Funkeilidh Ceilidh Band: Fife
Gerard Hall, Monifieth
Gerard Hall, Monifieth


Funkeilidh love sensitively oiling the wheels of social interaction at weddings in particular. We love all our couples & organisers, but save a particular place in our heart for those who send us an acknowledgment & / or a picture. Thanks to all on this page.

Fri 4 Jan 2019: Dunkeld House Hotel Blairgowrie Rd , Dunkeld PH8 0HX
Hi James, Just dropping you a note to say thank you so much for last night. Everyone had a fab time. You were great. All the best, Suzanne.

Sat 15 Sept 2018: Gerard Hall, Monifieth Parish Church, Church St, Monifieth, DD5 4JP
40th Birthday: 2 piece band: 6.30 - 8.30
Dear James

Thanks for a wonderful ceilidh on Saturday. We had an amazing time and the music and atmosphere that you and Yvonne crafted was awesome.  I am aware that what we requested was a little bespoke - a 2-hour intense ceilidh set with an almost even split of adults/children and with many novices to cater for. You and Yvonne excelled at delivering just what was required to make the evening a great success. Many of the guests have commented on the greatness of the band and asked when the next ceilidh would be! Whilst my standard response was "in another 10 years", I know we'll find an excuse for another gathering like this very soon - perhaps some time in 2019. A truly memorable evening. 
Thanks again and see you soon! 

Alastair Rogers (Monifieth) 

In a memorable Grand Old Duke of York, each couple had to gallop - with flair. You know - something original. With this information only seconds old, the first couple - 2 children set the bar high. The lad just picked up the girl & carried her all the way round. They won - even though there was competition!

Sat 14 Apr 2018; Sandison Hall, St Fillans,PH6 2NF
70th Birthday: 4 piece band - 8pm - 11pm

Dear James,

The party is now over and way back in the past, but I tell you, the reaction from all who were there has been terrific.  Everyone had a wonderful time; everyone mentioned the band as a real special.
Thank you so much for making it such an occasion.  Your playing was superb, your encouragement and guidance were warm and friendly, and you transmitted your energy to us all.  We had no option but to respond and we all had an unforgettable evening.
Please pass on our thanks to the other band members; we will talk you up to anyone we meet who wants to arrange a proper gathering.

Good luck for the next season and the next years, and please keep April 25th 2038 free for my 90th celebration so that we can do the Circassian Circle in our wheelchairs.
All the very best

John Light

Sandison HallSandison Hall, St Fillans

I've tried to lodge your 90th in my iPhone's diary, but it only goes as far as 2020! Only 17 years out...! How about your 71st John??!!

Sandison Hall is a great venue in lovely a part of the world. Thanks for providing the staging. Always makes a difference. I took the dog down to the water at half time. Lovely calming scenery - & no midges! The song your 'children' did from the piano said a lot about your family.  And the common denominator of the two gigs our band has done for you is you & your guests! You were just a hugely positive bunch  ready to see the best & join in with gusto.

It would be a pleasure to play for you again at any event you can conjure up!
Many thanks for you email. I've pasted in Davy & Andy for their interest.
Best James Ford

1 April 2018: Glen Prosen Village Hall, nr Kirriemuir, Angus DD8 4SA
50th Birthday: 2 piece band 10 - 12am
Dear James!

Just a brief response from my side to let you know, that we have been very lucky with Dave and Kirsteen with the fiddle playing ceilidh music on my 50th birthday. Dave was so patient with us and we people loved it when he had the idea to progress the dance by moving up to the next partner. Both were amazing and all my friends loved the event and will never forget it. I couldn't be happier and still everything seems to be a dream! 

Snow in April at Glen Prosen
The Flying Scotsman

I appreciate that Dave was always very helpful in communicating with me just to make sure I will dream my dream. I'm not keen to speak in front of an audience (it doesn't make it easier if they are all your friends!), but Dave assured that it would be a good idea to do it.

The first tunes were an already warm welcome to the forthcoming dances. After my little speech the ceilidh music started. The best of the ceilidh is the fun sharing with different partners and most of all the kids. The kids love it as much as the adults and almost everyone was on the dance floor with every piece played. Dave and Kirsteen made sure we could recover well after each dance by having a drink and some jazzy background music. Dave had chosen a variety of dances and every dance had a special feature. Ceilidh is so unique by people sharing the joy!

