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Reel Time Events were delighted to have been involved in the grand opening of the redeveloped National Museum of Scotland.

Boghall & Bathgate Pipeband

 To start the day off, Reel Time Events arranged for the Boghall & Bathgate Pipe band to march down Chambers Street, which had been closed especially for the event.  After making their grand entrance, the band entertained the crowds, performing on the newly opened public piazza until the countdown began.  As the public gathered for their first glimpse of the new galleries, Forth 1 DJ Mark Martin started the countdown.  As the doors opened, 21CC treated the gathered crowds to an amazing pyrotechnic performance, with short range fireworks as well as glitter and confetti canons.

Pipeband and Fireworks

The pipe band continued to entertain for the rest of the morning, ensuring that all visitors got the same fantastic start to their new museum experience.  Whilst Reel Time provided the entertainment outside the museum, visitors explored the 10 new galleries showcasing some of the best of art, design, fashion, science & technology.

Shortly after midday the pipe band stood down to make way for the Beltane Fire Society Drummers & the samba band Amino who continued the live music and entertainment and celebration on into the afternoon.

We are now looking forward to seeing what the final stage of the museum masterplan will bring when it opens in 2018!

All Photos © Ruth Armstrong Photography

Reel Time Events are pleased to announce the new Roddy the Piper website is now live!

 

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The Reel Time Family of websites is currently undergoing a much needed refresh, the first of which to get a new look was Reel Time Bars which has been live since the start of the year.

Now the RoddythePiper website has had its much needed update, with a clean and simple design that is easy to navigate.  The new site has updated images and media including video and audio samples so you can see Roddy in action.

If you would like to discuss your event and hire Roddy to help make it an event to remember then please contact us

 

Reel Time Events has been involved in welcoming a group of senior event professionals to Scotland as part of the ISES Global Events Summit, a partnership between the International Special Events Society, VisitScotland Business Events and the IMEX Group.  The invited guests from across North America were treated to 3 nights of some of Scotland’s finest venues and locations with Roddy developing an Scottish rapport with the guests.  Roddy was waiting at Edinburgh Airport to welcome the group after their visit to IMEX Frankfurt and escort them to their bus by bagpipes, introducing them to the sound of the pipes first hand before the group travelled to Gleneagles for the afternoon. Roddy also met the group for their tour of Edinburgh Castle, giving the guests a chance of a photo opportunity in one of Edinburghs iconic venues.

For the guests’ gala dinner, held on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Reel Time Events organised kilt outfits for the gentlemen and tartan sashes for the ladies.  Particularly for the gentlemen it was a chance to immerse themselves in Scottish culture and experience the liberation and freedom that comes from wearing a kilt, feeling the breeze between the knees!  With an instructional demo from Roddy and a helping hand during the drinks reception held at the Sheraton Hotel, all of the guests made their way to the Royal Yacht proudly wearing their tartan for the final evening of their adventure.

All photographs courtesy of Simon Williams

It was a pleasure to meet all of the guests invited to our fair nation by VisitScotland, hopefully we will have the opportunity to entertain them and their guests in the future.   If you are planning a conference and would like your delegates to experience a true taste of Scotland then please contact us for a tailor-made experience for your group.

Reel Time Events had the pleasure of entertaining over 700 delegates as part of VisitScotland’s Expo 2016.  Held at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange for international buyers from the leisure industry, the event was a great success, with guests tasting some of Scotlands finest produce and being entertained by Roddy and the Reel Time Ceilidh Band for the evening.

Guests were welcomed at the venue by Roddy, playing some rousing tunes on the bagpipes as they all made their way into the venue for the awards ceremony, hosted by Des Clarke, and gala dinner.

After some fantastic food by Prestige and the VisitScotland Expo Stand Awards were announced and it was time to ceilidh!  The attendees were treated to a display performance by The Reel Time Band playing their upbeat and funky take on ceilidh music, accompanied by the stunning Reel Time Dancers.

Once the dance performance was complete it was time for the guests to get involved.  With the help of Roddy calling the dances and the dancers on the floor to lead the way, everyone had the opportunity to let their hair down and get involved with the ceilidh.

The evening was a great success, leaving the guests with a Scottish evening to remember.

