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The Big Shoogle



  • Ceilidh and covers band
  • Excellent rocky tinged repertoire including many Ceilidh tunes and a great set or rock covers
  • Perform as a there piece as standard and can add a fiddler to make a quartet
  • All Ceilidh dances professionally called


The band are based in Glasgow but regularly play throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Three 60 minute sets with breaks

About this Act

Glasgow based rocking Ceilidh band the Big Shoogle are a three or four piece act with near twenty years of playing in front of small, large and mahoosive crowds al over the planet. They bill themselves as the World’s Rockiest Ceilidh Band and with good reason, they have a unique approach to ceilidh music blending cajun and rock influences while still remaining solidly rooted in the Scottish tradition.

They have played in top venues worldwide for every kind of audience imaginable in Paris, Brussels, London, Copenhagen, Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Florence, Pisa for Supermodels and Hollywood A-listers. With a state-of-the-art sound system, adaptable to suit small, intimate weddings and functions to large events in the biggest ballrooms, along with the very latest LED and laser stage lighting puts the icing on the cake ensuring that your event is a memorable one.

All the favourite ceilidh dances are catered for as well as Scottish Country Dances if requested. Guests are talked through the steps of all ceilidh dances so that everyone can participate and nobody is left out.

The core is a 3-piece band with accordion (& vocals), guitar & drums (& vocals) but they can provide a 4-piece band with a fiddler. If Carlsberg made Ceilidh Bands, they probably wouldn't be half as exciting as The Big Shoogle!!!


"A great performance guys! Thank you. Feedback from the guests was very complimentary."

John Thorpe, Cameron House, Loch Lomond, April 2014

"Just a quick note to say thank you very much for playing at our wedding last month. We absolutely loved the music and the dancing, in particular the Cumberland Square 8, as did all our guests! It was great to you as part of the day and we will definitely recommend you wholeheartedly to others.

We look forward to seeing the Big Shoogle at an event sometime soon!!! All the best."

James Spencer, Wedding, Ross Priory, Gartocharn, March 2014

"A fantastic, high-energy set from The Big Shoogle last night at The Clutha Vaults benefit. Punk Ceilidh on acid! Genius. Sheer genius. Many thanks guys!"

Jason Miles-Campbell, member of audience, The Classic Grand Clutha benefit Feb 2014

"You guys are amazing! I couldn't believe it when during the Dashing White Sergeant that you went straight into a Pink Floyd tune!! It was inspired! I'll be recommending you guys for our society's reunion event next year."

Iain Smedley, (guest at) University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Ball, Bute Hall, November 2013

"Thanks guys, you were absolutely brilliant last night, everyone was commenting on how good you were. Cheers guys, John and Gillian."

John and Gillian Graham, Strathaven Hotel, October 2013

"Just wanted to say a belated thank you for the fantastic job the band did for our wedding on 20th July at Enterkine. Everyone thought you were great and really enjoyed the dancing outside and the mix of music - we were all exhausted by the end! We really appreciate you changing your plans at the last minute and setting up outside. It certainly made it a day to remember. Many thanks from everyone!"

Riona and Pollycarp, Enterkine House Hotel, Ayrshire, July 2013



Set List

The Gay Gordons
The Grand March
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
Strip the Willow
Military Two-Step
St.Bernards Waltz
Eightsome Reel
Highland Schottische
Pride of Erin Waltz
Virginia Reel
Gaelic Waltz
Circassian Circle
Eve Three-Step
Cumberland Square Eight
Hoolihan’s Jig (Hooligans’ Jig!!)
The Flying Scotsman
Orcadian Strip the Willow
The Swedish Masquerade
The Riverside Jig
Circles Four
The Siege of Ennis

The Big Shoogle will play many Scottish Country Dances if guests know the steps. Some examples are:

Hamilton House
The Duke of Perth
Reel of the 51st Division

They will also play the following "modern" dances:

Old Time Waltz

Rock and pop set

Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Jeepster - T- Rex
Upside Down - Paloma Faith
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Uprising - Muse
All Right Now - Free
The Galway Girl - Steve Earle
Run - Snow Patrol
Human - The Killers
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Pay Me My Money Down - Bruce Springsteen
The Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
Song 2 - Blur
Pencil Full of Lead - Paulo Nutini
10 out of 10 - Paolo Nutini
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Bruce Springsteen
Another Brick In the Wall - Pink Floyd
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Dakota - Stereophonics
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
The Irish Rover - The Pogues
It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones
Rockin All Over the World - Status Quo
I Got a Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Sideshow Blues - Todd Snider
You and Me Always - The Wannadies
Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
Wild Mountain Thyme - The Silencers
Loch Lomond

This list is constantly growing...


  • Three-piece comprising midi accordion, guitar and drums and all three band members sing.
  • Four piece with additional fiddler


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