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The Picts



  • The Picts are both a concert and festival band playing original material as well as a ceilidh and covers band
  • Young, energetic and very experienced 4-6 piece band- Smaller 2-3 piece line up available
  • Mix ceilidh with celtic rock
  • Experienced caller


The band are based in Glasgow but regularly play across Scotland and the UK and throughout Europe.

Standard Set Times

  • Two 90 minute sets and break or three 60 minute sets and breaks

About this Act

Formed in February 1997, The Picts have become one of the most popular live acts on the folk rock and concert scene. They have reached out with their unique brand of celtic rock and captivated hundreds of audiences both at home and abroad. There is a considerable influence of original material combined with the traditional. The songs and instumentals are upbeat, powerful and irresistible for dancing, yet retain their original sentiment, feeling and intimacy.

These days the band are never far from the limelight. In 1997/98 they headlined the Hogmanay bash at George Square, Glasgow in front of 40,000 people. In July 2006 they played at Scotland's biggest music festival ‘T in the Park’ for the tenth year. They have appeared twice at the famous Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany to great acclaim from the French press and enthusiastic appreciation from the audiences. This led to a considerable amount of interest in the band throughout Europe. Amongst countless festivals, concerts and ceilidhs they played at the James Bond Ball in Aberdeen (Britain’s biggest ever student event) for two years running, headlined the celtic stage of the Stirling Millenium Hogmanay celebrations, took part in the Gael 2000 concert in Coventry with comedian Roy Walker and returned to France to headline ‘Celtifolies’ the first ever celtic festival in Lyon. The band have had a number of sell out concerts in Glasgow’s Cottier Theatre and played at the wedding of Dougie Payne (Travis) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting). They also sold out a concert at Oran Mor in Glasgow which was recorded and filmed. The live tracks from this concert will appear on a future album. In August 2004 The Picts were asked back for the third time to do the closing night of the Tennent’s West Highland Week Yatching Festival in Oban and at Hogmanay 2004 they played the last gig at Cottier’s Theatre in Glasgow as it shut down for refurbishment.

Among their many radio interviews and appearances The Picts were on BBC Radio Scotland’s program ‘The Lemontree’ bringing their music to a wider audience and they took part in BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s live broadcast ‘Tiompan’ for BBC music live. The Picts have also played live on breakfast TV and appeared on a live Millenium Hogmanay show for LTV. In October 2000 they were filmed for a Gaelic music program ‘@ Ire’ for the BBC.

In 2006 the band began the year by playing at the 02 Burns supper, and the TV celebrity-packed tenth aniversary year of the Comedy Unit in Glasgow. A trip to the Celtic Festival of Wales near Cardiff, followed this and a magical trip to headline the Festival des Hautes Terres at St Flour in the south of France. On their return to Scotland they played at 'T in The Park' for the 10th time.

Among other Festivals and concerts the Picts played at the "Drams in the field" Festival, which was held in beautiful Glen Elg, and they took part in the "Thunder in the Glen" Rally for the second consecutive year in August 2007. On St Andrews Day 2007 The Picts returned to play in George Square, Glasgow, almost ten years after they had headlined the Hogmanay bash there. The Event was "Shindig in the Square" Glasgow's celebration of Scotland's Winterfest Festival, which featured an appearance from the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. In 2008 the band played at the Microsoft Burns Supper in Edinburgh, and at the closing night of the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, before is closed down for long term refurbishment. they also appeared at the Highland Hospice in Inverness for St Andrews day.

The Picts began the Homecoming year of 2009 playing at the Highland Hospice Burns supper, which also featured Donnie Monro (Ex Runrig frontman) and other celebrities. Following this they played at Aberdeen's "Burns Extravaganza" for the Homecoming celebrations and on the 29th of May they took part in the East Lothian's Homecoming celebrations.

Apart from concerts and festivals, The Picts are a working band, and as such, much of the year's schedule is taken up by playing at various functions throughout the year- these take the band far and wide the length and breadth of Scotland and as far afield as the south of England and on the continent.



At present the band have two CDs available. The first is their highly acclaimed album ‘The Island’ and the second is their latest and equally acclaimed album ‘Moving Sands’ released in July 2002. Both albums are available from most major outlets and are enjoying extensive radio air play, brilliant reviews and helping to increase the bands ever growing following at home and abroad. Both albums have been used by BBC Scotland for Gaelic television programmes and 45,600

copies of ‘The Island’s‘ opening track ‘The Peak’ was put on a new French compilation CD. Recently the band have been the subject of great interest in Argentina and as a result all the songs from the albums have been translated into Spanish! Plans for a third album are indeed in the 'pipeline'. Some of The Picts also played on the Album "Ghosts"- Picts frontman Douglas McQueen Hunter's debut album.

“In the end we always have a lot of fun and this comes through in our playing. The more we enjoy ourselves the more our audiences will.”

Set List


Usual Dances:

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sargent
Canadian Barndance
St Bernards Waltz
Strip the Willow
Military Two Step
Pride of Erin Waltz
Virginia Reel
Canadian Barn Dance ( Progressive )
Highland Scottishe
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Circassian Circle

Other Dances (less requested):

Lomond Waltz
O' Houlihan's Jig
Eightsome Reel
Britannia Two Step
Eva Three Step
Flying Scotsman
Cumberland Square Eight

Dances (rarely ask for):

Siege of Ennis
Foula Reel
Waves of Tory
Broun's Reel
Reel of 51st
Swedish Masquerade

