Uilleann pipes

Catherine Ashcroft

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About Catherine Ashcroft

#Whether soloing at functions or touring with Riverdance, Catherine will always add magic to any event with her “sublime Irish Pipes.”
Uilleann pipes
Clitheroe
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Although born in the North West of England she has had a passion for Irish music since childhood and growing up in a musical home she started playing the whistle at an early age before getting her first set of Uilleann pipes in her mid teens. Self taught, Catherine regards her early influences as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Lunasa, and Paddy Keenan. Catherine pursued both instruments avidly and in 2007 won All Britain titles on both whistle and pipes. In between trips to Ireland playing sessions she was performing regularly in the pubs and clubs of the North of England as a soloist and as a member of several Irish bands. In 2008 Catherine recorded her first CD “Take Flight and Follow” at Stenkrith studio’s in Cumbria. Here she met Belfast singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Maurice Dickson. This led to Catherine and Maurice collaborating and Maurice invited her to guest on his forthcoming European tour. A great success they soon formed the duo “Mochara”. Taking the name from the Irish meaning of “My Friend”. The pair have since performed at various festivals, folk clubs, theatres and music venues throughout the UK and Europe. They have also released 3 albums, “In Your Blood” in 2010, “Spirits and Dreamers” in 2013 and more recently the fabulous “Live at the Island” in 2015. Catherine is continuing to wow audiences both locally and internationally and has just toured with Riverdance on their 2017/2018 tour of China. She is now looking forward to continuing on her travels, creating music and playing in various collaborations throughout the year.

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Catherine Ashcroft's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Emily S
14 days ago
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5 out of 5

Catherine's professionalism was brilliant. She was unable to perform for our wedding. However, her husband stepped in and he played beautifully. We were grateful that she was able to organise an alternative for us and that her husband Steven could play just as well. We had so many comments at our wedding about how lovely it was to hear the pipes being played. We would highly recommend both Catherine and Steven for their communication, professionalism and flexibility to ensure that ‘the show must go on’. It has been lovely working with them both over the last year.

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Iain C
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Catherine was absolutly beautiful,, very professional in playing uillean pipes would re commend Catherine to anyone she was excellent

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Kevin M
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Catherine did what was asked of her and her piping was faultless.

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Sarah W
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Catherine was perfect for our mum’s funeral.

Reply from Catherine Ashcroft
8 months ago

Thank you Sarah. Best wishes.

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Holly P
11 years ago, for a Wedding in Yorkshire
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5 out of 5

So glad Catherine gave us the honour of playing at our wedding. Whilst I walked down the Isle! Absolutely amazing to hear live.

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Catherine Ashcroft's Song list

Si beag si mor - O Carolan
Carolans Concerto
Give me your hand
Rosin Dubh
The Bright Lady
Danny Boy
Amazing Grace
Carrickfergus
Boulavogue
The lonesome boatman
I am sleeping
Lord inchequin
The Parting glass
Caoineadh Cú Chulainn
The bucks of oranmore
Jenny's wedding
Splendid isolation
The lark in the morning
The rolling wave
Haste to the wedding
The morning thrush
Harvest home
Cunla
Red is the rose
Lord Mayo

Catherine Ashcroft's Prices

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Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£300
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional Irish folk, Folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Church service, Recording session, Theatre / Show, New Year's Eve, Private event, Wedding proposal, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Composer, Instrumental teaching
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