The Celtic Twins

The Celtic Twins

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Location Kent
Starting from £420
23 Reviews

The Celtic Twins feature stunning vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental dexterity, combining the flavours of Irish, Eastern European and Gypsy music.

  • Highlights
  • Upgrade to a bigger line-up of up to 5 musicians
  • A range of seasonal packages is also available - Christmas, New Year's and St Patrick's Day
  • Fully insured with PAT-tested sound equipment

Very laid back and folky set, was an excellent mood setter for the whole party.

Martin Walker, Essex

Really flexible and worked hard to fit in with our requirements. Good fun.

Sam Askham, Wiltshire

About


The Celtic Twins are twin sisters. The music performed originates from Ireland, Scotland and beyond and moves imaginatively from high energy reels and jigs to sublime harmony singing. It is especially for their singing that The Celtic Twins are rightfully admired and respected. A rare gift of almost uncanny intuition flavours their arrangements of songs both traditional and contemporary. The traditional tunes are delivered with passion, fire, style and flair. They play ancient music set very much in our times. The Celtic Twins have toured in Europe, New Zealand and the UK with a string of festivals, theatres and prestigious venues, plus television and radio play from Europe to Japan. Look forward to all this plus their own quirky humour and charm.

Additionally, for an even more extensive line-up, The Celtic Twins regularly perform with a range of high-calibre multi-instrumentalists. The ideal combination can be arranged to suit your occasion. Their set includes original material and also original arrangements, which put a contemporary spin on songs and tunes from The Waterboys, Michael McGoldrick, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sinead O’Connor, The Fureys, Eric Bogle, Gillian Welch, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, and John Doyle (to name but a few). Their sound has great breadth and quality, using space and subtlety, powerful rhythms and seamless dynamic shifts.

** Seasonal Specials **

The Celtic Twin Carollers
Add a dash of Dickens to your festive celebrations! Bedecked in eye-catching Victorian caroller costumes, The Celtic Twins perform a rich songbook of popular Victorian Christmas carols, uplifting tunes & timeless wassails arranged with strong vocal harmonies, Celtic harp, guitar and fiddle. Ideal for private parties, corporate events, shopping centres, street events, Christmas fayres and switching on the lights. Costume optional.

New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay Hootananny
Celebrate Hogmanay in true traditional style with songs, strathspeys, schottisches, jigs and reels galore; not to mention Auld Land Syne, The Parting Glass and a whole host of popular songs. The Celtic Twins can be booked as a duo / trio / 4 piece band. For a ceilidh led by an experienced caller bring on the bigger line-up with ‘String Ceilidh Band’.

St Patrick’s Day
The perfect choice for cultural centres, pubs, clubs, restaurants & parties with an extensive repertoire of traditional and favourite Irish songs and tunes. Highly experienced musicians, authentic instruments; from duo through to 5 piece band. Very popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Repertoire


Tunes

  • Jig of Slurs / Bill Wards
  • The Gold Ring
  • Calliope / Kesh Jig
  • The History Man
  • Spootiskerry / High Road to Linton
  • Haste to the Wedding / Sixpenny Money / Morrison’s
  • Tamarind
  • The Maple Leaf / Green Groves of Erin / Baluga
  • Jug of Punch / Paddy Fahy’s / The Woman I Never Forgot
  • Mountain Road / Cooley’s
  • Maries Wedding / Horses Brawl
  • Bear Dance
  • John Ryan’s Polka / Dennis Murphy’s
  • Rocky Road to Dublin / Kid on the Mountain
  • The Hungry Rock
  • Floating to Skerry / Pipe on the Hob / Lark in the Morning
  • Silver
  • The Lonesome Boatman
  • Kitchen Girls / Full Rigged Ships
  • The Rights of Man
  • Jacky Tar /The Peacock’s Feather / Castle Kelly 
  • King of the Fairies / Farewell to Erin
  • St Anne’s Reel / the Ash plant / Silver Spear
  • Lilting Banshee / Killavil jig / Cliffs of Moher
  • Julia Delaney’s / Ships are Sailing
  • New Market Polkas / Ballydesmond Polka

