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Monkey See Monkey Do

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Folk and Ceilidh band available for Weddings and Functions
Ceilidh band
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Monkey See Monkey Do comprises up to four musicians on fiddle, guitar, clarinet and bodhran. They are available for concerts and ceilidhs, together with their experienced and fun-loving caller. The band work together to create arrangements of folk songs and tunes as well as writing material of their own. Their main influences are from English and Irish folk songs, with a few European folk tunes thrown in for good measure! Since 2015, Monkey See Monkey Do has performed at a number of prestigious venues across the south of England, including Winchester Folk Club, The Fo’c’sle Folk Club and Folklights. Having taken time to hone their repertoire since the release of their EP, ‘Colouring Outside the Lines’ (2014), the band has since released their debut album, ‘The Night Out’ (2018) available on all good streaming platforms. Monkey See Monkey Do are perform at major folk festivals including Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and The South Downs Folk Festival. Review of their album, The Night Out: “A cracking album” – Mike Harding (ex-host of the BBC 2 Folk Show) “Thoroughly enjoyable” – Songlines Magazine “A genuine delight” – FATEA Records

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Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Monkey See Monkey Do's Song list

• Star of the County Down
• Galway Girl
• Bee’s Wing
• Folsom Prison Blues
• Dirty Old Town
• Johnny No Legs
• Fat Bottomed Girls
• Sweet Child O’Mine
• The Way I Tend to Be
• Wagon Wheel
• Alexander the Great (original song)
• Pound a Week Rise
• John Barleycorn
• Little Sister
• Second Best
• Johnny Come Lately
• Piquer la Baleine
• Like a Hobo
• I Uesta Lover
• Country Life
Tune Sets
• Superfly
• Farewell to Erin
• Hanley’s Tweed/ Last Night’s Fun/ Stomach Steinway Man
• Traveller’s Joy/Tam Lin
• Maj Hornpipe/Min Reel
• D reels
• A+E reels
• Savage Set
• The Night Out/ The Hangover (original tune set)
• Morpeth Rants
• Spootiskerry/Catharsis
• The Plane Tree
• Horizonto/Jiggery Pokerwork
• Gravel Walk/Musical Priest
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The key to a great ceilidh is that everyone feels involved, and the fun and vibrant energy complements the day's celebrations. Our clients frequently tell us they couldn't resist the urge to get up and dance once the tunes begin!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We've performed at a number of venues including Purbeck Valley Folk Festival Wimborne Folk Festival Chester Folk Festival Larmer Tree Gardens Rhinefield House Hotel Lulworth Castle East Afton Farmhouse The Bear of Rodborough and many more... and that's just in 2023!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a band with a strong focus on traditional repertoire, we are steeped in the classics from Bellowhead, Whapweasal and Faustus to Mad Dog McRae. Ceilidh tunes from across the British Isles are the lifeblood of our set, but for the right event we can even slip in a little Johnny Cash or Queen.

Can you perform covers?

We have a range of modern songs we're happy to perform in addition to the traditional Ceilidh music. However, we are not a covers band.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our standard line-up is: fiddle, guitar, clarinet and bodhran + caller (for ceilidhs). However, if you would like a particular instrument, just let us know as we often collaborate with other musicians.

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?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we are able to provide background music inbetween sets as part of the service. Although we do not offer a DJ service, we are able to offer a disco service using our lights, together with a pre-prepared playlist from a phone, for an additional fee.

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!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic caller as part of our Ceilidh band who teaches the dances throughout the evening, in a fun and inclusive way so that everyone can join in. It is always a lot of fun!

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) included in your quote?

Yes! We provide all of the equipment that we need to perform and this is included in the quote.

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 may be able to do this for you so please do ask.
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Monkey See Monkey Do's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Mr B
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Monkey See Monkey Do were outstanding at our wedding. Seamless set-up, a great caller, and really well played music (according to those in the crowd far more musically educated than I am!). Can't recommend them enough.

Reply from Monkey See Monkey Do
1 month ago

Thank you for having us at your wedding, George. It was an absolute pleasure to play for such a lovely crowd of dancers. Many congratulations to you both!

Clare M
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Everything was great. The guests loved the ceilidh - lots of enthusiastic feedback about how good it was.

Reply from Monkey See Monkey Do
2 months ago

Thank you for having us Clare. We had a great time and many congratulations to you both!

Ruth M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening was had by all. A wonderful, lively and talented band. Thank you so much!

Reply from Monkey See Monkey Do
2 months ago

Thanks Ruth. It was wonderful to play for you!

Meg J
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely excellent, thanks so much for such a brilliant, fun and memorable evening!

Reply from Monkey See Monkey Do
8 months ago

Thanks for having us Meg and congratulations again to you and Mark! We had a fantastic time. Wonderful to play to such a lovely crowd - we were particularly impressed with your baskets during the ceilidh!

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From other customers:

Claire H
5 years ago, for a Wedding in New Forest National Park
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for organising a fantastic ceilidh on Saturday night for our daughter's wedding party - your music was just what we needed and you had everyone up and dancing!! We've had loads of lovely comments from our guests and I will certainly be recommending you if anyone is after a band!!

Hayley K
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Lyndhurst Rd
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5 out of 5

"Fantastic music. A really special addition to our big day!"

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