The Invercauld Scottish Dance Band

About the Band

Lilian Linden has played for Scottish Country Dance Classes for many years and has also been a pianist at the RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews for several years and played for many Day Schools. Over the last several years, she has also played and continues occasionally to play with some of the top Scottish Dance Bands in the South of England.

In October 1997, Lilian formed a Scottish dance band (now called the Invercauld Scottish Dance Band), which has played for Scottish Country Dances and Balls, New Year's Eve Dances, St Andrew's Nights, Burns' Nights, Weddings, Ceilidhs, Concerts, Charity Dances, and other fund-raising events, as well as Reeling Dances for Reelers, Parties and other functions with a Scottish flavour.

Lilian has enjoyed playing the piano since the age of two, and she particularly loves playing Scottish dance music. Her Scottish ancestors, the Farquharsons of Invercauld, have been traced back to the sixteenth century, to the start of the Farquharson Clan. When it came to choosing the band's name, the Invercauld Scottish Dance Band was an obvious choice for Lilian.

The Invercauld Scottish Dance Band aims to provide a dynamic, exciting and traditional sound, enjoyable for both dancers and listeners. The band normally consists of three, four or five musicians, usually including fiddle, accordion and piano, which can be augmented with a second fiddle and/or drums.

For ceilidhs and weddings, an excellent caller is available, so that everyone can join in the fun. Together, the lively music and calling make for a great evening, with a tremendous atmosphere.

In the summer of 2009, Lilian returned to live in Jersey in the Channel Islands, where she grew up and lived for many years, and continues to play both in Jersey and in the UK.