About The Four Leaf Clovers – Irish wedding band for hire in the UK
The Four Leaf Clovers are a very lively Irish covers group based in the North East of England.
Over the last 15 years this group of raggle taggle misfits have unquestionably become one of the most popular Irish music tribute groups in the UK.
The band started as a duo in 2005 with one simple goal in mind, to play Irish music that was impossible to not like.
From humble beginnings playing in small pubs and clubs they quickly moved on to playing private events like garden parties and weddings.
If your taste in music lies on the lively side of Irish, The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors, Floggin' Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, Brendan Shine, Nathan Carter, The Fureys and even the odd Foster and Allan now and again, then The Four Leaf Clovers are the group for you!
In 2010 they started playing corporate events and were soon picked up to headline Irish theme days on racecourses. They have to date played all but 6 of the racecourses in England, Scotland and Wales and have played multiple times on some of the most famous racecourses.
They're not a folk band, they're not a ceilidh band, they're not even a rock band, they are an out and out Irish music group, playing some of the greatest Irish classics in their own inimitable style, no-one is doing this selection of songs in this lively a style anywhere in the UK today!
The Four Leaf Clovers have played at some of the biggest and most prestigious events not just in the UK but all over the world and have been accepted as a true Irish tribute act purely through their clear love and passion for performing that type of music.
They have performed in Benidorm, Greece, Dubai, Germany and Las Vegas as well as being the darlings of the UK racecourse scene playing nearly all of the major courses and events on the racing calendar.
So you want Irish music for your function? Well, there’s a few choices, do you want a traditional acoustic group sat in the corner in cardigans drinking real ale and singing about the plague, do you want a ceilidh band playing tunes that last 18 minutes each and badgering your guests to do set dances, do you want a rock band that plays Thin Lizzy and U2 to be able to fit into the Irish genre or do you want the best, liveliest, highest rated, most professional, hardest working Irish group in the UK today? If it’s the latter then you’ve one choice.
Put quite simply, over 12 years this trio of reprobates have become the UK’s number 1 Irish music group, they play great Irish songs with punch and pace.
The Four Leaf Clovers is the quintessential frontman, a fantastic singer with a razor sharp wit playing guitar, accordion and mouth organ (not all at the same time!)
With John on live guitar and Ryan on live bass their unique sound is backed up by studio recorded drums (Ben Tutt – Valvetones, V8’s) Fiddle (Sophy Ball – BBC folk award winner) and Piano (Tony Davis – Prelude) giving them the sound of a 6 piece band but with the affordable price tag of a trio.
They come armed with a PA system that can handle anything from a bathroom to Wembley stadium and have received constant glowing feedback not just about their performance but also their personalities and professionalism, these are great guys playing great music.
So if you're looking to hire one of the finest Irish wedding bands the UK has to offer, get in touch with The Four Leaf Clovers.
How many of you are in the group?
As a rule there is three of us, Middi, John and Ryan. If one of the group is unavailable for the date you request we may offer the other two as a duo, the line up will always feature Middi.
How much do The Four Leaf Clovers cost to hire?
Roughly £600-£900 Depending on where in the UK the venue is.
What time do you arrive and how long does it take you to set up?
For a typical evening event, we'll arrive at 6pm to be set up and sound checked by 7pm. Our standard performance time is 2 x 60 minutes and singing our last song at 11.30pm. If you want us to arrive earlier or finish later this is an option on an hourly extra charge but performance time will still be 2 x 1 hours maximum
What if we only want you for an hour, would that be cheaper?
It makes no difference, we'd still have the same costs getting to and from the venue and we'd still be booked out for the night so you have to pay full fee, some people like just 1 hour of full on lively stuff cause it suits their evening but we always offer the full 2 x 1 hour option.
Can you do 3 x 40 mins instead?
Yes, but it doesn't work very well, the show gets too broken up that way, as always it's your choice on the day but we wouldn't recommend it.
Can we pay you for an extra set?
Yes you can, If you'd like an extra hour it's £350 extra
Can we also hire the musicians who are on the backing tracks?
Yes, however, it is hard to coordinate the other musicians as they all come from other pro-touring bands, Price for the full 6 piece start at £1800 for the night.
What's the biggest place you've played?
Peterborough Arena, we played there for the motorhome show, it was huge.
How much space do you need?
Our dream space is a 4m wide x 3m deep raised stage, however, we can pretty much play anywhere, we've played in living rooms, garages and smoking shelters before.
Can you play outside?
