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Blag

Greater London

Function & Wedding Band Ceilidh Band Acoustic Band Show all >

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from £ 600

Our basic fee is for gigs in London Zone 1 - 6. The costs then increases depending on travel costs and travel time. If the event is more than two hours from London, we normally stay in a hotel and need to factor this into our fee.

Blag's standard entertainment package will cover your whole evening and includes:

Professional 3-piece band with male lead vocals and a fiddle player who can teach barn dances.

2 x 60 minute live sets

Great set list covering an extensive eclectic mix of folk music from Celtic Jigs to Irish Folk Rock and many other songs from around the world.
A superb Mackie PA system which can also be used to play your own music before, after and between sets.
A Lighting System.

Public Liability insurance and PAT certificates.

We can also play a 60-minute live lounge acoustic set for drinks reception or during dinner or relaxing jazz, latin and flamenco music either as a two or three piece.

Please note that the client will normally have to provide two parking spaces and cover congestion charge if applicable in central London.


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Personnel

David Morgan - Guitar / Vocals
Michael Pinsky - Fiddle / Backing Vocals
Ade Harris - Drums

Blag play a variety of Celtic and World music, from Irish Ballads and Scottish Jigs to Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. They perform regularly in Britain and in festivals throughout Europe. All the musicians in the group are professionals that have trained at music college, made records and have performed on both T.V. and radio, including being featured in 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4.

Michael Pinsky started playing the fiddle at six. He has played in folk groups in Scotland from the age of 11 who’s members have become players in leading Scottish bands such a ‘Capercaille’ and ‘Shoogleniffty’ and with leading jazz players such a Courtney Pine in the ‘Grand Union Orchestra’. His ability to play both folk and jazz creates a unique fiddle style.

David Morgan played acoustic guitar with ‘Golage’, in Brighton, which later formed ‘Stomp’ an extremely successful percussion, performance group that have toured the world, playing on Broadway in New York and the Royal Festival Hall in London. His vast range of techniques, from bluegrass fingerpicking to a driving syncopated Irish rhythm style gives a rich harmony to Blag repertoire.

Ade Harris was a member of the influential punk group ‘Peter and the Test Tube Babies’. His playing provides the power-house behind the Blag sound.

Blag are based in London. The band regularly plays Balls, Weddings, Parties and Corporate Events.

James Whale exclaimed when he heard us that “Blag play the most eclectic mix of music I have ever heard” on Drive Time LCB 97.3

Ned Sherrin commented that "Blag have been delighting audiences with their feisty mix gypsy jazz and groovesome celtic folk" on Loose Ends Radio 4 when we played a surprise song for Melvyn Bragg.

Danny Godfrey, music organiser for the Queen's College (Cambridge) May Ball wrote; "Blag's music was irresistibly danceable. Their energetic and extremely skilled performance created a highly festive air. Their interpretations of folk music were as original as it was entertaining. I would not hesitate in recommending this hugely professional band."

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Blag have a repertoire of over fifty songs, including Irish jigs, reels and ballads, other Celtic tunes, Latin American songs, pop covers, flamenco, Eastern European dance tunes, bluegrass, stomp, blues, jazz and swing standards.

Irish and Scottish Classics:
Wild Rover
Danny Boy
Rocky Road to Dublin
Whisky in the Jar
Dirty Old Town
Auld Lang Syne
Barn Dance tunes
Dashing White Sergeant
Mason’s Apron
Drops of Brandy
Irish Merry Making
Athol Highlanders
St PatricksMorrison’s Jig
De’il among the Tailors

Latin and Bluegrass:
Chan Chan
Oye como va
Bolero
Sweet Georgia Brown
Devil Went Down to Georgia
Dueling banjos

Pop Hits:
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Robbie Williams - Millennium
Van Morrison - Moondance
Manu Chao - Por el Suelo
Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill
Oasis - Wonderwall
The Doors - People are Strange
Thin Lizzy - Whisky in the Jar
The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
Van Morrison - Sweet Thing

and many more....

Function & Wedding Band Ceilidh Band Acoustic Band Irish band Barn Dance Band Gypsy Jazz Band Folk Band Festival Style Band Live music band World Music Band


13 Reviews:


, Jan. 20, 2017

"I booked Blag to play for my wedding and I was astonished by their ability to play almost any genre of music. They have a really lively act and are very down-to-earth, polite and professional to work with. It was clear that they really love playing music and their energy and enthusiasm infused the whole evening. The wedding reception was running late with the speeches and food, so Blag wandered around the tables playing violin and guitar acoustically before they played their evening set….It was magical. If I ever get married again, Blag will be my band of choice!!"



