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John Devine

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Uilleann piper, Whistle player and Traditional Irish multi instrumentalist. More than 30 years experience. Weddings and Funerals
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I am a multi instrumentalist, Singer, composer and Uilleann piper with more than 30 years experience performing and recording. I learned my traditional Irish music on the Irish session scene, in and around London, since the mid 1970s. I have been working with families for more than 30 years on musical arrangements for special events be it Wedding, Funeral or other special Celebration and have always been well received. I was regularly called upon to play at receptions held in the Irish Embassy London between 2007 and 2021 and I coordinated a group that are the first Musicians to ever perform traditional Irish Music at a Royal Reception in Buckingham Palace in 2013. I also got an opportunity to perform for King Charles and Queen Camilla in 2022 when they visited the Irish Cultural Centre London. I also write and record original music and released my debut Solo Album ‘P.L.A.Y.’ , in 2009, followed by two further studio albums, ‘The Devine Waters’ in 2011, ‘An Lon Dubh’ 2012 , plus the EP ‘The Gap Between the Two Trapezes’ 2015. My latest Album, ‘Notions’ was released to critical acclaim in May 2022. I Toured and recorded with ‘Grunge Folk’ legend Wild Willy Barrett for more than 15 years and recently recorded with Guitar legend Gordon Giltrap, Tom Toomey (Zombies) and Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson). I have been collaborating on creative projects with Irish Poet, Playwright and Author Seamus O’Rourke since 2017. I recently toured with ‘The Messages’ that feature members of Celtic Super group ‘Kila’ and ‘The Hank Wangford Band’. I spent the end of 2022 performing Folk music on Cunard Ocean Liners Queen Mary 2 and The Queen Victoria and visited Amsterdam, Norway, New York and the Caribbean. Nice things people have said about My Album ‘Notions’ ‘Totally and absolutely Brilliant” Mike Harding, Folk Legend, Performer and Broadcaster. Host of ‘The Folk Podcast’ “A Work of Genius.......Probably” Guitar Legend Gordon Giltrap ‘This Album Consistently hits the spot” R&R Magazine

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John's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Irene A
25 days ago
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5 out of 5

John added such a special touch with stunning music! It added the Celtic feel and like we were back in Ireland at our wedding ☘️communication was excellent!

Reply from John
24 days ago

Hi Irene, It was a joy for me to be a part of your Wedding celebrations and to finally get to meet you. Thanks for your kind words, it means a great deal to me. I wish you both a very happy future together. Jx

Kerri R
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

John was the business from start to finish- from the moment we started communicating with him, everything was nice and easy, and stress free for our wedding day plan. He arrived on the day way ahead of schedule, was set up and played us into our venue, and then to our guests while having dinner. It really made the atmosphere perfect. John is incredibly talented and it was a pleasure to have him play on our wedding day. Thanks John, you're a gent! Mr and Mrs Lawlor

Reply from John
3 months ago

Thanks for your kind words Kerri. I loved being part of your special day. J x

From other customers:

Noelette C
5 months ago, for a Corporate event in Hitchin Rd
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5 out of 5

John is an exceptionally gifted multi-instrumentalist who has graced numerous Luton Irish Forum community events over the last 15 years. We were thrilled when he permitted us to use his music collection in our documentary about Luton St Patrick’s Festival, "Paint the Town Green," which significantly enhanced the storytelling. John is an approachable, adaptable, and trustworthy professional.

Rosalind P
1 year ago, for a Concert in 5 Black's Rd
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5 out of 5

