"A FIDDLER who meets the Foo Fighters and then hangs out with Avicii"

Bahookie

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Welcome to the website of Scotland’s leading ROCK ceilidh band Bahookie! A Celtic Rock 4-piece like no other, Bahookie really are different. How do you mash Fiddles with urban dance and rock grooves, then sing luscious melodies over the world’s finest Scottish anthems?

These guys know how……. Comprised of players from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Bahookie have many years of gigging experience behind them.

With recent trips to Norway, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Bahookie certainly have a worldwide fan base. Bahookie recently headlined Glasgow’s Hogmanay celebrations for the second time in 2013, playing to almost 5000 revellers in George Square.

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The BIG “bahookie” sound! is a unique blend of rock and traditional Celtic music and the band’s success can undoubtedly be attributed to their ability to transfer their highly acclaimed recorded material to the most fantastic and unforgettable live performances.

It is not uncommon to be dancing a Strip The Willow to then hear the band seamlessly rock into ‘Knights of Cydonia’ by Muse or even ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless!!!. The band have also recently added some Snoop Dog to one of the sets – see if you can spot it on a gig!…..‘It’s like the Fiddler who meets the Foo Fighters and then goes for a pint with Avicii…’

This completely original take on contemporary Scottish music has seen the band visit many countries across the globe. Recent tours include gigs in Norway for Gulf Offshore Ltd, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the Caledonian Societies. We will go anywhere! 

 

Band Members

The band who mash fiddles with Urban Dance and Rock Grooves, then sing luscious melodies over the world’s finest Scottish anthems.

Comprised of players from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Bahookie have many years of gigging experience behind them. With the core members of Scott Arnott (Drums/Vocals), Ross McCrosson (Bass/ Guitar) and Neil Thompson (Vocals, Piano and Guitar) having known each other for years, you certainly see and hear the spirit and unity between them. A true band of brothers…

Scotty Arnott

Scotty Arnott

Drums / Vocals
Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson

Keys / Guitar / Vocals
Ross McCrosson

Ross McCrosson

Bass
Scotty Arnott

Scotty Arnott

Drums / Vocals
Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson

Keys / Guitar / Vocals
Ross McCrosson

Ross McCrosson

Bass

A True Band Of Brothers…

Bahookie have performed all across the world at many events. Previous gigs include:

• Headlined Glasgow’s Hogmanay 2013

• Supported Deacon Blue at Glasgow’s Hogmanay

• Headlined Glasgow’s George Square St Andrew’s night celebrations (twice)

• Norway 2011,2012. Corporate events for Aberdeen based Oil Company – Gulf Offshore

• Dubai Caledonian Society 3 years running

• Abu Dhabi Caledonian Society 3 years running

• Oman Caledonian Society

• Baku (Azerbaijan) Caledonian Society

• Headline performance on Glasgow Green at Glasgow’s World Pipe Band Championships, August 2013

• Supported INXS at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on their “SWITCH” World Tour – The band was handpicked by Kirk Pengilly himself!

• Sold out Edinburgh Festival show – Aug 2013

• Headline performance at the Greenock Sugar Sheds for 2500 crew members celebrating the final day of the Tall Ships Race 2012.

• Members played with the Legendary Lou Reed – performing Walk on the Wild Side – Burns and a’ That Festival

• Hammerstein Ballroom New York at Dressed to Kilt 2012. Members played Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door with Kiefer Sutherland

• Denise Van Outen Wedding – Drumtochty Castle

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Testimonials

We thought we would post some of the really nice things people have been saying about us!

‘If Carlsberg made ceilidh bands………’

  • Thanks so much for making our wedding reception SO good. Days have passed and still everyone is raving about how good the band was. You created a fantastic atmosphere and kept everyone dancing all night. The music was phenomenal. Totally unique!

    Carolyn and Callum
  • We just want to say a huge thanks for playing at our wedding on 12th March at Dalmahoy. We are just back after 3 weeks on honeymoon and all anyone is talking about other than the beautiful bride (of course) is the band!!!

  • We had really high expectations since seeing your performance at a wedding a couple of years ago and we were certainly not disappointed. Jen and I knew what was coming – but to see my 80 year old uncle dance to the Prodigy is something I’ll never forget. The floor was jam-packed for the entire night – enough said!

  • Thanks also to Ross (bass guitar) who made my 8 year old nephew’s year when he allowed him to help strum a few chords during your live set. It’s an experience he will never forget and is just one example of how you interacted with our guests and helped everyone dance their pants off.

  • We found you to be professional, friendly and a good laugh too. We will recommend you to all of our friends for weddings and corporate gigs, the only down side was that we didn’t get to speak to all of our guests because we were never off of the dance floor!

