A vibrant, energetic and entertaining Scottish ceilidh band based in Aberdeen but play near and far.

Hipflask Ceilidh Band formed in 2012 as a 3 piece with Accordion, Drums & Fiddle and can add piano to the line-up to play as a classic 3 or 4 piece band. 

What we do…..

With experience in playing small and intimate venues with just 20 people up to large scale Ceilidhs of 300+ no dance can be too big or small and your always guaranteed to have a full dance floor, sore feet and smiles on your face by the end of the night.

Added Extras

The band play full on Ceilidh sessions or if you think a whole night of Ceilidh will be a bit much, don’t worry we offer a quality Ceilidh Combo option with the same great band and our disco partners.

Not Sure how to Ceilidh?

The band have an experienced dance caller so even if you don’t know what you are doing we will make sure you step in line, but remember the whole point of a ceilidh is to have fun!! We also boast our very own unique sets that can only be danced at a Hipflask Ceilidh.

Ceilidh for all occasions

We have no fixed price and work with you to get the best value for money. Experience in Weddings, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Corporate Events and fundraising, we will do it all and more importantly we will make sure you have a great night while doing it.

What Our Clients Say

Another awesome night with Hipflask! A lovely trip down memory lane for us too! Thank you legends!

Hands down to the best ceilidh band ever! Genuine lovely guys. I love Hipflask❤️ Choo Choo!

Thank you very much!! Great video, and absolutely brilliant ceilidh. We have had so many comments about how great you were, from seasoned ceilidh pros, and first timers too! 

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The Music

Typical Sets we play are Gay Gordons, Eightsome Reels, Dashers, Old Time Scottish Waltz, Canadian Barn Dances, Strip The Willow and many more….

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The Band



Derek got his first Accordion when he was 5 years old and started lessons with Moyra Fraser, it took a while for him to get the bug and played on and off until the age of 13 where he started getting lessons from Alistair Hunter.


He Joined his first band , STORM, at the age of 16 as “apprentice” accordionist  where his father was the drummer and played with them for nearly 10 years.  The Band work faded away with work and family commitments taking center stage.


Derek stopped playing for 5 or 6 years apart from some small charity events and at his Wedding in 2011 (I know, having to work at his own wedding).  The wedding gig was enough to re-spark the love for playing and he set off to find the next band.  It was at this point that Derek’s Dad who knows Alan suggested we meet and the rest as they say is history.


Derek handles all bookings for the band so when you email or phone us its him that will do you a deal.



Alan lives on a croft in Whitecairns; he has played the fiddle since he was eight and more recently has taken up playing the guitar.

Alan participates in SCAT and Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society attending and playing in many concerts around Scotland.


He does not have too much spare time but when he has Alan is trusted in arranging all the music for the band



Gary started learning the side drum at the age of eight under the tutorage of drumming guru, Billy McCombie.  He joined the Lonach Pipe Band at the age of nine and completed his first Lonach march that same year.  Gary has played side drum, and on occasion base drum, with the Lonach for thirty two years.  In addition to numerous engagements around Scotland, Gary has travelled to Russia, Hungary and France with the pipe band.

Gary first picked up a bodhran five years ago when he joined classes at SCAT ( Scottish Cultures and Traditions).  The side drum rhythms were quickly transferred to this new instrument.  It was at SCAT that Gary first met Alan and a friendship was formed.  Gary, Alan and Derek met to have a tune at Alan’s house early in 2012 and Hipflask were formed.

Gary is the bands expert dance caller and the creator of our crazy custom dances which can only be danced with Hipflask Ceilidh Band

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