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Monkey See Monkey Do

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About Monkey See Monkey Do

Folk and Ceilidh band available for Weddings and Functions
Ceilidh band
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Monkey See Monkey Do is a band of four young musicians from Southampton and London. Aaron Horlock (guitar, lead vocals), Sam Horlock (fiddle, backing vocals), Helen Gentile (clarinet, backing vocals) and Matt Aldous (bodhran, backing vocals) 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 performing at major folk festivals in 2021, including Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and The South Downs Folk Festival. Critical review of 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

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
2nd Encoreversary
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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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

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 actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this 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 are happy to do this for you.


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Vicki B, 1 month ago

Thank you so much Monkey See Monkey Do we thought you were amazing at our wedding last weekend! The guiter and fiddle players were great whilst we had our drinks reception and were a perfect welcome to our guests. The ceilidh and caller were fantastic and all our guests thoughourly enjoyed themselves! It was so lovely to see everyone joining in and dancing even people that I thought wouldn't- such a good thing to see post covid restrictions lifted. Our particular highlight was the way the band were able to source an Uillean Pipe player who integrated with band perfectly and was such a unique touch. This was the same for the caller who also was a fantastic addition and communicated with myself and husband all evening to fit in with our plans. Thank you all so much again, we will definetly be recommending you to all!

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Ali M, 1 year ago

Absolutely fantastic! What a talented and lovely group. They were so professional and accommodating. The afternoon was a huge success and people are still talking about how much they enjoyed the band. Thank you so much!

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Claire W, 1 year ago

A great evening with great music. The band was flexible and accommodated our wishes. Thank you.

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Claire H, 2 years ago

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!!

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Hayley K, 2 years ago

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

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