Kellys Heroes

Loughborough, Leicestershire
Verified bookings: 26
Reviews: 18
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Kellys Heroes

Irish Band 'Kellys Heroes' Playing Traditional Hits

From songs by The Dubliners and the Pogues to Ewan McColl and Christy Moore there is something in our song list to touch the heart of every lover of Irish music.
From: £750 per event
Kellys Heroes

'Kellys Heroes' The Craic with a Ceilidh

Our emphasis is on fun and all we need is for you and your guests to get up and have a go - the result will be a floor full of smiling, laughing faces!
From: £880 per event

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The richness provided by the accordion, powerful rhythm guitar and bodhran give a fullness of sound that belies the number of people on stage. Fast and furious Celtic songs and tunes, gentle ballads and quality contemporary numbers make this East Midlands based band are one of the most sought after on the circuit.

The band was formed in 1983 with our vocalist, Tony, being one of the original line-up. Since then, Kellys Heroes have played to audiences including 40,000 people at the Glasgow Mayfest, 25,000 at the Heineken Big Top with The Pogues, a Chateau in France for a very exclusive birthday party and to 6 people in a kitchen for a family celebration as well as just about every other type of event you can imagine in between!

Some of the more memorable venues Kellys Heroes have played include The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, The Alexandra Palace, London, Stowe School, Buckingham, Camden Irish Centre, London, Kilburn Irish Centre, London, Rock City, Nottingham, Celtic Supporters Club, Glasgow, Leicester Tigers Stadium, Leicester, The Hammersmith Apollo, London.

We have also played the end of tour parties for the Threepenny Opera and Reasons To Be Cheerful theatre productions and the end of shoot parties for a couple of ITV series as well as being filmed as part of the story lines!

Kellys Heroes have recorded 12 albums as well as individual band members appearing on many, many more.

Bookings are undertaken with a flexible line-up from a three-piece band up to a five-piece band. Instrumentation includes Vocals, Guitar, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Bodhran, Fiddle, Whistles, Banjo and Mandolin depending on the line-up booked. In addition, when playing for Ceilidhs and Barn Dances, Kellys always bring along a caller who works wonders at getting people involved in fun, easy traditional dances.

Kellys Heroes are available for festivals, folk clubs, pubs and clubs as well as all types of private functions, including weddings!

18 Reviews
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michael mccolgan

Sept. 15, 2023

Great band, lovely people and very professional and friendly

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Aisling Boland

Nov. 3, 2022

Kelly’s Heroes came to play at my Dad’s wake and made it such a special event. Helen dealt with the admin ahead of the event and was absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much to the whole band and you were absolutely amazing. Aisling and family xx

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Mary Duggan

Aug. 5, 2022

Incredible band and absolutely made the Wake of my father-in-law perfect. Cannot recommend it more highly. Superb musicians and lovely people. Really can't thank them enough.

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Karen Kilbride

Feb. 29, 2020

Kelly's hero's were absolutely brilliant, they made our night. Everyone was asking how I had found them, I will definitely book them again. Thank you lads. Fantastic.

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Olivia Gunn

Jan. 19, 2019

Amazing! I had about 80 people at my birthday party and the majority had never been to a Ceilidh before. Everyone got involved and loved it! It was a great atmosphere, thank you guys!

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Alice Duggan

Aug. 11, 2018

Kelly's Heros were absolutely spot on. Really got the party going and although we were all new to Ceilidh the caller kept us all right! They arrived an hour early to set up and were flexible to any requests, they even played 'one more tune' at the end. I would highly recommend for any event!



  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Anything and everything! We've been doing this for a long time so if we haven't exactly done your type of event you can pretty much guarantee we've done something similar :)

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    Our PA will cover venues with a capacity of up to 250 people and we carry two floor spotlights as standard.

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

    Yes, we have full Public Liability Insurance and all of our electrical eqipment is PAT tested annually. All certificates can be emailed on confirmation of a booking if required.

  • How much space do you require?

    A minimum of 10ft wide by 7ft deep

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    We don't learn specific numbers for specific gigs but it's always worth asking if we can do a request that's not on our current list!

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

    For 2x45 mins sets, one break 20-30 mins For ceilidhs of up to 3 hour time slot, usually one break of approx 30 mins.

Set List/Services

All For Me Grog

Arthur McBride

Ballad of Cable Street

Banks Of Red Roses

Banks Of The Roses


Black Velvet Band

Black Is The Colour

Blarney Roses

Boston Burglar

Both Sides The Tweed

Carnlough Bay

Carrick Fergus

Clare To Here

Cliffs Of Dooneen

Cocky Farmer

Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time


Danny Boy

Devil Is Dead

Dirty Old Town

Don't Come Again

Dublin's Fair City

Farewell To The Gold

Fields Of Athenry

Flower Of Scotland

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Foggy Dew

Follow Me Up To Carlow

Galway Girl

Galway Shawl

Green Fields Of France

Goodbye Muirsheen Dirkin

Hard Life

Home, Boys, Home

Horo, Johhny

I Know My Love

I'll Tell Me Ma

I'm A Rover

James Connolly

Johnny Come Lately

Leaving Of Liverpool

Little Beggarman

Liverpool Lou

Mountain Dew

Move Along

Mull River Shuffle

My Young Man

Nancy Spain

Newry Highwayman

New York Girls

Nothing To Show For It All

Old Maid In The Garrett

Only Our Rivers Run Free

Raggle Taggle Gypsies

Rambling Irishman

Rattling Bog

Ride On

Sam Hall

Seven Days Are In The Week

Seven Drunken Nights

Seventeen On Sunday

Shamrock Shore

She Moves Through The Fair

Sober Men

Soldier Boy

Sonny's Dream

Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness

Star Of The County Down

Step It Out Mary

The Nightingale

The Town I Love So Well

Waltzing Mathilda

Westering Home

Whiskey In The Jar

Wild Rover

Wild Colonial Boy

Wish I Was Back In Liverpool

Wish I Was In England