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Helian is an amazing 4 piece folk band playing covers and originals! Trained and formed at Leeds Conservatoire, book to add some magic!
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Intimate, introspective, and picturesque, Helian's music radiates a warmth that invites you in. They are a five-piece folk band based in Leeds, U.K, blurring the line between modern ethereal sounds and classical instrumentation that spans everything from guitars and cellos, to fiddles and harps. Consisting of Alana (vocals and fiddle), Rhiannon (vocals and flute), Che (guitar), Ben (cello and fiddle), and Niamh (harp), the quintet met at Leeds Conservatoire, where they are all currently in their final year before graduation. Taking influence from the folk traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia, their sound pivots between smooth, shimmery, and high-octane atmospheres, while exploring stories surrounding location, love, loss, nature, the human experience, and family. Having all been making music from their early days, each member of Helian brings a unique pool of experience and talent into the project. Through music, they translate thoughts into something that can actually exist outside of them, allowing a true sense of self-expression that in return can bring positive change in people, help people through difficult times in their life, and create an aura of peace and togetherness in this world. Ultimately, Helian aims to share their music with as many other people as possible, while connecting and relating to others in the process.

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Helian's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Cameron S
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Helian performed at our wedding, providing a beautiful ambience during the reception dinner and making the day come alive. They were so friendly and even played a requested song (many of our guests were thrilled!) Thank you!

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3 months ago


From other customers:

Ben M
2 years ago, for a Concert in 3 Quarry Hill
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5 out of 5

Great sound and good balance! Really enjoyable showcase!

Rosie R
2 years ago, for a Concert in 3 Quarry Hill
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5 out of 5

Great band, lovely sound and great stage presence. Chilled out but engaging.

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Helian's Song list

Rolling Waves
The Mermaid of Zennor
It Ain't easy
Whalley Range
Give me your hand
Tabhair dom do Lamb
Fish ponds
Back to belfast
Road to lisdoonvarna
Snowy mountain
The kesh
Out on the ocean
Kid on the mountain
Da slockit light
Go lassie go
Drowsy Maggi
silver spear
The banshee
King of the fairies
Harvest home
Swallow tail jig
Si bheag si mor
Cluckin' Hen
Cluck Old Hen
Coleman's Cross
College Groves
Colored Aristocracy
Come Dance and Sing
The Congress Reel
The Connaughtman's Rambles
Cooley's Reel
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Cotton Patch Rag
Country Waltz
Crazy Creek
Cricket on the Hearth
Cripple Creek 1
Cripple Creek 2
Cross Eyed Fiddler
Cross Reel
Cuckoo's Nest
Cumberland Gap
Dailey's Reel
Dallas Rag
Dance All Night
The Day Dawn
Dennis Murphy's Polka
Devil's Dream
Dill Pickle Rag
Donald Blue
Donald Cameron's Polka
Done Gone
Don Tremaine's Reel
Double File
Dowd's Favorite
Down the Broom I Draggin' the Bow
Drowsy Maggie
Drunken Billy Goat
Drunken Hiccups
Ducks on the Millpond I
Ducks on the Pond
Durang's Hornpipe 1
Durang's Hornpipe 2
Durham's Bull
Jenny Dang the Weaver
Killarney Boys of Pleasure
Maid Behind the Bar
My Love Is in America
Pigeon on the Gate
Sally Gardens
Sligo Maid
St. Anne's Reel
Star of Munster
Swinging on the Gate
The Clare Reel
The Collier's Reel
The Morning Dew
The Silver Spear
The Teetotaler's Reel
The Wise Maid
Tilly Finn's
Walter Sammon's Grandmother
Bunch of Keys 1
Bunch of Keys 2
Castle Kelly's
Cillian's Midnight Dip
Dark Haired Lass
Drowsy Maggie
Dublin Reel
Earl's Chair
Fair Haired Lass
Farewell to Connaught
Fearghail O'Gara
Humours of Tulla
Galway Hornpipe
Harvest Home
Jim Coleman's
Kitty's Wedding
Off to California
Paddy Fahey's Hornpipe
Pride of Petravore
Rights of Man
Casey's Pig
Gan Ainm Fling 1
Gan Ainm Fling 2
Jimmy Lyons
Low Highland
Blarney Pilgrim
Cliffs of Moher
Connachtman's Rambles
Garrett Berry's
I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave
Kesh Jig
Lark in the Morning
Lark on the Strand
Morrison's Jig
Out on the Ocean
Paddy Clancy's
Sty ace tonganary
Lady in the Boat
Lady on the Island
The Laird O'Drumblair Strathspey
Langstrom's Pony
The Lark in the Morning
Larry O'Gaff
Lasses Trust in Providence
Last Night's Joy.
The Last of Callahan
Leather Britches
Lee Highway Blues
Da Lerwicks Lasses
Liberty off the Corn Liquor Still
Lime Rock
Listen to the Mockingbird
Little Burnt Potato
Little Liza Jane
Little Rabbit
Liza Jane I
Loch Earn Reel
Loch Lavan Castle
Lonesome Fiddle Blues
Lord Gordon's Reel
Lord Inchiquin
Lord McDonald's Reel
Lord Mayo I
Lost Indian I
Lost Indian II
Lost John
Lost Train Blues
Louie's First Tune
Maggie Brown's Favorite
The Maid behind the Bar
Maiden's Prayer
The Maid on the Green
Make a Little Boat
Malcolm Finley's Reel
Marching Down Broadway
Martha Campbell
Mary Walker
Mason's Apron
McMahon's Reel
Merrily Kiss the Quaker
The Merry Sisters
Methodist Preacher
Midnight on the Water
Millbank Cottage
Miller's Reel A
Mineola Rag.
Mississippi Hornpipe
Mississippi Sawyer
MisS McLeod's Rect 2
Miss Monahan's Reel
Miss Thornton's Reel
Miss Wedderburn's Reel
Molly Put the Kettle On
Money Musk A
Money Musk B
Monroe's Hornpipe
Morgan Magan
The Morning Dew
Morpeth Rant
The Mouth of the Tobique
Muddy Roads
The Mullingar Races
The Munster Buttermilk
Murphy's Hornpipe
The Musical Priest
My Own House Waltz
Nancy Rowland
New Money
The Nine Points of Roguery
The Oak Tree
Off She Goes
Off to California

Helian's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave Harp and 'cello/violin duo.
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner4 musicians
- 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.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The magical sound and look of the full quartet playing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

In Castles and Caves! Just about everywhere!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Folk Artists mainly, but a good majority of classical and pop artists too!

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

We treat all gigs as high profile! Between us all we've played, to name a few: Sidmouth international folk festival, Glastonbury, Dartmouth Music Festival, The Sheldonian theatre (Oxford), The Princess theatre (Edinburgh) and more!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, quite a few as we are all trained musicians the set combo goes on for in a variety! Here's just a few of the popular ones! Harp/Cello Cello/Violin Guitar/Voice Guitar/Voice/Fiddle

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

Just let us know, we can normally rearrange but will contact you as soon as we have collaborated between the five of us.

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

Yes, although we don't have a whole DJ set-up we can certainly play a pre-agreed playlist of songs through the PA system between sets.

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! If we are playing acoustically then the set up time if dramatically reduced.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No, we are stuck in one spot! The harp is too big! 😊

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum amount of space that we can chat with you about.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc
Folk, Classical crossover, Medieval music, Renaissance, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Early music, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Ceilidh
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