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COVID-19 Update
Notwithstanding the current pandemic, we are still taking bookings for 2021 and beyond. We are working closely with our couples to reschedule any bookings affected by Covid-19, and refunding deposits in the minority of cases where this is not possible.
The Houlies are a modern four-piece ceilidh band.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£600
Details

Primary Instrument(s)

Violin
Piano
Drums

Style of Music

Reception Music
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Ceilidh Irish / Traditional

Sound Equipment
PA System

Type of Performer(s) or Business

Function Band
Solo Musician
Ensemble / Group
Full Description
Houlies (noun) - wild, drunken brawls, especially at Penny Weddings. The Houlies formed in 2017, when like-minded musicians with a love of traditional music came together from across the North-East of Scotland. A four-piece ceilidh band, The Houlies deliver a modern, funky, and energetic sound more in keeping with that of a contemporary trad group than a Scottish Country Dance band. All of the band members come from a background of classical training and have extensive and varied experience of playing at both concerts and functions, so you can be confident that your event is in safe hands. Over the last few years we have built a reputation for being one of the most energetic and modern sounding ceilidh bands Scotland has to offer - with a combination of fun dances, expert calling and modern traditional music ensuring that even the most reluctant dancer finds themselves drawn to the dance floor. A ceilidh with The Houlies consists of all of the classic dances, such as the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant, as well as more modern and fast-paced dances such as the Riverside and Hoolichan Jig. We call all of the dances, which allows anyone, with any level of ceilidh experience to enjoy themselves. Although originally formed in Aberdeen, the band is now primarily based in Edinburgh - with band members studying at Universities and Conservatoires in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Despite this, we still frequent venues throughout the North East of Scotland - particularly when we return home for the summer wedding season. We also love to travel to play - so if you would love us to play at your event in a location far from Scotland please don’t hesitate to be in touch! We welcome enquiries from overseas, and all band members have overseas touring experience. The Houlies provide their own high-end sound equipment for every event which they play at, which ensures that they sound great, and that those listening and dancing have the best possible experience.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2017
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
4
Reviews
(4)
(4)
Wendy, Bride
Married in August 2019
December 2020
Such a great band!
Such a great band! Thank you so much for a great night! I would definitely recommend The Houlies to anyone looking for a ceilidh band/disco.
Genevieve, Bride
Married in June 2019
December 2020
The standard of music was so high!
The Houlies played at my wedding in June and were absolutely fantastic. They were thoughtful and helpful from the outset when I first contacted them, they were willing to change schedule around due to my indecision! When they played they were amazing, Sam's calling through the Ceilidh was so clear, even though we were very terrible dancers we all had a whale of a time, meanwhile the standard of the music was so high! So many people came and complemented them during and long after the wedding they are a talented group of people! I could not recommend them highly enough!
Donna, Wedding Planner
Wedding: June 2018
December 2020
They had everyone on the floor all night!
I worked with The Houlies on a wedding in 2018. In the run up to the big day, I found them to be timely and professional with correspondence. On the day, they were fantastic! They had everyone on the floor all night, they were great at calling the dances, they were fun and very lovely people to boot. Would highly recommend!
Frances, Mother of the Groom
Wedding: June 2018
December 2020
The perfect mix of fun, skill and professionalism.
Houlies, you were fantastic, the perfect mix of fun, skill and professionalism, thanks for making our party! The Houlies were absolutely wonderful as a band at the wedding. It was such a key thing to have a ceilidh band, and to find you could also do the afternoon music, followed by great management of the play list- could not have been better. The Greek dancing was one of the best moments of the whole day, thank you very much for the research you put into that.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Travel Notes

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Nearest Airport

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FAQ
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Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Modern, Funky Scottish Ceilidh Music

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

We had the pleasure of playing for a Scottish/Greek wedding. To symbolise their different cultures we learnt the music for 'Zorba the Greek' and were treated to a performance by the bridal party!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

As soon as we are contacted by a couple, we will let them know our availability for their date. If we are available we then pencil in some initial timings and put together an estimate. If the couple wish to proceed with the booking, we send across our event contract and arrange the deposit payment to secure the booking. We then work with our couple, remaining flexible to adapt our plans right up until the day of their wedding.

What makes a romantic first dance?

One of our favourite songs to play for a first dance is a waltz to 'Wild Mountain Thyme.'