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A Guide to hiring an Irish band for a wedding,event or party.

On this page we hope to give a helpful guide to booking an Irish band for a wedding, event or party. We will be focusing on Irish party bands as opposed to bands which play serious traditional Irish folk music. The type of Irish band we will be putting forward for hire are the bands who will get people up dancing and singing along to the Irish songs which have gained recognition outside folk club circles. They are bands who have embraced the pop elements of the Irish music craze and can play to a mixed audience.

What kind of Irish bands are available to hire?

As we have mentioned at LMM we are not looking to offer purist traditional Irish bands but we have hand picked and selected the best of the UKs Irish party bands available to hire. Some of these bands (Treacle for instance) also play some pop music which means that you are able to get a Irish flavour to your party but also cater to a mainstream audience who might enjoy a set of Irish music but also want to dance to party band favourites. One or two of our Irish party bands also play Ceilidh music and can offer callers who will teach your guests to dance the steps for each song. They might play Scottish traditional songs as well as Irish songs. We have some acts like Barnstorm who are also able offer ho down style American barn dance music in addition to the classic Irish traditional music.

What is a Ceilidh?

A ceilidh or ceili is a Gaelic traditional social gathering or dance. Originating in Ireland the ceilidh became common throughout Scotland. Offering live music in the days before nightclubs and discos they were an important means of young people meeting members of the opposite sex. Today the tradition continues in rural areas but the ceilidh style dance has also become a common offering at weddings and private events often mixing traditional music with pop music either played live by the band or offered in the form of a disco. Many of the dances are simple to learn for the novice and can be easily learnt as the songs progress (particularly if a caller is on hand to teach the dances.)

Why hire an Irish band from LMM?

LMM have Irish flavoured bands based in all parts of the UK and a long tradition of booking Irish bands for nightclubs, hotels, weddings and parties. We are a well established entertainment agency used by most of the UKs big party planners to source Irish bands for their events and parties. We offer free and honest advice, free quotations and the security of contract by Agents Association contract and a 24 hour emergency help line to cope with any last minute issues.

Blag

Blag' s unique mix of celtic notes, south American bites and central European anarchic rhythms have been entertaining audiences in Britain and abroad for more than a decade. The trio's humorous style has made them a favourite for weddings, barn dances and parties. more info..

£500 to £795

Treacle

Treacle is one of UK's busiest bands. Girl fronted by multi instrumentalist doz bee who sings, plays guitar, saxophone and electric violin .Great vocals from the rest of the band playing the best party anthems from the 60's through to today. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Barn Storm

Surrey-based Irish jigs and reels, modern Irish rock, traditional Irish songs plus loads of rocking, mainstream party tunes, all spiced-up with crazy Irish fiddle and carried off with humour, energy and great playing. more info..

£1400 - £1595

The Craic Shots

Carmarthenshire-based lively act. If you like Traditional Irish Music you will love them. Set list includes Irish Songs, Ballads, Reels, Jigs, Polkas and Waltzes. Line-up is flexible from a duo (guitar/vocals, whistles/melodeons), Trio with percussion and four piece with fiddle. more info..

£800 to £995

Funky 4

North West-based wedding band with dynamic stage presence, flawless musicianship and music from Chuck Berry to Kings of Leon. Funky 4 guarantee to get your party started! more info..

£800 to £995

Cookin' Country Band

Bedfordshire-based New Country, Country Rock and Hoedown & Linedance group! more info..

£800 to £995

T'Owd Lads

Classically trained professional musicians playing traditional folk music in concert and for formal ceilidhs or informal barn dances. more info..

£500 to £795

Ceilihouse

Leeds-based Irish traditional band, mainly geared up for the folk festival circuit but also working as a ceili band with caller. more info..

£500 to £795

Emmet

London-based act that can provide exactly what you need for your event. Whether it is a solo/duo performance to sing/play at a ceremony or full band for party. No limitation to style. more info..

Up to £495

The Party Scene

London-based act perform the best Rock, Pop and Indie hits from the past four decades. They also have an Irish repertoire for those with Celtic connections! more info..

£800 to £995

Irish Ways

Manchester-based Irish Bluegrass & country, from world-class, award-winning musicians. more info..

Up to £495

Ceilidh Taggle

London-based award-winning talent from the traditional music scene. Irish, Scottish, American and English songs and tunes. All the musicians have been performing, touring and recording many years. more info..

£500 to £795

Mediaeval-Celtic Fusion

London-based Celtic-Medieval Speed Folk ! more info..

Up to £495

The Ceilidh Band

London-based young and energetic professional ceilidh band, mixing traditional tunes with a modern funky rhythm section. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Celtic Nights

Merseyside-based Celtic Nights present the ultimate feel-good evening of entertainment including live music, a stunning stage show and Ceilidh dancing! A simply stunning evening of entertainment more info..

priced above £1600

Inverness Ceilidh Band

Glasgow-based young and energetic band, highly-experienced in playing top-quality, authentic traditional Scottish ceilidh music. more info..

Up to £495

Glen Mhor Ceilidh Band

Scotland-based Ceilidh band playing venues big and small all over Scotland since they formed in 1996. more info..

£500 to £795

Alex Acoustic

London-based Irish singer creatiing atmospheres that range from intimate and calm to a 3am pub lock-in! more info..

Up to £495