Songs

  • Fisherman’s Blues
  • Galway Girl
  • The Littlest Birds
  • Cinnamon & Caramel
  • Caledonia
  • Rescue Me
  • Part of the Process
  • Bitter the Parting
  • Tell Me What You See In Me
  • Banks of the Nile
  • Too Close to the Wind
  • Song to the Siren
  • Next Market Day
  • Caleb Meyer
  • Slow Shuffle Dry Shuffle
  • Killing the Blues

Ideas for St Patrick’s Day

  • Galway Girl
  • Black is the Colour
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Leaving of Liverpool
  • Willie McBride 
  • Raglan Road
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Song for Ireland
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Molly Malone
  • Whisky in The Jar
  • Wild Rover
  • Spancil Hill
  • Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2)
  • Runaway (The Corrs)  
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Ride On
  • Danny Boy
Line-Up

  • Duo - female vocals, fiddle, harp, low whistle and guitar
  • Trio, Quartet or Quintet - possible add-ons include double bass, electric bass, melodeon, banjo, harmonica, caller for ceilidhs

23 Reviews

Top reviews

Catherine Stacey

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Kent
5/5

The twins were absolutely outstanding! Nothing was too much trouble for them, they even learned new songs for us, which were perfect! They played and sang beautifully. Made our evening so special - and have given us some magical moments to treasure. Thoroughly recommend them.


Ella Salter

Event: Wedding
Location: Essex
5/5

Absolutely brilliant - highly recommend! Perfection!


Martin Walker

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Essex
5/5

Had a great nights entertainment from the twins, very laid back and folky set, was an excellent mood setter for the whole party.


Karen Murphy

Event: Other
Location: Hertfordshire
5/5

Fantastic girls, integrated wonderfully with the residents, getting them involved and trying to accommodate all requests. Residents still talking about the afternoon. Thank you so much for making it such a wonderful day for my Dad and all the other residents. Will definitely be looking to book you for his 80th bash. :-) xxx


Sam Askham

Event: Military Event
Location: Wiltshire
5/5

Fantastic evening - really flexible and worked hard to fit in with our requirements. Good fun had by all.


Keith Willmore - Trinity Chambers

Event: Corporate
Location: Essex
5/5

Very good indeed.


Stephen James O'Mara - Marshall Street Editor

Event: Other
Location: Cambridgeshire
5/5

They were fantastic, professional, polite and very talented. Thanks so much.


Graham Driscoll - URVGC

Event: Venue Club
Location: Kent
5/5

Excellent performance, interacted with the members. Turned up on time and just kept playing!!


Suzy Burgess

Event: Private Party
Location: Hampshire
5/5

Thank you, the twins were brilliant. They gauged the mix of ages present and engaged with everyone. They are very professional, versatile and friendly, a really good evening was had by everyone.


Laura McCormack

Event: Wedding
Location: London
5/5

The Celtic Twins played beautiful music and got everyone up and dancing. They created a fun atmosphere and I was happy they played at my wedding.


Eamonn Gannon

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Berkshire
5/5

We were delighted with the great performance the whole party enjoyed on 22 November. The 2 ladies were very polite and nothing was too much to ask, they were part of the party and brought a great rhythm to the evening. A great collection of music was enjoyed by everyone on the night, many thanks to both ladies.


Sheena Hammond

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Surrey
5/5

The girls where fantastic I could not have asked for more. They were very professional. Nothing was any trouble for them. I had them for my 50th birthday party and they sang and played well into the night to a rather lively bunch. Everyone at the party commented how good they were. I would recommend them to friends and family and if I have another party I would defiantly be calling the girls to come back. I think we really got value for money and the girls played for longer than I had expected, a real bonus.


Mike Delaney

Event: Charity
Location: London
5/5

The girls were superb and they made the day for everyone there. I would highly recommend them.


