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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How much do you cost?
    Every event is different - send us an enquiry and we'll get back to you within 48 hours!
  • Are you V.A.T registered?
    We are not V.A.T registered, as the name 'Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band' only refers to a specific collection of musicians.
  • How long do you play for?
    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.
  • How do we pay you, for either the deposit or full payment?"
    We accept online bank transfer (BACS), cheque and cash.
  • When do I have to pay the remaining balance?
    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.
  • How close to my event do I need to book you?
    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.
  • What happens if I need to cancel a booking?
    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 6 weeks before the Date of the Event: 100% of the Total Fee - Less than 12 weeks but more than 6 weeks before the Date of the Event: 50% of the Total Fee - More than 12 weeks before the Date of the Event: 20% of the Total Fee
  • What do I need to do in order to book you?
    Booking is done in four steps: 1. You enquire using the form below, outlining the type of event, date, and venue for your event 2. We issue you with a quotation 3. If you would like to go ahead, we will then issue a contract and invoice for 20% deposit* 4. Once the contract and deposit are returned, the booking is confirmed. ​ *a 20% deposit applies to bookings taken more than 4 weeks prior to the event
  • Am I able to come and hear you live before I book you?
    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).
  • Can you supply evidence of your equipment being PAT certified?
    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 gig!)
  • I'm not too sure if I would like to book you, can I reserve a date?
    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.
  • Do you have our own sound and lighting equipment?
    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.
  • What happens if a band member is ill or unable to play at my event?
    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 have a long list of professional musicians who can step in at a moments notice, however we have never missed a gig due to illness!
  • What are your terms and conditions?
    Our terms and conditions are detailed in the contract, which needs to be signed and returned to us before the booking is confirmed.
  • Do you hold Public Liability Insurance?
    Yes - as individual band members we are covered by the Musician's Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
  • What makes you different to other ceilidh bands?
    Our modern playing style is what makes us a little more unique. While we play an extensive amount of traditional jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys, marches, we also include instrumental ceilidh covers in our sets. This sets us aside from other ceilidh bands, who only tend to play traditional music. We also don't have an accordion player - this keeps us sounding more contemporary than Scottish Country Dance band line ups.
  • I have lots of special requests for my event, can you cater for these?"
    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.
  • What is a ceilidh?
    A ceilidh is a social event that features Scottish or Irish traditional dancing. Ceilidh dances fit into who categories; couples dances, and set dances. Couples dances are by their own nature just for two people, but often couples dances are made progressive so that one dancer moves around the dance floor. Set dances are usually for 4-8 dancers, or the entire party in the case of the Orcadian Strip the Willow.
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