Default lineup: 3 members
Standard 3 piece band: guitar/vocals, banjo, accordion.
* 4, 5, 6 & 7 piece band also available (please see booking options).
* Reels On Wheels includes some of the finest traditional musicians in the South East UK!
* Performing traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and tunes with innovation, flair and vitality.
* Previous clients include Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Robert Smith of The Cure, Guy Ritchie, Jackie Clune, The Baroness McDonagh and Sheila McDonagh MP, National Theatre and British Airways.
Formed in 1998 Reels On Wheels includes some of the finest traditional musicians in the South East UK including award-winning performers. All the musicians have been performing touring and recording for many years.
Reels On Wheels are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to each client's specific requirements, and go out as anything from a trio (as standard) to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller.
Their most common format for a ceilidh consists of three musicians plus a caller who will teach the dances from scratch - no experience needed!
A Ceilidh is ideal for a successful party, as it is a fun way to get families, friends and colleagues to mix and meet and because all age groups become involved.
Reels On Wheels play traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and tunes with innovation, flair and vitality. The band are both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. If you wish, they can concentrate on one particular style throughout the performance e.g. Scottish or Irish.
Meet The Band
Eugene - Accordion - was steeped in traditional Irish music ever since he started playing tin whistle at the age of seven. Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, to Cavan and Monaghan parents, his father Jim Teevan was president of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann 2004 - 2009. Eugene joined the Leagrave Branch of Comhaltas and soon graduated to concert flute and accordion. He competed in Fleadhs all over Britain and Ireland and was All-Ireland Champion in 1982 and 1986 and is now a qualified music teacher with Comhaltas. Eugene adjudicated at the North London Junior Fleadh on 24th November 2013 helping to encourage young traditional musicians. Over the years Eugene has been a regular performer at Irish music festivals, conventions and sessions as well as playing with several folk and ceili bands. Eugene has also performed in America and Canada. Since 2011 Eugene played with Colgarra with singer/songwriter Joe Giltrap. Eugene started playing with Reels On Wheels in October 2013
Carlene - Fiddle - Experienced Performer & Nurturing Tutor: BA (Hons) Psychology. BBC2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year (1994 -5)?. All-Ireland Fiddle Champion (1992). Havering Young Musican of the Year (1991) Carlene learnt both Classical and Irish Traditional Music from age 6 and went on to win Traditional Irish music 'Fleadh Ceol' competitions. She gained classical grades up to grade 8, studied violin at Guildhall School of Music and became professional at age 17. Since then Carlene has crossed many genres, played on many albums as a session musician and toured extensively. She plays Irish, folk, classical and Jazz music, and is a exceptionally talented lead soloist and improvisor on violin. The tradition was passed down to Carlene from her mother, Goretti Anglim who plays Irish Traditional flute with Wraggle Taggle and from Goretti’s father who played fiddle and back through the generations of musicians. Carlene also teaches fiddle / violin using Suzuki Method, and the ABRSM classical curriculum as well as Jazz, and Traditional Music from Brittany, Scotland, Hungary, Italy and Eastern Europe.
Mary - Caller - is a rare combination of expert country dance caller and crowd psychologist. Her knowledge of dance steps from the UK and beyond is based on decades of professional involvement and a true passion for her art. Her outgoing and friendly personality puts everyone immediately at their ease. She caters for all ages and levels of experience, and is sensitive to the fitness levels of the dancers she is working with. Mary is an extremely personable performer with an encyclopedic knowledge of dance steps, which she is able to communicate simply yet effectively to all participants. Mary's fans say... Our guests loved you, and the dancing was great fun thanks to your excellent caller who was perfect I thought – teaching the steps without being to 'bossy' or making people feel singled out Kate
Thank you very much for your wonderful expert, encouraging and enticing calling. Everyone absolutely loved the band , the dancing and especially your calling. All of Chislehurst is talking about the day and telling all their friends what a wonderful time they had. You really helped to make the day a tremendous, happy success Donna
Just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at Rebecca's party on Friday. You were a huge success and everyone is raving about how much they enjoyed the ceilidh. Please thank all the band and of course the caller, who were all just perfect. I shall be letting everyone know just what a wonderful group of people you. With very best wishes Julie
Thanks for calling brilliantly on Saturday. I think they danced well thanks to you, and everyone seemed to appreciate the evening. And they fireworks finished things off nicely - eventually Stewart
Mary joined Reels On Wheels in 2012.
Mick - Guitar Vocals - is the founder and lynch-pin of the band which he put together following many succesful years organising sessions and gigs in and around his home in North London. He carefully selected the band members for outstanding talent on their individual instruments and as a bunch of good friends. Born in Yorkshire in 1954, Mick trained as a classical pianist and taught himself the guitar. He was always interested in folk music and helped run Knebworth Folk Club in Hertfordshire when he was just a teenager. He was turned on to Irish music during the seventies revival by groundbreaking bands such as Planxty The Bothy Band and The Chieftans. Mick has worked in a variety of musical areas composing and arranging for theatre as well as jazz rock and folk groups. Previous projects include The Tollpuddle Players Take Two Yellow Belland Northern Celts.
Mick - Tenor Banjo Mandolin - Mick inherited a love of Irish music from his parents who came from County Kerry & Roscommon in Ireland. The Dubliners banjo player Barry McKenna inspired Mick to learn the Banjo in 1967. He learned tunes from the great London Irish musicians including John Bowe Bobby Casey Tommy McCarthy and Roger Sherlock and is particularly influenced by Clare Galway and Kerry styles of playing. Mick won the all-Ireland tenor banjo championship in 1971 and two all-Ireland ceilidh band medals in 1986 and 1987 as a member of Thatch Ceilidh Band. He toured the USA & Ireland in 1975 and the UK in 1976 with Jo Burke and Paddy Glakin on a tour organised by the Irish Traditional Music Association Comhaltas Ceoltori Eirean. Mick has played in countless concerts and ceilidh's over the years, and toured in the U.S.A, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ireland and elsewhere. He has recorded with some of the greats of Irish music including Tommy Makem, Kevin Burke, Brendon Shine, Donal Lunny and Noel Murphy. In 1992 Mick backed Elvis Costello on stage and he performed with Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners in 1998. Mick joined Reels On Wheels in 1997.
Previous clients include Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Robert Smith of The Cure, Guy Ritchie, Jackie Clune, The Baroness McDonagh and Sheila McDonagh MP, National Youth Orchestra, London Irish RFC, National Theatre and British Airways.
Celebrities we've performed for include: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop
Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskhar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, Imelda Staunton.
Venues include Return to Camden Town Festival, London NW1, Blenheim Palace, The National Liberal Club
The Royal Festival Hall, Pinewood Studios, and HM Treasury.
TV appearences Next on Live TV, Feilte on TG4.
Film appearences 66 with Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Tate.
- Reels On Wheels are happy to travel up to 150 miles from NW5 London. If your event is happening within a 150 mile radius but the band are not showing as available, please contact an Alive Network booking agent for a quote.
- All quotes include Reels On Wheels being 'on site' for up to 5 hours. Early arrivals or long breaks may incur extra charges.
- A suitably talented deputy will be substituted if any of the main band members aren't available.