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Craddog - Contemporary Trad & Ceili/Pop/ Rock'n'Roll - Something For Everyone!

Lusk, Dublin
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Craddóg Irish Music Events will make that special day last the rest of your life! Craddóg is available throughout the whole experience - from morning until evening, providing music for your ceremony, reception and evening band and modern interactive Ceilî & DJ. 

At the ceremony (civil or traditional) the atmosphere is set for all guests arriving, with the haunting sound of a Celtic slow air or a familiar classical piece. Guests will be entertained until the bride arrives and throughout the ceremony to an upbeat jig and a large round of applause from the guests as the couples exit. 

Everyone can relax, catch up and unwind during the drinks reception to our acoustic set of traditional tunes and nice background music to create a lovely warm atmosphere - setting everyone up for the night ahead! 

The Evening set contains contemporary covers with our own unique slant from the 60's right up to now with dance floor fillers from Elvis,Johnny Cash, Mumford & Sons /AC/DC/, Killers, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and many more... Bringing a completely different sound to the evening. Read some of our testimonials below to see how other couples got on! 

Craddóg uses external professional DJ services as part of their package to seamlessly run from the bands finish - enquire now and quote weddingsonline to avail of a special 10% discount on all day bookings.

Now taking bookings for all 2017 & 2018 weddings. 

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Craddog were brilliant! Our wedding was in Aughrim church and then Brooklodge in Wicklow, and there was absolutely no problem with them moving from the church for the service to our reception venue. They responded quickly to any queries which was great as I was organising from the UK. Everybody LOVED the music during the ceremony and was they played at the drinks reception really got the party started in style! From our very youngest guests to our very oldest, everybody was up and dancing! THANK YOU for doing a great job for us Craddog - and I would highly recommend.
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Craddog were an amazing wedding band. They played the full day for us including the evening DJ and a played a range of music for us from instrumental pieces in the ceremony to trad music in the evening with ceili dancing. It was great that they were so versatile and able to cover the whole day within one supplier, also making it more cost effective. They were great to deal with, sorting out the finer details without us needing to worry about anything. We were looking for an Irish trad band who were able to play current music and we were so pleased with our choice. We would highly recommend Craddog!
These guys are just amazing - talented, professional and flexible. Will have everyone up dancing all night!! Love them!
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Absolutely perfect. They were able to fluctuate the style of music to keep the guest engaged and dancing all night. I really don't think we could've picked a better band. Thanks!!
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I am not the type who generally write reviews; but nothing could possibly stop me from writing this one. Craddog were simple perfect. The music itself was flawless, but it also had an incredible warmth and really brought our day to life. The group were beyond friendly, and made our guests feel as if they were all their long term friends. No need to scroll further.... you have found the perfect group!
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The date was March 1st 2018. The “Beast from the East” and “Storm Emma” had made travelling conditions treacherous, covered Dublin in a blanket of thick snow and sadly prevented many relatives and guests from attending our special day. But just when things looked bleak our family, friends, organisers and staff all stepped up like heroes to make it the most tremendous of weddings....and the Craddog lads were no exception! They made it through in the most challenging and frankly dangerous conditions to lift up a tired, almost exhausted wedding party....this was no normal wedding, this was about amazing and decent people helping others.....these lads are no longer just a band, they’re a bunch of legends and we’ll forever be very grateful to them!
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Craddog were exceptional and I can't recommend them highly enough. They were so easy going and professional, they exceeded my expectations by a mile. We had them playing throughout the day and they provided just the right ambience. Then the ceile lessons interspersed during the evening were such fun for everyone from young to old. Worth every penny. A great bunch of lads (and lass).
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Cannot recommend Craddog enough. They were absolutely amazing on the day and played some great trad tunes as well as some other ones we wanted. They have huge musical ability and were so easy-going and just rolled with what we wanted as well as making their own suggestions. Our one regret was that we didn't get to hear them as much as we'd like as we'd to get the photos taken. Brilliant band!
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We hired Craddog based on the recommendations of others without ever seeing them in person. It was a bit of a risk but one that really paid off. Craddog were so nice to deal with and entertained our guests with trad music, reels that were perfect for set dancing + also songs & dances that really introduced our foreign guests to Irish ceol agus craic :) They engaged really well with the guests + ensured the dance floor was always full. I was asked so many times who the band were because everyone was so impressed. Thank you so much Craddog for your brilliant musicianship on our special day.
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Craddog were an absolute joy to work with and were the perfect musicians for our special day! They are a wonderfully relaxed and talented group of guys, who got what we wanted with minimal input from us. The music on the day was incredibly important to us, but living in South Africa, we had to rely on online reviews and the connection we felt when we spoke to the band. Craddog felt right from the beginning and they were so easy to work with. This went also for how they worked with other musicians involved in the day. I wanted one of my best friends, jazz singer, Emilie Conway, to sing on the day also and Craddog worked with Emilie, even before the wedding, to make sure everything was perfect. The result was an amazing church ceremony with a mix of all my favourite Irish music, performed by Craddog and Emilie, a jazz reception with my friend's quartet, and a really fun evening of traditional music post dinner by Craddog, which all our guests - Irish and foreign - loved. We couldn't have asked for more - thank you so much, Ciaran, Adam, Colm and Ciaran S!