Weather permitting, yes, however, you must provide us with some kind of shelter, a gazebo or similar in case of rain and to stop us getting sunburned (Remember, our guitarist is Scottish, which means he can get sunburned watching a firework display).
Do you have your own sound and light system?
Yes, we're fully self-contained with our own PA and stage lights.
What do you need from us on the night?
Not much, a plug socket, somewhere to stand, somewhere to change clothes and our payment.
Can we choose which songs you play?
Good God No! You book us to do "our show" if you want to choose the songs and the order they're played in start your own band!
What songs do you play?
Our setlist is top secret, it's kept in a safe at The Four Leaf Clovers HQ guarded by that Sparta security guy off the rent a cop TV show, however, if you'd like a peek at some of the songs we do you can download a PDF from this website.
Are you playing local to us, can we come see you?
We're out about 4 nights a week if it's a public gig we list it on our website and you're more than welcome to come but we wouldn't invite you to someone else's private function, as we wouldn't invite people to yours if you book us.
Can you play background music between your sets?
Yes, BUT.. It's only a background music, it's a medley of soft Celtic songs that fills the silence before the show and during the break. We can not play requested songs, it's not lively music, just nice background.
Do you offer a 'Disco' Option?
We do, if you'd like us to bring our DJ system and have someone play party music for you after we've finished the live show then this is £180 extra (up to midnight) and £150 per hour after midnight
Can we hook our iPod or laptop to your PA system
Yes, we'll supply you with a cable and you can play what you like the cost is £150 (up to Midnight) and £100 per hour after midnight.
Have you ever not turned up for a booking?
Only three times in 12 years. Once when Middi got a punctured lung from a fight with a cow, once due to severe weather conditions and once due to the (brand new van) blowing up.
Do you do any rebel song?
No, we don't do anything political.
Do you do any Scottish/Celtic songs?
No, we're an Irish group.
How far do you travel?
We cover the whole of the UK and Mainland Europe providing our own transport and equipment, for other worldwide locations (USA, Middle East, Etc.) you have to provide transport, accommodation, food, drink and all sound/light equipment.
Can you sing our first dance at our wedding?
If it's a song we already do in our show we are happy to perform an acoustic version of it for your first dance but otherwise, you'll have to get the disco or the venue to play it for you.
Do you work for the armed forces?
No, I work for The Four Leaf Clovers - but we play on army, navy and RAF bases on many occasions entertaining the troops.
If you're unavailable for the date I want can you recommend anyone else who does what you do?
Nobody does what we do, that's why we're busy, but our agents have other fantastic (if slightly less raucous) Irish acts on their roster.
"Absolutely perfect! Fantastic communication prior to our wedding then on the day itself they were amazing. So much fun and every guest commented on how good they were. Thank you for being the icing on the cake for our special day!"
"Very happy and enthusiastic beforehand, despite their seven-hour drive! Music wise - brilliant, interacted with the crowd and kept them amused, Everyone got up and danced and commented on how great they were. Really pleased I booked The Four Leaf Clovers through FixTheMusic."
"We and our guests loved having The Four Leaf Clovers as they were catchy, different and everyone was up for a good bit of dancing!! Great band and nice guys! Thanks."
"Loved The Four Leaf Clovers! Great musicians playing fun and entertaining music, and all-round nice guys! Very engaging with the audience between songs. Very responsive to emails prior to the event, which made us both feel at ease. All the feedback from our guests has been very positive, everyone in attendance really enjoyed both sets. My only regret is getting these guys to play 2 x 45 min sets instead of 2 x 60 min (which they did offer)! For anyone looking for a band for any event, I would highly recommend The Four Leaf Clovers. Gentlemen - it was a perfect day for my bride and me, we can't thank you enough for your contribution to it! Stuart & Cheryl."
"Amazing band everyone at the wedding loved them. Every single person was up dancing, thank you so much and apologies that I didn't get a chance to thank them personally before they left."
"The band was great, great guys, great music. I'm really glad we booked them, they made our wedding very special. I would highly recommend them. Thanks guys."
Whiskey In The Jar
Black Velvet Band
I'll Tell Me Ma
Streams Of Whiskey
I Usta Love Her
Fall From Grace With God
Dirty Auld Town
R U Looking At Me
Whiskey You're The Devil
Small Bit Of Love
When You Were Sweet Sixteen
Holy Ground (fine Girl You Are)
Body Of An American
Brown Eyed Girl
Molly Malone (cockles And Muscles)
Seven Drunken Nights
Bould O Donaghue