Banish Misfortune Irish

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This experienced and professional Irish band entertains audiences far and wide with their lively mixture of Celtic and Gaelic songs and tunes.

“It’s an assured and well-crafted performance that will entrance and enthrall…”

Continuing a time-honoured tradition, Banish Misfortune will transport your guests back in time to an era before computers, TV, film and radio had come into being – back to a time when country (and city) folk entertained themselves and each other with songs, storytelling, dances and tunes! Banish Misfortrune keep this tradition alive with their enthusiastic renditions of Irish and other Celtic songs, melodies and dance-tunes.

Grab an earful of these guys at work and you’ll soon realise that Banish Misfortune is aptly named!  If needed, the band can include a seasoned professional ceilidh-caller who will come down onto the dancefloor to organise groups and demonstrate the different steps and moves for each dance, thereby ensuring everyone, complete novices included, is up on their feet – a great icebreaker for party-guests meeting for the first time.

Stylish fiddle carries each catchy melody while rhythmic guitar and bass accompaniment underpins and drives the music along. If a session or two of ceilidh-dancing is required, all abilities and experience levels will be catered for so that everyone can get involved and really jig the night away together! Banish Misfortune brews an infectious concoction of jigs, hornpipes, polkas and reels that will have everyone out of their seats.

It’s an assured and well-crafted performance that will entrance and enthral audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Banish Misfortune’s wealth of evocative songs and jaunty tunes is sure to fill the dancefloor, and will generate a real Celtic feel-good atmosphere at your celebration event.

  • Experienced, dynamic ceilidh and Irish band
  • Can include a specialist dance-caller
  • Flexible line-up, suitable for any occasion

Sample Repertoire

  • All For Me Grog
  • Arthur McBride
  • As I Roved Out
  • Banish Misfortune
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Brown-Eyed Girl
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dennis O’Reilly
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Dixieland
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Fisherman’s Blues
  • Follow Me Up To Carlow
  • Galway Shawl
  • Green Fields Of France
  • Hillbilly Train
  • Lakes Of Ponchartrain
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Marie’s Wedding
  • Mary And Her Gallant Soldier
  • McAlpine’s Fusiliers
  • My Match It Is Made
  • Parting Glass
  • Raglan Road
  • Ride On
  • Sally Gardens
  • Sally MacLenane
  • Sam Hall
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • She Moved Through The Fair
  • Spancill Hill
  • Spanish Lady
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Up Mary
  • Streams Of Whiskey
  • Sugar-Foot Rag
  • The Belle Of Belfast City
  • The Irish Rover
  • The Rare Old Mountain Dew
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Town I Loved So Well
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Wild Colonial Boy
  • Wild Rover
  • ….and plenty more….

Reviews (7)

  • 5 out of 5

    Hannah and Will

    July 20, 2017 - 10:18 am

    Hannah and Will’s Wedding: July 2017

    We had such and amazing time on Saturday and wanted to convey our thanks for your wonderful playing at our wedding. All of our guests had a great time whether they danced or just listened to you play and we couldn’t have asked for a better band to create the wondeful atmosphere for the evening. We will definitely be recommending you and we hope you all had a great evening too

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  • 5 out of 5

    Jackie Williams

    May 10, 2017 - 11:17 am

    Jackie Williams’ Daughter’s Wedding: May 2017

    Thank you all so much for adding to the enjoyment of the reception following my daughter’s recent wedding. It was wonderful to see so many of our guests up on their feet joining in – even so called ‘non-dancers’! We are delighted to have booked you for our Ceilidh and would be happy to recommend you to others. Well done!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Tora Hallet

    August 18, 2016 - 11:50 am

    Couldn’t have been more friendly and obliging. It was really nice talking to them. Their music was beautiful – we enjoyed the mix of dancing and singing. They were very welcoming and good at making us all feel relaxed.

    Tora Hallet (August 2016)

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  • 5 out of 5

    Mary Block

    May 16, 2016 - 3:42 pm

    The band played at my daughter’s wedding reception on Saturday (14 May 2016) and really made the evening go with a swing. All the communication in the run up to the event was good – what music we were looking for, arrangements about set up, timings, etc. Musically, they are an excellent band.

    Mary Block (May 2016)

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  • 5 out of 5

    David & Susan

    August 28, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    The band were fantastic – can you pass our thanks on to them as they made the party.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Bob & Caron

    July 11, 2010 - 7:20 am

    I just want to pass on a HUGE thank you to the guys for making a good night into a great one! The party went on to 6 in the morning – you left them high and they rocked on! Please thank all the guys for a brilliant night – it was one which will go down in the history books.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Dave Watts MP

    January 17, 2009 - 10:04 am

    I would like to thank Banish Misfortune for a wonderful evening’s entertainment. I was very impressed by your band’s professionalism and exuberant performance. We very much enjoyed John’s singing and Jason’s fiddle playing along with your excellent bass playing. We are also grateful for the way that your band went out of their way to engage with all our family and friends. The whole of the wedding party had a wonderful time, thanks to your efforts, and I have no hesitation in recommending your band to anyone, or in booking you for future events.

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