The band

The Science Ceilidh Band is formed from the team of Lewis Hou (fiddle, calling), Lewis Williamson (fiddle), Gary Rafferty (guitar) and Helen Le-Mar (flute, calling). 

The band have played their high energy take on traditional Scottish music around Europe, incorporating elements from continental balfolk, quebecois and nordic traditions with a cheeky dash of techno and geek culture for good measure into their ceilidhs for festivals, events, weddings and conferences. Highlights have included TEDxGlasgow, the Royal Society, Physiological Society Conference, Big Bang Bash at National Museum Scotland, Green Man Festival (Einstein's Garden), headlining Solarsphere in Wales, Mugstock Festival and weddings in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland. 

Touring in Barra, Outer Hebrides. 

Touring in Barra, Outer Hebrides. 

The Science Ceilidh team are experienced at playing for dances, dancing themselves (with Lewis himself a trained & competition-winning Scottish Country Dancer) and calling all the steps suitable for complete beginners (and indeed, with language barriers) and are available for bookings to provide traditional Scottish Ceilidh, European and other folk dances, dance workshops, experimental instrumentals, dance commissions and everything between! 

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We play at...


music & science festivals

Conferences, charity & Corporate events

Weddings & private events

Calendar of events:

(This gets continually updated as bookings get confirmed. See the full calendar here.)