Photographs courtesy of Chris Watt Photography – the best dressed man in the room.

Thanks to Paul Dent, the sound engineer on the night, for helping us create such an amazing evening.

Burns Night is always one of the busiest periods of the year for Reel Time Events, and 2016 was no different.  Here is a quick roundup of this year’s events and what we have been doing to help celebrate our great Bard’s birthday

Roddy and the Scraggly Cats had the pleasure of entertaining the Builders Merchants Federation at Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club.  Roddy was on hand to address the haggis and then join the Scraggly Cats for their funky and up beat fusion of ceilidh and pop, giving all of the guests a fantastic party for the evening.


At Aberdeen’s AECC Roddy and the team were entertaining not one but two Burns Night events.  The first was a Burns supper for a corporate client, who were entertained by Roddy and the Reel Time Band and provided a bangingburnsnight for all the guests.

The second event at the AECC also included Highland Games Activities and a whisky tasting, giving guests a taste of all things Scottish, before being entertained by the Reel Time Band in the evening.


 

Back in Edinburgh Roddy was busy at various venues across the city.  Mansfield Traquair’s Burn’s night celebration was an intimate party in a grand venue, with Heritage Portfolio key staff, board of directors and invited guests from their parent company entertained by Roddy and the Scraggly Cats, and treated to one of Roddy’s characterful and animated Haggis Addresses.

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At the EICC the Reel Time Ceilidh Band accompanied by our talented Highland Dancers entertained a group of hosted DMCs, to give them a taste of a Reel Time Burns night celebration and a night to remember.


Roddy offered up a contemporary performance at the National Museum of Scotland for the Burns Unbound event, playing a contemporary bagpipe set with a dance backing track and accompanied by the fabulous Tartanium dancers.  We were lucky enough to be given a video of the event by one of the guests, Mr K Bryce Morrison, which you can see here


And just when you though it was a hard life for a piper over Burns season, Roddy’s last job was to jet to Madrid for one final Burns night, playing at the Ambassadors residence for a secret client, where he treated guests to a rousing haggis address, and playing his pipes and encouraging some ceilidh dancing in the warmer climbs of a Madrid evening.

One of our great loves at Reel Time Events is promoting Scottish culture, produce and music with passion and enthusiasm.  Much of this is done here in Scotland, showcasing our great nation to visitors from far flung lands, but occasionally we are lucky enough to get the opportunity to promote Scotland on the International stage.

Last month Roddy was lucky enough to be invited by Visit Scotland, along with his colleague Will Marshall, to a week long tour of India where they helped promote Scotland as a destination to the Indian leisure industry.

Visiting Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi, it was a whirlwind of a week, with Roddy and Will providing an interactive bagpipe playing and ceilidh dance experience for all of the leisure buyers (DMCs, travel agents and tour companies) in attendance in each city. Along with the musical entertainment guests were also treated to a Reel Time whisky tasting experience, giving them a sample of Scotlands favourite tipple and aiding with the lubrication for ceilidh dancing.

From arriving in Mumbai  and a hair-raising taxi ride at 2am to the hotel, to an interactive whisky tasting with no whisky in Chandigarh and a very in-depth conversation comparing tea tasting to whisky tasting in Delhi, it was an exciting and interesting trip.  Roddy and Will were lucky enough to meet and work with some amazing people, Visit Scotland Staff and all the staff at the venues across India, along with all of the buyers that attended the 3 events.

Such an incredible trip was full of highlights – An evening at the Delhi High Comission,  avoiding the infamous “Delhi-Belly” or being involved in such an amazing and incredibly well-planned and executed adventure, helping promote Scotland on the international stage.  #Scotspirit

Reel Time Events were happy to welcome Rackspace to Edinburgh for their incentive trip with a selection of experiences to fully immerse the group in Scottish culture.

To start their Scottish adventure guests were welcomed to the amazing location of Dundas Castle by a Reel Time piper.  Guests then had the chance to give the bagpipes a try themselves in our bagpipe masterclass, with our piper giving some expert advice and tuition, and also to test their dancing skills in our ceilidh masterclass.  With our professional dancers to lead the way as the accordion supplied the music, guests rocked and reeled with a real party atmosphere, before the evenings entertainment.