Gillian Larley

Event: Private Party
Location: London
5/5

From start to finish The Celtic Twins were absolutely fantastic! Two lovely people - no fuss - nothing was too much trouble. They delighted our party with their exuberant playing! They even learnt and played brilliantly a special version of our wedding march of 25 years ago! Book them for your party and they will infuse it with 'joie de vivre'. We certainly will again! Thank you. Patrick and Gill


George Laidlaw

Event: Wedding
Location: Suffolk
5/5

The Twins did a fantastic job of providing live music for our wedding celebrations. Very happy with service overall!


Miranda Weller

Event: Private Party
Location: Kent
5/5

The Celtic Twins judged the tone of the party just right, good fun with high energy keeping the atmosphere jiggy!


Jo Langrish

Event: Wedding
Location: Dorset
5/5

Everything was great right from the booking. The band was absolutely incredible contacting us and taking lots of time to chat to us about what we wanted. On the night they created a brilliant atmosphere and the music was fantastic – everyone had a wonderful time!! The Celtic Twins (and the caller too) were a lovely addition to our wedding. I would highly recommend this band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Martine & Natasja

Event: Wedding
Location: Northumberland
5/5

The Celtic Twins were amazing, they really gave everything they had and made our day so special at Lindisfarne Castle. From the beautiful music welcoming guests as they arrived; to our march concerto as we both walked down the aisle. Then came some lively tunes during our champagne and photos which really involved the children and their shakey eggs! The Celtic Twins felt very much party of our wedding party. We were thrilled when they joined us on our vintage bus ride to Bamburgh Castle for more champagne and canapes. Finally we headed onto the Barn at Beal for our wedding breakfast where The Celtic Twins performed two sets and got all the guests up and dancing. Everyone loved the music guys especially Leon (6) our godson who now wants a drumkit for Xmas after being your percussionist for most of the day with his shakey egg! We couldn't thank you enough! Love Martine and Natasja xxx


Jane Ovel

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Suffolk
5/5

The Celtic Twins were an absolute delight. Their music was fantastic and I had very positive feedback from guests asking about them. Not only was the music great but so were the girls; a pleasure to have them at our party. Please tell them that they are welcome to become members of our family at any time!


May Eden & Julian Williams

Event: Wedding
Location: Gwynedd
5/5

Wow..... I have no idea what to say! Words can't really describe how wonderful this band truly is. 'The Celtic Twins' were incredibly professional right from the booking, contacting us straight away, and taking lots of time to chat to us about what we wanted. We booked the band for our wedding, and it could not have been more perfect. They were very happy to play one of our favourite songs as our first dance, and they even learned (FROM SCRATCH!!!) our very favourite song, so we could dance to that as well. They were fun, friendly, excellent musicians, they involved the audience wonderfully, and got the children dancing too. We loved having them, we would recommend them a thousand times. They are just fantastic xxxxx


Kelly

Event: Wedding
Location: East Sussex
5/5

Hi Jennie, had a great wedding, thank you. In response to your request; yes, a great service was received and the booking process was very straightforward. As for The Celtic Twins, yes, they were brilliant. Really friendly and the music was fab. Thanks again!


Dave Cruickshanks

Event: Wedding
Location: Somerset
5/5

Hi Tracey, the event was nothing short of fantastic. A wonderful wedding and a great evening. The Celtic Twins played their part in making it so and we were absolutely delighted at their contribution to the evenings proceedings. Lovely people and excellent music.


Michelle & David

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Cambridgeshire
5/5

Hi Matt, everyone had a brilliant time, The Celtic Twins were great. Would definitely hire entertainment from you in the future. Great service from start to finish. Thanks for everything.


    Pricing

    We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.