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Craddog was phenomenal!! We adored the group! They were all so kind and accommodating and their music was exceptionally good! They brought in an uilliean pipe for the ceremony and drinks reception which was very special and the party was just outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a better day!! As and American bride, they were also a very good value as well! It's great fun to have such unbelievable beautiful live music and a bit of DJ tunes to end the night as well. Thank you to Adam, Ciaran and the team!
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We got married in June 2016. Craddog performed the music for the church ceremony and at the drinks reception. They are absolutely amazing musicians. We had guests from all over the world at our wedding and they certainly loved the music-the mixture of slow airs, reels, jigs.The music in the church was exactly what we wanted and certainly enriched the ceremony. We would highly recommend Craddog for any wedding. You will not be disappointed.Thank you Craddog.
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We would like to thank you on your outstanding work from beginning to end. The Ceremony was absolutely perfect and everyone couldn't believe how beautiful the music sounded. Too be honest, we were a bit nervous prior to the wedding for people to actually get up and dance with it being such a small wedding count but you proved that wrong. You had everyone on the dance floor in no time. The dancing, singing and overall music couldn't have been better. We appreciate all the coordination and patience in planning due to the time difference stateside. Everyone in both Ireland and the New Yorker's that came out couldn't believe how good you were. Once again, thanks again for making the wedding such a success. We will definitely recommend you to our friends who are getting married in future.
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Craddog were absolutely awesome. I was in NZ doing the planning but they always responded immediately to all emails which was great. Very professional to deal with. They were everything we wanted on the day, good mix of traditional and contemporary music and the dancefloor was packed till the small hours. Would highly recommend these guys.
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5/5!!! No hesitation in recommending these guys :) They did an amazing job on the night and went down a treat for our Irish and Overseas guests. The ceili caller did an amazing job at getting up the guests for some ceili dancing. People were sweating - they were giving it there all!! I was up playing the bodhran at one stage. And the hubby and I had a sing off (wild rover!!). Never forget it!! The DJ was also excellent too. Ended the night on Riverdance as we requested and had everyone in a circle busting out moves. It went brilliantly. Thanks for a great night and even better memories!! Ciaran was great to deal with and always replied to our emails (we were planning from overseas). Don't delay. BOOK these guys for a fab night :)
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I would give 6 stars for Craddog if I could! Tony and I organised our Wedding from Australia and booked Craddog for the full day, a decision which was made in part, from reading a lot of the reviews on Weddings Online which are 100% brilliant. Everything went smoothly from their responsiveness to emails to being really accommodating with special requests prior to the day. On the day, they did a stellar job. I had goosebumps walking down the aisle to Cannon in D. It was a moment I'll never forget. At the drinks reception my mother who has an interest in the accordion got to play a few tunes with the band and was delighted. They did a wonderful job later for the evening reception. Our 1st dance song, the Waterboys 'How long will I love you' has always been really special to us and Craddog did not disappoint. With so many overseas guests the ceili calling went down a storm. That being said, they have a big repertoire and mixed it up a bit with some more contemporary music to keep the evening flowing. It would be fair to say there were people who did not leave the floor all night, myself included, such was the craic! I would highly recommend Craddog to any couple with a taste for a bit of trad/folk. The service you will get is of the highest standard, the professionalism and caring attitude shown by Ciaran and the band is just outstanding and unfortunately, all too often in short supply. Both my husband and myself believe that our choice of music was one of the best wedding supplier decisions we made.
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I feel so privileged to have had Craddóg be a part of our wedding. From first contact to the day itself, each interaction was a pleasure. Craddóg provided the music for both the ceremony and the drinks reception, and they added something truly special to both. On the day itself you are in a bit of a blur, but I remember at one point during the ceremony wishing that we could just stop for a minute and enjoy the music! And in fact our solemniser was so impressed that he did ask them to replay one piece and we all just sat still for a couple of minutes and listened! So many guests commented on the music...it set the perfect tone for the rest of the day. They moved seamlessly to our venue for the drinks reception and created the perfect atmosphere. I know that it can be difficult to trust reviews of strangers...but from the heart, these guys are fantastic!
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We booked Craddog to cover all the music for our big day, from church to night-time in one package which was incredibly stress free. They were so versatile and played appropriate music for each part. The Church Music was beautiful, and complimented by all. The drinks reception music was relaxed, the perfect background as people arrived. The night music was lively and fun, they had the dancefloor rocking all night and the interactive dances and sing off's ensured everyone got on the floor. I would highly recommend the lads, Ciaran was easy to deal with and accomodating from start to finish.
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We would highly recommend Craddog for your wedding. Our wedding was a mix of town and country people, young and old. We wanted something for everyone to enjoy. Craddog was the perfect match! The feedback we received from all our guests after the wedding was heartening. They commented on the fantastic music played and the dance floor was never empty. Always a good sign! They are a band with a difference and they pick up on that modern edge of traditionalism. Truly gifted musicians and entertainers! Behind the scenes they were a dream to work with, polite and accommodating. Excellent value for money. We organised the DJ through these guys also and they didn't disappoint. The party kept going full swing until the end of the night. And even then people were begging for one more tune. A huge thank you to Craddog and their DJ for helping us to create the most fun day of our lives!
