THE BLACKTHORN BAND
TUNES, SONGS & CEILIDH DANCES
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|"Blackthorn were absolutely fantastic on the day. You were so well organised and totally took the pressure off us, everyone enjoyed the ceilidh, the music was a great mix, the caller judged the ability of everyone there perfectly, and feedback from all the guests couldn't have been more positive. Couldn't have wished for a better experience, and we were really lucky to find you." More comments|
Irish, Scottish and English Ceilidh and Folk song band|
Blackthorn is an established 4 or 5 piece traditional folk band available for all types of public and private event. We have a wealth of experience in ceilidhs, barn dances, parties and corporate functions too. If you are looking for lively, melodic Celtic tunes and a good singalong or ceilidh for your wedding or party give Blackthorn a call.
If you need an experienced, professional high quality act for your arts event, Blackthorn have become a popular choice for folk and arts festivals, clubs, and venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (ignite series). Based in Southern England the band also travels further afield for public events.
All the band are multi instrumentalists, with a life-long passion for traditional music and dance and a provide an enthusuastic, varied and authentic feel to the music. Blackthorn's music is led by strong flute, whistle and fiddle melodies, backed by guitar and bouzouki rhythms, and contrasted with the sounds of concertina and their many other instruments.
The band has released two albums, Far From Home (2003) and The River That Runs Below (2008). Both have received much acclaim in the music press. The live gigs have received overwhelming positive feedback too. Seered.co.uk wrote about Sidmouth Folkweek ceilidhs "Blackthorn were one of the best bands on offer during the whole week. ..Have them back next year!" In 2007 Sarah McQuaid wrote about Blackthorn's Sidmouth concert "Do send me a copy of your new CD when it's out and I'll be delighted to review it for Hot Press. If it's anything like as good as the live act I'm sure it'll be favourable!" More comments
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Download two free tracks from the Far From Home album:|
Dance of the Honeybees | Mna na h'Eirann/The Legacy
CONCERTS * WEDDINGS * PARTIESWe enjoy playing for weddings and private parties. Listen to traditional tunes from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales - Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Polkas, Waltzes, Planxties and Airs. Sing along with well known songs like the Wild Rover, and the Leaving of Liverpool. Or get up and dance! We can arrange a complete ceili, barn dance or ceilidh evening for you.
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