They deliver a unique blend of Irish classics, party singalongs, and contemporary covers with an authentic Celtic twist. From Polka’s to Pogues, Jigs to Mumford & Sons, or Rollickin’ Reels to Ronan Keating, there’s something for everyone.
A lively Acoustic Band for Weddings, Birthday Parties, Festivals and Corporate Events. If you like Irish songs sung by a real Irish person such as Whiskey in the Jar, Galway Girl, The Wild Rover, Dirty Old Town, Fields of Athenry, I'll Tell Me Ma, Molly Malone then you will love Lanigans Shindig. The set-list includes Irish Songs, Ballads, Reels, Jigs, Polkas, and Waltzes.
The line-up is flexible and can work as a duo (guitar/vocals, whistles/melodeons) Trio add percussion, four-piece add fiddle. They also have the services of a caller should you require one. The Band can play totally acoustic for that Irish pub session feel. They can also wander around your guest tables serenading them with the Irish Craic.
Padraig (Singer/Guitarist) 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 Lanigans Shindig 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.
Greig (drummer/percussionist) is a founder member of the internationally renowned Guillemots and both a Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominee. Greig and Padraig became friends and musical collaborators in Oxford in 1997 before Greig moved to London to become a core member of the Guillemots. Greig was both Percussionist and co-writer helping the band enjoy significant single and album chart successes, and touring globally. Greig has appeared alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Snow Patrol, KT Tunstall, The Script, Beck, Morrissey, REM, Travis and even with a full orchestra at the BBC Electric Proms. Re-united with Padraig in 2013, Grieg’s characteristically innovative style and fluid rhythms form the bands' heartbeat.
Gill - (Whistles/Accordion/Melodeon) 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 squeezeboxes and was the band’s first female member. Living off the same Motorway junction as Padraig they also work as a duo.
Piotr (Violin) Piotr’s searing improvisations take listeners on an edge-of-your-seat musical ride. Now a London based music teacher, his Eastern European style brings a fresh twist to the traditional Irish sound. Padraig and Piotr also first played together in Oxford in 1997 and have been firm friends and musical soulmates ever since. Prepare to be educated as the music comes alive with passion, playfulness and Piotr’s incomparable virtuosity.
the Cast of Eastenders,
Robert Smith (the Cure),
the Inspector Morse Cast.
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
Price quoted is for the 4 piece, but also available as a trio and duo
Lanigans Shindig played my wedding recently and they were really impressive. Their music consisted of the Irish standards that every body knew and they had us all singing along to the wild rover and molly malone. A great band, book them, you won't be disappointed.
We booked Lanigans Shindig to play at our daughters 21st Birthday party recently and they were a tremendous success. Everybody really loved their music, they were a lot of fun and really got the party going. The band were charming and highly professional. They arrived on time to set up and entertained the guests both as they arrived and throughout the evening. Everyone at the party both young people and older guests really loved their playing and the range of tunes was fantastic. I would highly recommend this band. They brought warmth and character to the evening. This was definitely money well spent!
Dear Padraig Words cannot express how wonderful you were, at the celebration we had for my mum's passing, at Greenwoods recently. So many relatives asked whether you actually knew mum, as you had made it so personal, they were, as you could probably tell, really enjoying themselves! I could not have wished for a more fitting tribute to my mum, just sad that you couldn't meet her as she would have been your biggest fan that night! With sincere thanks.
Without a doubt the best Irish band I have ever heard! I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for something amazing, full of atmosphere and outstanding enjoyable music. We hired Lanigans Shindig for our wedding and would definitely hire them again. With a mixture of knee slapping, fun jigging, Irish music which everyone can enjoy. You can't miss out on these guys. The diverse collection of songs which they play draws everyone's attention throughout the set and the enthusiasm which the band brings is incredible, the whole room was fascinated and amazed by them, and everyone was dancing. The music aside, the band and Padraig were extremely accommodating with any of our ideas or request throughout our wedding process, the music and presentation was exactly as we wanted on our big day and everything ran very smoothly, the team are very professional and will always do anything to help. Thinking of holding another party, just so we can hear them again! Thanks for everything.
We just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much to you and the rest of Lanigans Shindig for playing a fantastic gig at our wedding last month! We had an absolutely amazing time, and you guys were the perfect end to the perfect day. We hope you had as much fun as we did, everyone thought you were brilliant. Thank you too, for the wonderful collection of CD's. It's a lovely reminder of the day.
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