One of the most popular types of wedding music we see at a Scottish wedding is that of ceilidh music. Ceilidh has become the traditional type of music for Scottish weddings over the years.
So there is a high chance you will have hired a ceilidh band for your wedding. With this in mind Music for Scotland who offers the top wedding bands in Glasgow have put together a list of the best first dance songs that you could have a ceilidh band perform.
The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the happy couple.
Top 10 Scottish Wedding First Dance Songs for a Ceilidh Band at a Scottish Wedding
So without further “I do”.. Here are our top 10 first dance ideas for a ceilidh band to play at your Scottish themed wedding;
1. Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
2. My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose (Robbie Burns) Here is Eddi Reader’s cover:
3. Fields Of Gold (Sting)
4. Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
5. Feels Like Home (Chantal Kreviazuk)
6. Falling Slowly – (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)
7. Marie’s Wedding (Various artists) Here’s The High Kings’ version:
8. One Last Drink (Enter The Haggis)
9. Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues)
10. Wish I Had Someone To Love Me (Dubliners)
Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
Great song – made famous from the film PS I love you. Contemporary Celtic sound and feel that everyone can dance along to. ‘Her hair was black and her eyes were blue…’ great for most Irish brides.
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose (Robbie Burns)
Famous Scottish poet/writer Robbie Burns penned this classic, which was later set to music.
Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction) does a lovely version. Very much of the ‘old school’ but incredibly romantic, penned by an acknowledged genius.
Fields Of Gold (Sting)
Not strictly folk, but we’ve slipped it in here for the beautiful melody, and the fact it’s so well known, with potential for stunning harmonies with the right band.
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
Good old Van Morrison. He might not be the best-tempered man on the music circuit, but he certainly knows how to woo in words. Who could resist melting when they’re told; ‘you fill my heart with gladness, take away my sadness, ease my worries that’s what you do.
Feels Like Home (Chantal Kreviazuk)
A slow, sincere song with beautiful lyrics, all about finding the right person, and feeling that you’ve ‘come home’ at last. It also featured in the film ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. There’s a more pared-down version too, by Edwina Hayes.
Falling Slowly – (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)
This has become a classic, from the film Once. Written by Glen Hansard of The Commitments fame; ‘Take this sinking boat and point it home, we’ve still got time……. Falling slowly, eyes that know me, and I can’t go back.’ Over 3.5 million hits on YouTube – it’s a winner!
Marie’s Wedding (Various artists)
A traditional tune with Scottish origins, this can be performed as a musical piece, or sung. Lovely up-tempo with a jig feel, ‘step we gaily on we go, heel to heel and toe to toe; round and round and off we go; off to Marie’s wedding.” Perfect for a high-energy start to the night.
One Last Drink (Enter The Haggis)
Strangely enough, this is about a dying man. But he’s having such a good time at his own wake, he puts off dying until the next day. The actual sentiment is lost in the feel of the song – (nobody really gets the story) – it’s just the Reggae/Celtic feel that dominates. Great words, ‘I’ve had a life that’s full, fire up that fiddle boy and give me one last drink, the world is mine tonight….’ Can’t argue with that, can you?!
Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues)
A modern classic. Don’t worry about the time of year – there’s lots of poetic license where this song is concerned. You can be sure of audience participation in this one, even if they don’t know all the words everyone will be joining in on the “you’re a bum you’re a punk” bit at the very least.
Wish I Had Someone To Love Me (Dubliners)
A dear old Irish song, sung delightfully by Barney McKenna from the Dubliners. It’s a great tune to waltz to, or simply to lean and sway upon each other if you’ve had too much drink. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Choose the Best First Dance Ceilidh Song for You
Just be sure when you’ve made your choice to give your Ceilidh wedding band plenty of notice as if they don’t already have the tune in their repertoire, they’ll need time to learn it and do it justice.
The first dance is such an important part of the wedding that they’ll want it to be absolutely perfect for you.