Ian Muir

Ian Muir Scottish Dance Band

Ian started his professional playing career aged 14 at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr and since then, as well as his busy schedule in the UK, has travelled throughout Europe, United States and the Middle East.

He formed his own Scottish Dance Band in 1984 and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Scotland.


Band members:

  • Ian Muir: Accordion
  • Neil MacMillan: Keyboard
  • Simone Welsh: Fiddle
  • Gordon Simpson: Fiddle
  • Susan Gordon: Fiddle
  • Derek Hamilton: Drums
  • Scott Gordon: Drums
  • Iain Adamson: Drums


Ian has played with his band on various cruise liners for Scottish Country and Ceilidh dancing.


Organisation Ship Year
P & O Canberra Year  1995 -1998
Cunard QE2 2002 – 2004
Cunard QM2 2007
Royal  Carribean  Enchantment of the Seas      2000
My Travel  Thomson  Spirit     2002


Playing abroad for Country/Ceilidh Dancing

Every year takes the band to a different location for the annual Scottish Country Dancing trip.  With 160+ country dancers eager to swap the good old British weather for sunnier climes, desperate to get their dancing pumps on to dance the night away. Cyprus, Portugal, Majorca, Lanzarote, Malta to mention only a few of the locations visited by this group.


Ian’s television credits include Scottish Televisions Thingummyjig, Shindig and Grampian’s Welcome to the Ceilidh and more recently Northern Nights.

The Band have also broadcast for GMTV’s Hogmany show for several years. These have been live performances filmed at the Rowardennan Hotel and Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Stage work

Ian has appeared in several Summer Seasons, spring shows and even a couple of Panto’s at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, a few years ago he took a step into musical theatre where he played the part of “Le’ Accordeoniste” in PIAF.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Ian is also “Senior Accordion Tutor” at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.  He teaches privately from home too and has taught a few Junior and Senior Scottish Champions.  This is an achievement that Ian is very proud of.