Celtic folk band

The Whistler & The Piper

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About The Whistler & The Piper

Celtic duo playing traditional folk or instrumental covers on the uilleann pipes and whistles - a must-have for all ceremonies and events!
Celtic folk band
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The Whistler and Piper are Tad Sargent and Dominic Henderson who have formed a new duo to showcase the traditional Irish music that they have grown up playing and spent their career refining. Capturing the ancient and haunting sounds of the uilleann pipes and tin whistle, Tad and Dominic can emulate many of their influences such as Liam O’Flynn, Clannad, The Chieftains and Enya, to provide any event with the echoes of Celtic lullabies, Irish airs and graceful tunes. Tad and Dominic have frequently travelled globally playing for various artists, theatre troops, as well as working together on projects and individually as session musicians. They can perform as an acoustic duo for ceremonies and events, but also can transform into a high-octane, larger-than-life, stage act with their highly sought after function band "Celtic Smash Brothers".

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The Whistler & The Piper's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Joshua C
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Dominic and his band were excellent, they played theceremony, drinks reception and party. It really set the tone for the entire day and everybody loved them. Dominic was incredibly accomodating to specific song requests and worked with us to tailor the day to our plans. Highlights were playing the bridal march on the pipes and the first dance. Really professional throughout. Highly recommend! Thanks Dominic!

Claire B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Wow, what a show they put on! Book them for beautiful music and great communication - they're seriously talented musicians. Thanks for adding so, so, so much to our special day guys!

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Gary L
5 years ago, for a Birthday party in Shaftesbury Ave
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5 out of 5

Fantastic stuff lads! Thank you so much for playing at my birthday party at the Apollo Theatre. It was a perfect mix of Irish songs and contemporary songs. Especially loved the Dire Straits one! Many many thanks! Gary x

Sarah D
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Henley-on-Thames RG9
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5 out of 5

Hi Joe, Well what can I say it was such a beautiful day. The lads added that magical touch to our day! They were very talented, professional and friendly. And the music they played was enchanting. Loved every minute of it! Thanks so much we would highly recommend these guys! Xxx

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The Whistler & The Piper's Song list

Traditional Airs and Ballads:
- Sí bheag sí mhor
- Mna na hEireann (Women of Ireland)
- Danny Boy
- The Lonesome Boatman
- Carrickfergus
- The Sally Gardens
- The Lord of Mayo
- Táimse i'm Chodlagh (I am asleep)
- Give Me Your Hand
- Amazing Grace
- Flowers of the Forest
- My Lagan Love
- Fairytale of New York
- She Moved Through the Fair
- The Rare Ould Times
- Raglan Road
- The Mountains of Mourne
- Boolavogue
- Skibbereen
- The Cliffs of Dooneen
- Peggy Gordon
- The Town I Loved So Well
- The Wounded Hussar
- By the River of Gems
- Port na bPúcaí (Music of the Spirits)
- Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile
- Grace
- Only Our Rivers Run Free
- Missing You
- Ride On
We also play a selection of Jigs and Reels
We are happy to take requests as well!

The Whistler & The Piper'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£469
Up to 2 hours£703
Up to 3 hours£1015


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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We primarily perform as a duo, but we can bring in musicians that we work alongside with on a regular basis in order to complete the atmosphere you're looking for. Such as a violin player, a singer, etc.

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

We always try our best to be flexible - we know how often big events come with complications and issues, so we want to accommodate as much as we can. If any changes occur just let us know as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

Normally we can set up 30 minutes before the performance time, but we would strongly recommend an hour.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Not during a ceremony, but a common add-on to the services we provide are roaming sets during drinks receptions.

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

Our setlist is made up of the most frequent requests we get at ceremonies and events, and we would be more than happy for you to suggest some of the songs from it.

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

Yes. Apart from the PA system which is an extra £125

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely. What isn't included in our setlist can be learned by us before your event. We can learn traditional ballads, songs and even instrumental versions of modern hits. There will be an additional fee of £50 to take into account for rehearsal times.
Folk, Folk rock, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Covers
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Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Corporate event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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