After the long Easter weekend our friends went back home to Germany and the NL with a big smile on their faces and incredible memories! Thanks to you James to make it possible to arrange a fiddler for that night although you had another wedding arrangement that night too! One of my best friends from Germany teaches college students English and as soon as she returned back home she introduced ceilidh to the students. They have had so much fun too! She said she is still celebrating my 50th! This is all beyond any expectations! See you back on my 60th birthday!
Diana Menzel
Glen Prosen Village Hall
Dear Diana, I always get a little worried when the best reviews of the band are from gigs where I was absent! But I knew they'd be a great team. Glad you are so happy with their music & general fabbyness... I've pasted in Dave & Kirsteen above so they can see your comments. Until your 60th then!! James

Sat 28 Oct 2017: Queens Hall Charlestown , Hall Row KY11 3EG
DajoJazz: 5 - 8pm / Ceilidh: 9 - 10,30 / Disco:10.30 - 12 playlist provided

Hiya James. Thanks again for last Saturday, we're just back from mini moon! Everyone had so much fun and many compliments for the band! The jazz music was so unique, especially when you were going about with the sax, everyone thought that was so cool! 

So many compliments on the band!!! The jazz music made a great atmosphere and everyone was able to talk and not have to shout over the music. You honestly made our night, really impressed, as was my dad, mum, in-laws, family and everyone!

We'll need to add Thriller to our anniversary playlist haha... free next year?
Hope you continue to play fabulous music.

Big big love!! Laura

Wedding, Blyth Hall, Newport on Tay


This was a lovely intimate village hall affair, with themes of Fleetwood Mac & Halloween! Fabulous food provided by guests;

Hi Laura, Many thanks for your kind words! I love a wedding which is different.. & yours certainly was! I heard Michael Jacksons Thriller the other day I wish I'd played that...! But that would have meant cutting one of your requests of-course.. just not enough time in an evening! I enjoyed all your choices on Saturday. That doesn't always happen! I've pasted in the others in band & I know they'll thank you too. All the very best to you & James for your future together.


Sat 16 Sept 2017: Tayside Institute, 90-92 High Street, Newburgh KY14 6DA. Birthday party

Dear James,

Your band was just awesome.Thanks again for making my birthday party so special. Friends are still commenting to me about how good you were!

Valerie Walker

Tayside Institute, Newburgh


Sat 12 Aug 2017: Oxenfoord Castle,
Oxenfoord, Pathhead EH37 5UB


Oxenfoord Castle, Oxenfoord, Pathhead EH37 5UB

Hi James,

We wanted to write you a quick email saying thank you so much for the hard work you all put in on the 12th Aug for our wedding!

Since the big day we have had a lot of comments about how great the Jazz was during the day, how much fun the Ceilidh was and how good the disco music was as well. If you have a social media page you'd like to point us too we will leave a glowing review ;-)

Anyway thanks again we had an absolutely fantastic day.

Matt and Claire

Matt and Claire dancing

Sunday 13 Aug 2017: Byre Theatre, St Andrews KY16 9LA
Dear James, I can't believe 2 weeks have passed since our wedding. After a short break in the North Highlands , it was back to the realities of work for us both this week!

Our wedding day was brilliant, far beyond expectations, and we wanted to express our gratitude to you and the band(s) for your part in making that happen. Your music at all stages (ceremony, drinks reception & ceilidh) was absolutely fantastic and really helped create the laid back party atmosphere we wanted for the day.

We are so pleased we decided to go for the four piece Jazz band. Walking into the drinks reception and hearing your music mixed with the happy chatter of our guests was one of the highlights of our day - it was a case of "yes, this is just what we wanted."

Byre Theatre entrance

Also, the ceilidh was a huge success, perhaps not in terms of the dancing technique on show, but certainly in terms of enthusiasm and enjoyment! You managed to get people of all ages involved, which is exactly what we wanted, and the photographs reveal the fact that even those who said the couldn't/wouldn't dance were up there having fun.

Many Thanks to you all for your enthusiasm, professionalism and of course patience when everything ran a bit late. Hopefully we'll see you at one of the Byre's Thursday night jazz jams again soon!

