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The Professionals

A fantastic duo covering Scotland and the North, who will keep all your guests dancing throughout the night. An amazing selection of music from literally all genres, styles and eras. Disco and ceilidh included. Great all-round entertainment.

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Set List / Repertoire

Nothing is set in stone – the evening is yours. Just tell us your personal likes and dislikes and supply us with a list of up to 20 of your favourite songs a couple of weeks in advance. We learn new songs every month so we will always be bang up to date. With all of this in mind, a typical wedding dance with wonderland could go something like this -

Welcome – a selection of background music as your evening guests arrive, such as some modern scottish instrumentals by blair douglas, tracks from braveheart and outlander soundtracks, some celtic harp music.

Cut the cake – quite often the cake is cut at the start of the evening reception. We would welcome your guests at this point and invite them to take photos of you. We’d play some rousing scottish music and have everyone on their feet clapping along as you enter the room to cut the cake.

Grand march – popular for weddings in aberdeenshire. This would be co-ordinated with the staff at your venue.

First dance your choice of absolutely any song will be played. If we don’t know it we will learn it for you or play the original version if you’d prefer. Our most popular first dance songs include caledonia / amazed / thinking out loud. Unless you’d like the entire first song just to yourselves we’d invite your top-table guests and partners to join you about one minute into this song, then everyone else slightly later. This may be followed by a father / daughter dance which, again, can be any song of your choice.

Typical first set - proud mary / shut up and dance / mamma mia / i'm on my way / moves like jagger / brown eyed girl / the wonder of you / crazy / human / i’m a believer / black horse & the cherry tree / galway girl / ho hey / first, last, my everything / the only way is up / bohemian like you / sex is on fire

Ceilidh-  some scottish traditional dances, with caller if required. The ceilidh dances are usually spread across the night, 2 or 3 dances at a time. Gay gordons / canadian barn dance / dashing white sergeant / st. Bernard’s waltz / strip the willow / slow waltz (caledonia)

Break for buffet- some easy listening background music by artists such as dean martin, nina simone and michael buble or any playlist you require.
Typical second set - let’s twist again / we found love / stuck in the middle with you / wagon wheel / next to me / white wedding / baker street / come up and see me / uptown funk / i useta love her / dancing queen / perfect / songbird / ten out of ten / baby jane / heart of glass / ring of fire

Break for “disco”-  a selection of floorfillers such as celebration / we are family / happy / budapest / tell me ma / cotton eye joe / the gambler / jump around / sexy and you know it / blurred lines / dance with me tonight. This section could also include some of your own personal requests and any new brand new songs.

Typical final set - don’t stop believing / heaven is a place on earth / get lucky / saturday night at the movies / summer of ’69 / somewhere in my heart / pencil full of lead / take my breath away / disco inferno / need you now / highway to hell / cracklin’ rose / brass in pocket / she sells sanctuary / wake me up / sweet child o’ mine / wonderful tonight / amarillo / 500 miles

Finale around midnight-  “everyone on the dancefloor please –form a big circle around your bride and groom.” Loch lomond / auld lang syne

More disco-  till finish at 12.30 or 1am - just when everyone thinks it’s all over we crank up the disco again with songs such as la bamba / sway / macarena / the time of my life / stand by me plus more of your personal requests.

39 Customer Reviews

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Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Tracked down after nine years!

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“We saw The Professionals in a bar in Fort William in October 2009, and were so impressed, had such a great time, that we tracked them down and asked them to play at our wedding 225 miles away in Cumbria in Jan 2018! They were amazing! We had such a blast on the dance floor - best day ever and everyone said what a brilliant time they had at the reception thanks to the band. We really appreciated them playing our playlist and the Scottish dance Strip the Willow was brilliant fun. I'm usually the last to the dance floor but you couldn't keep me away! We wanted the day to be really special and it was, The Professionals contributed hugely to that and although I don't intend to get *married* again, if I have another bash of some sort that needs a band then these guys are first on the guest list.”


The Professionals had a great choice of songs.

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“We really do love dancing and we all enjoyed your performance very much. You had a great choice of songs and we were able to pick something for everyone's taste and era. The Scottish country dancing segment was great fun and everyone involved worked up a sweat! Thank you so much for making our evening one to remember. Lynn & David Hignett, Dornoch Castle”


On behalf of my wife and I... We just want to thank Steve and Claire for givi...

