About us

Frank Reid was born in Glasgow and has been playing Scottish dance music on the accordion since he was fifteen. He formed his first band at the age of eighteen some twenty something years ago. The current line-up of the band has been around for five years and comprises the best known Scottish dance band south of the border.

The band has recorded some five albums for the London Highland Club and three on its own label, as well as four recordings for BBC Radio Scotland’s Saturday night programme Take the Floor. A current reeling CD is available which also features the Scottish Dance Band of the Black Watch.

Through its association with Furlongs Travel, the band has accompanied Scottish dancing enthusiasts on holidays in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, France, Italy and, in 1991, Australia and New Zealand, where it was featured on the national television news! More recent trips include Canada and the United States, New Zealand again, Vienna, Prague and Norway in 2004. In all, the band has played Scottish dance music in 21 countries around the world.

In the mid-1990s events included the premiere of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and a solo appearance supporting the Glasgow representatives on BBC television’s Come Dancing. A band television appearance in the BBC drama Roughnecks was shown in December 1994. 1995 saw the band performing at the tercentenary celebrations of the Bank of Scotland and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Ball in the presence of the Royal Family.

In the late 1990s the band provided the music for the Leeds Festival of Scottish Country Dancing – the largest event of its kind in the world – and a highly successful 700-people ceilidh dance event at the Whitehall Banqueting Suite. Two regular St Andrew’s Night events at Whitehall and The Hurlingham Club demonstrate the band's ability to delight the whole spectrum of Scottish dancers. Burns’ Night events see the band playing to 2,500 people within two weeks, including the band's longest-running engagement for the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London at The Brewery. This event sells out its 480 tickets every year and there is often a waiting list of up to 200!

In June 2001 two ceilidhs within days of each other went spectacularly well. A corporate summer ball for Linklaters was followed closely by a 300-people ceilidh as part of the Wargrave Festival near Henley. This event repeated in June 2003. The tickets sold out on the first day it was announced, which speaks volumes about the growing popularity of ceilidh dancing amongst the general public. In August 2001, a two-piece band hopped over to Stockholm for a Scottish/Swedish wedding. Towards the close of 2002 two charity events in Guernsey and Cambridge earned five-figure sums for their chosen charities.

The normal line-up of the band is: accordion, fiddle, keyboards and drums. For the larger occasions a six- or seven-piece band can be supplied including 2-3 fiddles, flute and second accordion. A piper can be included in the team for weddings and other special occasions. We have lots of contacts in the piping world, including my father-in-law who is a first-rate ex-Black Watch piper.

A high quality 3K Bose bi-amplified PA system is used employing 2-4 Bose 802 speakers and 1-2 Bose 302 bass bins. Extra equipment includes a radio microphone, a CD-player and stage lighting if required. The whole team hurtles around the country in a Volvo V70 D5 estate and trailer.

Frank Reid Scottish Dance Band - Ceilidhs, Weddings

Frank Reid Scottish Dance Band - Ceilidhs, Weddings