The piper then piped guests out to the fireworks in the grounds of the castle and then to dinner in the castle itself.

To conclude their trip, guests were treated to an afternoon of Scottish cuisine and culture.  As the group made their way from the hotel to Cabaret Voltaire they were met by Roddy the piper who let them up the bridges and to lunch accompanied by the rousing sound of the pipes.  On arrival at the venue guests were treated to a freshly prepared lunch supplied by local cafe August 21.  A selection of fresh produce including Scottish smoked salmon, Scottish venison, and a selection of salads and platters made from locally sourced and seasonal produce. A selection of drinks were available from Reel Time Bars, including locally produced wines, before the artisan tastings commenced.

Guests sampled a selection of Scottish produce from different providers, and led through the best way to taste and appreciate them by the expert tasters.  With a chance to sample a selection of 4 different Scottish cheeses, 4 varieties of Scottish Gin, a selection of chocolate made in Edinburgh and a selection of the finest malt whisky, guests had an opportunity to taste the best of what Scotland has to offer.  In this, the Year of Food and Drink it was especially pleasing to be able to introduce everyone to some of the best produce from around the country.

Once everyone was full to the brim with food and drink they were then wowed by our very own Chris Findlay performing the traditional “sword dance” and then it was the guests turn to get involved.  With Roddy on the pipes there was a farewell Virginia Reel for everyone to work off some calories for lunch and end the afternoon on a high.

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If you are bringing an incentive group to Scotland and would like to see how Reel Time Events can make it memorable and give your guests a real taste of Scotland click here to contact us, or call us to dicuss your requirements.

 

 

 

 

Reel Time Events, working with Thundermark, welcomed the Momentum group to the Edinburgh leg of their incentive trip.

Travelling from South Africa for their incentive trip Momentum were treated to a truly Scottish experience by Reel Time Events for the Edinburgh part of their journey.  With great collaboration between Reel Time Events and Thundermark in the run-up to the event, guests were treated to the best entertainment possible for their visit to Edinburgh.  To get both groups in the mood for the evenings entertainment they were fitted into kilt outfits for the gentlemen and sashes for the ladies – in all 80 kilt outfits and 70 sashes were successfully fitted across 2 venues over 6 hours, while the Reel Time team also offered some local knowledge and tourist info for how to spend the day, before the evening kicked off in Reel Time Style.

With entertainment at 2 different venues for the 2 groups it was a busy night for the Reel Time Team.  The first groups gala dinner and entertainment was held at the stunning Hopetoun House, where they were greeted by a welcome piper on arrival.  During the drinks reception there was a spectacular surprise Beat the Retreat, to give the guests a real rousing taste of Scotland before sitting down to dinner.  No Scottish gala dinner is really complete without a haggis course and whisky, and this was no exception, with Roddy addressing the haggis for the guests and William Wallace talking to them about the whiskies on offer.  After dinner to really get the pulses racing it was over to the Scraggly Cats, with their rocking ceilidh sound.  Accompanied by highland dancers opening the show with contemporary dance display, guests were treated to a mixture of funky ceilidh and pop from the band, through to conclude the evening on a high.

The second group were treated to their gala dinner and entertainment at the spectacular Ghillie Dhu, where they were treated to a truly exciting evening of entertainment.  With a magician performing street style, close up illusions and slight of hand over the drinks reception, guests were then wowed by Tartaniums high-impact, high-energy performance after dinner.  Blending bagpipes with electric guitar, keys and drums their exciting and innovative take on traditional Scottish ceilidh music created a real excitement with the guests.   Accompanied by their troupe of mini-kilted dancers performing their choreographed contemporary highland dance routine, everyone was treated to an exciting and contemporary twist on  traditional Scottish Ceilidh.

The following day both groups took the opportunity to head south for Scotland vs South Africa in the rugby World Cup, the result going the way of the visitors and adding to their great memories of their trip.

If you would like to discuss your incentive trip to Scotland and see how Reel Time Events can provide an exciting and memorable experience for your staff please contact us.

Reel Time Events had the pleasure of entertaining the senior management team at the BGL group for their Gala dinner at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.

