About Us

Hire a live Irish band in South Wales. The Hairpin Bend are a traditional Irish folk band based in South Wales, playing Irish music for gigs and céilidhs in South Wales.

Since 2008 we've played all over South Wales and the South West from Pembrokeshire to Bristol at weddings, St Patrick's Day events, wakes, céilidhs, pub gigs, street festivals, dances and private parties.

Between us we play fiddles, mandolin, guitar, whistle, flute, mandola and harmonicas to create the beautiful, evocative and instantly recognisable sound of Irish traditional music (listen to us here). Our band name is a traditional Irish tune but is also a reference to the roads we end up driving down as we travel to our gigs!

Our traditional tune repertoire is extensive and we are known for our beautiful and intricate instrumental arrangements - think toe-tapping jigs & reels to get your guests on their feet!

Not limiting ourselves purely to Ireland, we also enjoy resurrecting old folk songs and rare tunes from Wales, England and Scotland. We also arrange and write our own original folk songs.

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We have appeared at Brecon Fringe Festival, Blue Lagoon Festival, Rumney Folk Festival, Cwmaman Music FestivalCwlwm Celtaidd FestivalClwb y Bont, The University of Wales Newport, Chapel 1877, Venue Cymru (all the way up in Llandudno), Milgi and countless other pubs, clubs and venues across South Wales. We have even played at Techniquest!

Our influences include: The Bothy Band, Sandy Denny, The Dubliners, Dedannan, Altan, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Planxty, The Pogues, Steeleye Span, Four Men and a Dog, Ciaran Tourish, Fairport Convention, Martin O'Connor, Arty McGlynn, Kevin Burke.. and many more.

Photo credit: Our beautiful header image and much of the band photography on this site is the work of Welsh photographer Tom Roberts, with a guest appearance from the late Eric the dog. 

At O'Callaghan's Cafe in Treforest - Photo by Benjamin Franks
What we play:

Here is a list of some of the songs and tunes we play. This is by no means our entire repertoire but a good sample of what you can hear us playing on a typical night:

Songs: Arthur McBride / Nancy Whiskey / Can Merthyr / Bachgen Bach o Dincer / The Tinker / The Battlefields of Spain / Whiskey in the Jar / Irish Rover / The Fields of Athenry / Trip i Aberystwyth / Star of the County Down / Danny Boy / Saucy Sailor / Little Drummer / Dirty Old Town / I Useta Love Her / Galway Girls / New York Girls / Black Velvet Band / The Wild Rover / Mary Ellen Carter / Tell Me Ma

Tunes: The Old Favourite & The Roaring Barmaid / Cuilin Chaoimh & The Rose in the Heather / As I went Out Upon The Ice & Dan Mack's polkas / Mac's Fancy & The Mist Covered Mountains / The Red Haired Boy & The Morpeth Rant / Tabhair Dom Do Lamh & Spootiskerry / Mr O'Connors' / The Templehouse Jig / Chwi Fechgyn Glan Ffri & Difyrrwch Gwyr Dyfi / Lafferty's & The Banshee reels / Langstrom's Pony / The Tap Room / Lord Ramsey's reel / The Bally Desmond & Denis Murphy's & John Ryan's polkas / The Torn Jacket & Cooley's / The Kesh Jig / Seanamhac Tube Station / Morrison's / The Morning Star / Boys of Malin / The Gravel Walks / Rakish Paddy / Tuttle's & Leslie's reels / Off to California/ The Otters Holt & The Nine Points of Roguery / Banish Misfortune & The Cook in the Kitchen.... and many more

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