  • Just a thank you for the gig you guys performed at Alan and Vicky’s wedding, on December 27th, and the impromptu gig in room 15 at the end of the night!!! I will certainly be recommending Bahookie to people as a band for future weddings etc, and also to people within the Oil Industry who are looking for that type of band for special occasions. Thanks again and all the best for the future.

  • Please pass on a huge thanks to the band. There is no doubt that bahookie helped to make our weekend in Alesund a huge success.

    Your infectious style brought together two hundred people from three different nationalities and made them all scottish for the night. We have had feedback from Portosalvo Ltd and clients who have commented that it was probably the most memorable christening they have been to. Which is saying a lot when they are mostly from shipping backgrounds. I am so pleased that you were able to come to norway and thank you again….

  • Hi Neil, I’ve been meaning to email since our wedding on the 8th August at Burnhouse Manor. We want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the band! We had an absolutely amazing night and the atmosphere was electric thanks to you guys! Everyone has commented to us on how amazing you were and we loved the fact that the dance floor was never empty! A few people weren’t all that impressed when we told them that we were having a ceilidh band but now they’ve been converted! Also a big thank you for encouraging me to try the strip the willow in my dress!!! So glad I did it! We will definitely be reccommending you to all our friends getting married in the coming years! Thanks again, Kelly and Craig Hamilton xox

  • Hi Scott, It was so lovely meeting you all on Sunday.

    I just wanted to send you an email to say a huge thank you. Bahookie are amazing and it turns out you really are the best ceilidh band in the world ever!!! Its the first time a lot of the guests had been to a Scottish wedding and they were all raving about the music and the dancing!! We all had so much fun and loved how you mashed up the songs! Brilliant! Thank you, Mr and Mrs Lowe!! x

  • Hi there,I’d first like to say that I have been at two recent weddings where Bahookie have played and have been so impressed by the professionalism and skill Bahookie has demonstrated. Bahookie really is a wonderful band. Kindest regards Pauline-Clare Orr

  • Hi Neil, I just wanted to send an email to say a huge thank you to Bahookie for playing our wedding Ceilidh. The guys were absolutely fantastic, and really made the night. Having seen the band again I’ve gotta say I’m a big fan of the stuff you guys do. I love the way you occasionally merge from Ceilidh songs into some contemporary pop tune, and then back into the Ceilidh song.

    The energy on the merge-back is fantastic. And I could sit and listen to the drums all night – I used to play the drums a bit (I’m very useless) – but I love all the technical stuff. Bloody brilliant. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks. Please forward onto the guys in the band if you could. Hope you’re well, Neil

  • Hi Scott,Steph and myself just want to pass on our thanks to you and the rest of the band for playing at our wedding.Since the wedding all we keep hearing from our friends and relatives is how much they enjoyed the celebrations and how good you guys, the band were. Some of the guests have mentioned were particularly impressed with the way you returned after the break, seamlessly joining into and playing along with the track playing at the time. I am also grateful for you keeping the music playing at the end of the gig as you cleared up. We will be thoroughly recommending Bahookie to anybody looking for a band in future and hopefully we will be able to see you play again sometime. Many thanks again, Gregor and Steph Meek

 

Events

For your information, here’s a wee rundown of a BAHOOKIE function/corporate gig -

8pm start then Ceilidh until buffet/band break at approx 10pm.
We call all of the dances so no particular ceilidh experience necessary!!!

Throughout the night we play LIVE, in no particular order:

  • Caledonia (Dougie MacLean)
  • My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.
  • Gay Gordons merged with  Sweet Dreams – (Eurythmics) or Every Tear is a Waterfall (Coldplay)
  • Rescue Me (Dougie MacLean)
  • Wild Mountainside – Trashcan Sinatras
  • Dashing White Sergeant merged with Breathe (The Prodigy!!!)
  • Circassian Circle merged with Best of You (Foo Fighters)
  • Virginia Reel merged with Don’t You Worry (Swedish House Mafia)
  • Helicopter Dance merged with Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Chemical Brothers)
  • Canadian Barn Dance merged with Outer Space (The Prodigy) and Walking on the Moon (The Police)
  • Orcadian Strip The Willow merged with Insomnia (Faithless) and Knights of Cydonia (Muse)

Band break and time for guests to relax and have a cup of tea/blether etc with mellow music played through the PA in the background.

10.20pm – Live DJ section. We will play whatever you want from the Laptop (we have state of the art “DJ Trackter” software), but the norm is cheesy disco with loads of floor fillers! We supply state of the art LED DJ and Band lighting/Lasers/PA.

11.20pm – The band plays a rockin’ finale comprising the Orcadian Strip the Willow with Knights of Cydonia (Muse) and Insomnia (Faithless)

Last Waltz (band playing Caledonia) then Auld Lang Syne into Loch Lomond. We then wind down with a couple of DJ tracks.

It all works a treat and is the reason why BAHOOKIE are completely UNIQUE are so popular!

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