Let the Music Man Entertain You

Ceilidhs are an excellent way of having fun with family and friends whether it’s for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or staff party. With his natural ability and instinctive pacing Gary keeps a Ceilidh going with a swing. The mixture of Music, Songs and Dancing -the calling of which is done in such a clear and fun way- -will make everyone feel at ease and ready for the party to begin!

School Ceilidhs

School ceilidhs are a great way of incorporating fun and fitness for everyone and a great way of bringing children, parents and teachers together for a social event or PTA Fundraising. It is always reassuring to know that the entertainment for the event is geared towards the parents as well as the children. His master technique is to involve everyone with a song or a game in between dances in order that nobody gets exhausted or bored with just dancing. “Holding an audience is the key to a successful Ceilidh from start to finish!”

Parents don’t want to see their children running around and becoming distracted in between dances, so this is where Gary’s repertoire of songs and games can make the ceilidh feel like a party rather than a formal ceilidh. It is enjoyable and relaxing for the parents and family to watch the children participate in party games and singing which adds an element of real fun and excitement for the youngsters. There are many competitions including the GARYOKE where singers from each class are invited to sing their favourite songs. Gary also has a great selection of chart songs and dances to play if required, depending on the age group and where there are Nursery children, there is always lots of fun with traditional Musical Games.

At the end of any Ceilidh I can honestly say that I have had just as much fun as the guests have which is why I am always delighted to be asked back!


"A huge thank you for providing the music and songs at our ceilidhs. The guests at breakfast time were full of praise for your entertainment the previous night. It’s great to know that we have someone who will deliver the goods for us each night ! I look forward to working again with you next year."

Jerry Foster

Chief Executive 
Airth Castle Hotel and Spa Resort

”Linlithgow PS Parent Staff Association has used Gary Coupland from the Singing Kettle for its annual ceilidh for around 10 years. He has never let us down, arrives promptly and sets up quickly. He keeps the evening running smoothly, encouraging everyone up on to the floor. Our ceilidh’s are always great fun which is all down to Gary.”

Catherine Devlin

Linlithgow Primary School

thanks so much for coming along on Saturday - hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  We had a crackin' ceilidh which everyone really enjoyed. Based on the comments we've received, we all enjoyed Gary's entertainment too - well done Gary. Silly songs, great banter, dances and all!! Plus Good Sound, atmosphere etc. We both want to say a huge thanks for your generosity.  We raised a fantastic £520 which I know will be put to good use by McDonald House.  We may have done some daft things along the way, but it was worth it.

Stuart & Andonella


“Thanks again for a Great Night at St Andrews High School for our German Exchange night. Our German visitors and our own pupils loved the Scottish dancing which was all down to your ability to easily mix the pupils together.

They asked whether you would be available to come to Germany next year for our 25th year of Twinning.”

Gordon Mullay

St Andrews High School, Kirkcaldy

Although this is the fifth year that you have played at the Annual Dinner Dance at the Dunblane Hydro you still manage to keep the farmers entertained with great songs and dancing and we very much looking forward to your band playing once again at our Annual Dinner in February 2012.

Laura Stewart

Aberdeen Angus Society

“The recent Burns nights that I have attended and been partly responsible for have always been attended and musically presented by yourself over the past few years.  That should say a great deal about your entertaining skills. You always appear very cheery Gary and very positive and in my opinion I think the children take to that. You dont take yourself too seriously and in this day and age that is commendable. The children always look forward to seeing you on the night and there is always a certain buzz about the school a few days before”

Aileen Walker

Biggar Primary School

“Gary’s enthusiasm, humour and ability to engage with all ages made our school Ceilidh a roaring success, from toddlers to grandparents everyone was dancing from the moment Gary started playing his accordion and singing his catchy tunes. A really fun way to bring kids and adults together as well as raise funds for your school. Thanks Gary’

Shona Wallace

Stepps Primary School PTA, Glasgow

“Gary has entertained us at our family ceilidhs for the last 6 years. His flexible approach entertains everyone, the kids, the adults and even the grannies.

Every year our feedback is positive and the night is the topic of conversation for weeks after.”

Karen Wright

Stenhousemuir Primary School.

“I am writing to thank you very much for leading our ceilidh yesterday. It was great. All the children had a brilliant time and this was all down to how you organized and led the party. All we had to do was turn up.”

Eileen Littlewood

Sighthill School Edinburgh

You did a grand job of keeping all the children and adults involved throughout the evening with everybody willing to participate, even those who had been a bit reluctant at the outset! The variety of music you played also catered for all age groups and tastes.

Numerous people have passed comment on what an asset you were to the event and as discussed we would liked you to return next year. Roll on January 2011!

Yvonne Cowper

Echline PSA Committee Member

I would like to offer sincere thanks for the wonderful family ceilidhs you have run at St. Andrew’s Primary School in Falkirk. The children had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the fun and dancing. They couldn’t believe that Gary, from the Singing Kettle, was running their school ceilidh!! The grown-ups are still talking about it!!

Mary Henretty

St Andrew’s Parents Association