The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, the UK’s Premiere Centre for Irish Arts, has presented John Devine, as a solo artist and also with his band ‘Devines’ in concert, on many occasions and we can confirm without hesitation that John and the trio ‘Devines’ are absolutely outstanding acts. During lockdown we invited John’s acoustic trio ‘Devines’ to perform a special Lockdown concert at the ICC, in which they blended a mix of original songs, unique compositions, contemporary arrangements of folk songs and their own unique brand of Irish ‘trad’, on an array of instruments, including uilleann pipes, banjo and saxophone. This free to watch concert created a big and powerful sound it was a huge success which went global and the concert is still being enjoyed throughout the world today. As a solo artist, John is an extremely versatile, gifted multi-instrumentalist and he is also an extraordinary, unique and original singer songwriter, whose songs are poetic, deeply touching and immensely powerful. We were delighted to present the UK launch of John Devine’s album “Notions” here at the ICC in May 2022, which was a sublime concert, blending ‘Irish trad’ with rock, jazz and contemporary sounds and even incorporating poetry and the spoken word. The concert here at the ICC raised certainly the rafters and attracted a sell-out crowd. Because we consider John Devine to be a unique, high quality, musical artist, we have often invited him to be a special live guest on our monthly Irish arts Radio Show “Bright Side Of The Road” – which is broadcast on Portobello Radio, London most exciting Independent Radio station. We also invited John to be one of the special Irish musicians to perform for King Charles and Queen Camilla when they made a special Royal Visit to the ICC in 2022. We can absolutely assure you that John and Devines are top class acts who are reliable, highly professional and who always provide excellent first class entertainment.

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John's Song list

Funeral Music - Most requests can be met, if there is sufficient time between booking and your event. Here are some suggestions
Si Beag Si Mor - O'Carolan
Farewell to Music - O'Carolan
Ag Criost an Siol - O'Rearda
May Morning Dew - Trad
Boulavogue -Trad
Eleanor Plunkett - O'Carolan
The Lark in the clear air
Rights of Man
Danny Boy
Carrick Fergus
The Coolin
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn - River Dance
Oliver Goldsmith's Lament
Amazing Grace
The Lonesome Boatsman - Furys
The Parting Glass
Declan - Donal Lunny
Weddings - Most requests can be met and a bespoke repertoire arranged, if there is sufficient time between booking and your event.
Some suggestions
Haste to the wedding -Irish Jig
The Brides Favourite - Irish Jig
Si Beag Si Mor - O'Carolan
The Lark in the clear air
Fields of Athenry
Raglan Road
Amazing Grace
She Moved through the Fair - Irish Trad
Plenty Irwin - O'Carolan
O'Carolan's Welcome - O'Carolan
The Lack in the Morning - Irish Jig
The Queen of the Rushes - Irish Jig
The Sally Garden
Roisin Dubh - Air Trad Irish
The Wild Rover
Molly Malone
A health to the company
Eleanor Plunket - O'Carolan
Wild Mountain Thyme (will you go Lassie go) - Burns
Dashing White Sergeant - Scottish

John's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£187.50
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£312.50
Up to 3 hours£375


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have often been complimented on the sensitivity of my playing and my ability to perform suitable and appropriate repertoire at events

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in every conceivable venue from Buckingham Palace, Open air markets, The Royal Albert Hall, Cruise Ships, Churches, A Hydro Electric Dam, Cambridge Folk Festival, The London Paladium, On top of a horse drawn Hearse, The Irish Embassy in London, A Festival in a Saw Mill in the Swiss Alps and our local Dementia Cafe Christmas Party

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have so many musical heroes I don't know where to begin. My piping heroes are Mick O'Brian, Paddy Keenan, Padraig McGovern, Jarlath Henderson and on and on, so many great players

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

Probably A Royal reception at Buckingham Palace but Possibly Cambridge Folk Festival or the Royal Albert Hall

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

I will try to be as flexible as I possibly can, within reason. Please let me know of any changes as soon as possible

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

Yes indeed! I have a small PA, big enough for most wedding venues and can stream playlists from your device or mine for an additional £150

How much time do you need to set up?

A simple acoustic piping set does not require much time to set up but I still like to be able to arrive and prepare 45 minutes before performance, minimum. A minimum of 1 hour set up time is required if I'm providing a PA

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

I'm more than happy to discuss repertoire for your event and can happily accommodate your wishes if there is enough preparation time before your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will bring everything I need for your particular event

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn specific pieces for your event if there is enough lead up time
Traditional Irish folk, Folk, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Live looping, Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Producer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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