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The Craic Shots

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The Craic Shots

4 Piece Band: Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Squeezebox, Whistles, Violin, Percussion.
Introducing you to real Irish Ceilidh; guaranteed to get your feet stomping! This high energy 4-piece band features an array of traditional instruments from the fiddle, whistles and the Irish Bodhran! Complete with outstanding musicianship, warm wit and Irish charm, The Craic Shots Band have entertained crowds across the UK!
Ready to transform your event into an authentic Irish Ceilidh, The Band are fronted by Belfast singer-songwriter Padraig whose wealth of experience and professionalism ensures your entertainment is in good hands.
Delivering a genuine Irish feel at every event, the band will wow your crowd with sounds of the fiddle, Irish Bodhran, squeezebox, whistles and more! The show lasts around 2 hours with a break and Irish background before we go on and during the break. Dances are fairly simple with the emphasis being on getting people together for a fun night. We normally do around 4 dances per show, though we can do more or less depending on client needs.
Based in Cardiff/Oxford but travels UK wide
A lively group of musicians including a Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominee. They play Irish singalong standards. You can dance the night away to the ceilidh calling dance tunes such as the Seige of Ennis, the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow.
In September 2017 The Craic Shots were booked for actor Jake Wood's party where guests included a host of Eastender's actors and VIP's from the world of TV and sport.

Act Information


Guitar/Vocals, Whistles/Accordion/Melodion, Violin, Percussion.

Extra Line-up(s)

The band play background Irish music before sets and during breaks. This helps to set the ambience.

Also included

Bose L1 PA system with bass bin,Allen & Heath 12 channel mixing desk. Neumann KMS105 vocal mic , audix condensor mics x 2. We do not use lighting for this show.


Wales based and will travel to these areas: Wales, Ireland.

Previous Clients

The Wales Millennium Centre
The Welsh Rugby Union
The Cardiff Coal Exchange
Sandown Racecourse
Chepstow Racecourse
E Festival Fos Llas Racecourse
Cheltenham Race Festival
International Folk Festival Guernsey
Rothsay Folk Festival Scotland
Small Nations Festival Wales
Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival
Bonne Nuit Festival Jersey
Caistor Festival Lincoln
Pontardawe Festival Wales
Sesiwn Fawr Festival Wales
Irish Ferries

TV & Radio:
BBC radio Wales 30 Minute Special Celtic Connections
BBC Radio Jersey March 2012
BBC Radio Shropshire April 2012
BBC Radio 2 Titanic Special April 2012
Radio Pembrokeshire Special May 2012
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Solent


Yes it was great thanks, we have just come back from honeymoon so it has been a bit of a whirlwind with wedding, xmas and honeymoon. I was going to contact the band to thank them directly. Where shall I send a thank you note to

-Liz Jan 2016

The Craic Shots Irish Band played our wedding in June and they were fantastic. Our American guests said they were the best Irish band they had heard and had kept them dancing all night. John (Leeds)

Thanks to The Craic shots for making our day so special. So many people have commented on how brilliant you are. A lively and entertaining Irish Band.
Andrew & Bethan (Haverfordwest)

Thanks for a great performance. Irish music was just what we needed. Brian (Stevenage)

Thank you for a lovely evening of Irish songs and dance tunes. Our guests were very impressed with our choice of Irish entertainment. Frank (Oxford)

The Craic Shots were very professional and friendly. Their performance was outstanding all guests very impressed - 10 out of 10. Seamus (Bristol)

The Craic Shots were fabulous, everyone has said that you were truly fantastic. Thank you so much for contributing to a very memorable day. Nikki (Cambridge)


Genuine Irish sound with an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary & original songs.
The band's key ingredients are outstanding musicianship, warm wit & uniquely Irish party spirit.
Line up to accommodate everything from large Festivals/Corporate Events, to Weddings & private party



Aside from the examples below we also do many dance tunes including reels, jigs, polkas & waltzes.

Molly Malone Whiskey In The Jar
Fields Of Athenry I'll Tell Me Ma
Green Fields Of France
Back Home In Derry
The Irish Rover
The Wild Rover
Brown Eyed Girl
Little Old Wine Drinker
Dirty Old Town
Raglan Road
40 Shades Of Green
Dublin In The Rare Old Times
A Man You Don't Meet Every Day
The Jolly Beggarman
Four Green Fields
Erin Go Bragh
Black Velvet Band
The Galway Shawl
Galway Girl
7 Drunken Nights
Come By The Hills
Spancil Hill
Danny Boy
Set Dances include:
The Gay Gordons
Dashing white seargent
Seige of Ennis
Strip the willow
Pride of Erin Waltz
Eightsome Reel

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)