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Bowstring

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About Bowstring

We are a 3 or 4-piece barn dance/ceilidh band with an ever expanding and evolving repertoire. We are always happy to play requests.
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Ceilidh band
Faversham
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We are a 4-piece barn dance/ceilidh band with an ever expanding and evolving repertoire. We are always happy to play requests and, if we don't already know it, we'll learn it given a little notice. We can play for dancing and/or a concert mixing tunes with songs. For St Patrick's Day, needless to say, we will present a full programme of well-known songs from the Irish canon including Wild Rover, Whiskey In The Jar, Dirty Old Town etc. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
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Genres:
Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

CEILIDH SET LIST 2018
1 a CIRCASSIAN CIRCLE EAVESDROPPER (G)/WHEN SICK IS IT TEA YOU WANT? (D)/ DONNYBROOK FAIR (G)
1 b SNAKES AND LADDERS 3 X 3 X 3
2 a CUMBERLAND REEL} }
2 b Siege Of Ennis } NEWMARKET SET (D/A/AM) 3 X 3 X 3
2 c THE PAWNSHOP }
2 d jack’s alive
3 a HOLMFIRTH SQUARE } CALLIOPE HOUSE (D)/KESH JIG (G)/RAKES OF KILDARE (Am)/THE LEGACY (Em)
3 b 19 ninepins } 3 X 3 X 3 x 3
4 a MY LOVE SHE’S BUT A LASSIE YET } CONNAUGHTMAN’S RAMBLES (D-Bm)/PAY THE RECKONING (G)/
4 b JOLLY ROGER } MY DARLING ASLEEP (D) 3 X 3 X 3
4 C Falling Masonry }
5 a BRIDGE OF ATHLONE }
5 b WAVES OF TORY } COOK IN THE KITCHEN (G)/DUSTY WINDOWSILLS (Am)/
5 c WILLOW TREE } DINGLE REGATTA (G) 3 X 3 X 3
6 CAERPHILLY MARCH BALQUIDHER LASSES (Em)/MARIE’S WEDDING (G)/HIGHLAND LADDIE (G) 3 X 3 X 3
7 TRIP TO THE VILLAGE DIN TARRANTS (Bm)/JOHNNY I DO MISS YOU (D)/MICKY BARRY’S (?) 3 X 3
8 FOULA REEL DA GREENLAND MAN (D-G)/SCHAALDS OF FOULA (G)/christmas day in the morning (d) 3 X 3 X 3
9 MAID OF THE MILL KITCHEN GIRL (A-Am)/FULL RIGGED SHIP (A-Am) 3 X 3
10 LA BASTRINGUE LA BASTRINGUE (G/D/D) 3 x 1
11 WRING OUT THE DISHCLOTH Manche Ouest (A)/ Ouest Bretagne (D) 3 X 3
12 DROPS OF BRANDY HARDIMAN THE FIDDLER (Dmod)/A FIG FOR A KISS (Em)/foxhunters’ (d)/
kid on the mountain (em) 3 X 3 X 3 x 3
13 STOKE GOLDING JIMMY DUFFY’S NO. 1 (G)/JIMMY DUFFY’S NO.2 (G) 3 X 3
14 Six Hand Swing REDWING (G)/JUNE APPLE (A MOD)/WAITING FOR THE FEDERALS (G) 3 X 3 X 3
15 Chancellor’s Farewell CHIEF O’NEILL’S (D)/HOME RULER (D)/FAIRY HORNPIPE (G) 3 X 3 X 3
16 Down The MiddlE spootaskerry (g)/silver spear (d) 3 X 3
sally gardens (g)/brenda stubbards (am)/miss macleod’s (a) 3 x 3 x 3
17 staffordshire knot cooley’s (em)/ sally gardens (g)/castle kelly (am) 3 X 3 X 3
18 cumberland sq 8 jig of slurs (d-G)/athol highlanders (a) 3 x 3
19 waterloo dance scarta glen (g/seamus begley’s (g) 3 x 3
SONGS
CALEDONIA (D)
RIDE ON (Cm)
LET THE MYSTERY BE (F)
GALWAY GIRL (D)
WAGON WHEEL (A)
FIELDS OF ATHENRY (D)
TOGETHER FOREVER (G)
ON SATURDAY NIGHT (G)
WILD ROVER (D)
WHISKEY IN THE JAR (G)
etc. etc. etc.
TUNES
KING OF THE FAIRIES (Em)/FAREWELL TO ERIN (Am)
OUT ON THE OCEAN ((A)/PADDY CLANCY’S (D)
SPOOTASKERRY (G)/HIGH ROAD TO LINTON (A)
HASTE TO THE WEDDING (D)/ SIXPENNY MONEY (D)/MORRISON’S (Em)
ST. ANNE’S (D)/ASH PLANT (Em)/SILVER SPEAR (D)
MOUNTAIN ROAD (D)/COOLEY’S REEL (Em)
AUTUMN SKIES (D)

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Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£750
Bowstring
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4.9 out of 5
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Alex H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Perfect experience. Highly recommended. Bowstring played my 40th birthday party. Lots of people who'd never done ceilidh before had a great time

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Hugh M
2 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

We had a party planned with over 90 guest expecting a barn dance. Less than three weeks before the event our booked band had to cancel. Bowstring made themselves available and saved the day for us. They were friendly, flexible and great ceilidh musicians.

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Patricia D
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Really great evening, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dancing. We couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you

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Paul S
4 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Band appreciated by all in attendance

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4 months ago

This was a delightful booking. We were so well looked after in every respect. The setting was idyllic in a beautiful, sunlit garden. Our host had considered our needs to the point of allocating a shaded spot for the band making our job as easy as it could be and catered for our vegan members admirably. A big thank you to Paul, his family and guests who greeted us with warmth and affection.

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Adrian P
3 years ago, for a Burns night in Southend-on-Sea SS2
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5 out of 5

Great night, they got everyone up and dancing, well done and thank you Bowstring

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G. B
5 years ago

Hi Martin Just a quick line to say a huge thank you for a wonderful evenings entertainment last night. Everyone had such a great evening and it was certainly a night to remember with much fun and laughter. Wit thanks Kind regards Georgina

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