8/9th Oct 2015: BGL Conference in EdinburghHeld in the stunning venue of the National Museum in Edinburgh BGL’s senior management were treated to a Scottish show with a contemporary twist from Reel Time Events, where delegates were truly immersed in Scottish culture for the evening.


Reel Time provided the ladies with tartan sashes to compliment the gentlemen in their kilt outfits to get everyone dressed for an evening of Scottish entertainment.  Delegates were welcomed in true Scottish style by a bagpiper as the arrived at the event.  Once inside there was a host of entertainment for everyone to enjoy.  Edinburghs Got Soul Choir wowed from the first level balcony with their powerful, passionate and professional performance to the party below with their rousing and high energy harmonies.

8/9th Oct 2015: BGL Conference in Edinburgh

Then it was the Reel Time Bands turn to entertain with their own unique and rocking twist on a ceilidh.  Accompanied by both traditional and contemporary dancers the 7-piece ensemble, complete with singer, rocked the crowd with a Reel Time twist.

To close the night guests were treated to a spectacular “beat the retreat” by Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe band, marching through the museum.  An amazing finale to a very exciting and eventful evening.

For a sneek peek video of the event, and what goes on in the museum after hours click here.

If you would like a bespoke quote for your Scottish evening, tailored to you exact requirements contact us to discuss your requirements

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At the cutting edge of the Scottish events and entertainment scene, Reel Time Events provides contemporary and innovative Scottish events and memorable entertainment.  The office team comprises 6 of the finest entertainers in their fields.  The team is young and vibrant, helping to bring some fresh and exciting entertainment solutions for events.


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Roddy DeansCompany Director, haggis stabber and bagpipe master.

Roddy has been entertaining audiences in Scotland and across the world for over 20 years.  Whether with the Reel Time Band, as a lone piper or compering an event, with Roddy on the job you are guaranteed a memorable Scottish experience.


Claire Weir

Claire WeirWedding Coordinator, seamstress and gift bag stuffer.

Claire is our resident wedding coordinator, who will make sure that your wedding  goes to plan and is a fantastic experience for you and your guests.  With years of experience Claire works closely with all of our wedding couples to deliver the perfect day for everyone. Claires passion and enthusiasm for wedding planning is limitless, so much so she still has enough energy to produce our beautiful luxury giftbags, and as the only lady in the office keep all the boys in line.


David Fletcher

David FletcherConference Coordinator and fine whisky nose.

Dave is our conference planner and resident whisky expert.  Having worked as event planner at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, his knowledge and passion for whisky is incredible.  Along with planning and coordinating our conferences he often heads out to educate the masses on whisky tastings with his big fine nose.


 Chris Findlay

Chris Findlay – Corporate event planner and highland dancer.

Chris is our corporate events planner and dancer extraordinaire.  With his 15 years of dancing experience working with Roddy we thought its about time he took it easy so we have given him a desk job!  He knows what makes the difference between a good performance and a truly memorable one, and is a great man to have planning and coordinating your event.  We do roll him out for the occasional dancing job too, just so he doesn’t get too comfy behind his desk.


 Mooj

Mooj – Kilt fitter and highland games heavy.

Mooj is our resident kilt expert and has several years of experience working within the kilt hire industry.  He is most likely to be found demonstrating to the uninitiated how to correctly wear a kilt, and convincing them how liberating a breeze between the knees really is!   His orange sporran (don’t ask!)  is often spotted on highland games events and artisan workshops, injecting some extra Scottish fun to proceedings.


Mark Gilligan – The Beardy Barman.

Mark is the man for all things alcoholic – as part of our team he is the one who looks after the bar and protects the whisky from Dave! An incredibly talented barman and cocktail maker he can create anything from classic cocktails to bespoke creations for your event, and he can even teach you the skills you need to create your own through his amazing masterclasses.


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Everyone in Reel Time Events would like to say a big thank you to David Ho Photography for coming to the office and taking these great photos.  His relaxed and easy going style instantly put everyone at ease and got fantastic shots of the team together and individually.  Roddy and David have known each other for 15 years and been at several of the same weddings together, with David documenting many couples big day.  Now David is moving into a new area and taking fantastic images perfect for professional and social media profiles.  Check out a selection of his images here.