Fiddlers Green - Irish Ceilidh Band
This band have established a well deserved reputation bringing fun and energy to a wide range of parties and occasions. They entertained Mick Jagger at a private party and regularly appeared at H M Treasury and the Southbank Centre.
The band members are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements, and go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. All bands are punctual, smart and sober, but still good fun!
An example of a duo would be on guitar/vocals together with our banjo player. Their accordion player can be brought in to enlarge the band. Other instruments such as fiddle, flute, tin-whistle, double bass or snare drum may also be added. Speciality instruments such as Scottish or Irish bagpipes, bodhran (Irish drum) or traditional dancers are also available by arrangement (subject to availability & musical considerations).
Their most common format for a ceilidh consists of four musicians plus a caller who will teach the dances from scratch - no experience needed! A ceilidh is something really different and ideal for a successful party, as it is a fun way to get families, friends and colleagues to mix and meet and because all age groups become involved. The faster dances are an energetic work out, and they also play in a more relaxed romantic mood.
They play traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and tunes with innovation, flair and vitality. Musical influences include; The Chieftains; Planxty; The Bothy Band; Altan; Ally Bain; Boys of the Lough; Jimmy Shand; The Pogues; Van Morrison; The Dubliners and Christy Moore and the many talented friends they have met over the years in the vibrant traditional music scene. They are both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. If you wish they can concentrate on one particular style e.g. Scottish or Irish throughout the performance.
They bring an iPod to provide similar background music in the breaks. They have a wide selection of tracks available. Themselves normally set up half an hour before the performance and pack down as soon as they finished. They can play iPod from a few minutes after their arrival and while they set up as well as during our breaks. Their equipment can also be made available to play iPod before or after the performance for additional fees.
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Fiddlers Green - Irish Ceilidh Band Feedback
“Many thanks for Sunday and being so flexible. We all loved the band and apologies for such cramped conditions.
The Baroness McDonagh, The Provenance (October, 2013)
“The ceilidh was a great success the orchestra really enjoyed themselves! Please pass on my thanks to the band for all they did - they were marvellous. If our residency is back at Goldsmiths next year, we'd love to have them back, but I'm afraid we don't know what we're doing until the last minute. I'll certainly be back in touch if we need a band for our Spring/Summer residencies though! Thanks again.
Ben Salter, National Youth Orchestra, Goldsmith's College (January, 2014)
“We just wanted to say thank you so much for doing such an awesome job at out wedding. It was an amazing evening and so many people commented on how much they enjoyed the music and the dances. You have an excellent and very patient caller, and you are all incredibly talented musicians - we loved every minute. We will definitely be recommending you to anyone looking for a ceilidh band :-) Thanks again.
Vicky Cobley and Anna Lawton, Lismoyne Hotel (November, 2014)
“Mr Smith has asked me to pass on his thanks to you for making their evening to enjoyable. They had a great time. Many Thanks.
Louise Fisher, The Tour Company on behalf of Robert Smith of The Cure, Ghyll Manor Hotel (December, 2014)
“Now that we are back from honeymoon we just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the fantastic ceilidh you ran at our wedding and provide some feedback, should it be of use. Firstly, the ceilidh went down like a storm! Everyone we have spoken to since returning from honeymoon has mentioned the ceilidh and stated what tremendous fun it was. Prior to the wedding many of the English side of the family and foreign friends had expressed trepidation about dancing but your explanations and calling throughout the songs had everyone on their feet joining in. Prior to the wedding you got in touch with us asking for any requests and putting our minds at ease when we panicked that we hadn't sorted a 'first dance'. On the night you coached us through an easy waltz which went down reasonably well ... even if the Groom did almost slip over on my dress! We had a fantastic experience and great evening and would definitely recommend you to our friends and will re-book you if we organise another ceilidh in the area.
Lindsey & Douglas Hogg, Dodford Manor, Dodford, Northa (April, 2015)
“I didn't get to thank you in person last night at Heatherden Hall Pinewood, it was so hectic trying to get around to talk to guests. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your amazing performance, we are and were so grateful that you made a wonderful party an amazing party. We had so many compliments on how wonderful the band was and everyone had such an amazing fun evening. I apologise for the overrun and you having to wait around. I do hope all the drinks and food we ordered were ok and the ushers looked after you. You were truly amazing and made the party!!! THANK YOU.