Best wishes Susannah & Paul


Mon 10 July: Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA
Hi James,
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the band for the music on Monday night. It was a fabulous day and night and you helped make it so memorable. 
We've had lots of compliments on the music! 
Thank you 
Veronica & Neil 
Fingask Caslte pavillion, Rait

Painting of a fish
Sat 15 July: Morison Duncan Hall:  Main Road , Gauldry, Fife , DD6 8RP
Dear James, just a short note to you both to say thanks again. Music was perfect and all our guests loved it - I had so many people come up to me and compliment you.
Huge thanks again.
Derek Robertson BA RSW SSA SAA  Derek's new book "Living Landscapes"      Derek's Paintings of Wildlife and Countryside
   Derek's Poetic Narrative Paintings, Assemblage and Sculpture
2 piece band

1 July 2017: Cambo House Kingsbarns St.Andrews Fife KY16 8QD 3 piece band
Bride & Groom in a Dashing White Sergeant Bride & Groom in a Gay Gordons The Eightsome Reel - Funkeilidh style..
Bride & Groom in a Dashing White Sergeant
Gay Gordons
The Eightsome Reel

Hi James.

I just wanted to thank you once again for all of the fantastic music you and your band played at our wedding. The jazz was a brilliant way to start off the celebrations and I know that everyone really enjoyed the ceilidh - especially all the English people who didn't know what they were doing. It was great fun. The disco was absolutely class and will live long in the memory!

I have attached some photos below if you would like to use them on your website. 
It really was the best day of our lives and we are grateful to you and your band for helping to make the day so special.

Our sincere thanks  Jonny and Jenny 

James Ford on sax with the bride & a few guests
Dear Jonny and Jenny, Wow! The best day of your lives! Well I guess your wedding is supposed to be that. It was an honour to be part of that. Thank you so much for the photos. A testimonial with photos is always worth many times more than words alone. I've pasted the Yvonne & Dave into this. I know I can speak on behalf of them both when I say we all wish you a tremendous future together. James Ford

Sat 17 June 2017: Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses, Scone, Perth PH2 7PH (2nd band)


Just a note to say many thanks for the huge contribution your band made to the success of our daughter's wedding reception at the Murrayshall House Hotel.

The start was a bit delayed by an overenthusiastic photographer but your guys did a great job, especially appreciated by all the American guests.

Funkeilidh 3 piece
Many thanks, Len Yull
It's a tough job drinking tea in the bar until the photographer has finished!!

Groom holding bride aloft on dance floor

Sat 17 June 2017 Invercarse Hotel, 371 Perth Road, Dundee, Angus, DD2 1PG

Hi James, Just wanted to thank you for the amazing music and DJing you and your fellow band members gave us on our wedding day. Job well done! Regards, Mark and Sarah Teng.

Sarah & Marks first dance... photographer, Hannah Sidi

Well, I just played all the tracks you chose...!! DJ James


Sat 13 May 2017: Balbernie House Hotel, Balbirnie Park, Markinch,KY7 6NE
Bride & Groom in a bluebell wood hand written testimonial

Hotel Du Vin

Sat 27 May 2017 Hotel Du Vin, Gillespie Terrace,The Scores,St Andrews KY16 9AT

Hello, Just a note to say a huge thank you for Saturday night.The ceilidh was a real highlight of the wedding and we loved the music. Turning around on the dance floor to see a saxophone in the middle of it all was brilliant, and your band created a great atmosphere for the celebrations. It was a fantastic night and you guys were a big part of that. Great music and very professional.

Many thanks & best wishes, Catriona & Franck

Re: 12 March 2017: The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
Hi James, Thank you and your band partner so much for playing at our wedding. All the guests commented on the quality of the music during dinner and it gave the room a special feel. We really appreciate it. If there is anything we can do to help you guys (testimonial, review site or photos) let me know. Best regards

Ricardo & Kate Luz - DajoJazz wedding breakfast jazz
The Signet Library, Edinburgh What a place to play. Great atmostphere, great place for wandering around, even if the management wouldn't let me take my sax onto the balcony...

