Celtic folk band

The Wild Murphys

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About The Wild Murphys

The UK's top rated and busiest Irish Tribute Group
Celtic folk band
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The Wild Murphys are a very lively Irish covers group based in the north east of England. Over the last 15 years Middi and his group of raggle taggle misfits have unquestionably become one of the most popular Irish music tribute groups in the UK. The band started as a duo in 2005 with one simple goal in mind, to play Irish music that was impossible to not like. From humble beginnings playing in small pubs and clubs they quickly moved on to playing private events like garden parties and weddings. In 2010 they started playing corporate events and were soon picked up to headline Irish theme days on racecourses, they have to date played all but 6 of the racecourses in England, Scotland and Wales and have played multiple times on some of the most famous racecourses. Despite none of the members of the group being from Ireland, The Wild Murphys have played at some of the biggest and most prestigious events not just in the UK but all over the world and have been accepted as a true Irish tribute act purely through their clear love and passion for performing that type of music, they have performed in Benidorm, Greece, Dubai, Germany and in 2010 they competed in the international Irish band competition in Las Vegas coming 3rd out of 38 acts. They are one of the most popular and busiest Irish tribute bands in the UK playing up and down the country at private events and racecourse. They are also currently touring 2 theatre productions "One night in Dublin" which features and all live 8 piece band playing classic lively Irish songs and "One night in Texas" a wow-factor packed country music extravaganza with a full live band a 3 singers.   If you're having a Wedding, Birthday party, Anniversary bash, Funeral Wake or general all round knees up and your taste in music lies on the lively side of Irish, The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors, Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, Brendan Shine, Nathan Carter, The Fureys, etc. then this is the group for you! - They're not a folk band, they're not a ceilidh band, they're not even a rock band, they are an out and out Irish music group, playing some of the greatest Irish classics in their own inimitable style, no-one is doing this selection of songs in this lively a style anywhere in the UK today!

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The Wild Murphys' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Mike G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

OMG OUTSTANDING We had an amazing night with the guys I cannot fault there performance would book again anytime. 5 STAR'S from myself our family and friends.

Reply from The Wild Murphys
3 months ago

We had a great time, so much fun and such lovely people :-)

Russell W
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

I cannot recommend The Wild Murphy's enough. Yhey were perfect for our wedding party. The sound was brilliant, the set was full of belters and everyone of every age got on the dancefloor. All of our guests couldnt stop talking about them. Professional, reaply friendly and quick to respond when arranging everything. Would recommend to anyone.

Reply from The Wild Murphys
9 months ago

Even the rain couldn't stop the party :-) Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it. All the best.

From other customers:

Graeme J
5 years ago, for a Private event in Heath St
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5 out of 5

We saw this group perform at a theatre and were blown away by how much fun it was, we then booked them for our own event and they were brilliant.

Kelly G
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Doxford Farm
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5 out of 5

The band were fantastic would recommend to anyone!

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The Wild Murphys' Song list

Whiskey In The Jar - Wild Murphys version
Wild Rover - Dropkick Murphys
Sally Maclennanne - Pogues
Black Velvet Band - Wild Murphys version
Las Vegas - Goats don't shave
Galway Girl - Wild Murphys version
I'll Tell Me Ma - Wild Murphys version
Streams of Whiskey - Pogues
I Usta Love Her - Saw Doctors
American Land - Bruce Springsteen
Fall from grace with God - Pogues
Mollys Bar - Wild Murphys version
Dirty Auld Town - Wild Murphys version
Irish Rover - Pogues
Holloway Boulevard - The Popes
Irish Post - Saw Doctors
Ferrymen - Wild Murphys version
R U Looking at me - Ricky Tomlinson
Whiskey You're the Devil - Wild Murphys version
Small Bit of Love - Saw Doctors
When you were Sweet Sixteen - Wild Murphys version
Holy Ground (Fine girl you are) - Wild Murphys version
Paddy Murphy - Wild Murphys version
Body of an American - Pogues
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Molly Malone (Cockles and Muscles) - Wild Murphys version
Seven Drunken nights - Wild Murphys version
Nancy Whiskey - The Popes
Bould O Donaghue - Brendan Shine

The Wild Murphys' Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1475
Up to 2 hours£1475
Up to 3 hours£1500
Standard Evening Event3 musicians
This fee is for the three piece lineup for your private event at a location of your choice (UK mainland only). This price is for the group arriving at your chosen location at 6pm, setup and sound checked by 7pm and playing 2 x 45 minute sets (OR) 1 x 90 minute set between 7pm and 10pm.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The liveliness of the music

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Thousands of venues all over the world including 65 of the top 100 wedding venues in the UK (*The Times list of top 100 wedding venues 2017)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Pogues

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

St. Alban Arena, Blackpool Grand, Crewe Lyceum, Aberdeen Tivoli, Peterborough Arena

Do you have different line-up options?

Trio or Four piece

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

Let us know and we'll try to accomodate.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

Can you roam around while you perform?


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


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


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Burns night, Concert, Charity event
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