Black Velvet Band

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A professional band with two decades experience, Black Velvet Band can provide you will a first class Barn Dance, Ceilidh and Irish Ceili and an American Hoedown – or even a brilliant set of Irish songs and tunes performed in simple café style.

“Irish? Scottish? Barndance? American Hoedown? Folky Pop?  No problem!”

The band’s flexible line-up depends on the style. The virtuoso fiddle-playing of Mike Evans dominates the sound. An accordion and fiddle sit at the heart of the Scottish style.  Want to go Irish?  Guitar and excellent vocals join the fiddle and accordion along with double-bass. Nashville-style bluegrass fiddle-playing leads the Hillbilly Hoedown sound.

The band is happy to include a session or two of organised dancing in ceilidh or barn dance style.Don’t worry if you’ve never experienced these styles of dancing before. It’s easy! The band’s specialist ‘dance-caller’ will explain and show you how. Anyway, getting mixed up and tying your feet in a tangle is half the fun – it’s not ‘getting it wrong’, it’s all down to individual interpretation!

Want to go Scottish? The dance-caller will include all the tried-and-trusted favourites such as ‘The Gay Gordons’ or ‘Strip The Willow’. If you’d like a ceili, Irish-style, Black Velvet Band will throw a few well-known Irish songs into the mix, and give you ‘The Siege Of Ennis’ and ‘The Bridge Of Athlone’. Prefer to pull on your cowboy boots, a kerchief and Stetson and wheel out your dos-y-dos at an American hoedown? These guys will treat you to a real down-home hootenanny, Texas-style. Additionally, the guys can round the night off with a set of Gypsy-style Swing Jazz.

  • Ceilidh, ceili, barn dance or hoedown? BVB is simply the best!
  • A specialist dance-caller for each specific style
  • The band can dress in costume to suit the event

Irish Song Repertoire

  • Black Velvet Band
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Follow Me Up To Carlow
  • Green Fields Of France
  • I’ll Tell Me Ma
  • Lakes Of Pontchartrain
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Muirshin Durkin
  • Ride On
  • Sally Gardens
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • Spanish Lady
  • Star Of The County Down
  • The Irish Rover
  • Town I Loved So Well
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Wild Rover
  • ….and plenty more….

Irish Dance-Tunes

  • Around The World For Sport
  • Belfast Polka
  • Fairy Dance
  • Fiery Clockface
  • Foxhunters
  • Ger The Rigger
  • Irish Washerwoman
  • John Ryan’s Reel
  • Merrily Kiss The Quaker
  • May Moon
  • Morrison’s Jig
  • Soldier’s Joy
  • The Gobbio
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Trip Upstairs
  • ….and plenty more….

Scottish Dance-Tunes

  • Atholl Highlanders
  • Cameron McFadyean
  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • Devil Among The Tailors
  • Down The Glen
  • East Neuk Of Fife
  • Flower Of Scotland
  • Flowers Of Edinburgh
  • Gay Gordons
  • Mairie’s Wedding
  • Peter Street
  • Prince Charlie
  • Scotland The Brave
  • The Haughs Of Cromdale
  • The Mason’s Apron
  • ….and plenty more….

Hillbilly Hoedown Repertoire

  • Achy-Breaky Heart
  • Always On My Mind
  • Act Naturally
  • American Pie
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Bile Dem Cabbage Down (Instrumental)
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Bye Bye Love
  • Can’t Hold Out
  • Comin’ Round The Mountain
  • Country Roads
  • Dance The Night Away
  • Diggy-Liggy-Lo
  • Donkey Reel (Instrumental)
  • Don’t Fence Me In
  • Durang’s Reel (Instrumental)
  • Goodnight Irene
  • Hello Mary Lou
  • Hey, Good-Lookin’
  • I Love You Because
  • I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Jambalaya
  • King Of The Road
  • Me And Bobby McGee
  • Midnight At The Oasis
  • Orange Blossom Special (Instrumental)
  • Raining In My Heart
  • Stand By Me
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Take It Easy
  • Turkey In The Straw  (Instrumental)
  • When Will I Be Loved
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart

Swing Jazz Classics

  • After You’ve Gone
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • Anything Goes
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Blue Moon
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Georgia
  • Girl From Ipanema
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  • I’m Confessin’
  • It Had To Be You
  • Lady Be Good
  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • Moon River
  • My Blue Heaven
  • Night And Day
  • Out Of Nowhere
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  • Summertime
  • Sunny
  • Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Sweet Sue
  • S’Wonderful
  • The Nearness Of You
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • ….and plenty more….