Jane Jennet, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Roa (July, 2015)
“A huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for performing at the Celts Late on Friday. We really appreciate you contributing to this special event and you have been fantastic and efficient to work with. The band sounded great and it was lovely to see people enjoying themselves (I managed to pop down briefly!). I will also send on the photos of the event when they reach me too. Great to meet you briefly and thank you all again for performing. All the best.
Marisa Smith, Events Manager, British Museum, The British Museum (October, 2015)
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding at Magdalene College. Everyone really enjoyed the ceilidh and it was a terrific way to get everyone up and dancing. We had so many lovely comments from our guests on the music and dancing. Thank you for making it so fun and for making our day so special. Please do pass on our thanks to the other members of the band.
Fiona & Brian O'Donovan, Magdalene College (2nd July 20 (Aug, 2016)
“The Mayor, Cllr Tony Virgo wanted me to pass on his thanks for your performance at his Burns Supper. He said you were brilliant and the Scottish dancing was a great success! He's a very very happy Mayor, You may also like to know that we managed to raise over £2000 for Sebastian's Action Trust which is fantastic.
Emma Young, Mayor's Office, Bracknell Forest Council, The Stirrups Country House (February, 2017)
“I would just like to say how absolutely brilliant it all was on Saturday. You and your band were superb and Mary a fantastic caller. Everyone there, some having no idea of what a Ceilidh was, had a brilliant time. I would highly recommend you to anyone who is ever considering a party of this type.
Steph Bloor, Darwin Conference Suite, Unive (March, 2017)
“We just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the others for performing at out our wedding reception last Saturday we had such a good time. We have had so many people say what a great time they had dancing to the ceilidh music and you were everything and more in terms of what we wanted from our band. We wish you all the best.
Lyndsey & Ben Hallett, Elm Farm Country House, 55 Nor (April, 2017)
“Thank you all for your sessions Saturday evening . Although the wedding breakfast and speeches went on for rather longer than expected, once the guests moved into the marquee your caller got things going really well. Despite Angela being reluctant to do a first dance, nevertheless, she was enthusiastically dancing away with Gerard for a lot of the time & was obviously very happy. All the guests enjoyed themselves and thought your band was great! .
Terry Prichard, Dedham Vale Vineyard, Green La (May, 2017)
“On behalf of Board of Trustees, Director, staff and volunteers would like to give you a BIG THANK YOU for coming to our Community Event on Saturday June 17th. The performance was great and we had fantastic feedback from our students and audience. We enjoyed your music and professionalism. Thank you for being so understanding about the technical difficulties and the timing allocated for your performance.
Rossana Christianson, Administrator Community Focus, Friary House (June, 2017)
“This is a very belated thank you for playing at my party July 1st Brentham club my musician friends really appreciated your playing and everyone appreciated the choice of dances and calling. It was all pitched perfectly thanks you so much and I'm very sorry it took me so long to send this.
Jane Macleod, Brentham club, Meadvale Road, (September, 2017)
“Hi all, thanks to everyone who joined us and made this such a fun and successful night. Around 120 people, and £1000 profit towards the library. Many folk have asked to do it again some time, so when I've caught my breath...The icing on the cake, THE LIBRARY HIT THE CROWD FUNDING TARGET LATE SUNDAY EVENING, 24hrs EARLY! Whoop Whoop!.
Alec Gass, Friends of Cricklewood Library, Clayton Crown Hotel (September, 2017)
“I could have danced to this fabulous group of musicians all evening. They are such a talented group of music makers. I will definitely be booking them for a party of mine in the future. Thanks guys.
