Celtic folk band


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About Balor

Folk for fun!
Celtic folk band
Public liability insurance of £10 million

A love of music bought these two friends together as teenagers and they have been playing music together since. Ali and Liam love nothing more than fiddling and strumming their favourite tunes and sharing their love of foot stomping, hand clapping, sing along traditional and modern folk songs. Balor is their latest venture together, having played together before in Irish rock and pop bands. Balor make a lot of fun and noise for a small group, however also love to slow things down with a beautiful ballad. They play with fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bazouki and bass drum. The instruments alongside the mix of male and female vocals make these an exciting duo for your event or wedding.

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Folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Galway Girl - Steve Earl
Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
Riverflow - The Levellers
Drowsy Maggie - traditional
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
Ride On - Christy Moore
Sally Maclennan - The Pogues
Runaway - The Corrs
Star of the County Down - traditional
Irish Rover - The Dubliners
King of the Fairies - traditional
Seven Drunken Nights - The Dubliners
Back Home in Derry - Christy Moore
Uestsa Love Her - The Saw Doctors
Waxies Dargle - The Pogues
Regan Reel - original instrumental
Rare Auld Mountain Dew - The Dubliners
N17 - The Saw Doctors
Black Velvet Band - traditional
Shippin' Out To Boston - Dropkick Murphies
Marie’s Wedding
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Wraggle Taggle Gypsies - traditional
Tell Me Ma -traditional
Loch Lomand
Swallowtail Jig -traditional
Linger - The Cranberries
Fields of Athenry -traditional
Streams of Whiskey - The Pogues
Spancil Hill - Christy Moore
Friday Night - Original song
Fall From Grace Of God -The Pogues
Limerick Rake - traditional
When Will We Be Married - The Waterboys
Glasgow Reel - traditional
Wild Rover - traditional
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?


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

That's fine, we will be as flexible as possible.

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

Yes absolutely! As long as you require us to play with PA all the equipment will be set up. We can use our own Spotify playlists or you can find one to suit you.

How much time do you need to set up?

45 minutes max.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes we can be fully acoustic and roam

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

To a certain extent, for shorter sets this would be possible.

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

Yes, although we do not have lighting.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, a maximum of three songs requests. No fee for this.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Energy and sing-along songs

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Makeney Hall, Derbyshire. Weldonfest The Hilton Hotel The Derngate Theatre Corby Cube

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Pogues The Waterboys The Dubliners

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Headlining a festival


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

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Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400
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From Encore customers:

Claire A
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

What a brilliant evening we had with Balor leading the music. Within one song they had an extra band member from the audience. A duo was perfect for a home venue and such talented, lovely people. Would have every confidence to recommend them. Thank you so much 💓 😊

Reply from Balor
2 months ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We had a brilliant time at your party and we are pleased you enjoyed the music.

From other customers:

Pauline L
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in Nottingham NG2
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5 out of 5

Liam and Ali played at our home for my big brothers 60th Birthday party. It was a wonderful evening of song, dance and celebration. Liam and Ali are fantastic musicians with great personalities and I recommend them 100 percent!

Liam M
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Corby NN18
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5 out of 5

Balor played at my 30th birthday party. It was a fantastic night. Balor got everyone singing and dancing along. Thanks!

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