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The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!

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About The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!

The Celtic Collective & Acoustica are London's finest with years of experience playing Celtic music. Plus jazz, pop & country with Acoustica
Celtic folk band
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The collective is formed from musicians who have known each other and played together for years. They have come together in various formations to play at ceilidhs, concerts halls, pubs and festivals, private parties and corporate events. You name it they've played it. From traditional tunes and songs by The Chieftains, Planxty and The Bothy Band to more contemporary repertoire of the likes of Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Mary Black and The Corrs the Celtic Collective have it covered. Acoustica! take the repertoire to another level adding pop and jazz standards with Americana and country favourites. Extremely versatile and perfect for a range of events requiring a little bit of everything or a mix of particular styles.

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The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!'s Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sebastiaan E
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent band. Played their hearts out and everything we could have asked for.

Reply from The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!
2 months ago

Many thanks Seb. It was a brilliant idea and it worked perfectly. Very happy we could help to make it a wonderful evening. Paul

Teresa T
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant from start to finish! I was let down by another band and Paul kindly accepted the booking. He was super professional and the music was excellent. Our guests had a really jolly time and we had so many comments about what fun everyone had had. The caller was patient and had just the right amount of humour. Can’t thank you all enough for making our evening so special!

Reply from The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!
6 months ago

Thanks so much for your lovely review. It was a special evening and a delight to see everyone dancing, all ages even the little ones. Truly wonderful and a joy for us to be a part of it all. Paul

Jessica G
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Celtic Collective were fantastic. Paul, Jason and Elliot led the Ceilidh at my charity event. Despite it being in the middle of the heatwave and the room being like a sauna, they were great at getting everyone on their feet and involved. We had mostly beginners for the Ceilidh but everyone got stuck in and was enthusiastic to learn the dances. Highly recommend them - thanks team!

Reply from The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!
7 months ago

Hi Jess, Many thanks for your wonderful review. It certainly was hot but that did stop everyone dancing. Fantastic evening! Congratulations on organising such a successful charity event. Paul

Terry D
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic! We had a very mixed group of people and Paul read the room perfectly. It wasn’t a question of getting everyone dancing - we just couldn’t stop ourselves. And the music was great , not just in terms of the seriously good musicianship, but also in the wonderfully eclectic song choices - from Irish to traditional Jamaican songs and then back to soul classics and The Beatles. You can really trust these guys with your party, and I can’t recommend them enough! Terry, London

Reply from The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!
7 months ago

Hi Terry, Thank you so much for your for your wonderful detailed review. It was a pleasure to perform for you all and to see everyone up and dancing especially on such a hot sunny afternoon. Best wishes, Paul

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From other customers:

Frank W
15 years ago, for a Corporate event in Cambridge
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5 out of 5

Hi Paul, Just thought you might like to see the email below! Best wishes, Jennifer -- Matters Musical Limited The Loft Rear of 8 West Street Dorking Surrey RH4 1BL Tel: 01306 741007 Fax: 01306 741008 Email: [email protected] Web: www.mattersmusical.com ------ Forwarded Message Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 18:37:30 +0000 (GMT) To: Matters Musical Ltd <[email protected]> Subject: Re: The Celtic Collective Agreement Dear Frank, This is just to say that The Celtic Collective were fabulous on Saturday evening! The audience loved them - Paul is a superb singer, poetry reader and musician, the other members of the band were excellent, very professional, and the girls dancing was mesmerising. They had to contend with a misunderstanding over the sound and lighting system but despite that they all performed brilliantly. We will definitely invite them back and I'm sure there will be other feedback from this gig. With very many thanks, Jenny

Customer 2
3 years ago

St Patricks day performance at The Wharf in Twickenham. “Best St Patricks’ night ever!”

