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Sultans of Fling


The Sultans of Fling take the traditions of Scottish and Irish ceilidh music and bring to it a vibrancy, energy and style that only outstanding musicianship and a desire to create an unforgettable experience can deliver.

Sultans of Fling Ceilidh band

A Frenchman, an Italian and a Scot went into a pub ... and several hours (and drams) later, The Sultans of Fling were born. 

The boys all have an extensive background in the traditional Scottish music scene and are heavily involved in Celtic Connections, the annual traditional music festive held in Glasgow. Apart from the fact that they are old friends and wanted to create a band that could at last see them all perform together, they also had the idea of creating something from the ground up that would focus on delivering traditional ceilidh with a modern flavour in an organised, businesslike manner with a huge emphasis on customer satisfaction.  After all there are lots of great traditional musicians in Scotland, but the very nature of the genre can lead to a laid back approach, often to the frustration of the customer.

The Sultans of Fling knew from the start that a partnership with Hireaband, the leading live music events company, would mean that their customers received an unmatched level of service in the lead up to their event, leaving the band to focus on continually improving and adding to their show.  The results are a fabulous ceilidh band with world class customer service.  That's a marriage made in show business heaven.

So, what do you get from The Sultans of Fling? Great music for a start; all the dances will be called (or explained) for those unfamiliar with the steps.  In fact all three of the lads is an experienced and characterful caller, you may just find that the accents vary - could be Scottish, French or Italian!  Also it goes without saying that if you have French or Italian guests they'll be in good hands. James, the piper and token Scotsman in the band will do his best with English :-)

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Please note that if your event is more than 2 hours drive from our base in Glasgow, B&B may be required. As we consider these on a gig by gig basis the cost of any accommodation is not included in the instant quote.

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This is a snapshot of some of the tunes we currently play. We add new songs every week. To listen to our demos click/tap the “Tracks” tab
1.Ceilidh Dances Sample Set
2.Dashing White Sergeant
3.Gay Gordons
4.Canadian Barn Dance (Progressional and Normal) -
5.Military Two Step
6.Virginia Reel
7.St Bernard's Waltz
8.Flying Scotsman
9.Eightsome Reel
10.The Circassian Circle
11.Orcadian Strip the Willow
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Sultans of Fling

We truly felt that sultans of fling were amazing, they led a great ceilidh and their music was perfection, exactly what we hope for in throwing this sort of event.
The hireaband website was easy to use and good in allowing you to explore the different sounds of bands providing a similar service, in this way we were able to identify that sultans of fling were exactly the band we were looking for.
I would recommend this band for any event, it is the first time I have seen such a large crowd enjoying themselves for quite a long time, and we have sultans of fling to thank for that.

Sultans of Fling

Sultans of Fling were amazing, and they sounded so good. Our guests loved learning to ceilidh!

Sultans of Fling

Many thanks again to the band and website for being so flexible, punctual and easy to work with on our big day!

Sultans of Fling

The band, Sultans of Fling, were absolutely wonderful and exactly what we were looking for. The music was perfect and they played a good mix of ceilidh dances and live music to let people recover. The men were polite and well spoken and it was really helpful to have them talk us through the dances. Even our English guests ended up dancing the Dashing White Sergeant, so I'd call that a success! Thank you and we'd highly recommend the band.

Sultans of Fling

When I spoke to the Hireaband Representative (Karen) she was very polite, precise and patient as I asked her questions and then made the booking. As it was my first time planning an event like the ball that I held, she made that portion of the planning painless for me, as did the band themselves, who on the day were informed that our function wouldn't go to there regular schedule, and yet were happy to cooperate and by the end had had everybody up and dancing this contributed greatly to the success of our ball!

Sultans of Fling

Brilliant band - everyone loved them.

Great website. Easy to read reviews and listen to bands. Great staff at Hireaband who answered all queries promptly. Very professional at all times.

Sultans of Fling

Brilliant band - everyone loved them.

Great website. Easy to read reviews and listen to bands. Great staff at Hireaband who answered all queries promptly. Very professional at all times.

Sultans of Fling

Superb band, would highly recommend.

Sultans of Fling

The band were happy to facilitate any dance requested. The caller was able to pass on the instructions clearly and effectively. The band fitted around the activities, playing when requested. I was satisfied that the band provided what I and my guests wanted. I would definitely hire the band again.

Sultans of Fling

Website/booking simple process to use. Band absolutely brilliant!

Sultans of Fling

They performed fantastically, excellent calling for those who did not know the dances (English guests). Flexible when I needed to interrupt their set to make an announcement also. Overall a fantastic performance and I would recommend them to anyone I knew looking for a ceilidh band!

Sultans of Fling

Dear Lisa,
I want to thank you and the team for setting us up with the "Sultans of Fling" for my wife's surprise 50th Birthday bash on Saturday in Blair Drummond.
They were excellent!!!! A great group - cracking music, so enthusiastic, happy to adapt and "go with the flow", and created a great atmosphere from the very start!
If you want anyone to give them a reference - tell people to talk to me - they are just fabulous - so many people at the party praising the band.
So, thank you & thank them!!
We had a great night, and I hope the band did also - they seemed to!
With best wishes and thanks for all your help.

Nigel

Sultans of Fling

The band were absolutely fantastic! Interacted really well with the crowd managing to get everyone up on their feet and dancing. Talented musicians with great flexibility on the night. Would, without a doubt, recommend this band and use them again.

Sultans of Fling

Despite some misgivings from a few of our guests, everyone ended up having a wonderful time at our wedding, even the fearties! We enjoyed ourselves enormously and would love to be at another one of your ceilidhs the first chance we get. Thanks so much for making our wedding a huge success.

Sultans of Fling

What a night! Our fee are still sore after all that dancing. All of our guests commented on how much fun they had. The disco section gave us a chance to catch our breath and recover for what was a fantastic night for everyone. Love and best wishes ...

Sultans of Fling

The Sultans of Fling kept the energy going all night with one great dance after the next. The band also demonstrated each dance in a very easy to follow way so that everyone could learn the dances they did not know and made for a very inclusive night - by the last dance, everyone was up on the floor!

Sultans of Fling

We had a fantastic night thanks to them, they really made the night special and we would very highly recommend them to anyone who wants a Ceilidh to remember.

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