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Aberdeen Charity Ceilidh Band

The Dark Island Ceilidh Band has been entertaining Aberdeenshire audiences since 1999. The Dark Island Trust was set up to raise funds for local and national charities by promoting live playing of traditional Scottish music. Musicians and performers donate all their proceeds to the charity fund and gain valuable performing experience and have fun. The trust has registered charity status.

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Borrow A Musical Instrument For Free In Aberdeenshire

Aberdonians can borrow a musical instrument from the Dark Island Trust for free when you pay a returnable deposit. This is an ideal opportunity to see if you are suited to learning to play a specific instrument without the expense of buying an expensive piece of equipment. Instruments can be kept for up to two months.

Instruments can also be donated to the Trust.

Find A Musical Tutor In Aberdeenshire

The Dark Island Trust has an up to date listing of tutors who can teach you to play a range of musical instruments such as Bodhran, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Piano or the Saxophone. Singing lesson tutors are also listed.

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Visit the Dark island website at for more information, to see band photographs and pictures and biographies of the musicians. You can also listen to some of their music and watch past performances. There is an events listing of where the band will be performing and contact details to book The Dark Island Ceilidh Band for events such as weddings.

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