Reviews (21)

  • 5 out of 5

    21st Birthday Ceilidh - March 2017

    April 3, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Amazing night with joyous music from the band from start to finish. Very accommodating for our age span of 8 years to 80 years! Plenty of caller participation to get us all going in fun dances which everyone said made them ache the next day! I heartily recommend them. Very friendly too!

    Sara Norman

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  • 5 out of 5

    Black Velvet Irish Band: St Pat's March 2017

    March 20, 2017 - 12:31 pm

    We have booked Black Velvet Band for our Wedding in Devon on 20th May. We were delighted to find out from Jennie that they were playing at The Water Poet in Spitalfields on St Patricks Night. Being from London, this was perfect. We arrived to a heaving pub with great Irish tunes belting out the door. The pub was packed and everyone was Irish on Friday. Black Velvet Irish Band played everything from The Wild Rover to some traditional reels and jigs. The were excellent and we cannot wait to have them play on our special day. We met with the lads after who were all so friendly and welcoming. I’ve been in a quite a few pubs on St Patrick’s Day but I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like that. The crowd were singing and dancing, Black Velvet your were fantastic, we cant wait to see you guys on 20th May 2017.

    Niamh Ivey

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  • 5 out of 5

    30th Birthday Party 13/08/2016

    August 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

    The band set up according to the plan that had been agreed and once the music got underway, the dance floor was packed for the whole night. Some of our guests had never been to this type of evening before and all we had back was extremely positive comments about the band and of the whole evening, which was to celebrate our daughter’s 30th Birthday.
    The band was an integral part of the night and made the night go with a swing.

    Well worth the 5*****


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  • 5 out of 5

    Vicky & Steve Wilson

    June 22, 2016 - 9:54 am

    Black Velvet Band Irish Quartet: 03 06 16

    Steven and Vicky Wilson’s Wedding

    Vicky and I are just back from a wonderful honeymoon in Thailand. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mike and all the Black Velvet Band for playing at our wedding. For some it was a new experience hearing a traditional Irish band perform.
    We all had a great time.

    Go raibh míle maith agat!!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Meredith

    June 22, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Black Velvet Band Irish Duo: 11 06 16

    Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for the music, fun and sheer merriment you provided on Saturday. It was an absolutely cracking party, everyone had a blast and my parents loved every minute! Your music was perfect, you had everyone up singing and got everyone in the party spirit. Everyone has been passing on their thanks and regards, so just wanted to say thank you for making the party such a special and memorable occasion.

    We’ll all be there in force at The Water Poet in Spitalfield’s London next year on St Patrick’s Day, so we’ll be sure to come and say hello again! Thanks again, it was brilliant and hope you both enjoyed it too.

    Lyndsey Meredith

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  • 5 out of 5

    St Patrick's Day: 2016

    March 18, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you to the Black Velvet Irish Band. For the second year in a row, Eddy, Mike and Johnny were an absolute crowd pleaser and everyone had a brilliant time on St Patrick’s Day at The Water Poet in Spitalfields, London!

    Charlotte Prior

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  • 5 out of 5


    February 21, 2016 - 4:58 pm

    We were really pleased that we had booked the Black Velvet band for a ceilidh at our daughter’s wedding at Old Down Manor. Before the event they spoke to our daughter and planned with her exactly what she would like from them, the type of music and how they would organise the evening so that she and her new husband could be ‘danced out’ at the end. On the day the band arrived in good time with all the appropriate equipment for the location. The performance was very professional, the music great and they got all the guests dancing along. The caller’s instructions were clear.
    So overall we were very happy and would definitely recommend them and the ‘Hop Til You Drop’ administrative team.

    Thank-you, again.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Will & Katie Betts

    August 24, 2015 - 5:40 pm

    We celebrated our wedding at The Grange and we would like to thank you for helping to make our evening so enjoyable. Everyone said what a lovely idea a ceilidh band was and how brilliant it was that it included everyone. Thank you.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Ian Gray-Souldern Village Committee

    July 25, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    Black Velvet Band helped make the Souldern Village Ceilidh a great success. Ours was a Village event with all ages and the Band got all ages dancing. They played superbly and brought a caller with a good sense of fun. They provided music to dance to, music to listen to and an entertainment show all in one! On a practical level they were professionally early arriving, leaving the event organiser relaxed and free to have a drink! Greatly appreciated in all regards.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Ed Hall (50th Birthday)

    March 26, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    We had a fantastic time with the dance floor full. Everyone enjoyed themselves. The band were excellent and were very accommodating throughout the evening. They were patient and very encouraging in getting people to participate. Thank you very much for making my wife’s 50th birthday celebrations special!

