Columcille Ceilidh Band

Columcille Ceilidh Band enables musicians with and without learning disabilities to play music for a range of events.

We have been “on the road” since 2004 and have played up to 45 events a year, ranging from music workshops to conference and wedding ceilidhs. The ceilidh band is now a self funding social enterprise project needing to cover costs from income earned. We now focus on ceilidhs for smaller community groups especially those including people with learning disabilities and are doing fewer events these days.

Musicians play a range of instruments: fiddle, drums, guitar, whistle, mouth organ, keyboard and accordion, mandolin, banjo and an experienced caller – or a fiddle player who also calls the dances. The size of the band is flexible depending on the occasion and request.

A documentary film “About A Band”  features 7 ceilidhs/events and interviews with band members and guest appearances. The film has been shown at the Glasgow Film Festival, the “Picture This” Film Festival in Canada and the 2011 International Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal (where the film won a commendation award).  Also at Paisley Arts Centre as part of Glasgow Film Theatre’s strand “Great Scots on Tour”.  To listen, please click on white arrow in red box below.

For further information or booking enquiries please contact Alison Edelsten:

e mail: or phone 0131 446 6873