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The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!'s Song list

A Celtic Song Selection
Galway Girl
I'll Tell Me Ma
Molly Malone
Down by the Sally Gardens
Black is the Colour
Star of the County Down
Fields of Athenry
The Lark in the Morning
The Black Velvet Band
Whiskey in the Jar
Nancy Spain
The Good Ship Kangaroo
Johnny Jump Up
Ride On
Will You Go Lassie Go
Don't Come Again
The Wild Rover
Marie's Wedding
Waxies Dargle
Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
The Curragh of Kildare
The Rattlin’ Bog
Galway Shawl
Irish Rover
Fisherman's Blues
When will we be Married
Dirty Old Town
I Useta Lover
Sing All Our Cares Away
Brown Eyed Girl
Bright Side of the Road
I Wanna Dance with You
The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Wagon Wheel
Country Roads
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
She Moves through the Fair
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling/If You’re Irish
A Selection of Celtic tunes:
The Lark D/Rakes of Kildare - Am
The Salamanca - C/ The Flogging Reel - G/ Farewell to Erin - Am
Morrisons - E/ The Kesh - G/ The Lilting Banshee - AmThe Cliffs of Moher - Am
Si Beag Si Mor - D
Hornpipes: The Boys of Bluehill - D/ Harvest Home - D/ the Rights of Man - Em
The Pinch of Snuff - D - Good tune to start slow and speed up.
Th Mason's Apron - A
The Tarbolton and The Star of Munster - Em and - Am Reels
Catharthis - Gm/ Dinky's - A/ plus a Bb tune TBC
Music for a Found Harmonium - D
The Irish washerwoman - G
Drowsy Maggie - Em)
The Butterfly and The Kid on the Mountain - slip jigs - Em
The Sea Captains - E or - F
The Silver Spear - D
The Silver Spire - D another good one to start slow and speed up.
King of the Fairies - Em
The Little Stack of Wheat - G available on The session
Caliope House - E
The wind that shakes the barley - D
Ceilidh and Covers.
More of the above tunes for Ceilidh dancing plus a selection of the songs below.
Crazy Little thing Called Love - Queen
Budapest - George Ezra
Shotgun - George Ezra
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Watermelon Sugar High - Harry Styles
Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Theme from Game of Thrones
Is This Love - Madness
You’ve Got A Friend in Me - Toy Story
Bright Side of the Road - Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues
How Sweet it is to be loved by You - James Taylor
I'm a Believer - The Monkees/Shrek
Day Dream Believer - The Monkees
Fishermans Blues - The Waterboys
I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers
Save the last Dance for me - Michael Buble
Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson
Make you Feel My Love - Adele
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Jolene - Dolly
I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
Sway - Michael Buble
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
The Beatles:
Penny Lane
Obladi Oblada
All My Loving
Ticket to Ride
Lady Madonna
Jambalya - Emmylou Harris
Walking the Dog
Twisting the Night Away - Rod Stewart)
Blue Moon E*
The Devil went Down to Georgia Dm
Valerie - Winehouse/Zutons
You Never Can Tell (C'est La Vie) - Chuck Berry
Me and Julio - Paul Simon
Bablyon - David Gray
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Take These Chains - Ray Charles
Delilah - Tom Jones/Alex Harvey
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
Burning Love - Elvis
Mamma Mia - Abba
Dancing Queen
Dream a Little Dream of Me - The Mamas and Papas
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
Viva Las Vegas - Elvis
Hound Dog/Blue Suede Shoes/That’s Allright
Suspicious Minds - Elvis
You Send me - Sam Cooke
You Are the Sunshine of my Life - Stevie Wonder
Mambo Italiano
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash/Jimmy Cliff
Have You Ever Seen the Rain G (Credence Clearwater)
You are my Sunshine - The Soggy Bottom Boys
Hey Good Looking
Three Little Birds / Everything's gonna be all right - B Marley
Dancing in the Street
Purple Rain - Prince
King of the Swingers
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
Them There Eyes
Jeeper Creepers
The Glory of Love
Happy Feet
The Acoustica Songlist:
New selected songlist 2021
How Sweet it is – Smoky Robinson/James Taylor
Fire and Rain D -James Taylor
Everybody’s Talking – Harry Nilsson
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Watermelon Sugar High – Harry Styles
Budapest E - George Ezra
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Sweet Caroline A – Neil Diamond
