Papa Shandy and the Drams

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Frequently asked questions

Do you take requests?

We can consider one or two requests at the most, however due to the band comprising mostly acoustic instruments, not all songs may be possible for us to play.

What time will you play from and till?

Typically we will play 8.00 - 12.00 with a 30 minute break over the buffet. This includes both songs and ceilidh, and could also include a short disco set towards the end of the night. If the venue is open later than 12, we are happy to play an extended disco set.

How long do you take to set up?

The band usually takes around 60-90 minutes to set up. This is to ensure the best possible sound on the night, and will also help to minimise any technical problems during the performance.

How much space do you need?

The more room the band have, the more comfortable we will be, and the better we'll perform. However we will do our very best to fit within whatever space there is to work with.

Will you learn a 1st dance?

We are happy to learn a 1st dance, assuming it is concurrent with our instrumentation and style. If not, we are of course happy to play a mp3 file through our PA system.

Can we choose the songs?

We have a fairly fixed setlist that we work from. This helps things run as smoothly as possible between songs, ideally to keep you and your guests on the dance floor!

Are you available on my date?

Hireaband deal with all our bookings and ongoing enquiries. Please get in touch with them to see if Papa Shandy are free on your date. The price you pay Hireaband is the same as if you were booking direct, Hireaband do all our administration and marketing for us to let us concentrate on doing what we do best!

Where can we see you playing live?

We play a number of gigs every month, usually around Glasgow you can see a list of Papa Shandy gigs here.

What will you wear?

The band will usually wear smart shoes, smart trousers, shirts and waistcoats.

Can we book you directly?

Like most of the best bands in Scotland, we're managed by Scotland's biggest entertainment business, Hireaband. They take care of all the admin and paperwork to allow us to focus on performing. Don't worry though, they'll only quote you what we tell them to quote. You're not paying any more than you have to.

Do you perform at showcases?

We occasionally perform at showcases arranged by hireaband, or alternatively you can come along to one of our frequent live gigs around Glasgow.

If things run behind schedule will the band play later?

Unless agreed beforehand, a 12 o'clock curfew will apply.

Can you guarantee that you will create a great atmosphere?

Absolutely! We will always endeavour to make your evening as fun filled as possible! As long as you and your guests promise to get involved in a bit of ceilidh dancing, we explain all the dances so no excuses!

I would love my dance floor to be packed al night what's the chances?

We will try to encourage everyone onto the dance floor as best we can throughout the night! From experience, don't be surprised if your guests perhaps feel a little shy until they have had a drink or three! Things will always get much more lively as the night progresses!

At the end of the night what are the chances of you playing one more song?

This shouldn't be a problem assuming the venue are okay with it

Can we get up and sing with you?

For insurance purposes, we regret that we cannot invite guest musicians up to play with us, even if a guest provides their own equipment.

Can we choose the set list?

We have a fairly fixed setlist that we work from. For various reasons, they are ordered in a way that allows the set to go as smoothly as possible without breaks, encouraging your guests to stay on the dance floor!

Will you require refreshments?

If possible, the band would certainly appreciate permission to indulge in the buffet!

Can we choose the set list?

We have a fairly fixed setlist that we work from. For various reasons, they are ordered in a way that allows the set to go as smoothly as possible without breaks, encouraging your guests to stay on the dance floor!

Will you require refreshments?

If possible, the band would certainly appreciate permission to indulge in the buffet!

Do you charge travel fees if the venue is out with your location?

Yes, travel fees will be additional to the performance fee

What happens if a band member is sick?

We will always be able to call in replacements to help cover any band member.