Irish band FAQs
A band will typically consist of a guitar-vocalist along with a fiddler, banjo player, accordionist, uilleann piper/tin whistle player, or similar instrument associated with Irish music.
A standard booking is 2 hours including 1 x 15 minute break. This can be longer depending on the needs of the booker, at 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.
Most fees are fully inclusive. Sometimes an additional fee may apply where exceptional travel time and distance is involved. This may sometimes require the cost of an overnight stopover. This will always be included in any quote at the time of enquiry and stated clearly in any contract and subject to your agreement.
NO. There is no vat added to the cost of hiring an act. This is because 99% of our acts are under the vat threshold. Also, we as an agency do not charge vat on bookings.
It’s standard procedure for the act to consult with the booker on a playlist for your event, beforehand. Your choice would need to be mainly based on the acts song-list(s). They will sometimes learn a specific song or two for the event if requested in plenty of time beforehand.
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 acts, such as The Dubliners, Christy Moore, Pogues and The Wolfe Tones. Many can also perform a selection of country and contemporary numbers.
Some of our acts have a more diverse 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 acts might suit your needs.
We have Irish bands based across the UK mainland. We regularly send Irish music acts to Birmingham, West Yorkshire, Kent, Essex, Sussex, Glasgow, Bristol and all the major towns and cities in Britain.
Irish music is mainly acoustic using live actual instruments, the use of ‘Karaoke’ type backing tracks is unusual for this genre. With some of our pop orientated Irish acts, they are occasionally included to augment their show.
Yes nearly all acts (some exceptions apply*) are fully self contained with their own amplification. In some cases an in house system can be used instead, by mutual agreement with the booker and act. *(Dancers, Pipers and Fiddlers)
My party is a happy event so I don’t want too many slow songs played, nor too many traditional jigs and reels, can you make sure they keep it lively and happy?
Of course. Although many 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’, ‘The Wild Rover’, etc. Our acts are all used to playing to a crowd and arrange their sets accordingly.
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?
By default, Rebel songs are NOT played at any functions or gigs by our acts, unless the booker has specifically asked for them. If you DO want some performed, that isn’t a problem either. We have acts who can include them in their set list for your event.
Occasionally, but usually only by prior agreement and at acts discretion. There are issues that can potentially arise with health and safety, as well as the acts public liability insurance that could make that problematic.
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 a good idea to have a ‘caller’ at a ceili and we can organise that for you too.
A performing area that is safely sectioned off from the audience, which complies with normal health and safety standards and the terms and conditions of the performers public liability insurance. Most venues will already have this in place.
Smart casual is the norm. If it’s a ‘dressy’ occasion, please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll ask the act to dress appropriately.
No. We make our profit from a commission percentage charged to the act, that’s already included in the overall fee.
Once we’ve found a suitable act for you, we’ll provisionally book them on your behalf and provide you with a written agreement between you and the act, detailing all of the agreed terms and conditions, fee, timings, etc. This will be subject to your approval, following which we’ll ask you to sign and return a copy to us within 7 days (Or sooner). A deposit will be required of around 25% of the overall fee and the balance is usually payable either 48hrs prior to the actual booking or in cash on the day to the act. In some situations the fee in full will be required in advance. Our preferred method of payment is via bank transfer, details of which would be included in your paperwork. For deposits, we can also accept card or PayPal payments online or over the phone.
It’s a contractural requirement for all acts booked via our agency to have public liability insurance. A copy of an acts policy is available on request by a booker or venue when an act is contracted.
It’s a contractural requirement for all acts booked via our agency who use electrical equipment, to have PAT certification. This can be verified on request by a booker or venue when an act is booked.
If you cancel your booking, in most cases there will be a fee involved. Full details on cancellation fees can be found here and will also be written into your booking agreement.
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Yes, we can often get an act for you within 24 hours of a booking or even on the same day! If you have an urgent enquiry call us on 020 8111 1916.