Mat Walklate's Irish Band

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Mat Walklate’s Men perform the well known Irish songs that everyone knows and loves. They are indeed one of the best-known and deservedly most popular Irish bands in Manchester!

“Take talented musicians and traditional songs and tunes, then throw in a touch of the Blarney for a rousing Celtic party…”

Listen out for punchy guitar or mandola lines, with interweaving whistle, harmonica or flute, all securely underpinned by double-bass. Listen to Seamus’s powerful versions of all your favourite traditional Irish songs.

For larger events and larger audiences, a larger band might well be preferable, so Mat often augments the band in stages to include a versatile choice of fiddle, keyboards, melodeon, bodhran and drums in addition to the core line-up described above. With an excellent PA system producing a crystal-clear sound in any venue, you’re guaranteed a real Irish party night with Mat Walklate’s Men.

  • Traditional Irish ceili mix of favourite songs and tunes
  • Flexible line-up depending on the size of your event
  • Award winning musicians




Traditional Songs

  • Arthur McBride
  • As I Roved Out
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Green Fields Of France
  • Lakes Of Pontchartrain
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Ride On
  • Sally Gardens
  • Sally MacLenane
  • Sam Hall
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Up, Mary
  • The Belle Of Belfast City
  • The Irish Rover
  • The Rare Old Mountain Dew
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • The Wild Rover
  • Town I Loved So Well
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • ….and plenty more….


  1. Eileen McCabe – Irish Music Magazine

    Eileen McCabe – Irish Music Magazine

    “..energetic tunes..” “..striking harmonica..” “Mat and the band have applied the best of their quality musicianship to this release and that quality is impeccably demonstrated.”

  2. Grem Devlin – The Living Tradition

    “Great choice of material..” “Walklate’s harmonica playing is astoundingly proficient throughout..” “Matt Fahey’s vocal take on My Bonny Boy Is Young is a stand out track..” “..gets my vote for album of the year..”


    “..a classy and well-balanced mix of tunes and songs that boasts accomplished musicianship throughout..”


    “The musicianship from this band is outstanding and their selection and interpretation of the music is delightful.”

  5. John Patten – Driftwood

    “..the playing is very good..” “..nothing here is standard fare.” “..outstanding fiddling..” “Crossing The Ocean is sure to please anyone looking for an album of Irish music that sounds a little different but is still firmly rooted in the tradition.”

  6. Sarah Howard’s Family Party

    I just thought I would drop you a quick email to say how fantastic the band were on Saturday. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the songs, the jigs and reels and the dancing thoroughly. Please pass my thanks on to Mat and the band!

  7. Patricias Mum’s Wedding

    I recently booked a duo from the band to play at my mum’s wedding in Bolton. They were brilliant. I would recommend this group to anyone who wishes to make their wedding a special event and really liven up the evening. Don’t bother with a DJ, what a waste of money. There were only 40 people at the evening reception, but Shamus and Danny really livened up the group and got them up singing and dancing. I only wish I had another event up and coming, so I could book them again.

  8. Nadia’s Birthday Celebration

    I would like to thank Mat Walklate’s Men for a fantastic evening, they were brilliant! A really warm and charming bunch of guys! Definitely be using them again, a great night was had by everyone due to a lively set which created a good atmosphere.