Tracy Watchorn, Moreteyne Manor , Woburn Road, (September, 2017)
“Hello all of the band who attended our wedding at Moreteyne Manor on 09/09/2017! What an absolutely fantastic interlude of music you gave us - we all absolutely loved it! I'm just so sorry I didn't get the chance to come and thank you personally on the day, it was a bit of a whirlwind - but I have the most beautifully vivid memories of dancing with my uncle in the lounge. Such wonderful musicians and you played a perfect array of songs for us all to enjoy. Paul heard the sea shanty and was very excited, especially when I told him that it was for him. We hope everything went ok for ye too and that you enjoyed the venue. We have had lots of people asking about you so we will be sure to pass on your name and website to them. Thanks for adding a wonderful dose of celtic magic to our special day. Lots of best wishes.
Karen and Paul Savage, Moreteyne Manor , Woburn Road, (September, 2017)
“Amazing!!! The band was superb. The songs were performed to the highest standard, and they were FUN. Our guests had an amazing time, and by the end, everyone was dancing. At one point, the band even called a miniature impromptu ceilidh dance: we don't know who initiated this, but it was a fantastic read of the crowd, who adored it. Again, we received so many compliments on the band. Thank you so much for playing our wedding last Saturday. You all were fantastic, and your music made the evening joyful and truly unforgettable. With gratitude.
Morgan & Scott Shepard, Granta, 14 Newnham Rd, Cambrid (September, 2017)
“I just wanted to say a huge Thank you again for a brilliant night on Saturday. It was a great success, you and your band and caller and helper were we're all fantastic. Everybody joined in and had a great time and we made a profit too. I hope that I can persuade the club to do it again next year, in which case I shall be in touch again.
Tracy Lilley, Twickenham Sea Cadets Hall, 'F (October, 2017)
“Many many thanks for your performance at out birthday bash. We all enjoyed your music of the night I think you hit the nail squarely on the head. Thank you.
Ken & Joan Roe, St Georges Hospital Social Clu (October, 2017)
“Guys we would like to say a massive thank you for traveling down to play at our mums funeral on Monday. Funerals are always a hard time but with you guys playing such beautiful music at the graveside and at the wake turned our day into a true celebration of her life. We feel so pleased with your performance. and how you learned that special song that you knew was so dear to us, especially for us, quite frankly blew my socks off. When it started to play you took me to a very special place, I cannot recommend you guys enough. There wasn’t a band we could have picked better and we look forward to having you perform for us at our wedding later next year. Thank you so much to a wonderful group of musicians/characters who made our day perfect. If there’s anything we can help with please give us a shout ...thanks again guys...Red is the rose thank you so much for learning that for us; pure magic.
Maria Stephenson & Darren Newman, The Royal, Dover (November, 2017)
“Hi .... Thanks for the your performance on Saturday night. The music, the calling, the dances. We all had a lovely time many thanks to you and your band.
Norman Blair, Globe House (23rd April, 2012)
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your services at our wedding at Little Silver Country Hotel. The music and calling was great, and we and our guests had a really fun time dancing! Keep up the good work!
Laura & Andrew Goodchild, (1st May, 2012)
“Hi ..., I just wanted to say thank you again, you were all absolutely fantastic on Friday and everyone really enjoyed your sets. Apologies for the slight power issues although I'm sure you've faced worse in the past. I will definitely recommend you to others so thanks again
Simon Caton, Avid, Pinewood Studios, (27th May, 2012)
“The band played at my birthday party. They were prompt and efficient upon arrival, my guests enjoyed their music immensely, and their caller guided us all through the dances with great skill. I would strongly recommend this band to anyone looking for a fun evening.
Mary Sherry, (2nd January, 2013)
“Thanks to you and your band for last Saturday evening. Alison had a fantastic time and the post party feedback from everyone who was there has been great - the music and format really got everyone talking and mixing Our boys loved the music and went to bed exhausted having done a couple of the dances! Many thanks - I hope that we see you perform again
James Finnis, (15th February, 2013)
“Thank you so very much for your band playing at my party last Saturday I had so many compliments about you all .. thank you so very much for helping make my party so successful
Jane Stock, (20th March, 2013)
“..thank you for last night. It was such a fun occasion and exactly what I hoped for and more. The band's contribution to this was huge. We all thought your caller was exceptional
Lesley Lawson, Headteacher Hartlip Primary Schoo, (28th March, 2013)