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Papa Shandy and the Drams


Papa Shandy and The Drams wedding and function band. One of the busiest wedding and function bands in Scotland made up of the cream of Scottish pop and folk musicians. Watch them in action and find out what all the fuss is about.

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You'll get a huge selection of fantastic songs from the likes of Mumford and Sons through to AC/DC all with that signature Papa Shandy folky sound. 

The musicians are from the cream of the Scottish music scene and are all multi instrumentalists. See for yourself in the accompanying video the standard the Papa Shandy delivers. We've experienced a real frenzy in interest for this unique Scottish band.

This is a must have for couples planning a wedding that are looking for something different.  If you're hosting a corporate event and you want to really impress your guest, this is the band to book.

Fancy some ceilidh? You won't hear a more dynamic set from any band in the country and of course all the dances are "called" so even if you're a bit rusty, or English, you can still get involved.  Papa Shandy and the Drams can also perform a small selection of traditional and contemporary Irish tunes - so if you're gearing up for St Pat's or a proper hooley, this is the band for you.

Young, incredibly on trend and hugely talented, Papa Shandy and the Drams simply have no equal when it comes to delivering a very special night's entertainment indeed. Check out the video and the bands set list to get a feel for one of the busiest and best bands not only in Scotland but in the UK.

If your event is taking place outside Scotland the Papa Shandy will be happy to travel, however please note that an additional charge plus travel and accommodation will apply.

Fill in the enquiry form right now for instant availability and a direct price quote.  Keep your fingers crossed and hope that the biggest thing to hit the Scottish Music scene in years will be entertaining you and your guests soon.

Incredible pop and folk musicians Papa Shandy are a band for hire and happy to travel all over Scotland, including of course, their home town of Glasgow.

 

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This is a snapshot of some of the tunes we currently play. We add new songs every week. To listen to our demos click/tap the “Tracks” tab
1.Loch Lomond – Scottish Trad / Runrig
2.Irish Rover – Irish Trad
3.Tell Me Ma – Irish Trad
4.Whiskey in the Jar – Irish Trad
5. Dirty Old Town – Irish Trad
6.Galway Girl – Steve Earl
7.I Used to Love Her – The Saw Doctors
8.Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
9.Wild Rover – Irish Trad
10.Streams of Whiskey – The Pogues
11.Ramblin’ Rover - Silly Wizard
12.Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
13.Proud Mary – Creedence
14.Bad Moon Rising – Creedence
15.Looking Out My Back Door - Credence
16.Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
17.Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
18.Country Roads – John Denver
19.Take It Easy – The Eagles
20.Mustang Sally – The Commitments
21.Steelers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle
22.500 Miles – The Proclaimers
23.Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
24.Old Time Rock n Roll – Bob Seger
25.The Gambler – Kenny Rodgers
26.Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
27.Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
28.Maggie May – Rod Stewart
29.Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
30.Beautiful Sunday (The Slosh) – Daniel Boone
31.Caledonia – Dougie MacLean
32.Wild Mountain Thyme - Scottish Trad
33.Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
34.Not With Haste – Mumford and Sons
35.Sit Down – James
36.Wake Me Up – Avicci
37.Show Me Love – Robin S
38.How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris
39.Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
40.Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
41.If I Should Fall Behind (Live Version) - Bruce Springsteen
42.Waiting On A Sunny Day - Bruce Springsteen
43.Black Velvet Band – Irish Trad
44.Black is the Colour – Irish Trad
45.Ride On – Christy Moore
46.Ordinary Man – Christy Moore
47.Viva La Quinta Brigada – Christy Moore
48. Love You Till The End – The Pogues
49. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
50.Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
51.Zach’s Song - School Of Rock
52. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
53.Alloway Grove – Paolo Nutini
54.Better Man - Paolo Nutini
55.Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
56.Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
57. Praise You – Fatboy Slim
58.Word Up - Cameo
59. Insomnia – Faithless
60.Take Over the World - The Courteeners
61.I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
62.The Best Thing – Ray Lammontagne
63. All of Me - John Legend
64.Only Love - Ben Howard
65.Keep Your Head Up - Ben Howard
66.Dance All Night - Ryan Adams
67.Firecracker - Ryan Adams
68.You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
69.Heartbeats – Jose Gonzales
70.Wonderwall - Oasis
71.My Sacrafice – Creed / Boyce Avenue
72.Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
73.Is This Love? – Bob Marley
74. Man of Constant Sorrow – Union Station
75.Annie’s Song – John Denver
76.Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
77.The Weight – The Band
78.Someone Like You - Van Morrison
79.Hey Jude – The Beatles
80.Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
81.Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darrin
82.Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
83.Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis
84.Moon River – Frank Sinatra
85.Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
86.Stand By Me - Ben E. King
87.Heroes – David Bowie
88.Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
89.The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
90.Always a Woman to Me – Billy Joel
91.Forever Young – Bob Dylan
92.One Day Like This – Elbow
93.Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
94.Ace of Spades – Motorhead
95.Red, Red Rose – Scottish Trad
96.Freedom Come All Ye – Scottish Trad
97.Auld Lang Syne – Scottish Trad
98.Dueling Banjos - Trad
99.Will The Circle Be Unbroken? – Trad
100.Ceilidh
101.Gay Gordons
102.Virginia Reel
103.Flying Scotsman
104.Dashing White Sergeant
105.Canadian Barn Dance
106.Orcadian Strip the Willow
107.St. Bernard’s Waltz
108.Military 2 Step
109.Highland Schottische