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Amazing guys and amazing band. Ciaran quickly replied to our first inquiry and the guys were so easy to work with in terms of arranging everything before the big day. They played an acoustic set in the bar the day after the wedding followed by a full gig and it was all our guests were talking about afterwards! Great banter during the performance got everyone into it and even did a little ceili with everyone which was a great laugh. The performance was really top class with a great mix of contemporary and traditional songs, the guys were just really excellent and we couldn't recommend them more highly. A great bunch of guys with some serious talent, what more could you want?
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We got married at Carton House in August and had Craddog play at our wedding. We live in Australia so had to plan the whole thing from the other side of the world and the boys from Craddog were very easy to deal with both via email and over the phone. We asked if they could learn a new song that is special to us to play as our recessional. They were happy to do so and did such a great job which got the festivities off to a great start. We had two of the guys playing instrumental/background music during the drinks reception and then after dinner the full band came on. They played a great, energetic and eclectic mix of songs and we loved the incorporation of traditional Irish instruments. The Ceili part was heaps of fun, especially because all the guests were from Australia and had never done any Irish dancing before. Craddog and their music are the part of the wedding that everyone keeps talking about months later. Highly recommended.
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Craddóg played at our wedding in July. They were absolutely superb. Half of our invitees were English and the Craddóg lads had every guest up dancing the Irish jigs and reels. It was so much banter! What followed the band was the band's DJ set, which was also amazing! The amount of compliments about the band we received were phenomenal... two thumbs up, 10 out of 10, five stars all around. Thank you for the most FUN wedding every lads!
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We had Craddòg play at our post-Wedding BBQ and they were the perfect choice. After the festivities of the previous day followed by a Christening the following afternoon we all just wanted a relaxed chill-out session. The guys are very flexible and can alter their setlist very readily depending on the atmosphere in the room. They were open to on the spot requests and did a really good job with all of the tunes. By the end of the night everyone was reinvigorated and back on the dance floor ! It was a really nice way to end our wedding festivities and I'd have no hesitation recommending these guys to liven up any event. Thanks lads !
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We were so happy we chose Craddog for our wedding music! We live in Florida, and planning our Dublin wedding from across the pond in just 6 months was challenging. We got in touch with Ciaran from Craddog, and he was professional, personable, and a great reassurance that everything would work out just fine - and it was even better than we had hoped!! We had a mix of young and old guests from Ireland, England, and USA, so we wanted variety, and we needed music for the whole day. Craddog was able to meet all of our needs. They played songs especially selected for our ceremony, a classy duo for our cocktail hour, and a full band for the reception. They played lots of trad music, and one of the band members called a few Ceili dances. He was great at getting some of the shy people up and onto the dance floor and guiding them through the steps. They changed over to a DJ for the late night dance party. Everyone had a blast, especially me and my hubby! It was a hoot seeing everyone try the Ceili dancing. It was some true Irish craic!
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Sarah and I chose Craddog for the opportunity to have a different feel for the day than your standard band. We got in touch with Adam and managed to see them in November before our wedding in June. We booked them straight away for the whole day from ceremony to DJ. Adam and the guys were very accommodating, trying to give us options for songs for both Irish and American crowd. Craddog were very professional, easy to deal with, we met them beforehand to discuss the playlist and what we wanted out of the day. Without a doubt, they delivered for us! We weren't sure about the Ceili option and left it to the band to judge the crowd, in the end we had two ceili songs/dances and the crowd wanted more. Would highly recommend Craddog if you like folk/trad music but also want some mainstream music and oldies thrown in.
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Craddog played at our wedding in Kinsale, Co. Cork on 26.06.2015. These boys were absolutely fabulous! Communication, cost, selection of music and instruments, everything from start to finish was great! Craddog are masters at entertainment! They interacted with the crowd, engaged every single person on the dance floor. All ours guests and us loved them! Would love to see them again and definitely want to attend a wedding with them! RECOMMEND!
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My wife and I had a very relaxed wedding which blended tradition with the modern. I had seen Craddóg play at the service and reception of a friend's wedding so I knew that they were exactly what we wanted. They are talented musicians, professional in their outlook and generous with their time and patience. The tunes got the full age range of our guests onto the floor and dancing. Our family and friends had a ball in no small part, thanks to Adam, Colm and the rest of the Craddóg lads. I would recommend them to anyone. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
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Do not hesitate to book Craddog for your special day! My husband and I live in Australia and had our wedding back home in Ireland in June 2015 (sorry its taken so long to write a review!!). Craddog were absolutely excellent throughout the whole process and made organising a wedding from overseas so much easier and stress free. We booked Craddog for the whole day to play during the ceremony, for the pre dinner drinks and evening entertainment. Ciaran and Adam put our minds at ease and said they would deal directly with the venue and the celebrant to organise timings, set ups, etc. We were happy for the band to organise their own playlist and it was excellent. These guys did not disappoint, they are truly talented musicians. They played lovely music for the ceremony, a few jigs and reels for the pre-dinner drinks and had absolutely everyone on the dance floor in the evening. They even had the mother of the groom up playing the bodhran at one point and she loved it! I could not have been happier with Craddog, they were so interactive with everyone and had us all in stiches up doing dances and sing-offs! All our guests commented on how excellent the band were. Thanks guys for making our wedding a truly wonderful experience!!!!
