The Mad Parrots Ceilidh Band Reviews


                                    "Awesome" - girl at Dundee University gig


                                             "You guys kick ass" - American bloke in the toilets at Inverness


                                             "Can I buy your CD?" - Dutch guy in Inverness who thought we were the Waterboys.


                                             "Why can't you piss off?" - Charlie Dimmock, Dundee Flower Show.


                                             "Gonny dae the Fields of Athenry?" - abody in the Dolphin

Dundee Flower Show

This gig was a major event, probably to be remembered like JFK's assassination. "Where were you when the Mad Parrots did the Flower Show?" will I'm sure become a buzzphrase for future generations.

We headlined the event, following top jazz act and squeegy buyers Four in a Bar. The whole park was just a sea of faces all attuned to the ethereal whistle of Helen Forbes. A major string-breaking event by Kevin Findlay only helped to draw the immense crowd more into the intimate atmosphere that the Parrots created. It was somehow reminiscent of Genesis at Knebworth in '78 but without the shite music.

At a certain point in the evening the park became a forest of waving blue squeegy brushes that the audience had cleverly bought at 2 for a tenner earlier, scarily reminding me of the fag lighters you sometimes see at Bon Jovi gigs, but without the threat to public safety that naked flames can so often lead to.

After a stunning two sets, the audience left, bewildered and somehow changed following their experience, to try out their new incredible carpet and laminate floor cleaning equipment in the warm glow that only the Mad Parrots or Scots Porridge Oats can provide.

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​Copyright 2022, DANGEROUS GEE

You get all your favourite ceilidh dances. You get your Dashing White Sergeant. You get your Gay Gordons, your Circassian Circle, your Strip the Willow, your Military Two Step, your Canadian Barn Dance, and yer Virginia Reel. We've dropped the  Reel of the 51st Highland Division, too many painful memories for some of our older fans.

You'll get all of that, and more, but you'll also get the best rock sound you are ever going to get from a ceilidh band. We'll do sets of tunes between the dances, and, if you ask nicely, you can have a few pop / rock classics thrown in by the best rock musicians you're going to find not just here in Scotland, but ANYWHERE. ceilidh band scottish ceilidh band ceilidh band

As Linz says, you don't have to be called Gordon to like us, and if you're happy, you can do the Gay Gordons, or the Strip the Willow....or something like that...nothing wrong with that these was funny at the time and we all laughed! 

We are a modern ceilidh band based in Dundee, Scotland, and we are available for particularly loud traditional gatherings. As promised, here's our names and a few of the other bands we've been associated with.

Helen Forbes - whistle. Foundry Band, Blo na Gael, Fon a Bhord

Kevin Findlay - Fiddle. Boogalusa, Dunragan, Old Rope Band, Dirty Mix

Johnny Parrot - Drums: ex a'body

Lindsay Duncan - Guitars. Broon Troot Orchestra

Ewan Hayne - Bass. Jump the Q



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