Welcome to the official website for The Limit
Based in the North-East of Scotland, this 5-piece function band play both ceilidh and cover versions from 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll to current chart hits. A favourite at weddings, corporate events, charity balls and all kinds of celebrations – they are live, local and ready to make your event a great success.
On this website you will find information about the band, music & video clips, details about the band’s wedding packages, FAQs and more.
If you are looking for availability or a quote please complete the Contact Form, or for general queries email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wanted to send a quick message thanking you for doing a great job at our wedding on Saturday. We got many compliments about you and would not hesitate to recommend you in the future!
I just wanted to pass on my thanks for the great performance you gave at our dinner and dance. From the start the dance floor was full and everyone said how fantastic you were. Thank you very much.
Susan & Craig
The Limit performed an amazing set at our wedding at the Marcliffe. Everyone enjoyed the mix of old and new and the ceilidh also went down very well. The dance floor was full the whole night!
Heather & David
Can’t thank you enough for the amazing night you gave us last night. Really lost for words to describe how much we and everyone else enjoyed your band (I know cause my phone hasn’t stopped with texts all day).
Kerry & Kev
Kev and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the performance you guys gave at our wedding at Ardoe House in November – we had such an amazing night, and the dance-floor was never empty. I can’t for the life of me remember all the tunes you guys played, but I know I had sore feet from dancing the next day! We have had so many comments from family and friends about how good you all were, and we think it really helped to make our night such a great one. Thanks Again!!
Just a wee note to say thank you very very much for providing amazing entertainment at out wedding last Friday at Thainstone House. The dance floor was never empty and you got the crowd going. So pleased you were available to play at our wedding thank you so much. We’ve had a lot of fantastic feedback about you guys from our wedding guests. So thanks to you all for making our wedding reception fantastic and special.
Stacy & Stuart
I just wanted to write a short note to thank you and the rest of the band for playing at our wedding. You were amazing and had everyone up on the dance floor. We have received so many compliments about the music so thanks for making our evening reception so enjoyable for myself and Stuart and all of our guests.
Lynn & Norman
We would just like to thank you all for a great night, we all had a blast.
Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the band on Friday evening. Everybody commented on how good you guys were. So please pass my thanks on to all the band.
Paul & Lesley
A massive thank you from Paul and I for your fantastic set you played on the occasion of our recent wedding. You guys were brilliant and the amount of people afterwards saying how good you were confirmed that we had picked a blinder of a band!! Wish we could do it all over again.
Wendy & Jonathan
Thank you for the excellent evening of music and dancing you gave us on Saturday! The dance floor was never empty which is exactly how we hoped our evening party would be!! We received so many compliments on The Limit's performance and I gave your details to a few of our guests.
Just a wee note to say thanks for the band playing our wedding on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed the music and it made for a great evening. Hope you guys were well watered and fed throughout!
Maria & Dave
Dave and I would like to pass on huge thanks to you and the band for playing at our wedding at Meldrum House. You did such a fantastic job. The dancefloor was never empty (except during the buffet!) All our guests have commented on how good you were. You made the night extra special for us. Thanks again
Just want to thank you and the band for a great set on the 29th. Everyone commented on how good you guys were. You guys made the night. Thank you
Just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding, you made our evening reception and everyone was complementing you! In fact I think you may have a few bookings out if it :)
Just want to say a huge thanks to you and the guys for the CLAN Casino evening. You all did a brilliant job and I was very impressed as were all the guests. The fact you got my dad dancing just shows how well you did! It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope you had as much fun on the evening as I did. Thank you for all your hard work and for doing us such a huge favour. We managed to raise over £3,000 for the charity on the evening which is incredible. Wish you all the best with your future performances, hopefully will be able to see you again some time!
James & Laura
I just really wanted to say a huge thank you for your tremendous performance. You and the rest of the guys were just fantastic and everybody had a brilliant time boogieing the night away. Spot on mix of music, and you managed to keep everybody up on the dance floor. You guys really made the night. Thank you all again.
Rick & Frances
Many thanks for performing at our wedding. You did a fantastic job in keeping the dance floor full all evening with some great songs and we all had a blast! We just wish we could do it all over again! Thank you so much for a great evening. Everyone had a great time and we would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the guys.
Just back from honeymoon and wanted to thank you so much for playing our wedding. You kept everyone on the dance floor which was great and everyone had a great time.