, June 24, 2016

"I was dubious booking before I had heard them properly but was THRILLED with their performance. They made the evening, they were friendly, lively, play every type of music and a proper treat. I would highly recommend them and now have to find an excuse for another party to get them back a second time! Thank you Blag!"



, Sept. 9, 2017

"If you're looking for a band who will transform a tent full of people having quiet drinks into a raging fury of dance laughter merriment and general good times then BLAG are the act you're looking for. We booked them for a green and event to raise money to fight greenbelt destruction nearby and they instantly communicated with everybody In the room (which ranged from early 20s to late 50s and 60s) the minute they started playing. A great repertoire of traditional favourites and interesting covers especially the doors' "people are strange" They're compact yet sound huge- and the great calling instructions had everybody laughing and smiling no matter how awful they were at dancing the Gay Gordon!. Sometimes this kind of ceilidh can be slow and boring when everybody doesn't really know what to do but the band made it all happen very quickly and very enjoyably . Did I mention they're nice guys as well?"



, Aug. 31, 2017

"Blag played at our wedding reception and were fantastic, it created such a good atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed it!"


Verified review

, Sept. 15, 2017

"The band is unique combination of Irish teas, Indie n Latin fusion. It suited our crowd at my husbands 40th birthday as we had mixed nationalities and help bring us together, they had to do several encours as no one wanted the band to leave. Would recommend them"


Verified review

, Aug. 21, 2017

"Brilliant Band.... music fantastic. Definitely have them again and three lovely gentlemen. Just wish we could have had them for longer."



, Dec. 13, 2017

"Blag played for our office Christmas party and were brilliant. Their music was great and the caller was very charismatic getting everyone involved in the dancing. They were really easy to book and very flexible and accommodating with our requirements. We had great feedback from everyone at the party and I'd really recommend this lovely, friendly band."


Verified review

, May 10, 2017

""Blag were absolutely brilliant and exactly what we were after. This was a big corporate party for a young audience and they were fun and a modern take on a ceilidh band. I highly recommend them for any event as they would be great regardless of audience.""


Verified review

, Sept. 9, 2017

"If you're looking for a band who will transform a tent full of people having quiet drinks into a raging fury of dance laughter merriment and general good times then BLAG are the act you're looking for. We booked them for a green and event to raise money to fight greenbelt destruction nearby and they instantly communicated with everybody In the room (which ranged from early 20s to late 50s and 60s) the minute they started playing. A great repertoire of traditional favourites and interesting covers especially the doors' "people are strange" They're compact yet sound huge- and the great calling instructions had everybody laughing and smiling no matter how awful they were at dancing the Gay Gordon!. Sometimes this kind of ceilidh can be slow and boring when everybody doesn't really know what to do but the band made it all happen very quickly and very enjoyably . Did I mention they're nice guys as well?"


Verified review

, Aug. 31, 2017

"Blag played at our wedding reception and were fantastic, it created such a good atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed it!"


Verified review

, Oct. 21, 2017

"Blag were really exactly what we were looking for! I don't live in London so I was nervous about choosing a band I hadn't heard play, but they sounded great online, and I spoke to Michael over the phone and on email about the type of party we were having and the music we wanted. Most importantly they played brilliantly on the night, everyone was up out their seats for a good knees up and we were guided round the dances that we didn't know. All the guests were happy. Would definitely recommend!"



, Feb. 24, 2018

"We booked Blag for our Golden Wedding. They were excellent. They played soft music whilst we were eating then organised the barn dancing. All our guests were very impressed and, I understand, several asked for their contact details."


Verified review

, March 17, 2018

"Very talented musicians & great for St Patrick's Night. Wasn't everyone's cup of tea & would have liked a few more tunes that we all knew and coukd dance to, but on the whole we had a positive feedback."


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FAQ

What kind of events do you usually serve?
Weddings, corporate functions and parties
What are the highlights of your career?
Being featured in 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4 and playing for Microsoft for managers party in Bali on the beach.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
One break for twenty to thirty minutes.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
That depends, if we are given enough notice and the song is suitable for our line up.
How much space do you require?
A small space!
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes
How long do you play for?
Two hours
How can event planners pay for your services?
Bank Transfer or Cash
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
Very diverse set, flexible and friendly.
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Blag play a variety of Celtic and World music, from Irish Ballads and Scottish Jigs to Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. They perform regularly in Britain and in festivals throughout Europe. All the musicians in the group are professionals that have trained at music college, made records and have performed on both T.V. and radio.
Who are your previous clients?
Private Clients, BBC, Ealing Studios, Microsoft, Ritz amongst many others.




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