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£300 for 5 piece band within 20 miles of Sheffield, includes PAT tested lighting & PA. Plus 45p/mile for travel further afield. Negotiable rates for smaller line-up or unamplified/PA provided shows.

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Ceri Ashton - flute, whistle, 5 string fiddle & vocals.
James Howe – drums, percussion & vocals.
Rob Lowdon - bass, acoustic guitar & vocals.
Chris McMahon - mandolin, bouzouki, bass & vocals.
Paul Pearson – acoustic guitar, percussion & vocals.

Treebeard have been a popular attraction on the pub, festival & beer festival circuit for many years now, with regular appearances at Sheffield, Derby, Tamworth, Newark, Stockport, Lincoln, Stoke & Barnsley festivals, as well as Earls Court for the Great British Beer Festival, and the Cropredy fringe. In 2017 the band played at Rockstock & Barrel, Holmfirth Folk Festival, Altrincham, Marlpool & Hope Valley Beer Festivals, Sheffield's Sharrow & Peace in the Park Festivals, Worrall, Festival8, Farmer Phil's, Solfest, Tramlines, Lancaster and Whitwell Festivals.

The band play lively Celtic folk-rock; traditional & original songs & tunes on a variety of acoustic instruments, always guaranteed to get an audience up & dancing.

They describe their style as 'Heavy Wood', releasing a first CD of that name in 2002, and a second CD 'Reel Ale’ in 2010. Their video for 'Over The Hills' has won the runner up prize in the 2 weeks 2 make it filmmaking competition 2011, as well as attracting over 220,000 youtube views.

The band have been through a number of line-up changes over the years and are currently led by founder member Chris McMahon (of Haze, Strongheart, Silverwheel, Outlandish Knights, etc), with long time flautist/fiddler Ceri Ashton (Cadellin, Mother of Crows, Jabberwocky, Outlandish Knights), and new members; percussionist James Howe (Bellhagg Orkestar, Silver Darlings), singer/songwritier Rob Lowdon (Jabberwocky, Broadsword) and singer/guitarist Paul Pearson.

We have just released a new CD 'New Leaves', available at the concerts, our website and to download/stream from itunes, bandcamp, amazon etc.

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We have a full 90min set of original songs (many feature on our Heavy Wood, Reel Ale & especially New Leaves CDs) as well as a large repertoire of trad/folk/rock/pop songs & tunes including:-
Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
The Whole of the Moon - The Waterboys
One Way - The Levellers
Fifteen Years - The Levellers
Losing My Religion - REM
Galway Farmer - Show of Hands
Galway Girl - Steve Earle
This Is The Life - Amy McDonald
You Shook Me - AC/DC
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
Matty Groves - Trad.
House of the Rising Sun - Trad.
Raggle Taggle Gypsies - Trad.
Still Haven't Found - U2

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How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Typically one or two of 20-30mins, but we're very flexible.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Probably, if you give us enough notice, preferably at least 4 weeks. If it's a song that is very unsuitable for our instrument line-up, we may have to rearrange it significantly. (We do folky-fiddle versions of AC/DC and Motorhead songs in a style similar to Hayseed Dixie)
How much space do you require?
Minimum stage size 5mx3m. We can work with smaller, but we'd rather not!
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
How long do you play for?
Typically 2x45min sets, but we have enough material to play 3x45mins if required.
How can event planners pay for your services?
Paypal, bank transfer, cheque, cash on the night.
Who are your previous clients?
Earls Court for the Great British Beer Festival, Cropredy fringe, Rockstock & Barrel, Holmfirth Folk Festival, Altrincham, Marlpool & Hope Valley Beer Festivals, Sheffield's Sharrow & Peace in the Park Festivals, Worrall Festival, Festival8, Farmer Phil's, Solfest, Tramlines, Lancaster and Whitwell Festivals.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
pubs, clubs, festivals, weddings &private parties.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
As well as a strong set of original songs we also have a wide repertoire of popular party songs. All five members of the band sing, so we have strong harmonies as well as a range of distinctive lead vocals.
What are the highlights of your career?
Playing at the Great British Beer festival in Earls Court, and last year's 'Summer of Festival Fun' tour.
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Lively Celtic folk-rock, made for dancing!

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