Put together prodigious musical talent, exciting and dynamic performances and you have Bon Stovi. The band is a revelation that promises to turn your prized occasion into an extraordinary event. Bon Stovi's arrival on the Ceilidh scene has brought something new, fresh and exciting to the genre; globally experienced players, compelling and imaginative musical arrangements (with fiddles, guitar and drums) and a stage presence that exudes high energy.
Book Bon Stovi and bring to your event some of Scotland's most talented and versatile musicians performing with a power, energy and spirit that will leave your guests happily exhausted.
Everyone loves a Ceilidh. It's fun, it's sociable, it's exhilarating and all your guests can join in; young or old, experienced or beginners, the nervous and the two left-footed. Strangers become best friends and everyone leaves with a smile on their face.
Here are some of the dances we can call. Please let us know in advance of your event if there are any specific dances that you would like.
Canadian Barn Dance
Cumberland Square Eight
Dashing White Sergeant
Hanging Out The Washing
Reel Of The 51st Division
Strip The Willow
Waves Of Tory
Pride Of Erin Waltz
St. Bernard's Waltz
Bon Stovi's standard lineup is 2 fiddles and caller, guitar and drums. They are some of Scotland's finest professional musicians with busy touring schedules, and so the band for your event will consist of 4 of the following talented players. For bigger events we would recommend the addition of our sound engineer.
Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. In February 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The following summer he performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, the UK's biggest folk festival. His debut album 'Tyro' (CDTRAX 346) was released on the Greentrax label in May 2010 to great critical acclaim, being voted 'Instrumental Album of the Year' in the Fatea Awards, and picked as a 'Top of The World' album by Songlines Magazine. Rua was also a founding member of the Paul McKenna Band, who were voted 'Best Up and Coming Act' in the 2009 MG Alba Trad. Music Awards.
Tom is currently principle Flute and DADGAD guitar teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and plays with his own trio 'The Tom Oakes Experiment' as well as the much in demand duo 'Ross Couper and Tom Oakes' The latter gained a Scots trad award nomination in 2011 and have performed sell out tours of the UK, Norway, Denmark and Australia. Tom works primarily as a guitarist with fiddler Ross Couper (Peatbog Faeries). The duo have achieved great things and were nominated for best up and coming act in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards of 2011. They have completed sell-out tours of Norway and Denmark as well as 5 Star review from Edinburgh Fringe. Ross and Tom have played at such renowned festivals as Shetland Folk Festival in 2012, Tonder Folk Festival (2012) and Celtic Connections (2013) in front of a 1500 sellout at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket. This year they play Cambridge Folk Festival and travel to Australia in November to tour and as guest directors for the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers.
Listeners of Radio 2 will already be very aware of Rory Butler, native of Leith, who left Glasgow University in 2013 with an English degree. Three years on he finds himself having completed his first solo UK tour by selling out St Pancras Old Church, London; charted at #6 on the Spotify Viral Chart and has now registered over half a million streams worldwide for his debut, self released single `black and blue'.
Originally from Central Scotland, Stevie attained Grade 1 competition level at only 15 with World Pipe Band Champions Denny & Dunipace Pipes & Drums. A graduate of revered Edinburgh music college Jewel & Esk, Stevie is in great demand as a leading Scottish percussion teacher at major Scottish youth festivals (Feis Rois, Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, Splore) and the Merlin Music Academy. Throughout the past ten years, Stevie has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe with a variety of bands and shows. This has included performances for Billy Connolly and Prince Charles in prestigious venues such as The Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Castle.
Robin Hunter has been playing drums since he was ten years old and he hasn't missed a beat since. His ceilidh band career started at the age of ten when he joined his mother in "The Caiystane Ceilidh Band" and "The Southsiders." While at school he joined the Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band, competed in the World Drumming Championships and toured with the band across Scotland and Canada. Since then he has played with a number of bands and at events across the UK, including T in the Park.
How long do you play for?
Our standard playing time is 8pm-12am with up to a one hour break. This is flexible though and will vary for every event.
How long does it take you to set up?
We usually like to allow one hour for set up. However, this may vary depending on the size of the event and how much equipment we have to set up. With prior arrangement we can set up early at an additional cost.
Can you play past midnight?
The short answer is yes. However, this does cost more and if it is far away from Edinburgh we may require accommodation. For more information please drop us an email.
Do you bring all your own equipment?
Yes. PA is provided, and should you want lighting or anything extra, just get in touch for a quote.
How much do you cost?
There are many variables to consider, such as playing times and travel. Please send us an email for an accurate quote.
Most of my guests have never been to a ceilidh before...
Not a problem. We will call all the dances as necessary. We like to throw in some more modern, unusual dances which is perfect to level the playing field for a mixed ability crowd.
Will the band travel?
Yes! As along as food and accommodation is provided, there is no limit to how far we are prepared to travel for a gig.
Can we play our own music during your break?
Of course. Just bring a playlist on a laptop, iPod or smartphone.