Frequently asked questions...
Before booking us, there are often a few questions to be asked - hopefully this list of FAQs will clear some up some queries.
Q: How much do you cost?
A: Every event is different - send us an enquiry and we'll get
back to you within 24 hours!
Q: How long do you play for?
A: We usually provide a 4 hour set, which consists of a mixture ceilidh dancing and disco. We have enough ceilidh music to play for up to 3 hours in an evening, but this is dependent on the dancer's capability or previous experience.
Q: I'm not quite sure if I want to book you, can I reserve a date?
A: We keep all enquiries for four weeks after the first enquiry, and automatically hold the date. If another client enquires in the meantime, we will be in touch to ask if you still wish to book us.
Q: What do you require to confirm a booking?
A: In order to secure your booking, we require a 20% deposit and a contract to be signed.
Q: How close to the event should I book you?
A: As soon as you know the date of your event, we would suggest confirming the booking with us to save us giving the date away to another client. If you enquire with us, and another client is interested in the date, we will offer you first refusal.
Q: What happens if I (the client) need to cancel a booking?
A: As soon as your booking with us is confirmed, we are turning away further business if you decide to cancel. Therefore, the following fees apply if you cancel;
Less than 2 weeks before your event - 100% of the fee
Less than 4 weeks before the event - 50% of the fee
Any amount of time over 4 weeks - 20% deposit
Q: How do we pay you, for either the deposit or full payment?
A: We accept online bank transfer (BACS), cheque and cash.
Q: After I have signed the contract, how long do I have to pay a deposit?
A: 7 working days.
Q: When do I have to pay the remaining balance?
A: We will send you an invoice for the balance approximately four weeks before the event, and payment can be made any time before the performance.
Q: Are you V.A.T registered?
A: We are not V.A.T registered, as the name 'Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band' only refers to a specific collection of musicians.
Q: I have lots of special requests for my event, can you cater for these?
A: Of course - it is your event, so whether it's a simple disco request or a specific dance you would like to do, we will do our best to cater for your needs. For weddings, we send you a form to fill out four weeks prior to you event for this purpose.
Q: Do we hold public liability insurance?
A: Yes - we are covered by the Musician's Union.
Q: Do we have our own sound and lighting equipment?
A: Yes! We have a full PA set up, with a mixing desk, speakers and industry standard microphones. We also have an array of stage lighting to make our set look as colourful as possible. We can provide you with a microphone for speeches on the night but please let Gareth know.
Q: Can we supply evidence of our equipment being PAT certified?
A: We can either supply this in PDF format before the event, or
you can ask to see it at any point during the event (we take it along to every
Q: What happens if a band member is ill or unable to play at my event?
A: If a band member is ill or unable to play at your event at short notice, we will try our hardest to supply the same overall product as if they were there. We are available to provide a 3-piece or a 2-piece if entirely necessary. We have never missed a gig due to illness!
Q: Am I able to come and hear you live before I book you?
A: We play a number of public gigs every year (usually when we are booked for fundraising events), but if we do not have one coming up in the near future we might be able to invite you along to a private function (with exception to weddings).