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The Craic Shots

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Act Profile

The Craic Shots

Padraig Lalor - Guitar/Vocals/Producer/Writer (Founder member 1994-)
Padraig grew up in Belfast with a fascination for his country's musical history and a love of the stories that permeate its culture. A former Northern Irish correspondent for the Irish post, Patrick formed Arty's Party in 1994 whilst in Oxford, having gained a Scholarship to Ruskin College.

Now based near Cardiff, Arty's Party has opened shows for Finbar Furey, the Dubliners, and Craobh Rua amongst many others. Performing widely across the UK they have also brought their individual brand of Irish music to audiences in France, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and the Channel Islands.

The band recently released their fourth album which was quickly signed to the UK's largest Independent music distributor. Featured widely across BBC & regional radio where Padraig has enjoyed numerous guest slots, it will appeal to anyone who loves great stories and great songs from a modern day Seanacha (storyteller).

Piotr Jordan - Violin (1997-)
Polish born Piotr Jordan's searing improvisations takes his listeners on an edge-of-your-seat musical ride. Every tune is played fresh and new each time. His Eastern European style brings a fresh twist to the traditional Irish. The music comes alive with expectation, playfulness and incomparable virtuosity.

Huw Rees - Percussion/Drums/Sound technician (2004-)
Huw was the drummer with contemporary folk band Rag Foundation from March 2000 to April 2004, and was privileged enough to play music all over the world. The band reformed in 2008 and played the amazing Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany in both 2008 and 2009. Huw was on a UK tour with the Mississippi blues guitarist Lil Dave Thompson (now very sadly deceased) in Sept 2005 which kick started his playing the blues. He currently plays in a number of bands local to the Swansea area, playing a variety of musical styles. He has his own recording studio, where he also teaches drums.

Gill O� Shea - Whistles/Accordion/Melodeon (2002-)
Gill was spotted busking by the band in 2002 and her unique whistle style and take on Irish tunes quickly made her a favourite with audiences. She also plays squeeze boxes and is the bands first female member. She looks after the audiences with the bands cds and also runs the bands transport.

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. The 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

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.)