Sat 26 Nov 2016: Keavil House Crossford, Dunfirmline , KY12 8NN
Keavil House Hotel Hi there Dave, I just have to thank you again on behalf of my family and the bride and groom for an outstanding  quality of music on  Saturday. We loved the walking around with the saxophone  , You were all very well complimented . The evening do went so well and many many thanks for that. I realise now that i never even got to buy you guys a drink. Dave J Ford on Tenor Sax, doing a little wandering..
I do apologise for that.  It should have been high on my list and I have no excuse for neglecting you. I will certainly be contacting you if any other the others get married . If they dont get there first. We all loved your music.  Thanks again, Pam: Thank you, Pam, drinks really not necesary!

Sat 22 Oct 2016: St. Andrews, Upper College Hall, (St Salvators Quad ) KY16 9AJ

Hi James, Just to say the wedding ceilidh / disco was a resounding success. Everyone, young and old, had such a wonderful time, and no-one could fail to see that it was absolutely right for the bride and groom. 

St Salvators Quad, St Andrews They are now on Islay for their honeymoon of beach walks and whisky distillery visits!  Thank you so much for making it so much fun for everyone and getting people on their feet who didn't expect to want to dance! Best wishes Sarah.

Sat 6 Sept 2016 Assembly Rooms, George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
Funkeilidh: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh,

Hi James,
Thanks so much for Tuesday.  We've had some lovely comments from the delegates about how much fun the evening was.

Carol M : Association of Applied Biologists



Sat 21 May 2016 St Monans Town Hall, Hope Pl, St Monans, Fife KY10 2DH - 50 / 18 birthday...


Hi James

Thanks again for your performance last night. Lots of excellent feedback. Hope you enjoyed it and hope our paths cross again in future , Thanks to other Dave's. [the entire 3 piece was made up of Daves...!]

Regards Iain

Trumpet bell & buffet

  Dave Watt on Keyboards & guitar. Dog looking on 2 famale guest singers backed by family & DajoJazz
Wed 11 May 2016: Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA : Dajo Jazz ceremony & reception

Hi guys,

We just wanted to say how impressed we were with your music at our wedding on 11th May 2016 at Fingask Castle , your playing was absolutely brilliant. Such a talented and professional duo. We loved how you had everything under control yet were so relaxed; the way you played perfectly with my family with little practice was amazing for us, the reassurance you gave to myself and Liam on the day really put us both at ease too :)

Dave J Ford with tenor sax in garden

I also loved the way Dave walked around with the sax, it was lovely to hear that when photos were being done. From the ceremony music, to courtyard and dinner -the music really added fantastic atmosphere and I am very thankful to both of you, for helping to make the day more brilliant.

We spent ages trying to find the right musicians for the day and are so glad we found you. Please let us know if you have anywhere you would like a review (couldn't find a Facebook page). 

Best wishes, Amy and Liam

The hat didn't really work - lets face it, but it was so HOT!


Dave J Ford & clarinet
Dave Ford on Tenor sax   Dajo Jazz playing Fingask Castle May 2016

set table

Sat 20 Feb 2016: Wedding: Royal Botanic Garden
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ

Dear James,

Thank you so much for a wonderful ceilidh and disco last night. Everyone commented on how great it was! You picked a perfect mix of tracks which was amazing as we only gave a few ideas. My friend Rebecca was very grateful for your accordionist's help with her baby, so extra special thanks to her for that! Sorry I didn't get to speak to you last night but you guys were instrumental in making the reception awesome.

Best wishes, Katie & Andrew

set table
bridal couple walking off

Before I discovered I was better at playing the sax than growing plants, was a Diploma student here from 1986 - 89. It was lovely to return to the Botanics in it's new role as top Wedding Venue. And in my new life as James (Ford) the muscian, not Dave the gardener...



Sat 20 Feb 2016: 30th Birthday: Madderty Hall, Madderty, PH7 3PW (second band)

Hi Dave, thanks for a brilliant night on Saturday and for staying on, everyone I've spoke to said your band were brilliant!! I've made a balance transfer as requested for the extra time, sorry I was in no fit state to say thanks in person. All the best Stuart

Madderty Hall

Tues 29 Dec 2015: Comrie Croft, Braincroft, Crieff, PH7 4JZ

Hi James,

Just to say thanks very much for your playing at our wedding last week - the ceilidh was just what we wanted, and we and our guests had a fantastic time, with your calling giving everyone the confidence to join in. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band.

with best wishes, and happy new year, Tom

We love Comrie Croft!!