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Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the Drams made our wedding! Every single one of our guests got up to dance at least once during the evening. Even those who claim to hate dancing. They are so unique and do not disappoint in anyway. We will have no problem recommending the band and hire a band. Thank you again for helping to make our day so special.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

What a band! It was commented by all. Absolutely amazing. Couldn't have asked for better. Our sincere thanks.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the Drams were AMAZING! They absolutely made the whole evening! They were chilled and relaxed when they arrived and they made our first dance very memorable. When they played their sets the whole of the wedding party were up and dancing. We had always said we wanted a live band at the wedding due to the atmosphere they create and the fun of live music, and they definitely exceeded out expectations. Recommended them to many friends and family.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

The band were superb on the night. Both myself and my wife thought so but also many of our guests commented on it during the evening and again the next morning. I'll be thoroughly recommending them to anyone looking for a band in the future.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the drams were amazing and I would recommend to anybody looking for a band with that something different and authentic. Great down to earth guys as well!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa shandy were absolutely amazing! Everyone loved and commented on them. They were so different from what everyone is used to hearing. I can't praise them enough! I would definitely book these guys again! And they were all so lovely! Thanks again for all the acts. The weekend was incredible and all the music was fantastic!!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy & The Drams where as outstanding as I thought they would be. All comments from our guests have included how fantastic they were. Just so very happy they were able to do our wedding. You are lucky to have them on your books. Also the service I have received from hire a band has been very smooth and professional. Overall 10 out of 10 with many thanks.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa shandy and the drams were out of this world! The mix of music was spot on and they had everyone up dancing all night. Highly recommended!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Hireaband made everything easy to book. Papa Shandy & The Drams were excellent. They had more of an informal feel, which we liked a lot and they are clearly musically talented. The mix of instruments, folk-like sound and singers voice made you know you were at a wedding in Scotland. They did some ceilidh dances we requested throughout the night and called the dances really well (we were a half Scottish half Spanish wedding).

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was amazing and everyone is still talking about how good it was! Thank you for helping make our day so special.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy were brilliant! Everyone has been asking about them and said how good they were. Had people up dancing all night including myself and the groom!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy were amazing. All of our guests were delighted with them and I wasn't away from the dance floor all night!! can't wait to see them again :)

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Dealing with Hireaband was fantastic. Smooth and hassle free. Everything was extremely positive, we would recommend both the band and the Hireaband team. Many thanks.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

The booking system was efficient and personal - we received a number of emails leading up to our wedding from the Hireaband team and the band themselves which made us feel confident and cared for.
The band were very accommodating in performing our choice of first-dance song live which obviously required some extra rehearsal on their part, and was performed perfectly. The band were polite and courteous in person and performed a great set which went down great with our guests. They really made our evening reception great and something we'll always remember.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

