What does a typical Irish band consist of?

What kind of music do they play?

How much does it cost?

Can your bands play traditional Irish music and songs AND disco type songs and rock music, Oasis, U2, etc?

I may also need Irish dancers and or an Irish disco, can you arrange it all for me?

How long does an Irish band play for?

What does a typical Irish ceili band consist of?

Which areas does your agency cover and do your acts travel?

Do bands supply their own PA system?

Can I go and hear them perform before I book them?

Do your acts play their instruments live or do they use backing tracks?

My party is a happy event so I don’t want a lot of sad and dreary songs played, nor too many traditional jigs and reels, can you make sure they keep it lively and happy?

Do the acts play requested songs on the night?

Can I choose the selection of songs played on the night?

I will have lots of non Irish guests at my party so I don’t want to offend anyone with any Rebel songs, can you make sure this isn’t an issue?

Do you take bookings at short notice?

I run an Irish venue abroad can you supply me with an Irish act?

How do the musicians dress when performing?

How is my booking confirmed and paid for?

How do I make a booking enquiry?

Do you charge me an extra fee for arranging the booking?

Where can I find your terms and conditions?



What does a typical Irish band consist of?

A band will typically consist of a guitar-vocalist along with a fiddler, banjo player, accordionist, uileann piper/tin whistle player, or similar instrument associated with Irish music.

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What kind of music do they play?

Usually a versatile selection of Irish songs of all genres. That will often include many of the all time Irish favourites such as 'The Fields of Athenry, 'Whisky in the jar','Leaving of Liverpool', 'Dirty old Town', 'Galway Girl', 'Irish Rover', 'Wagon Wheel', etc. Many acts include covers by Irish musical icons such as The Dubliners, Christy Moore, Pogues and Wolfe Tones. Most of our acts can also perform a selection of country and contemporary numbers.

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How much does it cost?

Typical fees can be found here.

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Can your bands play traditional Irish music and songs AND disco type songs and rock music, Oasis, U2, etc?

Some of our bands have a wider selection of pop and contemporary covers than others. If that's your preference, get in touch and we'll be happy to make some suggestions on which of our bands might match your needs.

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I may also need Irish dancers and or an Irish disco, can you arrange it all for me?

Absolutely. We can coordinate the event for you and take the hassle out of it all by arranging everything. We can also provide a PA for hire at the function if required.

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How long does an Irish band play for?

A standard booking is for 2 hours including one fifteen minute break. This can be longer depending on the needs of the booker for an additional cost. On St Patrick's day and New years eve it's usually for 3 x 45 minute sets during a 3 hour period.

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What does a typical Irish ceili band consist of?

A ceili band is mainly for events that feature Irish traditional music for dancing to the 'Siege of Ennis', 'The Walls of Limerick' and similar. It's also a good idea to have a 'caller' at a ceili and we can organise that for you too. We'll discuss that with you when you make your enquiry and assist you in finding a band to match your needs.

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Which areas does your agency cover and do your acts travel?

We cover anywhere and everywhere. We have acts based in various parts of the country and have sent acts to venues in both the UK and abroad. We work on the principle of 'distance is no object'.

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Do bands supply their own PA system?

Yes. All acts are self contained and provide all of their own equipment. In some cases where a venue already has an in house sound system, they will use this provided it's all arranged and agreed beforehand. In some bookings the musicians perform acoustically without any PA. This is typical with Irish traditional 'Sessions'. We also provide pa hire where required.

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Can I go and hear them perform before I book them?

If it's possible we'll arrange that for you, but it depends on how far ahead the date of your function is. If it's very soon then probably not. The simplest and quickest way to hear some of our acts is via their samplers.

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Do your acts play their instruments live or do they use backing tracks?

Because Irish music is essentially an acoustically based, the use of 'Karaoke' type backing tracks is rare. With pop orientated Irish bands for some functions such as weddings, they are sometimes used (but only sparingly) to augment the act, rather than substitute real live music.

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My party is a happy event so I don’t want a lot of sad and dreary songs played, nor too many traditional jigs and reels, can you make sure they keep it lively and happy?

Yes, of course. Although many popular and classic Irish songs are sad and slow, they need to be played sparingly along with all the lively songs for parties such as 'Whisky in the Jar', 'The Irish Rover', 'Galway Girl', etc. Traditional music is also something that works better with a crowd when played sparingly. Our acts are all used to playing to a crowd and are aware of this issue, therefore arrange their sets accordingly.

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Do the acts play requested songs on the night?

You can find most of our acts song-lists on our their respective samplers page. If it's essential that a specific song is played on the night, it's best to let us know at the time of booking and we'll organise (where possible) for the act to perform it for you.

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Can I choose the selection of songs played on the night?

Yes, it’s a good idea and normal procedure for the act to consult the booker on an appropriate playlist for the night. Your choice would need to be based on the acts song-list. They will sometimes learn a specific song or two for the event if requested in plenty of time beforehand.

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I will have lots of non Irish guests at my party so I don’t want to offend anyone with any rebel songs, can you make sure this isn’t an issue?

As a matter of course, rebel songs are not played at any functions or gigs by our acts, unless the booker has specifically asked for them, so rest assured that won’t be a problem!

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Do you take bookings at short notice?

Yes, we can often arrange to get an act for you within 24 hours of a booking or even on the same day! We do of course prefer more notice but if you have an urgent enquiry call us right away on 020 8111 1916.

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I run an Irish venue abroad can you supply me with an Irish act?

We can supply Irish performers to travel anywhere, including cruises, provided the terms and conditions are suitable. The most feasible set up is where an Irish music bar can provide accommodation and an in house PA system with a realistic fee.

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How do the musicians dress when performing?

It depends on the event. Smart dress or casual is the norm. If it's a 'dressy' occasion, let us know at the time of booking and we'll ask the act will dress appropriately.

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How is my booking confirmed and paid for?

Full details on the booking and payment process can be found here.

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How do I make a booking enquiry?

Just call us on 020 8111 1916, complete our enquiry form or callback form. Either way we promise to respond to your enquiry very promptly!

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Do you charge me an extra fee for arranging the booking?

No. In the vast majority of cases our commission is included within the bands fee.

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Where can I find your terms and conditions?

Just follow this link!

All of our bands are fully self contained with their own pa system, transport, public liability insurance, pat tested equipment AND a professional attitude!

What about vat?

Vat does not apply in the vast majority of cases. This is because very few acts are over the vat threshold that incurs vat liability. In the very rare case that this does not apply, we will tell you at the time of booking.

  • Your quoted fee will be inclusive of any additional travel costs incurred by the act, where applicable.
  • The agency fee is also included in the quoted total.
  • There are NO hidden extras, add ons, or surprises!

Are the bands insured?

Conditional to any act working via our agency is that they have full public liablilty insurance. A copy of an acts PLI certificate is available to bookers upon request via PDF. All acts are also obliged to have their equipment PAT tested and certified.

For our clients peace of mind, all bookings are subject to written contract. The full details of your booking, playing times, the fee and any specific requirements will be included. Our terms and conditions can be found here.


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