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  • 5 out of 5

    BVB - St Particks Day March

    March 3, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    What can I say? The band was brilliant. Great vocals from Johnny, ably supported by Mike on fiddle and Eddy on accordion. By the end of the night everyone was dancing and calling for more. The band couldn’t get off the stage! I’m keen to book for next year already! (Charlotte Prior on behalf of The Water Poet, Spitalfields, London)

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  • 5 out of 5

    Sara Brouwer - The Royal Overseas League, Park Pl, St. James's, London

    January 19, 2015 - 2:53 pm

    Delightful Scottish jigs and reels from Sue and Mike combined excellent calling from Henry had everyone on the dance floor, reeling into the small hours. We shall be booking the band again next year. 

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  • 5 out of 5

    Perry & Claire - Wedding

    July 30, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful ceilidh on our wedding day. Everyone had such a fun time and loved the dancing, even those of us who had never done it before! You provided just what we wanted for the special day, despite being so close to Christmas and with terrible weather, and it was a highlight of the evening. All the best!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Nicola Feather - 18th Birthday Party

    April 10, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Dear Mike, Jason and Terry (in no particular order) Thank you so much for your part in a lovely evening. I realise now what a creative act a barn dance is, requiring co-operation (co-ercion??!) (gently done!!) from all sorts of assorted people. We had a fabulous time, and I shall treasure the looks of thorough enjoyment on each of the dancers’ faces. 

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  • 5 out of 5

    Roy Lonergan - Wedding

    September 27, 2013 - 11:01 am

    I just wanted to say such a huge thank you for the amazing performance that you gave. You were so friendly and willing to help in any way that any nervousness about getting up to dance was immediately dismissed. I was extremely apprehensive prior to the night about how the dancing would go down, especially with my two left feet! However my worrying was in vain, what a fantastic night of dancing it was, so inclusive that any and all can get up and get involved, aged 5 or 105. You need no experience or talent, just listen to the brilliant calling, it’s all simple moves but when it comes together with all your friends and family on the night, prepare to be amazed. I can not thank the band enough for making our Wedding such a fantastic night, I have never seen so many people thoroughly enjoying themselves all at once. I can sincerely recommend the Black Velvet Band for any social occasion, your expectations will be exceeded.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Viv & Paul Benchley

    November 8, 2012 - 9:56 am

    Would you be so kind as to pass our thanks to Mike, the band and their wonderful dance caller. They were all absolutely fantastic! Everybody really enjoyed the dancing and party 

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  • 5 out of 5

    Emily & Shaun Berry

    August 31, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    We would just like to thank you very much for a brilliant evening of music and dancing at our wedding. We have had a lot of great feedback about how fun you were, you even made the ‘non-dancing’ people dance! We really enjoyed it, thank you very much.

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  • 5 out of 5


    July 20, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you for playing at our wedding on the 18th July at Fursdon House. The music was fantastic and all our guests loved the informal but fun approach to the dancing. It was a real hit at the wedding and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you to others

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  • 5 out of 5

    Marianne Frosdick

    July 8, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Just wanted to thank the Black Velvet Band for a really great evening last Saturday. They were excellent musicians and the caller was superb (very patient with the Danish contingent who took some time to get the hang of the instructions!) What I particularly appreciate is how considerate and adaptable the band was regarding my wishes. I had lovely time and have had a lot of positive comments from my guests.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Jonathon Miller

    May 22, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Black Velvet ceilidh band played at my daughter’s wedding on Saturday. Please let them know how excellent they were, and the evening was a great success greatly helped by the excellent calling, music and dancing. I have had lots of good comments from guests and would recommend them to anybody.

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  • 5 out of 5


    February 27, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    The band were an absolute delight, just the right mix of professional musicians and informal enough to mix in with people and jolly them along. They were completely marvellous and everyone had a great time, even though some people had never done ceilidh dancing before and were a little shy.

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