Celtic folk band

Chilly Red

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Celtic folk band

Ian Burke and Mark Williams formed their first band together whilst at school 41 years ago, back then everything was heavy metal and glam rock, their musical taste and experience has widened since then. The band name Chilly Red came from combining their school days nicknames Mark 'Chilly' Williams and Ian 'Red' Burke (latterly known as Red Hot Red in 80s rock band ROX). The band was formed in 2015 to play a one off summer solstice gig. which rekindled the live performance bug and with the addition of Helen the band has gone from strength to strength gigging on average two to three nights a week. Ian Burke started as lead guitarist with 80s rock band ROX and has played some of the UK's most prestigious venues including the original London Marquee Club, Hammersmith Odeon and Manchester Apollo to name but a few. Now on his third solo album, Chilly Red is a perfect outlet for his acoustic playing. Mark Williams is a blues / folk influenced musician who has played in many bands and as a solo act throughout the years in various roles, including vocalist, bass player and guitarist. A seasoned singer and acoustic player Mark is soon to launch his first solo album of original blues based music. Helen Burke has played flute for many years and joins Chilly Red to add Irish whistle, vocals and percussion to enhance the acoustic vibe. As well as their own original songs, Chilly Red perform their own unique arrangements covering songs by some of the great artists spanning the last 50 Years. A full Bob Marley medley and extensive Celtic set, shows the broad span of material included to cater for most musical tastes. Set list includes songs by..... Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison, Mumford and sons, Newton Faulkner, Joan Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Snow Patrol, Neil Young, The Pogues, David Bowie, The Everly Brothers, Van Morrison …… Plus many more

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Folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Acoustic, Pop, Covers, Reggae
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Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Chilly Red's Song list

Black is the colour
The Fields of Athenry
Whisky in the jar
Racing me goat
Black velvet band
Galway Girl
The Irish Rover
Wild Rover
7 Drunken nights
Peggy Gordon
Dirty old town / Dueling banjos
Sally Maclennane
Fairy tail of New York
Paddy McGinties Goat
Danny Boy
Spancil Hill
Ride on
Star of the County Down
Tell me Ma
The green fields of France
Fisherman’s blues
The Boatman
Little Lion man
Mmmm Song
The man who can’t be moved
Space oddity
Love Hurts
Olivers Army
Little palaces
Kiss me
One of us
Babe I'm gonna leave you
Black Velvet
Brown eyed girl
Mustang Sally
Runaway train
Handbags and glad rags
Dreadlock Holiday
Chasing cars / Redemption Song
Bob Marley Medley
Rockin in the free World
Mystery Girl
I Drove all night
Dream catch me
Nobody Knows
Tears in heaven
Is she really going out with him
Pub with no beer
Dukinfield Brothel
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can perform as a 2 piece or a 3 piece Guitar/ mandolin/ vocals/ percussion Guitar/ banjo/ bass/ vocals Irish whistle/ flute/ vocals/ percussion

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

Just let us know

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


How much time do you need to set up?

About an hour.. but if needs be we can set up in around 45 mins

Can you roam around while you perform?

Not really....

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

Yes, just let us know your favourites

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

Yes... full show included

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If given enough time we can learn requested songs

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We always get involved with the audience... If they’re having a good time, we’re having a good time.... A good rapport is an important attribute.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We’ve played a mixture of pubs, clubs, private functions....

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to mention

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

We headlined the acoustic stage at several music festival events
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Chilly Red's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Colin J
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Great guys. Really professional and everyone enjoyed it. Will be booking them again 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

From other customers:

Karla R
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Market St
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5 out of 5

A must see band lovely guys with plenty of character and fantastic variety of music ... what more can I say been hooked since I First saw them

Lynn H
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Limehurst Ave
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5 out of 5

Chilly Red are a brilliant trio, singing and playing everything from Irish music to Reggae. They certainly get the party going.

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