I just wanted to thank you and the band for the amazing performance at my wedding! You were all brilliant and had everyone dancing all night! We have had many compliments about the band since the wedding you will be chuffed to know! So thanks very much!
Thanks very much for the great night you and your band provided on Natasha and Aaron’s wedding. Everyone has raved about the band and how you got and kept everyone dancing a great night enjoyed by all. Thanks again and pass on my appreciation to all involved.
Clare & Peter
We just wanted to email to say a massive thanks for doing such a super job on the 21st of July for us. You helped to make our wedding a tremendous night for all our guests and I have heard nothing but praise for your performance. Thank you very much! We hope we will maybe be entertained by you guys again in the not so distant future.
Lyndsey & Craig
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to you and the rest of the band for a fantastic night last night. Everyone has been commenting on how fantastic you guys were. Thanks for making the end of our day so brilliant!
Lynsey & Gary
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did playing at our wedding. Everyone had a wonderful time, there were lots of sore heads and feet the next day!! You did such an amazing job of our first dance. I thought no one could play Yellow better than Coldplay but you did such an amazing job and definitely didn’t disappoint. I would highly recommend you guys to anyone. Can’t wait to hear you guys again! I’m sure we will!
Amazing amazing amazing! I’m still talking about you guys today four years on from one of the most amazing days of my life. Thank you for being a part of the Barrowman wedding and making it a day to remember x
Just want to say I’ve seen you at 3 separate events now and you’ve been fantastic at each one- thoroughly enjoyed each night – great lead vocals and you are a really tight band so it’s a pleasure to listen to you.
Graham & Holly
The Limit played at our wedding on Saturday 10th September and were really fantastic! The dance floor was never empty, they had something for everyone and they were very accommodating of some impromptu performances from a pipe band and a young drummer who joined the band for a song! Thanks for a great night!
The band not only covers the evening’s entertainment, but within the group are musicians who can provide music from the moment you arrive to the very last dance. Depending on what you choose from the options below we will give you a quote to cover a whole package, meaning you only have one stop for all your music on the day.
Option 1 – The Digital Pianist. Paul will play for your entrance, any hymns, walking back up the aisle and music before and after.
Option 2 – Piano Keyboard & Vocals. Paul and John can perform for you during your ceremony with music to suit (this is more appropriate for a humanist or civil service)
Option 3 – Trumpet Voluntary. Paul is a professional trumpet player so if you wanted something different for your entrance then he could make that a special moment for you – especially effective in a church setting.
While the guests are mingling and the bride and groom have their photos taken, why not have cocktail lounge music for your guests to enjoy? John (our vocalist) and Paul (our piano keyboard player) can serenade your guests with classics, standards and ballads from through the decades. With everything from Sinatra to John Legend, Marc Cohn to Nat King Cole they can provide a great musical backdrop to the afternoon.
Alongside the band we can also offer a disco for you if you fancy partying into the wee small hours. The band can be booked for a four hour slot with a break – which we provide music for – but if you wished the evening to go on further John can continue the night for you with a selection of party songs for the hardy party animals amongst you. If you send through a list of around a dozen of your favourite songs, we can mix them in through the evening for you.
The Limit are a 5-piece band with over a decade of experience as a function band and a range of instruments & vocals to provide the perfect mix for your event.
John – Lead Vocals, Fiddle & Caller
JD has been playing & singing in function bands since he was 13, including 20 years with Referendum. Having played in most venues across the North-East, he has the experience to make your event go with a swing.
Dave – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Dave has played in various local bands over the years. He currently makes his living as a full-time musician, combining his duties in the band with teaching guitar in villages throughout Aberdeenshire.
Paul – Keys, Brass & Backing Vocals
Paul studied trumpet & piano at The Royal Academy of Music in London and has played throughout Europe in his varied musical exploits. He dabbles in music & video production as well as web design & a bit of composing. He is a freelance musician who also performs with show bands, orchestras & choirs.
Steve – Bass Guitar
Steve has been playing the bass for more than 25 years, and in various bands throughout that time. During the week he can be found working at McCalls Highlandwear, so be sure and say hello if you are in hiring a kilt for your special day!
Duncan – Drums & Percussion
Duncan started playing drums at the age of 5, after his parents bought him his first drum kit for Christmas. He’s been playing in a number of bands around the North-East since moving to Aberdeen in 2006. His favourite music includes 60s rock bands and Motown and his favourite drummer is John Bonham.
