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John Carmichael's ceilidh band

John Carmichael

Skye, Bombay



John Carmichael continues to be one of the busiest and most popular band leaders and entertainers in the country for all things Scottish. For many years John has compered and played in theatre shows, performed Burns night speeches and music, and provided music for ceilidh and country dances all over the world. John's reputation for being able to 'call' dances is second to none.

John has produced, presented and performed many times on STV, BBC Radio and Television, CBC Canada and many others (over 200 TV shows with his band and as a solo artist).

Former Scottish accordion champion, John has made extensive tours of USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle and Far East. He has been musical director for and toured with many of Scotland's top artists including Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth MacKellar, Calum Kennedy and others.

As well as hotel seasons in Bermuda, Iceland and Holland, John has been a regular at the New Hampshire Highland Games for the past four years teaming up on occasion with two of Scotland's most talented and entertaining 'sons'... Alex Beaton and Alasdair Fraser.

The current popularity of ceilidh dancing finds John busier than ever both at home for the locals and visitors and abroad for those 'into' this healthy and exciting pastime. John has recorded many CDs with his own band and with other groups organised and directed by him.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scottish music, John was the guest of honour at the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs AGM in 2004. An article on John's career was also printed in the May 2004 issue of the Box and Fiddle, which you can read here.

John's long and illustrious career was marked in 2008 when he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. This accolade is reserved for the small number of outstanding performers which have truly shaped the profile of Scottish music over the decades. John was recognised for his wide-ranging expertise as a musician, performer, bandleader, television producer, accordion teacher and competition adjudicator.

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

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