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I arranged our wedding in Ireland from the US where I live. Craddog were great to work with and I felt completely at ease while dealing with them. Very professional, always provided receipts, showed up on time etc. The music was great and they were very flexible in terms of allowing some other acts to come in and play during their time too. I would highly recommend them.
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We can't recommend Craddóg highly enough! They are all extremely talented musicians and were lovely to deal with. They performed in the Church at our wedding ceremony, at the drinks reception and the afters and also arranged the DJ for later on in the night. They were absolutely amazing throughout the entire day and our guests all commented on how fantastic the music was. The dance floor was full all night and the guys in Craddóg helped to create a really fun and relaxed atmosphere at our wedding. Thank you so much for being a part of our day!
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We can not recommend Craddog highly enough! Craddog played at our Wedding ceremony and our pre dinner drinks reception on 02May15. From the early planning stages, Ciaran quickly replied to my emails and himself and the group were extremely flexible and easy to deal with! We got loads of compliments on the day from our guests about the church and reception music. The church music was exactly what we had hoped for and created a really wonderful warm atmosphere. The reception music was more upbeat trad and got the party started - Exactly what we wanted! I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Thanks a million guys!!
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From start to finish, the guys were simply brilliant! From my very first enquiry with them to the big day itself - Craddóg were a pleasure to deal with. They responded super fast to any query i sent them and were open to all our suggestions, which really helped in the run up to our wedding, as we didnt have a moments stress with them. We loved their music and the mix of trad with more popular music was a real hit with our guests. The bit of aul set dancing was brilliant and really got all of our guests involved. Wouldnt hesitate for a second to recommend them. Thanks guys - you really helped make our day a memorable and really special one!
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Craddog provided the perfect ceremony and drinks reception music for our outdoor wedding at Summerhill House. The lads were so easy to deal with and had great suggestions for which pieces to play at each part of the ceremony. They were flexible to meet our requirements and very accommodating to our own singers from the family. They are awesome musicians and our English guests absolutely loved their traditional music during the drinks reception. Can't recommend Craddog enough!! Book them!
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A fantastic group of musicians. They played during the ceremony all the way through the evening's dancing! My favorite part was when they lead all our guests in some traditional Irish dancing. Our whole group was from the states, and this was a real treat! They also let me sit in with them and play some bodhran :) Thank you for being such an essential part of our wedding day! - Mackenzie
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We booked Craddog for our pre-dinner drinks entertainment. They were fantastic, very professional and created the exact atmosphere we were hoping for. We are so delighted that we got them to play at our wedding. They were easy to deal with and put us at ease on the run up to our wedding. I could not recommend them highly enough. Thanks so much for being part of our day. Rosarii & Michael.
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Craddog performed at our wedding in Dec 2014. Would definitely recommend booking them for your wedding. They really are something a little bit different but just great fun. They really make sure to get everyone involved and get everyone up dancing. They also included a DJ when they were finished as part of their package and he was absolutely brilliant! You wont regret hiring them for your wedding.
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We had Craddóg play for our drinks reception in Killashee House and we cannot recommend them highly enough!! They were just brilliant! We opted for the 3-man band to add some atmosphere to this part of the day and they did exactly what they promised- they played a really good mixture of fun and lively traditional music and some modern songs too (with an Irish twist!). We were off taking photos and arrived to the drinks reception about an hour after they started playing and when we waked up the stairs in Killashee, you could sense the party was already starting! In the lead up to the wedding so they were so helpful and always responded quickly. They were also very flexible too- we had them originally booked to play at the church ceremony too but closer to the wedding we changed this to just the drinks reception and there was no hassle at all. So we would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of adding some good Irish fun to their big day!!!
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We had to arrange our wedding from Australia so choosing the right band was a difficult task, especially as so many bands did not have good quality video available online. Luckily Craddog were the perfect choice for our wedding. They're really talented musicians and played a great selection of song styles. We had a tough crowd to get dancing but they really got everyone involved, the ceili dancing was a big hit and our guests were very impressed with my bodhran playing! There was even a "sing off" between the boys and the girls which was really funny.....especially as my Aussie hubby didn't know the words! Thanks lads for making our night so enjoyable, we really had an amazing time.
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We booked Craddog for our ceremony and drinks reception and they were amazing! They were so good people started dancing during the drinks reception in the gardens. So much fun! And they were also really nice and funny. I didn't know how it was going to be but it really surprised me (in a very very good way). Would definitely recommend them xx
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We had a terrific party with Craddog at our wedding, just an amazing band! Thank you!!!!!
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We booked Craddog for our wedding ceremony and pre-dinner drinks. We were delighted with level of professionalism received - always returned emails and answered their phone when we rang .They come with their own sound equipment which made it very easy for the church, and the venue. Furthermore, our venue offered an option for Craddog to play outside, weather permitting, and they were totally up for it. We were very happy with their music and would recommend them to anyone.