Songs 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s- modern

Bye Bye Love- Everly Brothers
All I have to do is Dream- Everly Brothers
That’ll Be The Day- Buddy Holly
Everyday- Buddy Holly
Not Fade Away- Buddy Holly / Rolling Stones
Tutti Frutti- Little Richard
Hearbreak Hotel – Elvis-
Hound dog- Elvis
The Wonder of you- Elvis
Always on my Mind- Willie Nelson/ Elvis
Suspicious Minds- Elvis
That’s Alright Now Mama- Elvis
Return to Sender- Elvis
Hunk of Burning Love- Elvis
I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You- Elvis
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis
Daydream Believer- The Monkees-
Now I’m a Believer- The Monkees-
Pretty Woman- Roy Orbison-
You Got It- Roy Orbison
I want to hold Your Hand- Beatles
Ticket to Ride- Beatles
Let it Be- Beatles
Yesterday- Beatles
Sloop John B- The Beach Boys-
Then I Kissed Her- The Beach Boys
Don’t Worry Baby- The Beach Boys
Out of Time- The Rolling Stones
As Tears Go Bye- The Rolling Stones
Its All Over Now- The Rolling Stones
Sunny Afternoon- The Kinks
Road to Amarillo- Tony Christie
Can’t Take My Eyes of You- Franki Valli
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door- Bob Dylan / Guns N’ Roses
Mr Tambourine Man- Bob Dylan / The Byrds
American Pie- Don Maclean
Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me- Harry Nilsson
Without You- Harry Nilsson
Brown eyed Girl- Van Morrison-
Bad Moon Rising- CCR-
People are Strange- The Doors
Whisky in the Jar- Thin Lizzy / Trad
Forever in Blue Jeans- Neil Diamond
With A Little Help From My Friends- Joe Cocker
Times Like These- The Foo Fighters (Acoustic Version)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen-
Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen-
Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen-
We Will Rock You- Queen-
Rockin’ all over the world- Status Quo
Dance the night away- The Mavericks
Livin’ On A Prayer- Bon Jovi
Wanted, Dead or Alive- Bon Jovi
Feel Like Makin Love- Bad Company / Paul Rodgers
One For Rock n’ Roll- Cinderella
Love of The Common People- Paul Young / Bruce Springstien
Every Rose Has its Thorn- Poison
Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol

Country Rock / Bluegrass

Desperado- The Eagles -
Peaceful Easy Feeling- The Eagles-
Take it Easy- The Eagles
Johnie Come Lately- Steve Earle
You are my Sunshine- Trad
Country Roads- John Denver
On the Road Again- Willie Nelson
Crazy for Loving you- Willie Nelson
Mr Bojangles- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Sammy Davis Junior
Rhinestone Cowboy- Glen Campbell


Caledonia – Dougie MacLean
Wild Mountain Thyme – The Silencers / Trad
Loch Lomond- Runrig-
Every River- Runrig
Edge of the World- Runrig
Protect and Survive- Runrig
Pride of the Summer- Runrig
The only Rose- Runrig


Fisherman’s Blues- The Waterboys-
Bang on the Ear- The Waterboys-
When will we be Married ?- The Waterboys-
Tell me ma- Trad
Irish Rover- Trad
Whisky in the Jar- Trad
Dirty Old Town- Trad
Star of the County Down- Trad
Peggi Gordon - Trad
The Castle o’ Drommore - Trad
Roisin the bow - Trad
Galway Girl – Steve Earle
Carrick Fergus – Trad
Leaving of Liverpool – Trad

Robert Burns

Killiecrankie – Burns
Red, Red Rose – Burns
A Man's A Man – Burns
Ae Fond Kiss – Burns
Auld Lang Syne – Burns
Aye Waulk In O – Burns
Ca' The Ewes – Burns
Corn Rigs – Burns
Green Grow The Rashes O – Burns
Highland Harry – Burns
It Was A For Our Rightfu King – Burns
Briar Bush – Burns
MacPherson's Farewell – Burns
My Bonnie Mary (Silver Tassie) – Burns
Rantin' Rovin' Robin – Burns
Rattlin' Roarin' Willie – Burns
Scots Wha Hae- Burns
The Deil's Awa Wi' Exciseman – Burns
The Lea Rig – Burns
The Mauchline Belles – Burns
The Mill Mill O – Burns
The Winter it Past – Burns
Tibbie Fowler – Burns
Will Ye Go To The Indies, My Mary ? – Burns
Willie Brewed A Pect O Maut – Burns
Ye Banks And Braes – Burns
Ye Jacobites, By Name – Burns

Scottish Folk

Bonnie Dundee
Birnie Boozle
Come by the hills
Come o’er the Stream Cherlie
Dainty Davie
Glen Shee
Jock o Hazeldean
Johnie Cope
Kissmuil’s Galley
Lassie Wi the Yellow Coatie
Nut Brown Maiden
Peggi Gordon
Skye Boat Song
Sound o Pibroch
The Four Maries
The Heidless Cross
The Road Tae Dundee
The Rose of Allandale
Tiree Love Song
Twa recruiting Sergeants
Westering Home
Will ye no come back again

Jacobite Themed Songs

It Was A For Our Rightfu King – Burns
Sheriffmuir – Hogg
Come o’er the Stream Cherlie- Hogg
The News Frae Moidart- Hogg
Wha wouldny fight for Cherlie
I will go
Charlie is my Darling
Johnie Cope - Skirving
Sound o Pibroch
Skye Boat Song
Will ye no come back again - Nairn
Highland Harry – Burns
Glen Shee
Loch Lomond
the Roses o Prince Cherlie- Browne


  • Standard 4 piece line up: Drums, Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards (Playing Bass end)
  • 5 piece line up: Drums, Vocals , Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards and Bass Guitar or Fiddle
  • 6 piece line up: Drums, Vocals , Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Fiddle
  • Smaller alternative line ups- 2 or 3 piece line up (Also for both Ceilidh/ Covers and Concerts): Guitar, Vocals, Accordion, Keyboards


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