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The Greater Spotted Ceilidh Band brings together four of Edinburgh's finest folk musicians for a high-energy, foot-tapping sounds to get you dancing! Featuring fiddle, wooden flute, guitar and bodhran, we have been playing weddings, birthday parties, fundraisers, functions, and other events for over a decade, both in Scotland and further afield. Whether your guests are seasoned ceilidh-goers or complete beginners, our dance caller can walk you through the dances so everyone can join in confidently. If you need dancing, chances are we can make it happen!

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The Band

Michael Starkey

Guitar, Banjo

Michael has been happily strumming away at ceilidhs since settling in Scotland some 15 years ago. A keen guitarist from an early age he has played music from a variety of genres but now spends his time focussed on acoustic folk guitar styles and old time 5-string banjo. When not ceilidh-ing, he gigs, tours and records with Edinburgh American folk and Old Time group Wayward Jane, and with Old Time fiddler Hannah Read. He also shares his love of music through teaching, working with students both in Scotland, where he teaches for the Scots Music Group in Edinburgh, and internationally.

Bartek Artwinski


Bartek started his musical journey around 2000 in his home country of Poland where he developed an interest in "Celtic" music and its rhythms. He polished his percussion skills over the next few years as a member of various bands and musical projects, and taking part in the international workshops and festivals. Having moved to Scotland, he continues his musical adventures playing at ceilidhs and taking part the vibrant folk session community of Edinburgh.

Tara Cunningham


Tara has been playing the fiddle for 25 years and ceilidh-ing since she was a teenager. Starting out as a classical player, she transitioned to folk music while studying at the University of St Andrews and has rarely looked back. In addition to playing with the GSCB, she gigs around Edinburgh and Scotland with folk trio An Conasg, quartet The Crooked River Kings and The Flingstones Ceilidh Band.

Sam Gillespie

Flute, Whistle, Vocals

The Brothers Gillespie