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We planned our wedding in Dublin from Texas and so had to rely on the internet for a lot. We never met Craddog and simply discussed things via email (I'm sure we could have chatted on the phone if I had wanted to). I have to say that even before the wedding day Craddog had made booking, payment and planning incredibly easy. On the day they walked in after the speeches and were up and running in 5-10 minutes. Nice a fast turn around and so there was no lull in the atmosphere (obviously that's venue dependent) Their crowd interactions were fantastic and they got the bride and groom involved in the entertainment. Their blend of Ceile Dancing and Trad versions of modern songs was fantastic for our mixture of Irish and Americans at the wedding and their caller did a great job of getting everyone up and into the swing of it. I think every american was on the floor at the same time at one point. We got plenty of praise for our choice of band from both sides of the family. Thanks a million Craddog, you helped put the icing on the best day of our lives.
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Hi We just wanted to say thank you for helping to make our day a fantastic one. The music in the church was so beautiful and our guests were raving about how good it was all day. The céilí in the evening was a big hit; everyone said they really enjoyed it and again were full of praise for the band and how good the music was. The bodhrán playing and sing off were great craic and really got everyone involved. It is safe to say that we were extremely happy with the music and entertainment provided by Craddóg on our wedding day and we will happily recommend you to others for their wedding celebrations. All the best.
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We booked Craddog for our wedding reception – a small affair, with a mix of French and Irish, and a fair few language barriers. We were a bit nervous as to what music would match everyones’ taste, so figured a modern twist with a few ceili calls would be ideal. We’d read the recommendations online, listened to the tunes on their website and Facebook profile, and took the rest on faith. No review, individually or combined do them justice. They had a everyone, from all countries and age groups on the floor from the get-go but knew exactly when to wind it down a notch for a breather, then right back up again for hilarious group ceili dances, dance offs and so much more. We got the “where did you FIND these guys?!” question more than once. I can’t recommend them highly enough; they ticked all the boxes and then some! They‘re more than a band; they’re a complete entertainment package. Absolutely amazing, thanks a million Craddog – you made our day – no doubt about it.
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Can't thank you all enough for a fantastic performance at our wedding, from the ceremony to the reception and the ceili that followed, absolutely flawless and so much so in fact that our friends are still raving about you...
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Myself and Robbie live in Australia and chose Craddog after a lot of listening to bands on-line. We had a two day wedding and Craddog played at our ceremony and came back on day two for a trad session in the venue. To be honest, our guests talked more about the second day and how much fun and energy was in the room whilst they played and our photographs truly reflect the fun night we had. They are extremely talented, easy to deal with, flexible and patient. I say patient as they accompanied my hubby whilst he sang and played my favourite song as a surprise for me on the second day. I know the guys were certainly in the background giving him support and encouragement in the lead up to the day. We were thrilled with Craddog, they have the rare ability to play across a broad spectrum of music genres flawlessly. Thanks a lot guys for the beautiful and fun memories!
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I booked Craddog without seeing them, as we live in England, but were getting married in Ireland. Although they came highly recommended online, I was a little worried having not seen them. However, I had nothing to worry about as they were brilliant on the day and were able to perform songs we requested at short notice. They were excellent for the evening do and got all the crowd going. The Ceili was particular well received by the guests with the majority getting involved. They were very professional and my wife loved playing the bodhran with the band twice during the evening. If you want a very talented band that will get the crowd on the dancefloor for most of the night I'd highly recommend Craddog.
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Booked Craddog as we wanted something a bit different to a standard wedding band. They were great! Very flexible in that they played on our West Kerry beach for the ceremony. Music was great and perfect for each stage of the day ending up with a crowd pleasing ceilidh getting all the oull' ones up for a spin. Would highly recommend them any day. Thanks again,
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My husband and I chose Craddog because we really liked their music. They played beautifully at our church ceremony and our wedding reception. Our guests of all ages and musical tastes really enjoyed the music. The lads were very easy to work with in planning the music. We were delighted with Craddog.
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I can't say enough good things about Craddog! We married in May of 2013. I was organizing the wedding from the States and was very relieved to find Craddog was a "one stop shop" for the cathedral, cocktail hour and the reception. Ciaran was always available and a pleasure to deal with! The music during the ceremony added to the mood of the service. The band included my requests and added a few touches that were perfect! I was told the cocktail hour music was fantastic as well. Unfortunately I didn't get to hear it while taking pictures! To be honest, I was worried that a traditional irish band would not carry the night at the reception but I was SO WRONG! We had a ceili that got EVERYONE out on the dance floor! I loved that the younger guests and the older guests were dancing together. The floor was so full there were times there was no space to do the twirls! You could see everyone was having a great time. I played the Bodhran with the band and Craddog was kind enough to accommodate my husband and the best man to play a few tunes with them! Bottom line - I have been told that my wedding was fantastic - one of the best ever - and believe me, my friends and family are brutal! If it wasn't true, they wouldn't say it! I can honestly say this was down to Craddog! Don't hesitate to book these guys!
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Craddóg were fantastic throughout the day. We initially booked them as a ceili band but ended up with Craddóg performing the music during the ceremony and drinks reception too. They provided an extremely professional service. Everyone commented on how great they were and the ceili was a massive hit with all guests. We will definitely recommend them to everyone we know!
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We had Craddog for our wedding reception in May, and we were really happy with them. They sounded great and engaged really well with guests. I loved 'playing' the bodhran with them too! We got several comments from guests afterwards about how good they were.
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We chose to have Craddóg play at the drinks reception for our wedding and are delighted we did so. Advice over the phone when I called them for the first time clinched it, as they told me what they felt works best for the type of atmosphere and setting in which they would be playing for our wedding. The music was stunning, never overpowering and the band were able to adapt to playing outside in the beautiful weather we had! I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone!
