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The Wee Bag Band

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About The Wee Bag Band

The Wee Bag Band's goal is to bring mad, bad, trad, popular and contemporary diddly, diddly IRISH / Celtic music and song to the masses.
Celtic folk band
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Based in North Wales the Wee Bag Band's raison d'être is to bring mad, bad, trad, popular and contemporary diddly, diddly IRISH / Celtic music and song to the masses at pubs, clubs, doos 'n festivals in North Wales, UK, infinity & beyond...... We are a 5 x piece band that has been together over 10 years playing a variety of instruments including guitar, fiddle, bodhran, whistles, harmonica, micro bass, mandolin, banjo & stomp. We must be hitting the notes in the right order as to date our music has take us to many parts of the world including the UK, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, USA, Cuba, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Honduras and even northern Greenland. (it was -32° there...!!!) Looking for a Ceilidh...??? Then Alan our bodhran player and Paul our guitarist are also a dance callers

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Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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The Wee Bag Band's Song list

The Star of the County Down
Follow me up to Carlow
The Blarney Roses
The Rare Auld Times
The Wild Rover
The Irish Rover
Statten Isle
The Ferryman
Botany Bay
Waxies Dargle
Whiskey in the Jar
Spancil Hill
The Green Fields of France
The Fields of Athenry
The Auld Triangle
The Spanish Lady
The Leaving of Liverpool
The Town of Ballybay
The Beggar Man
The Divil is Dead
Farewell to Nova Scotia
I'll Tell Me Ma
The Mountain Dew
Black Velvet Band
Cliffs of Dooneen
Go Lassie Go
Fiddlers Green
Red Rose Cafe
Old Maid in the Garrett
As I Roved Out
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
The Green & Red of Mayo - Saw Doctors
N17 - Saw Doctors
I Useta Love Her - Saw Doctors
Clare Island - Saw Doctors
Vincent Black Lightening - Richard Thompson
Mr. Dreamseller - Lindisfarne
I'm my own GrandPa - Ray Stevens
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Ride On - Christy Moore
Black is the Colour - Christy Moore
Back home in Derry - Christy Moore
Past the Point of Rescue - Hal Ketchum
Johnny don't Go - Jimmy McCarthy
Dirty old Town - Ewan McColl
A Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues
Aisling - The Pogues
You couldn't have come at a better time - Luca Bloome
The Galway Girl - Steve Earl
Copperhead Road - Steve Earl
Keep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family
Belfast Child - Simple Minds
Good Riddance (The Time of your Life) - Greenday
Las Vegas in Donegal - Goats don't Shave
The Irish Pub - Brian Flynn
500 miles - The Proclaimers
Fishermans Blues - Water Boys
Bang on the Ears - Water Boys
Seminole Wind - John Anderson
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
It's the End of the World as we know it - Rem
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Jigs :-
My Darlin' Asleep, Tripping up the stairs,Donneybrook Fair, Timmy Cliffords, Trippers jig, Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore, Morrison's Jig, The Kesh Jig, The bush on the hill, The Battering Ram, Out on the Ocean,The Kilfenora Sexy Jig, Irish Washerwoman, Cock O' the North, Lark in the morning, Old hag you have killed me, The Lark in the Strand, Phuis Fluich, The Dog in the Bush, The Pirates Jig, Banish Misfortune, Hole in the hedge, The Cliffs of Moher, Saddle the Pony, The Mug of Ale, Sport of a Nervous Man.
Angeline the Baker, Miss McLeod's Reel, The Irish Reel, The New Rigged Ship, The Sailors Bonnet, Whiskey for Breakfast, The Gravel Walks, The Temperance Reel, The Whirley Reel, The Red Haired Boy, Dick Gossip Hey Jude (Yep, played as a reel..!), Drowsy Maggie, Music for a found harmonium, Tam Lin, The Masons Apron.
The Sailors Hornpipe , The Fisherman's Hornpipe, Chief O'Neil's Favourite, Off to California, King of the Fairies, Captain Pugwash, The Galtee Hunt, Boys of the Blue Hill, Harvest Home, Bobby Casey's.
Slow airs:-
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór, Ashokan Farewell, West Wind, Roisin Dhu, The Lonesome Boatman, Boulavogue, Inisheer, The Foggy Dew, Fanny Power, Mna na hEireann, Ar Eireann Ni Neasfainn Ce Hi, Planxty Irwin, The Irish Boy, Whistle on the Wind, The Gael, Theme from Titanic.
Something different:-
Zorba the Greek, Cotton Eye Joe, Kalinka, Pachelbel's canon in D, Some Hungarian thingamy that Jules plays on fiddle
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We are a 5 x piece band playing 9 instruments between us. Namely guitar, bass, bass fiddle, bodhran, stomp, banjo, mandolin & harmonica. Coupled with and if looking for a Ceilidh, the 2 of our members are also dance callers.

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

We can with a reasonable amount of notice

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

Yes we have a MP3 player with pre loaded music that fits with our vibe but if you have a device with a 3.5ml jack and prefer to play your music then yes we can pass that through our rig.

How much time do you need to set up?

Typically about 1:15 to 1:30 hrs to set up and 1:00 hr to break down

Can you roam around while you perform?

To a degree. A few of us have wirless links from our instruments back to the desk and our dance caller for Ceilidhs uses a wireless mic.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes we have a large number of songs and tunes we play so please feel free to ask us to include any you particularly like.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We are totally self sufficient. All we need is access to a 13amp socket. Bear in mind we're a 5 x piece band so require a wee bit more space

Can you learn song requests before the event?

As we re always looking for inspiration and so long as it has a Celtic vibe and we can included it as part of the set then yes let us know if there is something in particular and we'll see what we can do

The Wee Bag Band's Reviews

From customers:

Nanhoron H
5 years ago

Morning! Just a quick message to say absolutely fantastic night had by all! Thank you very much! Eager to get another date arranged with you! Hope you enjoyed it!

6 years ago

We saw you at the Conwy Food fest last month. It's our 5th visit there and the 5th time we've seen you play. One word. FANTASTIC!!! Hopefully we'll see you again next ye

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