5 stars - The Professionals are Highly Recommended booked The Professionals for their event

“On behalf of my wife and I... We just want to thank Steve and Claire for giving us the most wonderful evening of music and entertainment to finish off our perfect day of wedding celebrations. From the moment we got in touch with Steve to enquire about booking the band, they were totally accommodating to everything we asked them to do, right down to learning our favourite song to play for our first dance and including all the songs we requested. We couldn't have hoped for a better wedding band and recommend booking them as soon as possible for your big day. Thanks guys! Patrick & Carol Connor, Kinlochleven”


A belated but formal thank you for your amazing contribution to our wedding day ...

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“A belated but formal thank you for your amazing contribution to our wedding day at Blair Castle in December. So many guests commented on the 'best band ever', and no-one wanted the dancing or music to finish. I enclose a copy of our local magazine featuring the wedding and mentioning you. We nominated you for the VOWS Awards. With our love and heartfelt thanks for helping to make our wedding so memorable. We hope to help spread the word of how amazing you are and we wish you both every success.”


Barry and I would like to say a big thank you to The Professionals for a superb ...

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“Barry and I would like to say a big thank you to The Professionals for a superb evening of music at our wedding. The variety of music brilliant and there was something for every one of our guests to enjoy. Many of our guests have been asking about The Professionals and all commented that you guys were absolutely fantastic. Barry and I agree that you certainly made the final part of our day very memorable. We would highly recommend booking The Professionals, not only for your talent and variety of music but also your professionalism prior to the event with the ease of communication and during the night also. Thank you once again for a fabulous evening's entertainment. Susan & Barry Wilson, Ardoe House, Aberdeen.”

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    Default lineup: 2 members

    Duo: Male and female lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, backing tracks

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    * Professionals with over 20 years' experience
    * Strong male and female vocalists
    * Vast repertoire of classic songs from Nina Simone to KT Tunstall, Elvis to George Ezra and everything in between.
    * Scottish dances and ceilidh if required FREE of charge!
    * Virtuoso guitar and mandolin playing
    * Disco included FREE of charge!
    * With at least one month's notice The Professionals can learn a request if you can't see "Your Song" on the repertoire list below
    * Winners of the Music and Entertainment VOWS Award 2011/2012 and Scottish Wedding Awards 2013 and 2019
    * Available in the whole of Scotland

    A fantastic enthusiastic duo who will keep all your guests dancing throughout the night. An amazing selection of music from literally all genres styles and eras. Disco and ceilidh included. Definitely one of the few great all-round function bands.

    Professionals since 1993, THE PROFESSIONALS are Steve Brown on vocals electric acoustic and slide guitar and mandolin and Claire Innes on lead vocals.

    State-of-the-art backing tracks the revolutionary BOSE L1 PA sound system and lights ensure a quality performance at every event from intimate hotel foyers to marquees and village halls. The styles they play include pop, rock, country, soul, motown, RnB, Scottish and ceilidh.

    Steve has played guitar all around the world since leaving school. Starting with his first European tour in 1987 and including stints in Japan and Australia. Closer to home he’s also played Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. A personal highlight was playing in the White Room at Abbey Road Studios for the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Full-time musician Steve also teaches guitar and piano for Associated Board of the Royal School of Music exams.

    Proof of the band’s ability to cater for all ages they have played at Fort William’s family Hogmanay celebration at the 1500 capacity Nevis Centre for fourteen consecutive years.

    With their vast repertoire they can guarantee to match your exact requirements. They will contact you a few weeks before your event to finalise all arrangements and confirm any special requests such as the song for your first dance. With enough notice they will learn any songs for your occasion.

    Where have The Professionals played before?
    THE PROFESSIONALS have played wedding dances birthday parties anniversaries and corporate functions at Eilean Donan Castle, Thainstone House, Fife Lodge, Banff Springs, Ben Nevis, Alexandra, and Moorings Hotels Fort William, Pittodrie Stadium, Glenfinnan House Hotel, Fyvie Castle, Glenspean Lodge, Roman Camp Callander, Inchyra House Falkirk, Mansion House Elgin, Waterside Inn Peterhead, Lochardil House, Columba, and Drumossie Hotels Inverness - all in the past year alone!

    Corporate clients have included Renault Formula 1 UK, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Co-op, Morrisons, Green Welly Stop, Lochaber College and Inverness Nursing College (now THAT was a ball).

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