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I organised Craddog for a wedding in Ballybeg House in June this year and had a very specific brief. We wanted trad music but not the hardcore trad, something that would appeal to all ages, and that would suit an Irish/American party. Ciaran and the lads organised the ceremony music, which was hauntingly beauitiful; the reception music was also fantastic- lively and upbeat with a hint of trad and not too twee. But the main band was the talking point for the whole event. The lads were just brilliant! We had set dancing with instruction, a bodhran playing bride, fantastic floor filling tunes mixed in with trad- it was the perfect combination. The dancefloor was full for the entire night and it really was just great craic! Craddog were excellent from start to finish.
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Craddog were recommended to us by friends and we'd recommend them to anyone. They played the early part of the evening for our do at the Sugar Club and were a huge part of setting a great atmosphere. Very laid back lads and absolutely brilliant musicians with a range of tunes that never became repetitive or dull. So many people commented to us that they really added a special vibe to the evening.
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Absolutely fantastic!! If your looking for a lively, professional, interactive band then you have to book Craddog. We booked them for the drinks reception and received so many compliments from wedding guests about the music. Thanks Craddog you made our day a memorable one. Regards.
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Choosing Craddog as our reception band might have been the BEST decision we made for the wedding. I was so nervous about booking a band while planning my wedding from the U.S., but I loved their samples online and really wanted ceili band for the reluctant dancers (including ourselves!!). My worst nightmare was having a boring reception, but Craddog didn't let me down! ALL my guests were on the dance floor and everyone went on and on about how much fun they had next day! The ceili dances were a real hit, I couldn't have asked for anything better. The guys were polite, professional, quick to return emails, and excellent musicians. Do yourself a favor and don't hesitate to book Craddog, they do not disappoint. Thank you all so so much, we had the time of our lives! I can't wait to be in Ireland again - I'm going to crash whatever wedding you're playing :)
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We booked Craddog for our wedding on 13th September. They played at our ceremony and drinks reception. We had so many compliments about the music, we picked them from hearing samples and reading testimonials and they were better than we could have hoped for. Craddog were so accommodating helping us pick the music, even learning a song that was not on their playlist for us. They created such a lovely atmosphere and made our day even more special. we could not recommended them more highly. Thanks Again,
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Thanks to Adam and Ciaran for playing at our wedding reception. They created a wonderful atmosphere and added a lovely Irish flavour to our wedding for our guests from abroad. We were very happy we found Craddog for our wedding.
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Craddóg played at our church wedding ceremony in September 2013 and I couldn't recommend them more; they were so helpful advising on the song list, learnt a song that wasn't on the list for us and played beautifully throughout the ceremony. We had so many compliments about the music! Thanks a million guys!
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We got married in the garden at my family home in South Dublin last month. My husband is French Italian and many flew over to join in on the celebrations. For this reason we decided to give them a real treat and go for an Irish twist to the ceremony and through the drinks reception. It was the best decision we could have made and we have been receiving many compliments on our choice in music. The guests have said that it was just like a fairytale or scene in an Irish movie. The pieces that Ciaran recommended worked beautifully and really did lift the garden with magical tunes. We almost regret not having them stay on right through the evening! We are so pleased to have met them and would not hesitate in getting these guys along again for any party or family occasion. They sure know how to fill the place with a great atmosphere! Thanks a million Ciaran for all your support and best of luck to you and all the group. It was truly brilliant.
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We got married in County Westmeath on 3rd November 2012. Everything about our wedding to us, was amazing. The addition of Craddog throughout our day and night made our wedding truly unforgettable. From the beautiful music in the Friary, to the group dancing at the reception right through to me, the bride playing the bodhran to a baying crowd, all topped off with a great DJ. Craddog was a choice we made without any real knowledge of the band. Some might say risky but as it turned out it was a wise choice. Craddog were so supportive in the build up to our wedding and knowledgeable about what would work. They were so professional throughout the whole wedding. We felt that they made our wedding and our guests all said the same. If you want traditional music with a lot of personality then you'd make a great choice with Craddog.
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We can't say enough good things about these guys. We got married in February this year and booked Craddog with no prior knowledge of the band after acting on a recommendation as we live in the UK. Probably the best decision we made with regards to our wedding. The guys didn't just play a fantastic set, they completely ran the evening for us, making sure our guests were up and dancing all night and entertained from the word go. A huge thank to you guys for making our evening absolutely unforgettable for everyone.
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Craddog played both our ceremony and reception in May 2012. Let me first say that we are from the States and arranged the whole wedding from there. Craddog was a pleasure to work with especially considering we could not meet them in person prior to the wedding. They really put our minds at ease and were very professional. The performances themselves were great. All of our friends and relatives commented at how lucky we were to find such a great band from so far away. The wedding was in Galway but they had no problem driving from Dublin and then traveling between the wedding site and reception site that were an hour apart. They really did a good job interacting with the guests during the performances. What great guys! Do yourself a favor a hire Craddog immediately! Thanks for everything.