Kinkell Byre

Sat 26 Sept 2015: Balgeddie House Hotel Glenrothes, Fife KY6 3ET

Hi James,

I just wanted to thank you and your band again for your brilliant show on Saturday. On a smallish dance floor, it didn't really matter that relatively few participated in the ceilidh, and you were excellent with your instructions. From what I could see before leaving a bit earlier, the disco was going down well too.

Balgeddie House Hote

As I said, your 3-piece were all excellent musicians and we really felt we had come up trumps by choosing you.

Best wishes with all your future gigs, I would be more than happy to give a glowing testimony should you ever need it !




Sat 1 Aug 2015: Kelvingrove art gallery, Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8AG


We didn't have a chance to speak to you at the end of the evening. Thanks very much for playing at Jennifer's wedding - the guests quite obviously enjoyed both the ceildih and the disco enormously - and many of them told us that at the end of the night. Hope you enjoyed playing at the Art Gallery.

Glad to say that we'll be more than happy to recommend you to friends etc. Regards

Campbell Black [what a venue! - what a wedding!]

Wedding at Kelvingrove art gallery, Argyle St, Glasgow

Sat 25 July 2015: Keavil House Crossford, Dunfirmline , KY12 8NN

Sat 15 July 2015: Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA

Sun 19 July 2015: Private house, Perth (Dajo Jazz duet)
Hi Guys,

Thank you for Sunday. You were great and everyone is talking about how much they enjoyed the music and the way you interacted. When I get rich I'm going to have a lazy Sunday Afternoon with a few friends only and I can enjoy all the music. Will let you know when that happens!!!

Thanks again

Sat 11 July 2015: Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL

Hi James,

Just a note of thanks for helping to make our wedding reception so special.
It was great to see so many non-Scots getting involved in the ceilidh and also tremendous fun when you and your colleague joined Vincent during his impromptu set. The disco and carnival went off splendidly too.

Hope you enjoyed yourself, [we did!]

Jonathan and Johnathan

Albert Halls

Sat 20 June 2015: Hilton Hotel, Blairgowrie Rd, Dunkeld, PH8 0HX

Hi James,

Thanks for the ceilidh and disco you and your fellow band members provided for us at our wedding on Saturday. It made a great end to a fabulous day.

Kind regards

Stephen and Joanne Brinkman


Sat 13 June 2015: Cochrane Hall, Alva, Clackmannanshire, FK12 5LJ
Cochrane Hall, Alva, wedding Just wanted to thank you and the band again for Saturday night - it was brilliant, we had such a fantastic time!! Thanks so much! We're having an amazing time on honeymoon- Saturday's dj here though was far inferior to yourself!

So many of our English friends and family have commented on how much they enjoyed their first ceilidh and the disco-particularly your saxophone on the dancefloor. If we ever organise a similar event again we'll definitely be in touch!

Thanks for the playlist! Victoria & Matthew


Sat 30 May 2015: Inchture Hotel,Main Street, Inchture, Perthshire, PH14 9RN
Bride & groom at steps to Hotel

Dear Daves (the entire 3 piece band was called Dave) (although one Dave is now James... mid-life crisis??)

We wanted to thank you and the rest of the band so much for the fantastic time we had at our daughters wedding. Your playing was wonderful, and everybody enjoyed themselves so much - lots of the guests commented on how good you were and how much they enjoyed the dancing.
Thanks for helping to make it such a special day.

Inchture Hotel

We will certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a band - and one of the guests asked for your details to pass on to friends too. Thanks again for a wonderful evening.

Isobel and Martin Whitehead


Fri 8 May 2015: Doubletree Hilton Dundee Kingsway West , Dundee , DD2 5JT
Hi James,

Thank you so much for last night. You and you're band were absolutely fantastic. You really helped make our wedding special. We're glad we took your advice because although the dance floor was empty a few times when we spoke to people they were really enjoying themselves. So we're glad we didn't try to force people onto the dance floor.

Loch Lomond was brilliant.
Many thanks.
Sonia and Steve
Doubletree Hilton, Dundee

dancing bride & groom  
smooching couples
Sat 28 March 2014: Fernie Castle , Letham , KY15 7RU
above: the first dance

Hi James,
We both want to thank you for providing us with such a wonderful ceilidh on our wedding night. It was truly amazing and everyone had a great time.
Also a special thank you to you and the band for singing Loch Lomond for the first time at our wedding, it was a lovely way to end the evening.

