Reel of Fortune 
          Ceilidh Band
Providing a contemporary approach to the traditional Scottish ceilidh since 2012...

Reel of Fortune

  Ceilidh Band

What our audience say...

Corporate Event - May 20198

'Fantastic to deal with, great at communicating and always respond promptly. Excellent at dealing with last minute time changes and the demands of our clients.  Joe is fantastic to work with, he made the planning of our client's event very easy and nothing was ever a bother. On the evening the guys were very friendly and a great bunch for our client's from all over the world. Looking forward to the next ceilidh with Reel of Fortune.'

Erin Mitchell


Wedding - March 2018

"Reel of Fortune were amazing - my family were up from London and none of them had ever been to a ceilidh before but the guys called the dance so well, great mixing in of covers a lot of fun and the best strip the willow! The band played all my requests and Gareth even stepped in for me when my pianist broke his hand in the lead up to the wedding - he played during my ceremony and a fantastic mix of music for my drinks reception - it was wonderful!  Cannot recommend these guys enough - so so good at what they do, complete professional gentleman and all my guests are still talking about how great they were!"

Emma Shanks


Fundraising event - January 2018

"This was our second fundraising Ceilidh with this superb band. The dance floor was always full and adults and children alike had a blast. Very approachable band members and they added their modern twist to Scottish dances. Looking forward to the next event with the lads. Thanks so much for making our evening extra special."

Rising Youngstars committee

Wedding - October 2017
"I just wanted to express our thanks for playing at our wedding reception on Friday.  We loved the mix of traditional ceilidh and ceilidh covers you played, as well as the 80s music.  Thanks too for joining in with our guests and taking time to speak to the children - it was much appreciated and made everyone feel part of the evening.  We will certainly recommend you to everyone we know!"

Winnie and Kevin
Bride and groom

Wedding - August 2017

"Reel of Fortune played at our wedding at Fingask Castle on 19th August. From the moment we met the band they were friendly and approachable. We loved their twist of ceilidh music with modern tunes and they were great fun for us and our guests! Would more than recommend!"

Sarah Lee-Baillie


Graduation Ball - August 2017

"We hired Reel of Fortune last night for our Graduation Ball. Incredible band! Wonderful, friendly, caring people who will make your evening complete. They played fantastic ceilidh tunes and mixed it in with some modern songs which everybody loved. I would highly recommend this band if anyone is looking for a fun, high quality Scottish evening!! Thank you!!"

Catherine MacLaren

Wedding - May 2017

"We'd like to thank the Reel of Fortune Ceilidh band for playing at our wedding in Aberdeenshire in May! The band were brilliant. Very professional from the start. Easy to contact throughout and a dream to have at our wedding. They play traditional Ceilidh songs and really got everyone up dancing even those who had never Ceilidh before were dancing like pros with the help of the caller and some demos by the band members! Mixed in with what you expect are some brilliant modern covers the band play which gives a nice break from the formal songs! We had lots of positive comments from our guest on how good the music was all night, from the Ceilidh, the covers and the DJ music at the end. We couldn't have asked for a better band. Thanks so much guys!"

Mrs and Mrs Rutherford

Wedding - April 2017
"Amazing!  Had Reel Of Fortune play at my wedding and I cannot thank them enough!  They kept our crowd going, made the whole evening fun and entertaining for everyone of all ages and capabilities!  The band were lovely to deal with in the run up to the wedding, and answered all of my silly questions, and made me feel at ease!  At the evening buffet they even mingled with our guests instead of shying away and took part in our special day!  I would highly recommend Reel of Fortune for weddings, charity balls, birthdays!  Anything!  Well done boys!  Keep it up!"

The Hutcheons

University of Aberdeen Sports Ball - February 2017
"Just want to say a huge thank you to Reel of Fortune for playing at the annual University of Aberdeen Sports Ball! Everyone absolutely loved the band and had a great time ceilidh dancing! Had a good few people asking how to get in touch for their own events. Thank you so much!"
Alice McClellan
University of Aberdeen Sports President

Welcome to Aberdeen event - September 2016

"Thank you so much guys for playing last night at the 'Welcome to Aberdeen' Ceilidh. It was absolutely fantastic. You guys did a great job, and I will be booking you for any event I can in the future :)"
Bronwyn Farr

Wedding - August 2016

"We would like to thank the Reel of Fortune for playing at our wedding at Keavil House Hotel, they were fantastic from start to finish. We had requested a few songs in particular our first dance and it wasn't a problem for them at all, and throughout the night we had a good mixture of music. We would highly recommend the Reel of Fortune for any wedding."