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I just wanted to say a big thank you to you guys for the fantastic entertainment provided at our wedding reception in the Keadeen Hotel on 27th July. Our guests absolutely loved you. You created a fantastic atmosphere where everybody was involved and up dancing. I am sure it can not be easy to please everybody at a wedding music wise as while one might love the music, another might not. Well, I think you have done an exceptional job by finding the right balance. People are still commenting on how good they thought you were !!!! What makes a great band is, of course, the vocal abilities but also, the ability of adjusting and changing direction if you see the crowd is not reacting too much to one thing and this is exactly what you have done. The line dancing was so much fun, I have been watching it on our dvd which we have just received and it was simply brilliant : everybody was up and just laughing, smiling and simply enjoying themselves. Our guests were happy, meaning… we were happy! Thank you so much for everything. Paul and I wish you the very best in the future. Odile & Paul
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Ciaran, We're on honeymoon now in the mountains of North Carolina in the States, but before we headed off to our cabin in the middle of the woods, wanted to send a big thanks. The music you provided at our wedding was nothing short of spectacular. The trio in the garden was perfect as folks were able to chat while enjoying the traditional tunes. The evening performance was great, you managed to get nearly everyone on the dance floor, teaching them a few steps, and even getting my wife to play the bodhran. Thanks so much,
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Hi Ciaran, Just back from honeymoon and i wanted to write you a little note to say thank you guys so much for all your work on the 05th May. You guys are absolutely amazing the church music was so appropriate and beautiful and so entertaining at the same time, it had all of our guests in great spirits. The drinks reception was such great crack i even had some guests up dancing, They all commented on how mch fun they had at the drinks reception when we were off getting our pictures taken! The D.J at the end of the eveing was also fantastic and just finished the whole day off. I am so delighted i choose Craddog to provide the entertainment for our wedding day, your professionalism and skills as musicians absolutely made our day so thank you. Best regards Angelina Melady (Mcguirk) Druids Glen 05th May 2012)
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We just had our civil partnership event at Fallon and Byrne and Craddog arranged the entertainment. They were fantastic to work with. They replied to every query promptly. They set up early so everything was ready to go when we got to the venue. And the whole room hopped from start to finish. We even had a train of people linked around the room at one point. They provided background music when needed, and got the dance floor full. Everyone remarked on how good they were. They also organized an excellent DJ to finish the night who worked with me on a setlist. Best I can say is that I would hire them again. And they may be finding a new market in same sex civil partnerships. Thanks guys...
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On paper Craddog were exactly what we were looking for, without seeing them perform or knowing anything about them apart from what I read on their website I took a gamble and booked them, as the day got closer I was getting nervous over my booking and decided to meet the band a couple of weeks before the wedding, the guys were very reassuring and asked us exactly what we wanted and promised to deliver on the day, the day arrived and so did Craddog, from start to finish Craddog were with us all the way and pulled off a first class performance, I cant fault anything, 2 things that really stood out which were 2 things that I was most nervous off were the church music and the crowd interaction, both of which were talked about for days afterwards by our guests as being something they had never seen before and were the best they had seen at any wedding, the guys also played at our drinks reception which also wowed the crowd as did their DJ who played when the band finished, our big day was a huge success and part of this was down to Craddog, I highly recommend them, they may come across as a traditional Irish group only but the guys play a bit of everything to cater for everyone, from Irish, pop and rock, there crowd interaction was brilliant, they had everyone on the dance floor taking part in all sorts from games to a ceili, I had a fussy Bride with high standards to impress on the day and Craddog saved my life, thanks guys.
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We booked Craddog for our wedding on 19th August. They kept the guests well entertained during the arrival drinks reception and for the evening entertainment, the dance floor was full all night, which is always the sign of a good wedding band! They had all of the guests up trying out their Irish dancing skills, which is quite an achievement when you consider that we had guests from Japan, Spain and America, as well as Ireland! And as a special treat, the bride got to perform on the bodhran, which came as a big surprise to everyone, especially the groom! Craddog were also able to learn off a Japanese tune, which they performed very well at the end of the night. An excellent performance from an excellent band!
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I had always wanted a ceili band at my wedding reception so I emailed any that I could find online. Ciaran replied me to me quickly and in every email he was very professional. I wanted a mixture of waltzes and ceili dances and he was more than happy to accommodate my requests. They were absolutely FANTASTIC on the night and I was never off the dance floor. They knew how to get the crowd going and taught the dances really well - everyone was talking about them the next day and saying how great the band were and how much fun the ceili was. They even got me on the stage playing the bodhran which was great fun!! I would highly recommend them as evening entertainment at a wedding. :) Thanks again! :)
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A big thank you to Ciaran and the guys for playing at our civil partnership on july 23rd.Booked Craddog when i spotted them on the net and hearing a few samples on youtube all our guests loved them at the ceremoney and then after outside the hotel in the beer garden on a summers day kept all the guests entertained before the dinner.Thanks again guys
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We cannot recommend Craddog Irish Music Events highly enough to add that special atmosphere to your wedding day...We held our wedding in Finnstown Country House Hotel in June. As we were having a civil ceremony on site at the hotel, we wanted to put a real effort into choosing our ceremony music to "warm it up" as sometimes civil ceremonies can be quite quick and it's nice to personalize them. As we wanted to have traditional music, I found Craddog on this website and got in touch with Ciaran who invited us along to see them in action in O' Neills on Suffolk Street. Craddog are absolutely brilliant musicians and singers and have an amazing range of music from traditional Irish to modern. They were complete professionals to deal with and we had no doubt that we were in great hands. We chose our specific songs for the ceremony itself and to be honest for the drinks reception we just asked them to play what they thought would work, which saved us a lot of hassle in preparation -they told us they always adapt their set to suit the crowd and they did an amazing job. One of my best memories of the day was waiting on the red carpet to go up the aisle and taking in the warm, special atmosphere from the crowd and the music. While we were having our photos taken after the ceremony, our friends and family thoroughly enjoyed Craddog's performance and so many people asked us where we found such a brilliant band. If you're thinking of trad music for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception or full evening reception, make sure you get in touch with Craddog to see where they might be playing so you can go along to see them for yourself!
