Irish Band Bookings
I love teaming up with my Irish musician friends for gigs as often as possible, whether that be for a St. Patrick's Day concert or party, a wedding, a Christmas show, or an event any other time of the year. My closest collaborators are my Ivy Leaf bandmates, but when they aren't available I can often find other folks to join me (Boston is chock full of Irish musicians!). We are available as duos, trios, and quartets. When you send an inquiry, let me know you're interested in a group booking!
There are countless Irish waltzes, airs, and other slower tunes that make beautiful processionals and bridal marches. A few samples are available below. For recessionals, a fast-paced reel or jig is a perfect choice, and again, the possibilities are endless. To give you a starting point, The Ivy Leaf album has some tune sets that other couples have used for recessionals, such as tracks 1, 5, 9 (starting at 2:15), and 11.
Additionally, just about any melody, whether it be from a folk song or even some contemporary songs, can be "Irish-ified" and played by an Irish group (but keep in mind that we don't generally play pop music and the bulk of the performance will still be traditional Irish tunes). Another great place to get ideas and inspiration is from albums and YouTube videos of popular groups like Lúnasa or the Chieftains.
A duo or trio booking is the easiest for me to secure with my bandmates. Depending on availability, a quartet may also be possible. If you're interested in an even mix of Irish tunes plus my cover song repertoire, a duo booking with fiddle is the best option (instruments like concertina or flute don't work as well for my pop song arrangements).
Christmas Concerts and Parties
When you think of the Christmas season you might not immediately think of Irish music, but you should! Whether it's turning classic carols into polkas and jigs, digging up old wassailing songs or ancient Irish carols, or just singing a straightforward Christmas sing along, we all love performing Christmas music during the holiday season.
Check out this video from The Ivy Leaf's December 2016 performance at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, MA to get a taste of our holiday season repertoire.