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About Beer For Breakfast
Beer for Breakfast are a four piece Irish Band, who play a fantastic and lively range of traditional and contemporary Irish music as well as Celtic rock and country rock & roll. They are all professional musicians who came together from academic, formal, semi-pro and session music backgrounds, to form one of the liveliest bands in the UK Irish music scene today.They generate a vibrant and energetic atmosphere at live performances guaranteed to have you up on your feet dancing and singing or more usually both at the same time.

The band are no strangers to the folk scene and have been playing at pubs, clubs and festivals throughout the UK for the past four years. The musical pedigree of the individual players goes back much further: each has a history of playing with different bands.
Now with BBC radio performances under their belt, this band is becoming well known for their particular brand of music.

Beer for Breakfast have a first class self- contained PA and Bose speaker system which is covered by public liability insurance and an electrical equipment certificate and come equipped ready to play at all types of venues small to large, e.g. festivals, pubs, clubs, corporate events and weddings.

They also specialise in Â ceilidh’s and have excellent callers for all types of ceilidh, whether you want it Â to have an Irish, Scottish or English flavour!

Beer For Breakfast can supply a demo CD and references, or you can come to see us play live! They can also play unplugged for that special occasion and are available to play 7 days per week throughout the UK, Ireland and the continent.

They split the event into sets of about 45 mins, with a short break in between and are happy to plan their music to fit in with your disco, or any other activities you have planned. If in doubt, contact Ding’s Entertainment Ltd to discuss your requirements.

Joanne has played the flute from the age of 7, has a formal music education and also plays the saxophone and keyboards. Joanne’s favourite instrument is a silver flute on which she can play virtually any style of music ranging from Irish through country to rock and roll!

Ken is a self taught musician who started playing guitar flamenco style at the age of 18 and later graduated to mandolin, mandola and banjo as he became interested in traditional Irish music. He has played as a session musician and with various Irish and folk bands and has a unique mandolin style. He plays a sobell mandolin, acknowledged to be one of the best instruments around and a Ryder 4 string electric mandolin.

Alan is an accomplished musician who can play a range of instruments from guitar to keyboards. He has played with several bands ranging from folk rock to a top flight Ceili band. He currently features on a Deering electric banjo and sobell Bouzuki in Beer for Breakfast. He is a tunesmith and his knowledge of Irish tunes is unsurpassed.

Barrie sings and plays a Loud-One (Louden) guitar. He is well known and has played on the folk and country scene for many years and acknowledged as having one of the largest and varied song repertoires in the business.

Songs Selection

St. Brendan, Lark in the Morning, Mountain Dew, Murshien Durkin, Mc Alpines Fusiliers , JCB song, Black Velvet Band, Seven Drunken Nights, Paddy on the Railway, Whisky in the Jar, Rarest Flowers, Streets of Dublin, Rocky Rd to Dublin, Nobbys Steamboat, Sally McLennane, I Useta Luv Her, Four Roads, Whisky you’re the Devil, South Australia, Irish Rover, Rose of Allendale, Fields of Athanry, Galway Shawl, Galway Girls, Donegal Danny, Wild Rover , Craic was Mighty in Isle of Man, Shamrock Shore, The Maro, Liverpool Lou, Fairytale of New York, Dark Streets of London, Red Rose Café, Hills of Donegal, Back to Tuam, FCA, Lukeys Boat, Thousands are Sailing, Streams of Whiskey, Grace, Jock Stuart, Rattlin’ Roarin Willie, Nancy Whisky, Rose of Allandale, Flower o’ Scotland, Wild Mountain Thyme, Mingalay Boat song, Northern Lights of Aberdeen, O Boy, Peggy Sue, Sea of Heartbreak, Will the circle be Unbroken, Meet me on the Corner, Bye Bye Love, Always on my Mind, Lucille,The Gambler, Walk The Line, Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, 40 Shades of Green, Foulsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire. and a lot more.

