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The Worried Men of Gower

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About The Worried Men of Gower

Swansea's #1 folk band! Guaranteed to get the party going. We can play for any event, big or small!
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Living and working on and around the Gower, Swansea, The Worried Men of Gower are a super flexible folk band that can play as a duo, trio or larger group depending on what you require. Our aim is to have fun and to make sure those we play for are having fun, too! We play birthday parties, weddings, corporate events, Ceilidhs, barn dances and everything else. Our repertoire is very diverse including jazz, rock, pop, and of course lots of traditional folk music and favourite drinking songs from around the British Isles.

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The Worried Men of Gower's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Leanne C
7 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Worried Men of Gower played our wedding and it was wonderful. We had a few ceilidh dances and they also played some covers for us, including a cover of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters for our first dance. Our guests enjoyed thoroughly and some even asked us how much it would cost to have the band keep playing! The energy was perfectly balanced between fun and romantic, we couldn’t have asked for a better performance and would recommend these guys to anyone.

Reply from The Worried Men of Gower
7 months ago

Aww, thanks very much Leanne! It was a real pleasure to be asked to perform as part of your special day.

Hannah B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

I booked The Worried Men of Gower for my wedding on 11/03/23 and they were fantastic! Communication was great and they happily accommodated our requests for Orcadian ceilidh dances. All of our guests had an amazing time, we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you so much!

Reply from The Worried Men of Gower
1 year ago

Thank you for such a lovely review, Hannah! It was a pleasure to learn your special requests and to perform for you and your guests :)

Jennifer D
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

The band were fantastic and played at our wedding.

Reply from The Worried Men of Gower
1 year ago

Thanks Jenny, it was a pleasure to sing and play for you and your guests!

Karrie W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We loved The Worried Men of Gower, they were professional from the start of the Booking process, prompt, fun and the wedding guests loved them. Alexander was very kind and checked that everything was as it should be and followed up after the event. Thoughtful, well organised, value for money, well presented and fun. Excellent band, thank you.

Reply from The Worried Men of Gower
1 year ago

Thanks, Karrie It was a realy pleasure for your special day. Thanks for a lovely review!

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Caroline G
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Crickham
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5 out of 5

We booked the Worried Men of Gower to play for our clients’ wedding at the weekend, and they were fantastic! They performed during the ceremony and drinks reception, and not only did they sound wonderful (the Father of the Bride was a particular fan of the Irish tunes!), but Alexander was also spot on with communicating throughout, making the whole process such a breeze. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending to future clients. Thank you so much to all of the band for creating such a lovely vibe on the day - it was a total pleasure to work with you!

Kathryn W
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Bristol
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5 out of 5

We hired Worried men of gower as a surprise gift for my Brother and Sister in law to be, on there wedding day and they did not dissapoint! Fantastic musicians who really do love what they do! We had a specific genre of irish songs for our set and they performed them all brilliantly. Really great communication from Alexander from start to finish which was very much appreciated and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this band for any occasion for fantastic music performance and all round great service

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The Worried Men of Gower's Song list

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)
The Beer Drinker (Traditional)
Babylon (David Gray)
Bear Dance (Traditional)
Black Velvet Band (Irish Traditional)
Blame it on me (George Ezra)
Blooming Heather (Wild Mountain Thyme)
British Grenadiers (Traditional)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
The Boatman (The Levellers)
Boys of Summer (Don Henley)
Changes (Kelly and Ozzy Osborne)
Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)
Cooley's Reel (Traditional)
Country Roads (John Denver)
Delilah (Tom Jones)
Donald Where's Your Trousers (Andy Steward)
Dirty Old Town (Pogues)
Down by the Sally Gardens (Traditional)
Drowsey Maggie (Traditional)
Drunken Sailor (Traditional)
Drunken Lullabies (Flogging Molly)
Emmylou (First Aid Kit)
Farewell to Erin (Traditional)
Fermoy Lasses (Traditional)
Fields of Athenry
Fisherman's Blues (Waterboys)
Five o'clock somewhere (Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Friday I'm in Love (The Cure)
Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
Gravel Walks (Traditional)
Have a nice day (Stereophonics)
Highland Laddie (Traditional)
Hills of Connemara (Traditional)
Homes of Donegal
Hold back the river (James Bay)
Hymns and Arias (Max Boyce)
I'll Tell Me Ma (Traditional)
I Love This Bar (Toby Keith)
Irish Rover (Traditional)
Irish Washerwoman (Traditional)
It Takes a Worried Man (Lonnie Donegan)
It's 5 O'clock Somewhere (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett/Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett)
Johnnie Cope (Traditional)
Julia Delaney (Traditional)
Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
Leaving of Liverpool (Traditional)
Lock the door (Traditional)
Man Is In Love (The Waterboys)
Mairi's Wedding
Mermaid Song
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Mountain Road (Traditional)
Muirsheen Durkin (Traditional)
My Love is like a red, red rose (Traditional)
No Nay Never (Wild Rover)
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
One day like this (Elbow)
Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
Pumped up kicks (Foster the people)
The Red Gap (Traditional)
Rox in the Box (The Decemberists)
Runaway (The Coors)
Sloop John B. (Beach Boys)
Someday (The Strokes)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
Sportin' Paddy (Traditional)
Star of the County Down (Traditional)
Take It Easy (The Eagles)
Tam Lin (Glasgow Reel - Traditional)
Travellin' Light (Cliff Richard)
Wagon Wheel (Bob Dylan/Darius Rucker)
Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys)
Worried Man Blues (Woody Guthrie)
When Will We Be Married? (The Waterboys)
Whiskey in the Jar (Traditional)
Whole of the Moon (Waterboys)
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
Wild Rover (Traditional)

The Worried Men of Gower'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£480
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£750
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception. Uplifting wedding-themed songs and tunes to celebrate the happy couple! Choice of up to three song/tune requests.
Barndance4 musicians
Barndance band with caller to organise everyone and tell them how to perform the dances. Songs and tunes in between dances to give everyone a rest. Choice of up to three song/tune requests.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our unique take on well known songs and tunes

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We've played every type of venue from private birthdays in people's houses and gardens all the way up to large music festivals and everything in between

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Our most high profile gigs have been music festival gigs

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, our usual line-up is as 3 piece including Guitar/Banjo/Vocals, Violin/Vocals/Penny Whistle, Guitar/Bass guitar/drum pedal but we can also add drum kit, percussion (hands drums/whistles/wash board), and accordion depending on the requirements.

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

We always try to be flexible on the day of performance - we know things don't always go to plan - up to a maximum of 30 mins, but if your timings change beyond 30 mins in the run up to the event then please get in touch as soon as possible as we will need to change the terms of the booking ahead of our performance.

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

Yes, we can provide this but the client will need to specify this as a requirement in the booking and also choose the songs/tunes.

How much time do you need to set up?

We will need 45 mins to set up before the performance and will also create some noise as we sound check the amplifiers and get the performance levels right ahead of playing

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes, a little - we are playing acoustic instruments that get amplified - it all depends on the circumstances - please get in touch to discuss

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

Our set list is made up songs and tunes that we find work well for most performances, but please get in touch if you have something specific in mind or a song/tune that is special to you in some way

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

All PA and amplification equipment is included in the quote. We will need a certain amount of space to perform depending on how many musicians are booked.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We are more than happy to learn reasonable song/tune requests before the event up to a 3 song maximum and this is included in our quote.
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