Andy and Jen


Sat 4 April 2015 Ballathie House Hotel, Stanley, PH1 4QN
first dance

Hi James,

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding you got all our guests up dancing and a lot of people commented on how fantastic the band were! We also appreciate you letting our drunken friends play one song with you! We felt that you had a good balance of ceilidh music finishing off with general music at the end. We especially enjoyed your rendition of Candy!
Thank you for helping make our day so special!

George and Lynne Hughes

Bride & groom kissing at the cake
Rarely has a bride smiled quite so much through a Funkeilidh wedding...

Sat 28 March 2014: Brora Golf Club, Sutherland, KW9 6QS

Hi James,

Thanks once again for a great performance at our wedding in Brora. Everyone had a fantastic night. I hope you get some further gigs from it - my nephew is an events manager, and has taken your card and details, so fingers crossed.

Ellen Lindsey

Quite a drive... but well worth it!!

golf Bunker at Brora

Bride & Groom

Sat 8 Nov 2014 Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA

Hi James,

So sorry its taken me so long to email you! Just wanted to really thank you for the wonderful music you played all day long at my wedding. I have got loads of comments from guests about how amazing you were.

I am especially grateful to you for jumping in with 'the band' during my ceremony and for putting up for my drunk friends trying to request more RnB during the disco - they are crazy, Im used to it but I am happy you were able to handle it! :)

Fingask Caslte

You were just fabulous anyway! David and I were absolutely delighted - I have also got a friend who was there - the one who caught the bouquet no less - who just got engaged and asked for your info. So hopefully she will be in touch. Otherwise - please pass on my gratitude to all your colleagues. All amazing.

Thanks again, Veronica


24th August 2014 Kinkell Byre Saint Andrews KY16 8PN

Hi James, Just a quick email to thank you for Sunday night, we all thought you were superb, and loved every minute! We'll be passing your name on to everybody we know ! Thanks again
Jane, Caroline, Jamie (and all our guests)
Kinkell Byre



14 June 2014 Anstruther Easter Town Hall 35 Cunzie Street, KY10 3DF

Hi James and your equally fabulous band members

We just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU to you all for Saturday. We had so many compliments about the music and how friendly you all were, as well as how well each dance was explained. Thank you for being so patient with us all! The Aussies had the best time at their first ceilidh and for Tim and I it was perfect.

An extra big thank you from Tim for playing his favourite song - such a great surprise! We'll be in touch again soon to hopefully share some photos when we get them, Please feel free to include our compliments on your testimonials page - it's the least we can do and I hope we can encourage many people to book you for their celebrations. If only Scotland was closer to Australia we wouldn't hesitate to book you all again for our Australian wedding (a repeat performance for everyone who couldn't make it to Scotland !) in November. All of the Aussies were so excited by their first ceilidh experience that we've had lots of requests to find a band in the Barossa.

Just in case any of you are looking for an excuse to visit Australia , our door is always open...!

Thanks again to you all. Annemarie & Tim (above)

Fri 25 July 2014 Broughty Castle Bowling Club, Dundee King St, DD5 2HA
Broughty Castle Just to say a huge thanks for playing at our wedding.We had an amazing day which I didn't want to end,the music was perfect thanks again. Would highly recommend you guys to anyone. If you need me to write a proper testimonial more than happy to do so. Just enjoying scenic Iceland for our honeymoon.


Broughty Castle

Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA
Sat 24 May 2014 Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA
Thanks for a great night at our 50th Birthday party. Although not everyone got up to dance everyone really enjoyed the band.
Karen Bramhall

Fingask Castle topiary
Mon 26 May 2014 Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA
Hi James,
I just wanted to thank you for a great job last night at our wedding! Lots of patience to get a lot of Scottish dancing novices doing the right moves!
Best wishes,
Terry Roberston


Sat 17 May 2014 Birnam Hotel, Perth Road , Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0AA

Hi James,
A fantastic time was had by all! The evening was brilliant-your band is absolutely fantastic & we've received so many comments from our guests about how impressed they were! We also really appreciated your help with the unplanned ad-hoc musical performances that came up between the ceilidh & the disco! Thank you again & we'll definitely be recommending Funkeilidh to anyone who may be looking for a ceilidh band.
Many thanks and all the best, Sarah & Gary

Birnam Hotel,

25 Jan 2014 The Applebank Inn, Millheugh, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Ml9 1QU
Hi Dave,

Many thanks to you, James & Dave for playing for us on Saturday night. The music was brilliant & we loved the whole shebang & appreciated your patience at our dancing antics!