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A massive thanks for playing at our wedding reception in Adare Manor on 5th Feb 2011. Craddog were all that we expected and much more. An extremely lively and versatile band, who catered to the many requests from guests with a good mix of traditional and contemporary music. A fantastic band to get the party started. They were very professional and friendly to deal with, and we would not hesitate in recommending them to others.
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I booked Craddog over the internet, taking a chance after only just reading through their website. I had no personal references to go on. I have to say that they lived up to the hopes and expectations I had going into my 40th birthday party. They were absolutely brilliant and when I received comments on how good the band were, I knew I made the right choice. Afterall, if your guests are not happy with the music, then something has gone wrong. Some guests even asked if there were CD's available. Once the CD comes out in a couple of months, there will be some willing purchasers. I can not fault Craddog in anyway. Not only are they very musically talented, but the manner in which they go about their business is top notch. A very professional outfit and they made the organisation of the entertainment for my birthday so much easier and enjoyable. Even their DJ who played out the night after the band got the mood of the evening very quickly. And if you think they are a good traditional ceili band, think again. The contemporary set they played, ion addition to the traditional, was fantastic. I couldn't recommend these guys more. They are brilliant. Thanks again.
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We would recommend this band. They were very professional - easy to deal with and they went out of their way to facilitate us. Great, lively musicians and the caller was excellent, she was fantastic with the children. Our guests loved them and we are really glad we chose them for our wedding as they really added to the occasion.
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Having contacted the band back in May to book for my sisters hen in our home, I was greeted by Ciaran who was pleasant, helpful and witty. Unfortunately at the very last minute I had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances and regretfully I had to contact Ciaran who came back promptly and positively, acknowledging these things happen. Having not even heard their music live or meeting any of the band face to face, I would based on first impressions recommend them on their ability to interact and understand their audience. I hope I will get the opportunity in not so distant future to hear them.
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A massive thank you for doing such a great job at our wedding in July. The music was fantastic, there was a great mix between freestyle and interactive dancing. We had an international wedding and all our guests commented on how much they loved the music and dancing, the whole evening was really excellent. Thanks for making sure that I won against my husband in the singing competition! Just to echo other comments, everyone in the band where so pleasant to deal with from the run up on the our wedding and on the evening itself. I would not hesitate to recommend Craddog, and even the hotel manager asked us who they band where the following day and said he thought they were really great!
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Cannot speak too highly of Craddog. The guys were so helpful prior to the big day and arranged everything we needed for the church music and drinks reception. The music in the church was absolutely fantastic with so many people commenting on it afterwards. The music in the venue was brilliant too and really put everyone in a great mood.Book these guys, you won't disappointed.
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There is not enough space on this site to say enough wonderful things about Craddog! We planned a wedding in Dublin long distance, from Canada, so until the big night we had only had contact with Ciaran through email. He went above and beyond to answer all our questions, send us sample tracks, work on a play list with us, and arrange setup for the big night. When the day finally came, we were amazed at how professional the band was and how amazing their sound was. The equipment was top quality and we had compliments from everyone on their amazing sound! All the band members did a wonderful job of involving the crowd at all ages, teaching us dance steps, and even having a sing off between the bride and groom. As the bride I even got a chance to play the bodhran with them! We cannot recommend Craddog highly enough and hope to have the chance to catch one of their gigs when we return to Ireland again. Thank you a million times over for a wonderful evening!
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Planning your wedding comes with a bit of pressure as many of us know and it can be difficult to find someone in among all the advertising and 'business' who fits your idea for your day. I contacted Ciaran from Craddog as I had really been through the mill trying to find a really good band. I have been in touch with many people and seen many bands during planning and I can safely say, without any hesitation, that Ciaran from Craddog was easily the most pleasant, helpful, down to earth, friendliest person I came across. He couldn't do enough to help me and for that I am very grateful. He's also the only person I felt like I could really trust to make sure everything would go brilliantly. A bonus- fantastic musicians and great correspondence - Highly recommended (and that's from a very tough and fussy bride to be!!)
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I want to thank you for an excellent start to our wedding reception. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed your music. You were very professional to deal with and i will definetly be recommending you.
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I just wanted to thank you for a great night and great music. The group was great and kept all the troops highly entertained with many commenting how much they enjoyed the music - with many dancing along to show their appreciation. You were highly professional and easy to deal with all along the way and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you to others.I wish you all the best for the future and every success.
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Craddog were great. Set up early, good crowd interaction, fantastic musicians altogether. To be recommended.

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