Default lineup: 4 members
4 Piece Band: Vocals/Guitar; Whistles/ Melodeon/ Accordion; Drums; Violin.
Giving your favourite pop and rock hits a traditional Irish makeover! Celtic Covers are unique, fun & have entertained crowds throughout the UK with their true Irish party spirit since 1994!
An outstanding group of musicians.
Whatever your age, and wherever you are from, you’ll love this exciting set of covers with an authentic Celtic twist! From Mumford & Sons and The Pogues to Ronan Keating and The Cure, there’s something for everyone in Celtic Covers’ bag!
Ian began playing guitar aged fourteen. Following tuition from dad and self teaching auditioned for music foundation course at Sandown College of Performing Arts Liverpool. Then went on to complete two year Diploma in Light Music studying jazz guitar. Syllabus also included scoring, arranging and composition. While at college also studied classical guitar up to grade 8 distinction (with international guitarist Neil Smith). On leaving college I began private teaching as well as running a night school class. Also played in Liverpool bars including a regular Saturday afternoon spot at the famous Cavern club.
Padraig was born in Belfast. He lived his formative years in the 1970s against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland. He worked as a freelance journalist in the 1980s; becoming Northern Irish correspondent for the Irish Post, before gaining a Scholarship to Ruskin College Oxford. It was in Oxford he formed the Traditional Irish band Henry Marten's Ghost and started writing songs in the late 1990s. A fascination with his country's musical history and a love of the stories that permeate its culture, bring an engaging authenticity to his songs. Capturing the passion and contradiction of the people and places of Belfast has seen Padraig earn the reputation of a modern day Seanachaí. Not surprising perhaps, that he lists both the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke, and Belfast's Kathleen Largey amongst his key musical influences.
Gill has an Honours Degree in Music from Cardiff university. She sports an infectious sense of fun. Coupled with a unique whistle style and a genuine affinity towards Irish tunes, she quickly became an audience favourite. An ever present since 2002 she also plays squeeze boxes and was the band’s first female member. Living off the same Motorway junction as Padraig they also perform regularly as a duo.
Adrian has been playing drums for most of his life, with a broad range of experience and styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz, swing, Latin American and pop to traditional Irish and folk music. He started with Welsh Indi band “Blue Moon” who he toured Germany with, supporting acts such as Gong, Ike and Tina Turner and The Marmalade” before joining Keyboard based contemporary band “Axis. Adrian also did several summer seasons playing as a session drummer supporting a wide range of musicians. While living and working in London he played with “The Gun Club”, formed from some of Elvis Costello’s session musicians and gigged around London including playing at “The Natural History Museum”. Adrian is an all round percussionist, playing a wide range of instruments as well as both hybrid and conventional drum kits.
Recent clients have included:
The Wales Millennium Centre
The Welsh Rugby Union
The Cardiff Coal Exchange
E Festival Fos Llas Racecourse
Cheltenham Race Festival
International Folk Festival Guernsey
Rothsay Folk Festival Scotland
Small Nations Festival Wales
Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival
Bonne Nuit Festival Jersey
Caistor Festival Lincoln
Pontardawe Festival Wales
Sesiwn Fawr Festival Wales
TV & Radio:
BBC radio Wales 30 Minute Special Celtic Connections
BBC Radio Jersey March 2012
BBC Radio Shropshire April 2012
BBC Radio 2 Titanic Special April 2012
Radio Pembrokeshire Special May 2012
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Solent
The band’s music has also been played on radio shows in:
France, Norway, Germany, Holland, USA, Russia, Finland and Poland
Appearances on Cowboys & Indians for S4C TV
Please note: For events taking place in Scotland please call for a quote.