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London/Scotland based Narnain is a collective of professional musicians who bring quality ceilidh & folk dance music to any special event.
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London/Scotland based Narnain is a collective of professional musicians passionate about bringing traditional dance music to any event. The core members are Aleksandra Henszel (Flute/whistle) and Kenny Cormack (Guitar/Mandolin). Depending on the size of the event and the preference of the client we have a pool of excellent musicians to add to the lineup, as follows: 2 piece: Flute/Whistle + Guitar 3 piece option 1: Flute/Whistle + Guitar + Fiddle 3 piece option 2: Flutes/Whistle + Guitar + Drums/Cajon 4 piece: Flutes/Whistle + Guitar + Fiddle + Drums/Cajon The core members Aleksandra and Kenny both work as professional musicians in many different settings: from Royal Albert Hall with a symphony orchestra to ukulele ensemble in Scotland. They are graduates of top UK music conservatoires and love sharing their passion for traditional music as Narnain. Narnain has performed as a ceilidh band in many different settings and in many different countries. The musicians are extremely versatile and can offer a tailored package to suit your needs: from mellow background music as guests arrive, ceremony music for a wedding, to a professional sound system for speeches or to keep the party going after the live music. Whatever your needs be sure to get in touch and Narnain will make it happen.

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Narnain's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Laura B
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Narnain were absolutely fantastic. They were very engaging, accommodating and friendly. We booked them for an hour at our wedding and they filled the floor. Would definitely recommend, thank you again!

Reply from Narnain
10 months ago

Thank you for your lovely review Laura! We’ve had a great time performing at your wedding. All the best for the future!

Catherine R
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent! Would highly recommend! Very friendly and professional. Flexible and their music and performance is fun and lively!

From other customers:

Colm D
2 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Jeju Island
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5 out of 5

Kenny and Ola played at a St. Patrick's Day event on Jeju island in South Korea. Despite receiving very little notice to do the gig, they performed a wonderful and varied set of Irish tunes that had the entire bar dancing for the first time in years. In a lineup of several different artists, they were many people's highlight of the evening and were a pleasure to work with.

5 years ago

Great music and energy from all of you, thanks for entertaining us!

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Narnain's Song list

Ceilidh Dances:
And For The Young Ones
Borrowdale Exchange
Britannia Two-step
Canadian Barn Dance
Can-Do Ceilidh
Ceilidh Madness
Circassian Big Circle
Circassian Circle
Circle Waltz
Cumberland Jig
Cumberland Square
Dashing White Sergeant
Domino Five
Duke Of Perth
Eightsome Reel
Fairy Ring
Flying Scotsman
Galloping Carousel
Gay Gordons
Gypsy Girl's Headscarf
Gypsy Shawl
Gypsy Thread
Hebridean Weaving Lilt
Highland Welcome (Forbes)
Jamie's Jig (St Amand)
Kelly's Kaper
Knot On A Ferry
Lads and Lassies of Livermore
Lomond Waltz
London Celebration
Melbourne Cup
Nice To See You
Postie's Jig
Pudsey Bear
Sausage Machine
Scottish Man Of War
Scotch Mixer
Sir Andy Murray Of Dunblane
St Bernard's Waltz
Strip The Willow
Terrace Loggers' Jig
Virginia Reel
Waltz Country Dance
Wedding Walk
Welcome To The Dance
Loch Lomond
Auld Lang Syne
The Irish Washerwoman
Danny Boy
Down by the Sally Gardens
Wild Mountain Time
Molly Malones
Bear Dance
Ashokan Farewell
Cooley’s Reel
Drowsy Maggie
Scotland the Brave
Flower of Scotland
Hector the Hero
Oh My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose
Highland Wedding
Highland Cathedral
Motorway Mazurka
JJ Finlay's Reel
Mazurka Limousin
Toss The Feathers
Ril du Forgeron
The Hut on Staffin Island
Star of the County Down
Maggie’s Waltz
Tennessee Waltz
Blue Bossa
Girl from Ipanema
La Bamba
Mambo No. 5
Desperados Theme
Narcos Theme
La Llorona
El Condor Pasa
Chan Chan
Classical Hits
Toreador Song
Air on the G String
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Historie du Tango
Carmen Fantasy
In Ireland
Wedding March
Pachelbel’s Canon
Arrival of Queen Sheeba
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Swan Lake Theme
Radetsky March
Blue Danube
The Swan
Goldberg Variations
Trois Gymnopedies
Minute Waltz
Moonlight Sonata
Danse Macabre
Turkish March
Flight of the Bumblebee
Clair de Lune
Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Ave Maria
Fur Elise
Song Without Words
New World Symphony
Top 40:
Watermelon Sugar
Love Is A Losing Game
Bad Guy
Chasing Pavements
Sunday Morning
Nothing Else Matters
Sign of the Times
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Someone Like You
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Annie’s Song
Hotel California
Your Song
You’re the One that I Want
She’s Like Wind
Killing Me Softly
Boys Don’t Cry
(I’ve Had) the Time of My Love
Tears in Heaven
Love of My Life
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Norwegian Wood
Funky Town
Sultans of Swing
Sweet Child of Mine
Golden Brown
Half The World Away
Thinking Out Loud
I See Fire
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Sound of Silence
Viva La Vida
Forget Me
Thinking Out Loud
If I didn’t Have You
A Whole New World
I Won’t Say I’m in Love
Bare Necessities
Beauty and the Beast
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Colours of the Wind
Under The Sea
You’ve got a Friend in Me
We Don’t Talk About Bruno
Hakuma Matata
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King
I Wanna Be Like You
Noble Maiden Fair
Go the Distance
Be Our Guest
You’ll Be In My Heart
When She Loved Me
Un Poco Loco
Dos Oruguitas
Touch the Sky
Moon River
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat
La vie en rose
Golden Eye
Somewhere My Love
Pirates of the Caribbean Theme
My Heart Will Go On
Cantina Band Theme
Game of Thrones Theme
Lord of the Rings Themes
Harry Potter Themes
Pride and Prejudice Themes
Honour Him
Peaky Blinders Theme
Shrek Theme
Baby Elephant Walk
The Godfather Theme
Edward Scissorshands Theme
Forrest Gump
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
You Only Live Twice
Light Jazz:
Cheek to Cheek
The Nearness of You
All of Me
Blue Bossa
What a Wonderful World
You are the Sunshine of my Life
All the Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
Fly Me to the Moon
Don’t Know Why
Blue Moon
The Way You Look Tonight
Strangers in the Night
The Girl from Ipanema
Isn’t She Lovely
Hit the Road Jack
On the Sunny Side of the Street
My Funny Valentine
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
My Baby Don’t Care for Me
I Got Rhythm
I’m Confessin’
Just the Two of Us
Cry Me a River
Watermelon Man
Cantaloupe Island
Everything Happens to Me
But Not for Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Night and Day
Night in Tunisia
Take the ‘A’ Train
The Chicken
Green Onions

Narnain's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£560
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£750
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes, no problem. We have a range of modern covers we're happy to perform in addition to the traditional Ceilidh music.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-ups are as follows: 2 piece: Flute/Whistle + Guitar 3 piece option 1: Flute/Whistle + Guitar + Fiddle 3 piece option 2: Flutes/Whistle + Guitar + Drums/Cajon 4 piece option: Flutes/Whistle + Guitar + Fiddle + Drums/Cajon

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.

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 so just let us know whether you already have one, or don't need one, so we can adjust our line-up accordingly!

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?

Our PA is included in your 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. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, Virtual event
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