Special Brew Irish

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No strangers to the folk scene, Special Brew have for a number of years been steadily establishing an enviable reputation playing their music at clubs and festivals throughout the North West of England. However, the musical pedigree of the individual players that make up their ensemble goes back much further. Each of them has a broad history of playing with a variety of different bands for rather longer than they might admit to.

“Vibrant Celtic-flavoured music, performed with confident presentation and lubricated with plenty of fun and frolics, all combines to make a splendid party…”

Special Brew play the best of traditional and contemporary Irish songs and instrumental music. The band generates a joyful atmosphere at their live performances, irrespective of the nature or style of the event, guaranteed to have audiences up on their feet, dancing, clapping and singing.

Seasoned performers on festival stages throughout the UK, these guys have plenty of experience of playing to large audiences under their belts, as well as countless club nights and private party appearances. You can expect a broad repertoire of Celtic-influenced folk and swing … but rest assured, you diehard traditionalists, all of your favourite Irish songs will as a matter of course be included in a typical Special Brew performance.

If you like organised traditional country dances in the form of a barndance or ceilidh, Special Brew will bring an experienced ‘caller’ with them to explain and demonstrate the steps and moves. The band comes equipped with a top-quality self-contained PA system, adaptable to all venues.

Look forward to a night of excellent ‘craic’ as Special Brew deliver captivating presentations of the best traditional and contemporary Irish music.

  • Energetic, toe-tapping traditional Irish music
  • Seasoned ceilidh-caller to assist with dances
  • Fully-equipped with a high-quality PA system




Sample Repertoire

  • Back To Tuam
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Craic Was Mighty In Isle O’ Man
  • Dark Streets Of London
  • Donegal Danny
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • FCA
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Flower Of Scotland
  • Four Roads
  • Galway Girl
  • Galway Shawl
  • Grace
  • Hills Of Donegal
  • I Used To Love Her
  • Irish Rover
  • JCB Song
  • Jock Stuart
  • Lark In The Morning
  • Liverpool Lou
  • Lukey’s Boat
  • McAlpine’s Fusiliers
  • Mingalay Boat Song
  • Mountain Dew
  • Muirshin Durkin
  • Nancy Whiskey
  • Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
  • Paddy Works On The Railway
  • Rarest Flowers
  • Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie
  • Red Rose Café
  • Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Rose Of Allendale
  • Sally McLenane
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • Shamrock Shore
  • South Australia
  • St Brendan
  • Streams Of Whiskey
  • Streets Of Dublin
  • The Maro
  • Thousands Are Sailing
  • Uncle Nobby’s Steamboat
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Whiskey, You’re The Devil
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Wild Rover
  • ….and many more….


  1. Marilynn & Fergus’s Wedding

    We cannot thank you all enough for the way you played and interacted at our wedding, every last person said what a lovely atmosphere it was and you made our evening. We can only apologise that we may not have looked after you as we should, our heads were on cloud nine but you helped to keep the evening buzzing and we have received so many compliments to pass on to you all.

  2. Kate & Kevin’s Wedding

    The wedding and the reception were absolutely amazing, we had the time of our lives. Several people have said to us that it was the best reception they’d ever been to, so thank you so much for helping to make our day so special and memorable.

  3. Helen’s Party

    Thank you so much for the party Saturday night, you were all great and the party atmosphere was fantastic. Sorry I didn’t have time to say goodbye on the night. Thanks again and I would recommend you to anybody.