Thank you all again,

Mr and Mrs Hart

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Master Wallace Blackbelt Academy annual awards night - March 2016

"We were delighted to have Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band for our annual awards night as they impressed us so much the first year.

We received excellent feedback from all in attendance and have booked them straight away for 2017 to ensure we are not disappointed!

They are imaginative with their music choices and create such a great atmosphere keeping the dance floor full all night.

We have nothing but high praise for these guys and thoroughly recommend them."

Jacqui Wallace
Events Organiser/Director

Wedding - March 2016
"Thank you to you all for a fantastic performance at our wedding, you're all very good at what you do, wouldn't have had anybody else! Our guests had a great time and your mix of ceilidh/disco music is perfect! Top band, top banter!"
Krystina Main

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Charity Burns Night - January 2016

"What an amazing night, we are so glad that you came along and will be booking you again for our next event. Thank you for all your support and all your help!! x"
Lynsey Hamilton

18th/50th birthday and fundraiser - January 2016

"Just to say thanks very much for a super night on Saturday, everyone is enthusing about it and saying what a great time they had.  Our fundraiser for MND Scotland was very successful, and I deposited £987 to their account yesterday, so was really chuffed with that!

I would like to wish you all the very best for your futures within music and the band- who knows, I might manage to organize another ceilidh once I've recovered from this one?!

Many thanks again, and will be recommending you!"

Brechin High School Christmas Dances - December 2015
"What a fantastic band. We have had bands previous who have not lived up to expectations but these guys are the reel deal (no pun intended). Play a fantastic array of music and are fantastic with the crowd. Booked themselves a permanent gig with us. Can't praise them enough!"
Ross Alexander
Deputy Head Boy

21st birthday - November 2015

"What a brilliant night last night for myself and Hannah's joint 21st birthday party! Such a professional ceilidh band and overall excellent entertainment from Reel of Fortune! So many guests commented on how great you were and Hannah and I will definitely be recommending you to anyone in need of a ceilidh band! Thank you so much for helping to make it such a fab night!"
Lily Stroud
Birthday girl

Wedding - August 2015
"We would like to say a huge thank you to Reel of Fortune for agreeing to be our wedding band. In the lead up to the big day you were extremely helpful and always on hand to answer any questions to ensure we had an evening to remember. On the night the mix of ceilidh classics and modern covers was perfect, we had an amazing day and you guys were the icing on the cake for us and all our guests. Everyone was commenting on how great you all were, it's clear you all love what you do with how much energy and passion you put into your performance. I will be highly recommending you to everyone I know for any future events, such a lovely group of guys. Same time next year?!"

Jenna and Paul Page 

Bride and Groom

Wedding - May 2015

"On behalf of my new husband and I, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for playing at our wedding and a huge well done for all your efforts on the night.

The music was great. Having the dances called out allowed friends and family from England and Canada to join in. The relaxed atmosphere and banter from you all allowed everyone to have a great time up and enjoy dancing the night away.

You are all a great credit to each other. The night was a blast. Would definitely recommend and hire again for an event. Hopefully our paths will cross again some time."

Stephanie and Stewart Burns

Bride and groom

University of Aberdeen Geography Society Spring Ball‏ - April 2015
"Reel of Fortune were absolutely fantastic! Very professional and accommodating, extremely courteous and knew exactly what they were doing - all the things that you want when organising a large ball. They were very quick to respond to the initial contact and subsequent emails regarding the booking. The ceilidh itself was a huge success, with everyone dancing the night away under the caller's clear instructions; and the blending of traditional tunes with modern-day pop songs was genius. Looking forward to booking them again!"
Tom Bisset
Event Organiser

Wedding - March 2015

"Thank you so much Reel of Fortune for making our wedding reception such a fun and lively night that all were able to enjoy. We loved how you mixed in current songs with classic ceilidh tunes. You went out of your way to set up early to help things run smoothly in conjunction with the hotel's wishes which was a weight off our minds! People have commented on how much they enjoyed the dancing and your music, so a big thank you for all your hard work! We'd strongly recommend you to anyone arranging a ceilidh for whatever occasion!"

Miriam and Mike Ridley

Bride and groom

John Lewis Aberdeen Annual General Party - March 2015

"We recently booked Reel of Fortune for an event  where they did a ceilidh for the first hour and then straight into a disco for the remainder of the night. We found them to be very professional from their initial set up to the actual evening and the dance floor was never empty which is always a good sign of a brilliant band.   We would definitely recommend them."