Thanks v much :)
Anne Thompson
Applebank Inn
It was the smallest dancefloor - but fun & laughter seemed to be concentrated by that. Many thanks for Anne & John for sending these photos. This gig was indeed the triple Dave band - the entire band was called Dave!

Dec 28 2013, Fingask Castle, Rait Perthshire PH2 7SA
Hi James,

Just wanted to email to thank you for Saturday. The jazz session was great and Jimmy was over the moon to be able to sing! The evening ceilidh and disco was perfect. Thanks so much we all had a fabulous time!

Best wishes for 2014


Crieff Hydro
I would like to thank you for the wonderful entertainment at my daughter's wedding on Saturday at Crieff Hydro. I had hoped to speak properly before the end but got caught up in the goodbyes and final bar visits! All of our guests were amazed at the quality and content of both the Jazz and the ceilidh sessions. I thought that the ceilidh part was excellent and made a huge contribution to our day.

I hope that I will be able to be at a future performance of the band in some form or another. Colin

Funkeilidh at Balbernie House Hotel Invercarse Hotel, Dundee
Hey James, (19 Jan 2013, Invercarse Hotel, Dundee)

Everything went fantastic on Saturday, the ceilidh and DJ was a great success and everyone had an amazing night!
Thank you so much for all your help in organising an excellent night!


Dear Jamers, (8 Dec 2012)

This is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and convey to you our huge appreciation of all that you and the other members of Funkeilidh did for Pamela and Alasdair's wedding last Saturday. From your trumpet solo at the ceremony through the jazz at the drinks reception to the extraordinarily wonderful ceilidh in the evening, your contribution to the success of the occasion was immense. Everyone had so much fun - please can we do it all again this weekend?

We are so very grateful to you all, and have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who is looking for a really high-quality, fun-loving band. You are all quite brilliant!

Sincere thanks Robert and Hazel Newton (Pamela's parents) (Balberbnie House Hotel KY7 6NE)

Yvonne, Martin, Dave enjoy a break
Yvonne, Martin, Dave enjoy a break
Balberbnie House Hotel

Aug 2012
Private marquee, Golf Course Road , Blairgowrie.
5 piece Band: 2 hrs Ceilidh + 2 hrs disco largely chosen in advance by the couple.


below, Caller Dave Ford caller in chief


Hello James,

I'm delighted to say we were completely unaware of any disco deficiencies. I take full responsibility for "Helter Skelter" - my favourite Beatles track though Michelle was named after, er, "Michelle”![bride]

As far as we, and everyone we've heard from, are concerned, it was absolutely great. And as for the ceilidh, that was even better! Many thanks for helping to make the day so brilliant,

It was a lovely evening and I think a lot of people enjoyed milling about to the soundtrack, in a way which they wouldn't have if the music would have not been perfect. I'd definitely recommend you to others - no problem, David

James Dave Ford Funkeilidh caller in Chief  


18th Birthday - Craigie Hill Golf Club

14 April 2012

Hi James.....

This is the first time I've had the opportunity to write you after the 18th Birthday party you all played for us. It was fabulous!! In fact, my mother in law said that she would hire you again. Your band was professional (I knew it!) and the night went off without a hitch, although it was quite warm in the room. Sarah adored the night, loved your music and everyone commented on how good you were, every dance absolute fun. Honestly, the transitions from one instrument to another showed your versatility.....the sound was phat, and you all gelled well. Couldn't have asked for a better night.

I'll gladly keep you in the Rolodex and recommend you to others. Thanks again for a great night!


Maria Speight Coutts

Craigie Hill Golf Club



March 2011

Hi James

Just wanted to say a huge thankyou for the brilliant job you did on Friday night. A great night was had by all and we loved all the different dances you taught us. Sometimes ceilidhs can be a bit of a hit or miss but everybody has been singing your praises. We will definately recommend you to family and friends and hope to have your presence at future events. Kinds regards

Lynn Norrie
Cardiology Department
Ninewells Hospital

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