    East
    • Cambridgeshire £454
    • Norfolk £528
    • Suffolk £522
    East Midlands
    • Derbyshire £560
    • Leicestershire £530
    • Lincolnshire £547
    • Northamptonshire £458
    • Nottinghamshire £540
    • Rutland £461
    North East
    • Durham £590
    • North Yorkshire £581
    • Northumberland £598
    • South Yorkshire £554
    • Tyne and Wear £593
    • West Yorkshire £571
    • Yorkshire £574
    North West
    • Cheshire £562
    • Cumbria £607
    • Lancashire £590
    • Manchester £566
    • Merseyside £574
    Scotland
    • Aberdeen £718
    • Ayrshire £648
    • Dumfriesshire £631
    • East Lothian £631
    • Fife £662
    • Inverness £750
    • Lanarkshire £636
    • Midlothian £646
    • Perth £664
    • Stirlingshire £650
    • Sutherland £754
    • West Lothian £650
    South East
    • Bedfordshire £449
    • Berkshire £456
    • Buckinghamshire £440
    • East Sussex £436
    • Essex £439
    • Hampshire £458
    • Hertfordshire £440
    • Isle of Wight £578
    • Kent £420
    • London £437
    • Middlesex £436
    • Oxfordshire £458
    • Surrey £432
    • Sussex £444
    • West Sussex £444
    South West
    • Cornwall £598
    • Devon £566
    • Dorset £538
    • Somerset £564
    • Wiltshire £528
    Wales
    • Anglesey £600
    • Brecon £558
    • Caernarvonshire £590
    • Cardigan £583
    • Carmarthen £564
    • Denbigh £583
    • Flint £578
    • Glamorgan £562
    • Monmouth £550
    • Pembroke £588
    West Midlands
    • Gloucestershire £535
    • Herefordshire £559
    • Shropshire £557
    • Staffordshire £559
    • Warwickshire £526
    • Worcestershire £540

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    FAQs

    Why should I choose The Celtic Twins for my event?
    We have a distinctive sound; being twins we have been playing music together and performing from a very early age, with an emphasis on melody and harmony which is both unique and very accessible for the audience. We love interacting with the audience and keeping an element of spontaneity to create a fun, memorable event.

    How many of you are in the band and what instruments do you play?
    The Celtic Twins are usually a duo consisting of vocals, fiddle, Irish whistles, mandolin, vocals and acoustic guitar!

    However, we regularly perform with a range of high calibre multi-instrumentalists in various combinations and can extend to: trio, 4 or 5 piece band to suit your occasion.

    What if people aren’t into folk music? The guests invited range from children and teenagers through to elderly relatives, will the music appeal to them?
    We have lots of experience playing for a huge variety of occasions and we really enjoy engaging with the audience and building a great rapport. Our set has a real mix of styles, songs and instrumentals and we are good at picking up the vibe and tailoring our set to suit the situation and people we are playing for; our job is to entertain!

    How long do you play for?
    We will work to the client’s schedule within reason. Normally 2 x 60 min sets, or 3 x 40 min sets.

    How long do you need to set up?
    Usually we allow 1 hour to set up. Sometimes we arrive earlier if we are traveling a long distance or there are special requirements.

    Do you provide PA?
    Yes we have a compact but powerful HK Lucas PA system which is great for up to small halls.

    Do you provide lights?
    Only if specified when booking.

    Do you play with backing tracks?
    No, the show is totally live. We can play CDs between sets if background music is required.

    Do you provide a disco?
    We do not provide a disco but can play CDs between sets at no extra charge.

    Do you require a stage and if so how big?
    The Celtic Twins can play on or off stage but do require a minimum playing area of 9ft x 5ft. We use a very compact yet powerful HK LUCAS PA system which saves a lot of space.

    Can you play outdoors?
    Yes, but we require some coverage for ourselves and our equipment in case of showers – even a gazebo will suffice as shelter from both rain and sun, and also gives a focal point…to the stage area…a festival feel! We require suitable electric cables running to the stage area, so it’s a good idea to arrange this with the venue in advance. It is also possible to play acoustically for intimate settings and events with restrictions on sound levels.

    Do you do barn dances (Ceilidhs)?
    The Celtic Twins are a performance based band, however the girls also work in a separate barn dance band with a caller and are available for enquiries.

    Do you require feeding?
    This is normally relative to the duration of the performance but a hot meal or buffet (especially on long journeys) would be great. 2 vegetarian options please (fish is OK).

    Tech spec – For sound engineers at festival venues:
    1 vocal microphone, violin DI, Mandolin DI
    1 vocal microphone, guitar DI

    Do you have PAT testing?
    Yes, our equipment is annually PAT Tested and certificated.

    Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
    Yes, through the musicians union for £10,000,000.

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