Below is a selection of music & video clips and photos from past events.
The Limit play a selection of Ceilidh dances with a caller to help out your guests if they need it.
We also cover all genres of music, including Rock ‘n’ Roll hits from the 1950s right through to the chart hits from this decade.
We are constantly updating the set to make it the best that it can be – take a look for yourself.
The mix on the night is entirely up to your crowd – we play to what fills the dance floor.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC
How long do you play for?
We typically play 2 sets with a half hour break between, totalling 4 hours (including the break).
Do you include ceilidh?
We usually intersperse a few ceilidh dances in the set and of course it includes dance calling if required. We can include a Grand March if you require it, but equally if you do not want any ceilidh that’s fine too.
What music do you play and can you do special requests?
We play a wide range of songs and dances – popular songs range from 1950s to present day. We don’t prepare a fixed set list as we continually refresh our extensive repertoire, but the music we play on your night will be largely determined by audience reactions. If a particular style is going down well we cater to that accordingly. Unfortunately it would be impractical for us to offer to play anything you’d like, but we’d be happy to include your favourite track(s) on the interval playlist which is on the p.a. during the buffet break – just let us know in advance.
Can you play our 1st dance for us?
If your favourite special song is in our repertoire we’d be more than happy to play it live for you. It would be impossible for us to take individual requests for every wedding, but we’d be happy to play your favourite version of any song over the p.a. for you before launching into the evening’s festivities.
Are you playing anywhere soon that we could come and hear you play?
We are a busy function band so will be playing most weekends. When you enquire about booking us we’ll send you a list of upcoming dates and venues so you can pop along if you wish. The vast majority of these will be other weddings, but it’s a kind of unwritten rule that you can usually just sneak in discreetly at the back once festivities are under way – after all, every couple has been through the organization process and the formal parts of the day will now be well and truly over. We usually recommend around 9pm as a good time to come along, as things will be in full swing by then and you can always catch us at the break if you have any questions (we’ll usually be found lurking around somewhere outside…).
What deposit do you take when booking?
We don’t require a deposit to secure your booking. Once we’ve received your enquiry, if we’re available for your event we’ll send you a link to our booking form, which includes our terms and conditions and serves as your contract. As soon as we receive that back from you the booking is confirmed.
How and when do we pay you?
We accept cash on the day or a bank transfer any time up to a week before your wedding if you prefer not to carry that amount of cash on the day itself. We can also accept a cheque up to a week before if necessary – please let us know if you wish to pay by bank transfer/cheque and we’ll send you the necessary payee details.
What times do you play?
This can vary from wedding to wedding, but we are usually booked from 8pm-12midnight, 8.30pm-12.30am or 9pm-1am. Please bear in mind that if we are booked to play from 8-12 but are unable to start at 8pm due to the room still being in use for your meal we would still aim for a 12 o’clock finish. We always arrive around an hour before the time we are booked to allow for setting up which can take 30-45 minutes depending on the venue.
Do you have any electrical/equipment requirements?
We bring our own professional p.a. sound and lighting sufficient for most venues (if you plan on booking the AECC you will need to hire additional personnel and equipment!). Ideally we need access to 4 or more electrical sockets to power the band equipment. In difficult circumstances we can manage with less, but an absolute minimum of 2 wall sockets are essential to avoid overloading of electrical circuits.
What time do you take your break and for how long?
This varies depending on what time your buffet/tea/coffee etc is served, and is guided by the venue and/or caterers prior to the start of the 1st set. It’s usually very roughly half way through but we will adjust the set to fit accordingly. Our favourites are stovies, bacon rolls, pies, sausage rolls etc. etc…
What if we need to cancel?
We understand that under some circumstances it may be necessary to cancel your booking. However, once a booking has been secured we will be turning away other couples for that date, so we would unfortunately need to ask for a payment to compensate for lost bookings which may happen as a result. The amount required would vary depending on how far in advance your cancellation occurs. These are the amounts we would need to ask for:
(a) notice of four weeks or less – 100% of the Fee
(b) notice of more than four weeks but not more than 8 weeks – 75% of the Fee
(c) notice of more than 8 weeks but not more than 12 weeks – 50% of the Fee
(d) notice of more than 12 weeks – 25% of the Fee