The booking system was efficient and personal - we received a number of emails leading up to our wedding from the Hireaband team and the band themselves which made us feel confident and cared for.
The band were very accommodating in performing our choice of first-dance song live which obviously required some extra rehearsal on their part, and was performed perfectly. The band were polite and courteous in person and performed a great set which went down great with our guests. They really made our evening reception great and something we'll always remember.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy & The Drams were fantastic! Just the type of music we wanted and they kept everyone dancing all night, especially with the ceilidh dances! We would highly recommend!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Absolutely delighted with Papa Shandy & The Drams. Many of our guests raved about their mixed style of music & have said that they would go to see the band in the near future. We had the best day made all the better by such an amazing band. Each & every one of the members congratulated us & even sang happy birthday to a few of the guests & my new husband! Cannot wait to see them playing again soon.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the Drams were absolutely fantastic on our wedding day. All the guests loved them and they got everyone up dancing and having a laugh. They done a fantastic job and were very laid back which is exactly what we wanted.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the Drams were first class. An excellent performance which had all of our wedding guests dancing the whole night. A perfect range of songs and jigs that made our special day even more magical. Thanks again.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy were amazing and really made our wedding. They were great to deal with from start to finish, and we got loads of great feedback from our guests. We've even been asked to pass on their details to other people. They know how to read the crowd and keep everyone dancing. Everyone had a great time!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

I first saw this band busking for charity in Buchanan St and liked them so much I let my train pass to catch a few more tracks. At that point I KNEW when we set our date my band was sorted and they didn’t disappoint.
They met every expectation I had (and some) and were the main attraction of the day as I knew they would be. Everyone has raved about our day and consistently about the band being described as being the best band they’ve ever heard, anywhere, at any event. And for a bunch of middle-aged folk we’ve been to plenty events to compare.
Am always disappointed this band doesn’t release more of its work.
Loved every minute of their session and can only hope my nephew is keen to hire them come his wedding in 2018!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Band where absolutely fabulous, many of the guests commented on how good they where.
Thank you very much :).

Papa Shandy and the Drams

We absolutely loved this band. We got so many comments and compliments from our guests throughout the night saying how talented, unique and brilliant the band were. We asked if they could play maybe 2 or 3 ceilidh songs throughout the night and just to judge it themselves whenever they thought it would suit. They judged the atmosphere perfectly and the dancefloor was full all night. They performed our first dance as well (a song which they'd never covered before) and they did such an amazing job. I could not be happier with our choice to book Papa Shandy and the Drams.
Booking with Hire a Band was totally seamless, easy and their professionalism gave me complete peace of mind that nothing would go wrong.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

We were delighted with Papa Shandy and the Drams' performance. The met all of our requests and a lot of our guests made a point of telling us they thought the band were fantastic. I think they will have some more bookings coming their way in the near future! Thanks again.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Excellent band great music & choice of songs. Everyone loved the ceilidh & danced the night away. I would definitely recommend Papa Shandy & the Drams.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Superb band! All our guests commented on how great and versatile they were! Would definitely recommend!!!! They made our wedding and played our first dance song perfectly!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Great overall experience. Hireaband very responsive and band were amazing. Guests at our wedding commented on how good the band were.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Fantastic band! Made the night and the floor was always full the entire night.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Massive thanks to Papa Shandy and the Drams for playing at our wedding at Western House Hotel in Ayr on 23rd June. We had the most amazing day and the band played a huge part in making it so special! Their version of our first dance song was brilliant, the dance floor was full all night and the atmosphere was incredible. Everyone we have spoken to since the wedding have commented on how great the band were. We couldn't recommend Papa Shandy and the Drams more to anyone looking for a wedding band.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Band were fantastic, couldn't have faulted anything with our booking or performance on the night!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Absolutely fantastic band from start to finish they were amazing and everyone commented on how much they got the crowd up to dance! Would recommend them to anyone!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

The band were incredible and feedback from our guests were very good. They were brilliant from start to finish and I couldn't rate them high enough. They were also very approachable and made our lives a lot easier. Thank you very much.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy & The Drams were above and beyond our expectations, we had been to see them live in a bar in Glasgow after booking them and knew what great musicians they were. However, on the night the interaction with our guests was fantastic and they went down a storm with all our guests.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy & The Drams were a perfect end to a brilliant day.
Sarah and I were delighted that they were able to come up and play at our evening reception.
Everyone in the room was up dancing for most of the night.
Papa were brilliant at orchestrating the ceilidh dancing and the way they mixed it up with their cover songs was superb.
All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the wedding and it would be safe to say that every one of them said the band were amazing!!
Thanks guys and Thank you very much Papa Shandy & The Drams!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

