Blag

Greater London, Greater London
Verified bookings: 51
Reviews: 24
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Price from: £650

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."

24 Reviews
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Jess Jefferis

May 30, 2020

Unfortunately due to coronavirus we were not able to have our event. However, we would not hesitate to rebook Blag through PopTop in future because our dealings with both have been excellent.

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Brian Morris

Jan. 22, 2020

Exceptionally professional and accommodating, we all enjoyed the music and the atmosphere it generated. Will definitely use again and highly recommend.

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Joan Egenes

Nov. 23, 2019

Blag played a Ceilidh for my 50th Birthday party on Saturday. We had a fantastic time and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The calling was very clear and the music brilliantly played. I specifically wanted an event where young and old, keen and not so keen dancers would all participate and that was achieved to the enjoyment of everyone. Thank you so much. The communication before the event was clear and helpful - David answering all sorts of detailed questions that I had. I can thoroughly recommend Blag to ensure a great event.

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Adrian Gray

July 19, 2019

Highly recommend! Absolutely fantastic

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Cara Wilson

July 6, 2019

Blag played at our party last weekend to celebrate our wedding, they were truly lovely people and great musicians.
All our guests really enjoyed themselves and said it was such a change from a tribute band or disco, do not hesitate to book these guys . 😀

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Mike Bell

July 2, 2019

The guys were brilliant! Great communication beforehand and very accommodating with requests.
Arrived on time and set up. Flexible as needed to fit in with speeches etc.
Made a great night! I definitely recommend Blag for a wonderful band.

Thanks guys!

Mike

Services From Blag

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Celtic and World Music Trio - 2 X 50 Minutes

Thanks so much for your enquiry. We would be delighted to play for your event. We play all sorts of celtic music from traditional jigs and reels, to contemporary Irish folk rock and many other styles of music from around the world, such as songs by Van Morrison / Ed Sheeran / Eagle Eyed Cherry / Paul Weller / The Pogues / The Waterboys / Thin Lizzy and many others. We can also play gypsy jazz and latin jazz if clients also like those styles. We have our own lighting and sound system which you are welcome to use to play your own music around our live set. We arrive one hour before our performance to set up our instruments, PA system and lighting. We then play two 50 minute sets with a short interval. Please do look at our reviews, as they give a good idea of our performances. Please see our soundcloud in our profile. There you will be able to hear some samples of our music! We look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes David Morgan BLAG
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Blag
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Celtic and Irish Folk Rock Trio - 2 X 50 Minutes

Thanks so much for your enquiry. We would be delighted to play for your event. We play all sorts of celtic music from traditional jigs and reels, to contemporary Irish folk rock and many other styles of music from around the world, such as songs by Van Morrison / Ed Sheeran / Eagle Eyed Cherry / Paul Weller / The Pogues / The Waterboys / Thin Lizzy and many others. We can also play gypsy jazz and latin jazz if clients also like those styles. We have our own lighting and sound system which you are welcome to use to play your own music around our live set. We arrive one hour before our performance to set up our instruments, PA system and lighting. We then play two 50 minute sets with a short interval. Please do look at our reviews, as they give a good idea of our performance. We look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes David Morgan BLAG
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Ceilidh Band - 2 X 50 Minutes

Thanks so much for your enquiry. We would be delighted to play for your event. We are able to teach well-known dances and we can play a mix of Barn Dances and other celtic songs for guests to dance to. Our Barn Dances are based on a Scottish repertoire such as the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and the Eight-some Reel, with occasional other countries represented. We have a great deal of experience teaching novices, and understand that it is more important that people have fun and keep dancing, than the dances are perfect! We also play a variety of songs from around the globe for your guests to dance or relax to, between the Ceilidh dances. We have our own lighting and sound system which you are welcome to use to play your own music around our live set. We arrive one hour before our performance to set up our instruments, PA system and lighting. We then play two 50 minute sets with a short interval. We look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes David Morgan
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FAQs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    Very diverse set, flexible and friendly.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Weddings, corporate functions and parties

  • Who are your previous clients?

    Private Clients, BBC, Ealing Studios, Microsoft, Ritz amongst many others.

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    Bank Transfer or Cash

  • How long do you play for?

    Two hours

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    Yes

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    Yes

  • How much space do you require?

    A small space!

  • 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 many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    One break for twenty to thirty minutes.

Set List/Services

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 - Thin Lizzy
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
Auld Lang Syne
Toss the Feathers - The Corrs
St Patricks

Reels and Jigs:
Dashing White Sergeant
Mason’s Apron
Drops of Brandy
Irish Merry Making
Athol Highlanders
Morrison’s Jig
De’il among the Tailors
Drowsy Maggie/Tam Lin
Gay Gordons
Ten penny jig
Rocky Road to Dublin
Don't Pay the Poll Tax

Latin and Bluegrass:
Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
Oye como va - Santana
Bolero - Gypsy King's
Hotel California - Gypsy Kings
Sweet Georgia Brown - Stéphane Grappelli
All Of Me - Stéphane Grappelli
Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels

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

and many more....