No truly Irish party can really get going without such iconic treats as ‘The Star Of The County Down’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ or ‘The Wild Rover’. So it’s no great surprise that Manchester-based Blackbush naturally include all of those tried-and-tested classics in their typical performance.

“This experienced Irish band perform modern and traditional Irish favourites, with jigs and reels skilfully interspersed to suit your event…”

Blackbush’s rip-roaring demon fiddler will ensure you have the recipe for a great night out – toes will tap with a mind of their own and your feet just won’t be able to stay still! These days, the Irish canon is not complete without the best of The Pogues and Van Morrison, so rest assured, the most popular items will all be included in the Blackbush repertoire, plus a few more up-to-date but traditional-flavoured pop and rock songs.

The set-list can be expertly tailored to suit your event, with classics like ‘Haste To The Wedding’, ‘Have I Told You Lately I Love You’ and ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. For smaller events, a guitar/vocals and violin duo often fits the bill, but for the full-on Irish Rock Experience, a quartet or quintet with drums is generally required. The band comes equipped with a top-quality PA system producing a crystal-clear sound in venues of any size.

Introduce a genuine flavour of traditional entertainment, Dublin-style to your celebration party with Blackbush, Manchester’s foremost Irish band!

  • Iconic Irish celebration with all the tried-and-tested favourites
  • Set-lists tailored to suit your event
  • Equipped with a top-quality PA system

Sample Repertoire

  • A Man Is In Love
  • American Pie
  • Arthur McBride
  • Atlantic City
  • Babylon
  • Because The Night
  • Belfast Mill
  • Big Yellow Taxi
  • Born To Be Wild
  • Brown-Eyed Girl
  • Cannonball
  • Caravan
  • Crow On The Cradle
  • Factory
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Freeman
  • From Clare To Here
  • Galway Girl
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Heaven’s Door
  • Hotel Yarborough
  • Into The Mystic
  • Irish Rover
  • It Stoned Me
  • Johnny, I Hardly Knew You
  • Leaving Of Liverpool
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mr Jones
  • No Woman No Cry
  • Nothing Ever Happens
  • One Love
  • Redemption Song
  • Ride On
  • Runaway
  • Salvador
  • Sam Hall
  • Stand By Me
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Out Mary
  • Take It Easy
  • Tell Me Ma
  • The Joker
  • The Weight
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Under The Bridge
  • Watchtower
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Wild Rover
  • Willy Macbride
  • Willy Mackintosh
  • Wraggle-Taggle Gypsy
  • You’re Beautiful
  •                                                   ….and plenty more….

Reviews (6)

  • 5 out of 5

    Estelle Goodwin

    June 6, 2017 - 1:34 pm

    Blackbush – 60th Birthday Party: June 2017

    Blackbush performed the music for our housewarming and a 60th birthday party. They were great providing both background but also tunes people wanted to dance to. The band created a fab atmosphere. Before the night it was easy to get in touch and they dealt with our queries speedily. We’re really pleased we booked them.

    Estelle Goodwin

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  • 5 out of 5

    Emily Faulkner

    May 22, 2017 - 5:03 pm

    Rachel Faulkner’s Wedding

    Blackbush performed at my sister Rachel’s wedding in December 2015. The band were brilliant! In fact, they were so good – I’ve just booked them for my own wedding in October this year!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Aine and Joey's Wedding

    September 30, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    Blackbush were absolutely amazing! All our guests said that they were the best wedding band they had heard. The dance floor was hoping all night. They were so accommodating to deal with.

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  • 4 out of 5


    January 10, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    Fantastic musicians and singers.

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  • 5 out of 5


    November 25, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Fantastic band! We had the pleasure of their company on Pat’s Day at our residential home for people with learning disabilities. Our residents said it was the best thing they had ever experienced. Highly recommended!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Daniel & Frankie

    July 31, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    We had Blackbush sing at our wedding and they were incredible, we would hire them again . Everyone was up dancing, thanks again guys!!

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