Merrily Kiss

from£625

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Merrily Kiss was started by a group of friends with a mutual passion for traditional folk and ceilidh music, who have played professionally together for many years.

The band’s line-up features a mixture of guitar, fiddle, bass, whistle, piano and occasionally drums, lending them a bright and uplifting sound.

They had clearly put a huge effort into the evening, with great songs, a charismatic caller and duelling fiddles. Tremendous! Matthew, 50th Birthday Party at Ripley Village Hall in Surrey

They primarily perform Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and dances, in styles ranging from a delicate melody to a storming barn dance sound, with excellent singers and trained top-line players.

The band’s caller is knowledgeable and inspiring, and the band bring a marvellous atmosphere to any party or gathering, regardless of the setting: dance hall, garden, living room and ballroom.

Highly recommended!

Performance info

Line-up fiddle; guitar; bass/vocals
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 2 x 45 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Song requests
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add caller
Add £185
For the ultimate ceilidh dancing experience
Add drums
Add £185
Recommended for dancing
Add whistle
Add £185
For an authentic folk sound
Add piano
Add £185
For a fuller sound
Add accordion
Add £185
For extra impact
Extra performances
Add £125 per half hour
Extend the band's sets by up to one hour

Songs

All For Me Grog
Black Velvet Band
Danny Boy
Brown Eyed Girl
Cockles N Mussels
Dennis O Reilly
Dirty Old Town
Fairytale Of New York
Fields of Athenry
Fisherman's Blues
Galway Girl
Irish Rover
Lakes of Ponchatrain
Lanigans Ball
Leaving of Liverpool
Mcalpine's Fusiliers
Murshin Durkin
P Stands for Paddy
Rare Old Mountain Dew
Rocky Road to Dublin
Sally Gardens
Spancill Hill
Spanish Lady
Star of the County Down
Streams of Whiskey
Tell Me Ma
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Colonial Boy

Tunes

Banish Misfortune
Butterfly Set
Coolies Reel
Geese In The Bog
Humours Of California
Lark In The morning
Maid behind the Bar
Mason’s Apron
Musical Priest
Pinch Of Snuff
Planxty Irwin
Reel Breatrice
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór
The Kesh
Tripping Upstairs

Dances

Bridge Of Athlone
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Circle Waltz
Cumberland Square Eight
Dashinh White Sargent
Eightsome Reel
Gay Gordons
Holmfirth Square
Lucky Seven
Oxo Reel
Reel Of The 57th
Rifleman
Seige Of Ennis
Strip The Willow

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“We booked Merrily Kiss to play at our wedding this August. We cannot praise them enough. Our guest were half Irish and half English so the band put together a set that included traditional irish songs and ceighli songs with a caller. Everyone took to the dance floor as soon as the band started up and didnt leave until they finished their set. We all had a great night and we have been asked for the bands name a number of times.”

Steve & Cat, Wedding, Aylesbury, August 2019

“Sorry for the delay but just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you again to you and all of your band for making the long trip to Studland and helping our big day to be so special. Lucy and I thought you were fantastic as did many of our guests. It was great to see everyone dancing and enjoying your songs.”

Jonathan & Lucy, Wedding, Dorset, June 2019

“Merrily Kiss were fantastic at our Wild West Barn Dance. They had obviously worked really hard to get the set together - but they are clearly highly talented musicians who made the whole show seem effortless. The caller organised excellent dances with charm, humour and a great big bushy beard. It was a tremendous night - 10/10!”

Dean, Birthday Party, Surrey, September 2017

“Just to say again what a fantastic night that was. I'm still on a real high. You all obviously worked really hard to get the music and songs absolutely perfect. The caller was great too, realm charisma. Thank you all so much.”

Matthew, 50th Birthday Party at Ripley Village Hall in Surrey, September 2017

“Merrily Kiss were recommended to us by Function Central and stepped admirably into the breech and delivered a memorable Celili. I was very impressed how they grasped exactly what the audience wanted.”

Peter, Festival, Aran Islands, July 2016

“Thanks to all the members of Merrily Kiss for adding a great spin and Celtic flair to our party on Saturday night . The music and energy was great and the dancing was great fun and a real unique twist. As one guest said she loved being taught an Irish dance which involved Numbers the Hokey Cokey and Oranges and Lemons !”

Liz, Private party, London, September 2015

“What can we say, just a huge thank you to you and the guys for making a good night a great one. The party went on to 6 the following 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. One of the guests, a lady in her 80's said it was the best party she had ever been to - there speaks the voice of experience. She left at 2 o-clock in the morning with a skip in her step.”

Keith & Janice, Wedding, London, June 2015

“Thank you very much for playing at our anniversary party on Saturday, we had a marvellous time and our friends have told us that they very much enjoyed your music. My husband was so pleased that I booked you. Great to have a good dance!”

Rita, Anniversary Party, Surrey, April 2015

“Just dropping you a line to say how much we loved you playing at our New Year's party. You really made the party go with a swing and got people up off their chairs to dance. Several guests have asked about future bookings. I can't wait to hear the band again, so do let me know when you are next playing.”

Lucy & Kevin, NYE Event, Haringey, NYE 2014

“Merrily Kiss are a great band for a Burn's night and any other occasion that needs a happy, cheerful and very musical combination. They add a glorious dimension to the enjoyment of any event, allowing the guests to express themselves in the music that they play so well. They are a good calling band and can get even the most ancient relative onto the dance floor where all have a go at Scottish, and English, country dancing. I have employed them on a number of occasions and would strongly recommend them to any hirer.”

Peter, Burns Night, Berkhamstead, January 2014

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