We were so impressed by their patience with everybody during the ceilidh and found all their other songs really got everybody up and moving. More than we could ever ask for on our special day and we would recommend them over and over again. Thanks Guys!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Band absolutely amazing lived up to our expectations all our guests have raved about the band! Really nice guys as well.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Just want to say a massive thank you to both the hire a band team who were fantastic from initial booking right through to performance. And secondly to Papa Shandy who were just phenomenal on the big day. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect version of "Lifening" for our first dance, thankfully someone recorded it on the day. We have been inundated with messages from our guests of just how amazing the lads were and even a request to see if they travel to Ireland for performances. We will most definitely be going to see Papa Shandy very soon and could not recommend them highly enough!!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Hi Nicola, I hope you're well, I just wanted to send you and the band a note to extend a HUGE thank you for their amazing performance and support last night. We received so many wonderful comments about the band and it was great to see lots of people up dancing at the end of the night. The current grand total we raised during the evening is over £31,000, however we are still receiving donations so I will be sure to get in touch again with the full amount raised when we know! We couldn't have done it without you and your support was very much appreciated.It was lovely to meet the guys and hopefully I'll get to see them play again soon!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

I just want to say a big massive thank you to all of you for being the most amazing band and giving us the best night! I can't tell you how many people have complimented you and I knew from the moment we booked you that you were going to be amazing! Thanks again for learning out first dance song , I prefer Kieran's voice to Mark Cohn's!
To anyone looking for a truly talented bunch of people to open and end your wedding evening in the best possible way then I recommend you book Papa Shandy and the Drams FAST!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy & the Drams were an amazing band - they definitely made our wedding party an event to remember! Ahead of the event, they learned several songs that were important to us, and were great at keeping in touch and making us feel comfortable. On the night, they were fantastic - they were professional and performed every song perfectly, even the ones that were new to them. We really appreciated the personal touch of learning songs that were important to us, and in a couple of instances, Papa Shandy's version was better than the original!! They really kept the momentum of the party going, and the dance floor was packed all night. Every guest at the party had nothing but compliments for the band, with several even saying they now want to throw their own party just so they could hire Papa Shandy & the Drams for their event as well. I'd definitely recommend Papa Shandy & the Drams as an event band, but if I were you I'd book them quickly - I foresee great things happening for this brilliant band and I fully expect that in a year or so, we'll be saying "we knew them before they were famous!!". -

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Just book them now, don't miss out. Simply amazing.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Papa Shandy and the Drams played our wedding in September 2015 and were fantastic. They really made our wedding reception come alive with great music and fun. Our guests loved the ceilidh dancing and loads of them commented on how great the band were and what a lovely change from usual wedding bands. They sounded fantastic and put loads of energy into their performance. My husband particularly liked their version of our first dance song Ray Lamontagne - Best Thing. Overall I couldn't fault them and they made our reception one to remember. Thanks!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Amazing band. Every last guest has asked again who they were. Made my 40th very special.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

What an amazing night! Thank you for making it absolutely awesome! You guys were first class. We had an absolute ball. A night we will never forget. Great bunch of guys (and girl) thanks so so much!!

Papa Shandy and the Drams

A massive thank you to all of you for helping to make our wedding on Saturday very very special. Each and every guest absolutely loved you and are still raving about it now. The song choices and Ceilidh were fantastic and you are all extremely talented. We would recommend you to anyone in a second. Thanks again and I hope that we are lucky enough one day to see your perform again.

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Everyone had a great night and commented on how great you were! Thanks for making our wedding so special as we had a few hiccups along the way and your band made our day & night! I don't think I left the dance floor and it was my wish to have everyone dancing which they were :) - May 2015

Papa Shandy and the Drams

Please can you pass on my thanks to Papa Shandy and the Drams for their performance on Friday night. They were fantastic performers and played a wide range of music from ceilidh to up-to-date music and had the dance floor full all night.

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