Services From Blag in London
Dance the Night Away with the Ceilidh Band 'Blag'
Blag play a variety of Celtic and World music, from Irish Ballads and Scottish Jigs to Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. They perform in festivals throughout Europe. All the musicians are professionals that have trained at music college, made records and have performed on T.V. and radio, including '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 regularly playing 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."
Marina Brumpton• Oct. 7, 2023
We had the band at our son's wedding and they were great. They got everybody going and David's instructions were very good and very funny, too. Hardly anyone knew how to dance these dances, so chaos ensued in the most entertaining way. By the last song we finally got it and they kept playing for 15 minutes (!) because everyone was most enthusiastically participating. These guys are wonderful musicians and entertainers. Thank you so very much!
Iain Macleod• July 5, 2023
Hired Blag for a ceilidh in South London a couple of weeks ago. They were fantastic. Being in a ceilidh band myself, the band were exactly what we were looking for and more than lived up to expectations! They played a good mix of well known ceilidh dances and threw in a couple of songs as well to get the crowd going. Explained the dances well to a large group that had varying ceilidh experience and everyone had a great time. Would definitely hire again!
Jo Turnbull• June 24, 2023
We'd definitely recommend the Blag band, our friends and family really enjoyed themselves. Many times over I was asked how I discovered them, and repeatedly told how great they were. Everything was 5*, good communication, prompt, professional, fun and so great at what they do. Our one regret is that the hours flew by and we could have happily indulged in another set.
Hannah Lee• April 22, 2023
We had so much fun! It was hilarious trying to learn the dances and the band were extremely patient with us. It was such a great way to bring all our guests together, meeting each other and speaking / dancing with people they may not of otherwise. I thoroughly recommend it.
Mark Edward Leonard• March 25, 2023
I booked Blag to provide the entertainment at my Retirement Ceilidh last Saturday and they were absolutely tremendous.
With their fiddle player acting as caller, they guided a novice crowd of dancers through a series of well known Ceildh dances and ensured that everyone had fun, providing us with a night we will remember for a long long time.
Janine Foulger• March 16, 2023
Blag played our recent corporate event, and were fantastic. They understood the brief fully and delivered exactly to it. Communication from David was great. Overall really pleased, and would highly recommend.
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?
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
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.
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:
Rocky Road to Dublin
Whisky in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
Auld Lang Syne
Toss the Feathers - The Corrs
Reels and Jigs:
Dashing White Sergeant
Drops of Brandy
Irish Merry Making
Deil among the Tailors
Drowsy Maggie/Tam Lin
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
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....