Celtic folk band

Tripping Upstairs

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About Tripping Upstairs

We are a traditional Irish/ Celtic band based in SE England featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, acoustic bass and vocals.
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Tripping Upstairs are an accomplished traditional Irish band based in the South East of England. Will is a highly rated Uilleann piper as well as playing mandolin and whistles.Sue on fiddle and backing vocals is also a respected piano and fiddle teacher. Our singer guitarist, Una, from Belfast has a huge repertoire of Irish and contemporary songs. Kim on acoustic bass completes our lineup. We perform regularly as a band in Irish sessions and venues throughout the South East of England, Ireland and beyond!

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Tripping Upstairs' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Chloe C
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant! Hopefully can book again for next year! Chloe x

Reply from Tripping Upstairs
2 months ago

Thanks Chloe- fantastic gig. Hopefully we can repeat next year. Will, Sue, Una and Kim. Tripping Upstairs.

Ralph S
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tripping Upstairs played our wedding drinks reception recently and we couldn’t have been happier with the band, the performance, and all comms leading up to the big day. Sounded great and lovely band members - have received lots of great feedback - would highly recommend.

Reply from Tripping Upstairs
11 months ago

Thanks Ralph and Megan, That was such a great gig. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We wish you both well on your journey henceforth! Will (for Tripping Upstairs).

Michelle L
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

I hired Tripping Upstairs for my wedding, my partner is Irish, and we brought them in as a surprise to finish up the night. Overall, they were excellent, they sounded great live and were an absolute hit with both the Irish guests and our international guests. Out of the whole wedding, Tripping Upstairs were the best part, they got the party going and created a fantastic atmosphere which finished the night on a high. I mainly dealt with Will in the lead-up, he was very responsive and great to work back and forth with on the setup/song list. I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough; they would be a great addition to any event! Thanks to all 3 of you for making it an evening to remember :).

Reply from Tripping Upstairs
1 year ago

Fantastic! We loved it and so pleased to be a part of your wedding celebrations. Have a fantastic life together.

Siobhan W
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Will was absolutely fantastic at our wedding day, he even made sure to come to our wedding rehearsal the evening before to be sure he knew exactly what we wanted him to play and when. Highly recommend!

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2 years ago

Thanks Siobhan. Much appreciated.

From other customers:

Val R
2 months ago, for a Private event in Southwick Recreation Ground
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5 out of 5

We all had a tiring but v enjoyable night. Great fun.

Simon B
6 years ago, for a Wedding in Eastbourne
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5 out of 5

Tripping Upstairs played for our wedding and it was fantastic!! Uilleann pipes. fiddle and amazing vocals from Josie. Guests were entranced. 5 stars!

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Tripping Upstairs' Song list

Ae fond Kiss
Auld triangle
Banks of the Roses
Black is the Colour
Brown eye'd girl
Croppy boy
Dirty Old Town
Down by the Glenside
Fairytale of NY
Finnegan's Wake
First time ever I saw your Face
Foggy Dew
Follow me up to Carlow
Galway Girl
Going back to Harlem
Good ship Kangaroo
I Know My Love
I'll tell My Ma
Irish heartbeat
Jock O' Hazledean
Joe Hill
Johnny I hardly knew Ya
Kelvin's Purling Stream
Lads o' the Fair
Long Black Veil
Love is Easin' (morning dew)
Month of January
My Johnny was a Shoemaker
My Lagan Love
Never be the sun
Paper wings
Parting glass
Patriot Game
Peggy Gordon
Poncho and Lefty
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Raglan Road
Rambling Siuler
Ride On
Sally Brown
She moved through the fair
Slieve Gallon Braes
Snows they melt
Some Say the Devil is Dead
South Australia
Star of the County Down
Streets of Derry
To Althea from Prison
Trust in Drink
Wake up Darlin' Corrie
Water is Wide
West Coast of Clare
Whisky in the Jar
Who knows where the Time Goes
Will You Go Lassie Go
You Rambling Boys of Pleasure

Tripping Upstairs' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, Our main line-up is Uilleann Pipes/ mandolin/whistles, Fiddle, Guitar and vocals. We can also perform as a duo with Uilleann pipes and fiddle. Our singer/ guitarists also perform solo as does Will on pipes.

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?

Of course!!

How much time do you need to set up?

30-45 mins.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No, Will has to be seated to play the Uilleann Pipes.

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

Of course and any you would like in the trad vein we will be pleased to try to accommodate your requests.

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

We can provide a PA on request for an additional fee.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes of course. Will always try to accommodate requests.
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