Pam Calder

Events Organiser

DataCo Burns Ceilidh - January 2015

"It's not just the music that is very entertaining, the band members are also very accommodating and friendly!  Everyone in the Burns Night has enjoyed dancing to your music - the Ceilidh dances and covers are awesome!  All the guests has enjoyed it - regardless of age!  And your dance demonstration was full of energy!  Overall, your performance totally rocked the event!  Can't put enough words to say how amazing that night was because of Reel of Fortune - we were even shouting for more!  We hope to see you again next year, or perhaps in another event this year!"
Ara Palacpac
DataCo Ltd

Shell graduates end of year ceilidh - July 2014

"These guys were fabulous to work with, great communication, flexible and accommodating.  The night itself was brilliant fun with some top notch playing meaning everyone got sufficiently sweaty dancing their socks off!  See you next year! :)"

Anita Barton

Wedding - June 2014
"We had such a great night and it was made by the band. You were all great. Throughout the lead up to the wedding your communication was professional and friendly and it was a pleasure to work with you. Gareth did an amazing job calling the dances for the guests, half of whom had never been to a ceilidh before (and more than half who were completely intoxicated!!). Needless to say everyone had a fantastic night and loved the dancing.  We booked you guys based on a recommendation and are so glad that we did, we'll be sure to continue to recommend you to everyone we know!"
Anna and Andy Dunbar
Bride and Groom
Final Mearns Academy School Dance - June 2014
"I contacted the band a month in advance for our school closing dance. They were very quick to respond and extremely compliant. The evening was a huge success, the band providing a great mixture of both ceilidh and dance music! Also were very friendly and got on great with everyone attending. Will hope to use these guys again very soon!"
Barnaby Simpkin
Student and organiser of dance.

Wedding - May 2014

"Absolutely amazing band, boys so helpful and friendly, keen to go above and beyond with any need. They were a decent price for excellent quality. Had many relatives outside of Scotland coming who had never experienced a Ceilidh before and the boys blew them away, they couldn't stop speaking about it after the wedding. Made our day so special and so grateful for getting them at such short notice. Genuinely cannot thank them enough

Best Ceilidh band I have ever heard!!!"

Duncan & Natasha Vickers

30th birthday ceilidh - January 2014

"Fantastic night tonight at Richard's 30th Birthday bash! Well done guys! Loved all the dances :)"

Mhairi Easton


Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club fundraising ceilidh - January 2014

"We booked Reel of Fortune for our fund-raising family ceilidh.  Everyone who attended said how much they enjoyed the evening and I know at least a couple of people were hoping to book the band for their own functions by the end of the evening.  The music was fantastic, and it's always a bonus for the un-initiated to have someone calling the dances.  The process of booking was professional and straightforward, and Joe always responded promptly to any enquiries.  Value for money?  You won't find a better band in the area!"

Alex Purvis

Chairperson, Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club

DataCo Burns Night ceilidh - January 2014
"Thanks once again, everyone had a great time, not least made special by your lively band. Here’s to next year!"
Helen Leek
DataCo Ltd

30th birthday ceilidh - August 2013

"We were absolutely delighted with Reel Of Fortune who played for Adam's 30th Birthday Ceilidh. Not only did you make everything so easy on the night with their professionalism, but your coordination beforehand was exemplary.
Gareth and the the band were very courteous and got the crowd up dancing. You have a great ability to interact with the crowd and calling the dances really helped - especially for those not familiar with all the ceilidh dances.
I have already had someone ask for your details for their party and will be recommending you to anyone who needs a ceilidh band!
For anyone reading this I can't recommend these guys enough! Thanks again and I look forward to having you play at another event in the future!!"

Karren Bonner


30th birthday ceilidh - August 2013

"Thanks for playing my 30th last week, you guys were amazing.  Had so many people raving about you lot, most of them to go a good few ceilidhs and all were saying you bunch were the best they've seen in ages! 


Adam Gourlay

Birthday boy!

21st birthday ceilidh - February 2013

"We all had a great time - good music and the band brought everyone into the party atmosphere.   Especially, we have to say, the friends who hadn't ever been to a ceilidh before - they loved it!"

Morag Awramenko


Semi-chem gig in aid of Maggies - October 2012

"Saw this band at a charity ceilidh and they were very good. They got the group up dancing and walked through each dance for the beginners. Great band who made a great night!"

Paul Robertson


Bervie Holiday Club gig - August 2012

"Reel of Fortune were a pleasure to work with.  From the planning stage through to the night they were helpful, adaptable and friendly.  Their musicianship was of a very high standard and they did an excellent job in engaging our audience of all ages in the dancing.  We would be very happy to employ the Band again and I would highly recommend them to others."

Alexander Jones

Technical Coordinator