FAQs about our Irish solos and duos
A guitar-vocalist. They’ll usually play popular, lively Irish songs of all types, old and new, to suit all tastes. It’s common that acts will also include a selection of country and contemporary covers.
Always a guitar-vocalist plus a fiddler, banjo player, accordionist or piper/flute/tin whistle player. They’ll usually play popular, lively Irish songs of all types, old and new, to suit all tastes. It’s common that acts will also include a selection of country and contemporary covers.
Usually a versatile selection of Irish songs of all genres. That includes 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 acts such as The Dubliners, Christy Moore, Pogues and The Wolfe Tones. Most can also perform a selection of country and contemporary numbers.
You can find most of our acts song-lists on an acts profile page. If it’s essential that a specific song is played on the night, it’s best to let us know at the time of booking and we’ll organise (where possible) for the act to perform it for you.
A standard booking is 2 hours including 1 x 15 minute break. This can be longer depending on the needs of the booker, for an 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.
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.
NO. There is no vat added to the cost of hiring an act. This is because 99% of our acts are under the threshold where it becomes chargeable. Also, we as an agency do not charge vat on bookings.
Most fees are fully inclusive. Sometimes an additional fee for travel is involved. 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. We make our profit from a commission percentage charged to the act, that’s already included in the overall fee.
Pretty much anywhere. We have acts based across the UK and regularly send performers overseas. We’ve sent acts to clients across mainland Europe and Scandinavia, Japan, China and Singapore.
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.
If you cancel your booking, in most cases there will be a fee involved. This fee would depend on the period of time between that date a booking is made and the actual contracted performance date. Full details on cancellation fees can be found here and will also be written into your booking agreement.
Visit our contact page to complete our enquiry form, request a callback, or call us on +(0)20 8111 1916. You can also WhatsApp us by clicking on the logo at the bottom of your screen.
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 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 who use electrical equipment, to have PAT certification. This can be verified on request by a booker or venue when an act is booked.
Yes all live music acts (some exceptions apply*) have their own portable amplification. In some cases an in house system can be used instead, by mutual agreement with the booker and act. *(Dancers, pipers and fiddlers)
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.
A solo performer is not always sufficient for a wedding, because a wedding crowd is usually quite diverse, requiring a wider range of music better suited to a duo or a band. To find out more on how we can help with your wedding, visit our weddings page.
Only by prior agreement with the act and at their 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.
Yes, it’s normal procedure for the act to consult the booker on an appropriate playlist for the night beforehand. Your choice would need to be mainly based on the acts song-list. They will sometimes learn a specific song or two for the event if requested in plenty of time beforehand.
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, so rest assured that won’t be a problem! If you DO want some performed, that isn’t problem either. We have several acts who include many in their repertoire.
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.
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.
It’s best to book up as far ahead as possible. We do however, often arrange performances at short notice.
The most popular method is by bank transfer. We can also accept payments (for deposits only) using a credit or debit card via phone or via PayPal. Most clients prefer to pay in full prior to the event, but the balance after the deposit fee can often be paid in cash on the day to the act, if preferred.