Tunes Selection

Ms Sullivan’s, Calliope Ho, Going to the well for water, Scottish. Kerry Slide, Scattery Island. Fairy Reel, Silver Spire, Tamlyn. Silver Spear, Merry Blacksmith, Sportskerry. Parnell’s march, Yellow Wattle. Eddy Kelly, Peter St, Golden Keyboard. Rose in Heather, Aaron’s Key, O Dea’s. Macs Fancy, Mist Covered Mountain, Geese in Bog. Cottage in the Grove, Sean Ryan’s. Walter Sammonds, Concertina Reel, Wild Irishman. Lark in the Morning, Jig of Slurrs, Athol Highlanders. Foxhunters, Another jig will do. Sally Lennons set. Sailing into Walpole Marsh, Wheels of World, Julia Delaney. Ill buy Boots for Maggie, O Connors, Johnny I Do miss you. Tom Busby’s, James Byrne’s, Four Posts of the Bed. Simons jig, Liverpool Jig. Copperplate old/new (reels). Tuesday Afternoon, Twelve Pins. Kesh jig, Behind the Haystack, Jig, Blarney Pilgrim. Close to Floor, Girls of Bainbridge, Jig. Reel, Boil the Breakfast Early. Margaret’s waltz. Cathleen O Heirs, Paddy O Rafferty’s. Humours of Clonmult, Rev Brothers jig, Congress reel. Reel, Eel in the Sink, Mullingar Races. Maids of Mt Kisko, Paddy goes to Glasgow. Sweeney’s Buttermilk, Monahan Twig, Boil the Breakfast Early. Jenny’s wedding, Toss the Feathers. Blast of wind, Far from Home, Green fields of America, Staten Island, Morpeth Rant, High Road to Linton, Dashing WS/ Maries Wedding/ Wind that Shakes the Barley, Sportskerry, Willafjord, Irish Washerwoman, Athol Highlanders, Jig of Slurs, Highland Laddie, Barren Rocks of Aden, Terribus, Scotland the Brave, St Bernards Waltz, Margarets Waltz, Over the sea to Skye, I Belong to Glasgow, Flowers of Edinburgh, Convenience reel, Maids of Mt Cisco,
If the music you require for your event is not listed let us know, we are very adaptable.


Beer For Breakfast specialise in Ceilidhs for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, folk festivals, PTA’s, corporate events and for any other reason you wish, from very large events to very small gatherings. Playing as a five-piece ceilidh band, they use one of three excellent callers, Michael, Francis or Bill, to give your Ceili an Irish, Scottish or English flavour- depending on what you want! The callers are all very experienced and are there to make your event very enjoyable and for you to have FUN.

A ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay- lee’) is a gathering for music and dance and is one of the best ways to ensure that the people at your event meet each other in a FUN atmosphere. Any one who can walk can take part and no previous experience is necessary. Ceilidh dancing can involve large or small groups of people and is pretty easy to pick up. The dances are pattern dances and may be done in lines, squares and circles and many are progressive which means that couples change partners regularly during the dance. A ceilidh is particularly suitable for groups of mixed ages and tastes.

Their ‘caller’ will instruct you in each dance before you do it, ‘call’ the steps and supervise the dance once it starts. Getting the steps absolutely right is neither expected nor demanded, in fact the object is to have FUN and lots of it! Popular dances include: The Big Set Mixer, Bridge of Athlone, The Oxo Reel, La Rouse, The Circassian Circle, Rebecca’s Roundabout, Cottagers Jig, Nottingham Swing, Cumberland Square 8, Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sergeant, The Gay Gordons, Eightsome reel, St Bernard’s Waltz, Canadian Barn Dance, Pride of Erin Waltz.


“The Swinton Folk Festival was a little wet due to howling gales, but it didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of those inside the Lancastrian Hall. Best gigs of the event went to Stanley Accrington and a new bunch to me called Beer for Breakfast, (what an awful name,) but nothing awful about their Celtic influenced folk and swing. They did doubly well as their regular fiddler was absent having chopped off his fingers; very bright.” – Manchester City Life Magazine – Swinton Folk Festival


Ding Says
“Beer for Breakfast play the best of traditional and Â contemporary Irish songs and music, generating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.”