Of course, every event is different and we pride ourselves in our adaptability. However most events run to a fairly similar format.
Firstly, if you book us we shall play for (up to) 3 1/2 hours (including breaks). Our line up always includes our excellent caller plus melodeon (squeezebox), guitar & bass. We are often very lucky to have Wil join us on fiddle. He can’t always make it, but if he does, we don’t alter our charges.
We try to arrive about 3/4 hour early to set up. All we require is a space for this and one mains socket. A small table to put the amplifier on is useful and arm-less chairs appreciated too. We are discrete when setting up, but of course we respect what is going on and will always wait for an appropriate time if necessary.
If it is a wedding, the couple often want a first dance. We can play for this and we do have a few suggestions here (please ask). Alternatively, we have provision to plug in a phone / ipad / laptop etc. so a chosen track can be used.
We’ll generally get things going with a few tunes and then the dancing starts. We generally call up the dances in pairs, giving the dancers a chance for a breather / drink / chat in between. During the breaks we play live music – a wide eclectic mix (you’ll be glad to know we don’t sing, you wouldn’t like it if we did!).
There will often be a break, again we are very flexible with timings here.
On some events we are followed by a disco. This is fine with us, but we must emphasise that it does not work at all if there is an attempt to alternate the two genres. The disco does need to follow us.
Of course we are happy to answer any further questions, just get in touch.