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  • Great value versatile Ceilidh and covers band
  • Can play ceilidh 3-6 piece. Full six piece band required when covers and ceilidh
  • Highly experienced caller


This band are based in Falkirk but regularly play across Scotland and the rest of the UK

Standard Set Times

  • Three 60 minute live sets with breaks (usually two 30 minute breaks)

About this Act

ShoeString are a high energy ceilidh and covers band with an excellent pedigree. They have been the ceilidh band at Cameron House Hotel Loch Lomond the last two Hogmanays 2007 and 2008 and for boxing day 2008 at Cameron House. Recent gigs include Great Hall Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Melville, Airth, Boturich, Glenskirlie, and Plean castles, World indoor ceilidh and Folk festival 2008, City Council organised St Andrews day celebrations Union St gardens Aberdeen [a 5 hour ceilidh] and a host of wedding venues.

Their caller is one of the best in the business. Gillian Whitelaw, ex three times Scottish senior Highland Dancing champion and choreographer and principal of the world renowned Ballochleam Highland Dancers. Gillian has ceilidh called at events all over Europe, USA and in the Far East, and prior to doing Cameron House Hotel with us Hogmanay 2008, performed for several Hogmanays running in Princes St Edinburgh. Gillian is also one of the most succesful teachers of Highland, and Scottish dancing, with many champions of her own British and Scottish. Your guests can be in no safer hands than with Gillian calling, and with the confidence she instils in experienced and brand new ceilidh dancers to try out sets and reels they have never heard of before. A few years ago Gillian had the Ballochleam dancers attending the star studded 57th birthday party of rock star Sting at his mansion in Wiltshire, to dance and demonstrate the ceilidh dances, and when you tire of ceilidh, they change instruments and perform covers, and you would scarcely believe the same band was on stage.



Thanks so much to Shoestring for making Ian and Jackie’s wedding ceilidh such a roaring success. If there are Scottish country dance societies in Texas, I think they will be getting an influx of new members from all those who were ‘converted’ at the wedding.


It was a great night and a joy to work with such a professional outfit.


Many, many thanks"


Janey Andrews

April 2014 wedding


Set List

Covers list:

Everything - Michael Buble
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Amazed - Lonestar
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Eight Days A Week - Beatles
Saturday Night At The Movies - Drifters
Mary Lou - Gene Pitney
That's All Right Now Mama - Elvis
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Proclaimers
King Of The Road - Proclaimers
Peaceful Easy Feelin - Eagles
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters
Tiger Feet - Mud
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Run - Snow Patrol
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Johnny Be Goode - Berry
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis
Mustang Sally - Commitments
Shang-A Lang - Bay City Rollers
Delilah - Sensational Alex Harvey Band
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Lyin’ Eyes - Eagles
By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
Under The Boardwalk - Drifters
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly
Rock And Roll Music - Beatles
Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On - Jerry Lee Lewis
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Loch Lomond - Runrig
Part Time Love - Elton John
No Matter What - Meat Loaf / Boyzone
Fields Of Gold - Sting
Daydream Believer - Monkees
I'm A Believer - Monkees
Don’t Turn Around - Mersey Beats
No Reply - Beatles
Kissing Gate - Sam Brown
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
Nellie The Elephant - Paper Dolls
Bye Bye Love - Everly Bros

Ceilidh dance list:

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sgt
St Bernards Waltz
Canadian Barn Dance
Military Two-step
Brittania Two Step
Big Three
Virginia Reel
Oxo Reel
Flying Scotsman
Circassian Circle
Eightsome Reel
Suicide Square
Boston Tea Party
Muffin Man Reel
Orcadian Reel
Strip the Willow
Highland Scottische
Friendship Waltz
Pride of Erin Waltz
..and more.


  • 3-6 piece Ceilidh and covers band, featuring Vocals, keyboards, fiddle, drums, lead, rhythm, and bass guitar, plus caller.


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