I’m A Believer
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Crocodile Rock E – Elton John
SOS – Abba
Mama Mia – Abba
Dancing Queen – Abba
Dance The Night Away – The Mavericks
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Three Little Birds –
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
A Hard Days Night – The Beatles
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Ticket to Ride– The Beatles
All My Loving - The Beatles
Hey Jude
Obladi Oblada - The Beatles
Mr Bojangles E – Robbie Williams/ Jerry Jeff Walker
Hallelujah Bb - Leonard Cohen
Punky’s Dilemma
The Boxer
Me and Julio – Paul Simon
Stand By Me - Ben E King
True Colours – Cindy Lauper
La Bamba
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Moondance -
Bright Side of the Road–
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Aint Misbehavin – Fats Waller
You’d be so nice to come home to – Cole Porter
Dream A Little Dream of Me –Mamas and Papas
God Only Knows E - The Beach Boys
All of Me –
Cheek to Cheek
Them There Eyes
The Glory of Love
I’ve Got You under my Skin
If I Only had a Brain
They Can’t Take that Away from Me - Gershwin
My Blue Heaven
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
May you Never E - John Martyn
Bablyon C - David Gray
Twisting the Night Away G - Rod Stewart
Waterloo Sunset
Sunny Afternoon Bm -The Kinks
Take These Chains E - Ray Charles
C’est La Vie You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Galway Girl – Steve Earle
Hey Good Looking – Hank Williams
Blue Moon
Save the Last Dance for me
You are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
Waterloo Sunset
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Starman – David Bowie
Singing the Blues – Guy Mitchell
Proud Mary
Bad Moon Rising– Creedence Clearwater Revival
It Must Be Love – Labi Siffre/Madness
You are my Sunshine/
In the Jailhouse Now/ Man of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
I Wanna Dance with You – John Prine
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Deliah Dm -Tom Jones/Alex Harvey
Hungry Heart A - Bruce Springsteen
Burning Love B - Elvis
That’s Allright/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Houndog - Elvis
Bye Bye Love/Dream – Everly Bros
I Wanna Be Like You
The Bare Necessities
Jeepers Creepers
Jolene – Dolly Parton
American Pie – Don McLean
Country Roads – John Denver
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
When You’re Smiling
Mississippi Delta Blues
Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
Deep River Blues
Honky Tonk Blues/ Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
A selection of other instrumental and international folk music.
The Tarantella (Italian folk tune)
La Cumparsita (Argentina tango)
Libertango (Argentina tango)
La Mer (French)
Khossid Dances (klezmer)
Manha de Carnaval (Brazil)
East Tennessee Blues (Bluegrass)
Midnight on the Water (American folk Waltz)
Ragtime Annie (American folk dance tune)
Ashokan Farewell (Popular American air)
Dark Eyes (Klezmer)
The Entertainer (Ragtime)
Black and White Rag (Ragtime)
Winter in Buenos Aires
Man of Constant Sorrow
La Bamba
Hava Nagila
Tune for a found Harmonium
The Godfather Theme
Game of Thrones theme
Romanza (Spanish guitar)
Lagrima ((Spanish guitar)
Scarborough Fair
Shifting Sands (middle East)
Misirlou (Greek)
And many more!

The Celtic Collective & Acoustica!'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£800
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£1200
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

There are various line-ups to chose from: Duos, trios and quartets can mix and match between guitar, violin, accordion, bodhran/percussion, double bass, piano, banjo or flute.

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 cost depending on the extra time required.

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!”

Can you roam around while you perform?

“Yes - we either perform acoustically or with microphones attached to our instruments so we can move around freely.”

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 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."

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. ”
Traditional Irish folk, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Ragtime, Swing, Acoustic, Covers, Americana, Pop
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Recording session, Charity event, Corporate event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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