Celtic folk band

An Conasg

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Edinburgh based folk trio. Book for ceilidhs, weddings, background music and more. Songs and tunes on wooden flute, fiddle and clarsach.
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An Conasg are Tara Cunningham (fiddle), Sam Gillespie (wooden flute and vocals) and Siannie Moodie (Clàrsach), a vibrant trio recently to have emerged from Edinburgh’s traditional music scene. The heart of their music is the tune, the traditional or newly composed melody lovingly carried by all 3 instruments with the harmonic accompaniment of the clàrsach, rhythmic and lyrical at once. Yet they love to experiment, to play, harmonise and create space for each individual voice to express itself. The trio’s intimate musical communion makes for exciting live shows that feel truly dynamic, and whether exploring an ancient, haunting air or a blazing contemporary reel, they always seek to be true to the spirit of the music. Drawing deeply from the wellsprings of Scottish, English and Irish traditions An Conasg are also open in their outlook and take much inspiration from the musical languages of other lands, especially those of Britanny, Scandanavia, French Canada, American Old-time and the Middle East. The phrase ‘an conasg’ is gaelic for the gorse or the broom and the symbolism of these plants resonates strongly with the band. In ancient times the yellow bloom, always present to some degree even in Winter, was held to carry the fire and inspiration of the Sun god through the dark times of the year. An Conasg formed in the run up to Beltane when the gorse is bright on the hills and in the traveller tradition a time for roving, love, friendship and adventure. In many ways the band feel that the conasg embodies the calling of the travelling musician.

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An Conasg's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Marcia J
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

An Conasg was great. Perfect ensemble for the event. The music was great, they were professional and friendly. Would book them again.

Simon M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

An Conasg were the greatest addition to our wedding, playing for our ceremony and afterwards. They were communicative, warm, friendly and professional, as well as being a brilliant group of musicians. We could not recommend them more highly!

From other customers:

Miguel T
4 years ago, for a New Year's Eve in The Vaults
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5 out of 5

“Very much venue favourites”

Belladrum F
5 years ago, for a Concert in Belladrum
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5 out of 5

“A wonderful performance by very talented players. The audience were spellbound.”

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An Conasg's Song list

Ye Jacobites By Name
Illean Bidibh
Mairi’s Wedding
She Moved Through the Fair
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Ae Fond Kiss
Road to Dundee
Wild Mountain Thyme
Dark Island
Blackberry Blossom
Calum’s Road
Westering Home
Margaret’s Waltz
The Newly Wed’s Waltz
Flett from Flotta
Sandy Spence
Farewell to Whaley Range
Would the Minister Not Dance
Ho Ro Mo Bhoban Nan Dram
Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight
Hardiman the Fiddler
The Rolling Wave
Siobhan O’Donald’s
Edinburgh Rock
And Many More

An Conasg's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£700
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£880
Wedding Reception 3 musicians
Background music during your drinks reception with a line up of Tara on fiddle, Siannie on clàrsach and Sam on vocals/wooden flute/guitar.
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding Dinner 3 musicians
We play background music during your wedding dinner with a line up of Tara on fiddle, Siannie on clàrsach and Sam on wooden flute/vocals and guitar.
Two from: Ceremony, Reception and Dinner 3 musicians
Ceremony and Reception, Ceremony and Dinner or Reception and Dinner, we can entertain you with music during these special points throughout your day.
All three: Ceremony, Reception and Dinner 3 musicians
Providing music for your whole day during Ceremony, Reception and Dinner
Wedding Ceilidh 4 musicians
A wedding ceilidh up to 3 hours including dance calling and compere and a ceilidh/folk band line up of: Tara on fiddle, Bartek on bodhràn (Celtic drum), Sam on wooden flute/vocals/guitar/whistle and Siannie on clàrsach (Scottish harp). Does not include travel or amplification but we do have a PA add on if you are interested. We call and play all the usual ceilidh dances, a few reels and some more unusual ceilidh dances from Europe and America if you’re interested in adding those in! As a four piece we have played together professionally for over 7 years.


Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We also play with a wonderful Bodhràn player for added rhythm in more upbeat sets, for example for ceilidhs.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Please let us know of any timing changes prior to the event.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £160. We do not have lighting however, so it may be worth your while to book a professional DJ.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up our own PA and do a sound check in 1 hour/1.5 hours. If we are playing acoustic or with amps we need half an hour to an hour.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No, sorry.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

No, we do not have our own lighting and our PA is £120 extra.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

For weddings we can include one extra song or piece of your choosing. Beyond this it is a £30 fee for this service to take into account rehearsal time etc.
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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