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The Midnight Specials

Music

Overview

  • Outstanding rock and pop covers and ceilidh band
  • Repertoire includes songs from the 50s up to modern chart hits featuring acts as the Jackson, The Strokes, Nancy Sinatra and Queen
  • Perform as 5 piece as standard and can reduce to trio
  • All dances called during the ceilidh section
  • Unplugged option - drummer plays wash board and everyone plays acoustic instruments
  • Ceremony & Drinks reception options (unplugged or plugged)
  • Solo singer for ceremonies
  • "Bandeoke" option with big band

Location

The band are based in Edinburgh and happy to travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • Either - Three sets of 60 minutes
  • Or - Four sets of 45 minutes
  • Background sets as solo or duo can also be provided

About this Act

The Midnight Specials are an Edinburgh based rock & pop musical troupe that can configure themselves in size and repertoire to perfectly suit your requirements. 

The repertoire is, to say the least vast. Comprising of classic rock from Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran and Americana from Creedence Clearwater Revival, (whose song Midnight Specials gave them their name) and up to a few recent chart hits from Adele and Pharrell Williams.

Comprising of the very best, original and talented musicians in Scotland, The Midnight Specials bring true musicianship and genuine performance to your door. The musicians in the band have among other things, won BAFTA's for original music, featured as live performers in a Johnny Depp film and collaborated with the likes of KT Tunstall.

The band are managed exclusively by Freak Music so either click the event quote button up to the right or just call Chris or Chloe in the office on 0131 467 2539 to check on availability and please check out their website

And don't just take our word for it...:

"My wife(!) Kris and I just wanted to send all of you guys a huge thank you for playing for us and our guests at our wedding on Friday. You were absolutely fantastic and helped our perfect day go out with one helluva party!

So many of our guests were coming up to us all night to tell us how great you were and of course, having some bandaoke was just the icing on the cake!
Oh! And Stan feels awful that he didn't see you reach out to shake his hand after he sang Folsom Prison Blues and left you hanging! He just saw the footage and apologises :P


Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts for a night we will never forget."

Stuart and Kris - 4th November 2017 - Gateshead

"The Midnight Specials played for our wedding on Saturday night and from start to finish they were absolutely brilliant. The set list was excellent, their cover of Moondance for our first dance was perfect, and we all loved their take on the ceilidh tunes."

Ben and Sheena

North Berwick wedding

"I can't recommend The Midnight Specials enough, recently hired them for our wedding - every guest commented how good they thought they were. They played fun lively versions of quality rock, pop and soul with talent and musicality that shone through and lit up the evening.
They were also flexible and laid back, agreeing to every suggestion we made. We were particularly taken with the obvious effort they put into getting everyone going, despite us failing to provide much for them to go on. They were even a hit with a number of hard bitten musicians among the guests.
I particularly liked the improvisation they did with 'suspicious minds' and 'Let's work together'. A number of guests asked for their details and me and the wife will go seem them play anytime. If you care about music and wanna party; hire these guys."

John and Kate Brown

21st May, Callander wedding

"The Midnight Specials were absolutely amazing! Everybody was dancing all night and they were able to fulfil our unusual first dance request with only a few moments notice - just brilliant! They were very easy to contact leading up to the wedding, and seemed to know exactly what music our wedding party wanted - I would definitely recommend them to anyone."

Kate Mark

Tyninghame Beach wedding - 5th September 2015

""I wanted to say a big thanks to you and the band for playing at our wedding.... everyone commented on how great your setlist was and the quality of your sound and musicianship. We particularly enjoyed your Harvest Moon rendition as our first song and the memory will last us a lifetime."

Michael Chisolm/Eve Macdonald

5th September 2015 

"The Midnight Specials were absolutely fantastic at our wedding. They played a wide variety of music and catered for all our guests, young and young-at-heart! Whether it was ceilidh or more modern tunes, every performance was excellent. They called the ceilidh very well and our guests from overseas really enjoyed the jigs and reels. From the moment they arrived they were so approachable and friendly. We are so happy with our decision to choose the Midnight Specials for our wedding day!!"

Lorna O'Sullivan - 1st August wedding, Glencorse House.

"This band is awesome. They played last weekend for my daughters' wedding and the 170 guests would not let them go. They started with some Highland reels - not the gentle decorous sort; more the wild, animal kind - moving seamlessly into rock. They had something for everyone across all age groups - even the waitresses were dancing by the end. The line up is strong with a great fiddler and a great drummer to back up a superb guitar line up and vocals for all occasions. They judged the mood of the party well and the floor was full all evening. This band plays music that is infectious with a wide ranging repertoire - everyone has fun even those sitting out just listening. I could not recommend them highly enough. For anyone planning a party in Scotland, this band is the one for you."

Kit Chambers
Aboyne,
Aberdeenshire.

 

Set List

Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
Happy - Pharrell Williams
One Way Or Another - Blondie
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
Ho Hey! - The Lumineers
20th Century Boy - T. Rex
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Mamma Mia - Abba
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Material Girl - Madonna
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
You Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross
Do You Love Me -
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
I Like To Boogie - T.Rex
Gimme Some Lovin - Blues Brothers
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Clapping Song
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Mr Blue Sky - ELO
20 Flight Rock - Eddie Cochrane
Ain't Seen Nothin Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
Baby Give It Up - KC & Sunshine Band
Bad Moon Rising - CCR
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochrane
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Celebration - KC & Sunshine Band
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
Get Down Tonight - KC & Sunshine Band
Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
Eight Days A Week - Beatles
Heartbeat - Buddy Holly
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
I Can't Go For That - Hall & Oates
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Beatles
I'm A Believer - Neil Diamond
Last Nite - The Strokes
Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
Let Her Dance - Bobby Fuller
Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
Lucille - Little Richard
Midnight Special - CCR
Money - Beatles
My Girl - The Temptations
Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
Oh What A Night - Frankie Valli
Proud Mary - CCR
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rip It Up - Little Richard
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheels
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochrane
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd
That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
Think It Over - Buddy Holly
Twist & Shout/La Bamba
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Walking On Sunshine
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
You Got It - Roy Orbison
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
You Really Got A Hold On Me

MID To LOW TEMPO SONGS

Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Dylan
Caledonia - Dougie Maclean
Keep The Customer Satisfied - Simon and Garfunkel
Nowhere Man - Beatles
Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everley Bros
Every Breath U Take - The Police
A Thing Called Love - Johnny Cash
Alabama Song - The Doors
Bye Bye Love - Everley Bros
Calico Skies - Paul Mccartney
Cocaine - JJ Cale
Dream Baby - Roy Orbison
Girl - Beatles
Handle Me With Care - George Harrison
I'll Follow The Sun - Beatles
In Dreams - Roy Orbison
Lookin Out My Back Door - CCR
Old Man - Neil Young
The Devil And The Deep Blue See
Till There Was You - Beatles
Witchitaw Linesman - Glen Campbell
You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
You Send Me – Sam Cooke

Ceilidh dances (all called)

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
Military 2-Step
Virginia Reel
Eightsome Reel
Strip The Willow
St. Bernard's Waltz
Circasian Circle
Cumberland Square Eight (aka The Helicopter Dance)
Flying Scotsman

*Further ceilidh dances can be learned on request.

Lineup

  • The standard line up is the full 5 piece which is 3 x guitar/vocals, bass/fiddle and drums
  • 3 piece band available too for smaller affairs - guitar/vocals, bass and drums
  • Acoustic duo for drinks receptions background music
  • Solo singer for ceremonies

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