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The Gatecrashers

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About The Gatecrashers

We're The Gatecrashers! Between the 6 of us we probably have 800+ years of professional gigging experience (we're good at music not maths).
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During COVID-19 we were quiet,lonely musicians. Then when we were allowed to join forces we became loud and less lonely. Our members: Orla Cunningham (lead vocals) - background in performing and entertaining. Orla brings theatricality and impressive award winning vocals to the mix. Ryan Belshaw (vocals and rhythm guitar) - Owner and operator of The Musician Academy in Lisburn. Ryan can play many instruments and has been in many bands. Matt Milford (keys) - Matt hails from a theatrical dynasty. Matt has been performing and arranging music for large scale performances since before Myspace became a thing. Conor Cunningham (lead guitar) - married to Orla, but also objectively very handsome and talented. Has played in some of Northern Ireland's most prestigious bands. John Poland (drums) - Owner and operator of JMP Drums tuition. John has played in so many bands and covered so many genres that it baffles my small mind. He's very good, and also a farmer. Max Couhig (bass) - full time multi instrumental tutor at The Musician Academy. He's very quiet and mysterious and talented.

Covers, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Opera, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Cabaret, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Disco, Motown, Tribute, Vintage, Top 40, R&B, Soul, Classic rock, Glam rock, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Song list

1. Let me entertain you
2. Keep on movin'
3. Maria
4. Crazy in love
5. Treasure
6. Levitating
7. About Damn Time
8. Feel like a woman
9. Tennessee Whiskey
10. Country Roads
11. 9 to 5
12. Shotgun
13. Johnny B Goode
14. Proud Mary
15. Hey Ya
16. Superstition
17. Oh What a Night
18. Dancing in the street
19. Sir Duke
20. Purple Rain
21. Black Velvet
22. Sweet Caroline
23. Walking on sunshine
24. Stacy's Mom
25. Mr Brightside
26. Sex on Fire
27. Valerie
28. All about that bass
29. Abba Medley
30. Don't stop me now
31. Don't stop Believin'
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

When possible we will have our 2 advertised singers, but should Orla not be available you will still have Ryan and vice versa. In an emergency we do have fantastic dep singers available. Our reputation is for high quality singing, and this is something we strive to maintain.

Do you have different line-up options?

We can cater to many tastes and needs. For example, Matt and Orla are available for classical / crossover gigs. Orla trained as a classical soprano. With the band, we can really mix up the styles and sound dependent on who is available. We also have many friends in the NI musician community and should you need brass section, we can arrange this.

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

We will try to work with you and sort something out. We will never leave you in the lurch. We're pretty flexible.

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

Absolutely we can. 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.

How much time do you need to set up?

We need 45 minutes. This ensures we have everything perfect. We usually arrive in plenty of time to accommodate this.

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 & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes, unless you need something specialised. We work with many AV technicians and can arrange additional equipment.

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 small fee for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc


From customers:

Veronica (
2 years ago

The Gatecrashers saved the day when my original wedding band had to cancel last minute due to covid 19. The band were lively and we had great craic dancing all night.

Thomas M
1 year ago

The Gatecrashers were available as a 5 piece (no keys) and really rocked the Barge at a corporate Christmas party night. The clients were thrilled as they had expected a 2 piece!