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About Head North

Hypnotic harmonies, magical melodies, tight tunes & driven rhythms served up with big smiles and bags of energy.
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Folk band
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Having strong Scottish roots, we play a mix of traditional folk tunes and songs along with some of our original compositions. Traditional reels, jigs and marches are given contemporary arrangements, together with rich songs in three-part harmony. Somewhat unusually, our ages range from 20s to early 70s, which at times makes life interesting but in fact only serves to enhance the creative mix. We have all been together for over ten years and have played at a number of great festivals including Larmer Tree, Carfest, Wilderness, Belladrum, Blissfields, Cornbury, and Big Feastival. In addition, we perform at folk nights, charity gigs, weddings and parties, with many an annual repeat . We find that our music truly appeals across the generations, and when performing storming instrumentals and upbeat vocal numbers, it’s not uncommon for the audience to start an impromptu dance wherever they can find space or even leap on a table. The energy lives on for set dances, where we can provide a caller to suit beginners and old hands alike.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Ae Fond Kiss
Alexandra Leaving
Animal Reels
Ashokan Farewell
Bamfields JV
Barren Rocks
Belle o Belfast
Bonnie Lass
Both Sides the Tweed
Caroll Rock
Cock 'o the North etc
Come by the Hills
Constant lovers
De'il Amang the Tailors etc
Down in the Willow Gdn
Drunken Piper etc
Fairytale of NY
Galway Girl
Garvelloch Isles
Green Fields of France
Gugahunter set
Headlands Set
Helen Scott / Dark Island
Macrimmond Inverness/ High Rd / 79th's
Island of St Helena
Irish reels
Kid on the Mountain etc
Lark in the clear air
Leaving of Stoer
Leire's Welcome / Celanova
Meet me on the Corner
Meti reels
Milky Way etc
Mingulay Boat Song
My Boy Jack
New Rigged Ship etc
New York Girls
Parting Glass
Rocky Road to Dublin
Sally’s Wedding
Scandinavian set
Secret Life of Roses
Serena's Wedding
Shetland Reels
Song for Ireland
Sound of Sleat
Swedish Waltzes
Sweet Sixteen
The Foxhunter
The Pearl
The Ruby
Touch the Sky
Turkey in the Straw
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Mountain Thyme
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

High energy sets of tunes interspersed with some spellbinding singing

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Larger festivals include Larmer Tree, Carfest, Wilderness, Belladrum, Blissfields, Cornbury, and Big Feastival,

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

Main stage at Cornbury and Belladrum - albiet early in the day!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes with 3 vocalists and many different instrumental combinations we can be versatile with the line up and numbers

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

Yes - but just an iPod playlist

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance

Can you roam around while you perform?

We move around quite a lot, there are plans to go wireless to increase the roaming area but nothing in place as yet

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


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

PA not lighting

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes - with a charge from £25 to £100 - depending on the complexity of the song or set of tunes


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Green C, 1 year ago

Head North were the show stoppers when they first performed for us in 2015 that they immediately became an annual fixture. Amazing music from slow airs to breakneck speed jigs and reels. Wonderful songs sung in glorious harmony and when asked to do an encore we were treated to a full 12 minutes of brilliant music!!! Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and uplifting. Every year this concert sells out as everyone who comes returns and bring friends. Head North remain the highlight of our year and the only band with a guaranteed slot on our calendar.

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Tinx N, 2 years ago

Head North have played at Albury Music Festival a few times, and they always get the audience on their feet dancing. They are not only skilled musicians, they are also incredibly nice to work with - good humoured, flexible and very professional. Their tunes range from beautiful Celtic ballads to lively jigs and they will adapt the playlist to appeal to the audience - in Albury’s case, music lovers who range from age 5 to 95. We are big fans of Head North, and always welcome them back.

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