appropriate background music at a reduced volume, or you are welcome to provide your own iPod. Also, we've got our excellent mini-disco option, which is included as standard in the hire to break-up the ceilidh sets. We're very experienced at judging the room and giving a good mix anyway. The 4-hour set can be extended - ask us when enquiring.

There's going to be guests there who have never done a ceilidh, should I book a DJ instead?

Absolutely not! It's No' Reel are expert at guiding even the most amateur dancers through the ceilidh dances - we've performed for many events where there haven't been any Scottish people in the room, and they've all still had a great time! Our caller is really fantastic at explaining dances in a fun, engaging way so that everyone is up dancing.

How far will you travel for an event?

We regularly travel throughout the UK - this season alone sees us perform ceilidhs throughout Scotland, and in Tunbridge Wells, Stafford, Manchester, Cheshire, London, Leeds, Liverpool, Rome...
What time will you turn up, and how long does it take for you to set up?

We will arrive approximately 1 hour prior to when we are billed to play to get setup and sound-checked. If you require us to arrive earlier than this, we will charge extra for early setups.

How do I book the band?

You can contact It's No' Reel Ceilidh Band by telephone, email, or by using our online form on our Contact Us page. We will get back to you as soon as possible (normally within 12 hours!). If you want to proceed, we have a contract that will need signed and returned, along with a deposit to be paid (normally 30-40% of the total fee).

What kind of music do you play?

We play a wide selection of popular Scottish and Irish tunes, along with a few surprises along the way...

What equipment do you carry?

We carry professional PA gear (with a spare of pretty much everything!), and up lighters to add an ambience to the dance space.

What is the band’s dress code?

Kilts! (Unless the weather is truly adverse!)

How much space do you require?

Generally speaking, 4m W by 1.5m D would be a good estimate for our 3-piece band. If the room has a stage, that's always preferable as it gives us and the dancers a bit of separation.

What does the mini-disco entail?

The mini-disco/DJ package is a brilliant way of giving your guests the perfect mix of ceilidh and disco music. Normally the mini-disco comes somewhere in the middle to break-up the sets and lasts up to 45 minutes, but we can be flexible. We encourage our clients to send us a list of 25-30 tracks that we will aim to include in the set, and it also gives us a good idea of the sort of music you're into too! Scott, the DJ, mixes the tracks using a Numark interface and MacBook Pro, and whilst it is a mini-disco, he can still take requests too!

Can we come see you before we decide to book you?

Whilst we endeavour to meet all of our clients' needs and to be as flexible as possible, it is our strict policy not to allow perspective clients to visit other clients' events: we feel that such events are not the correct platform for us to be promoting ourselves at. However, we hope that the wide range of videos, recordings, and testimonials from previous clients give you a very good idea of the professional service we provide. There are a number of public events that we perform at throughout the year where it is more appropriate for perspective clients to come and take a listen.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance, and is your electrical equipment PAT tested?

Yes to both - certificates available on demand.