Pure Blarney

Country Antrim, Ballymena (Co Antrim) BT44 9BF Map
Price from £400
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About Pure Blarney

Pure Blarney is a musical group based in Ballymena, Co Antrim that performs at weddings. They play electro-acoustic folk and rock with vocals, the guitar, pipes, whistles, the fiddle, the mandolin, and drums. The musicians take pride in their ability to keep guests dancing throughout the celebrations.

Services Offered

Pure Blarney can play a plethora of songs, from reels and classic country tunes to covers of major artists like Mumford & Sons and Van Morrison. Music can be performed for the ceremony, drinks reception, or the evening's entertainment. The group offers a variety of packages to choose from and is also able to tailor options to a couple's specific needs.

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Rosie with a fiddle
Rosie with a fiddle
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Gerry and Richard
Gerry and Richard
Dance floor in full swing
Dance floor in full swing
Johnny at the drums
Johnny at the drums
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Andy with a whistle
Andy with a whistle
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Rosie with a fiddle
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Pure Blarney FAQ

  • What is included in the wedding package?
    3 piece service music, 3 piece drinks reception (extra musicians can be added to both of these) and a 6 piece group. A DJ or Ceilidh can be provided at an extra cost and subject to availability
  • How far in advance should I contact you?
    To secure a date, the sooner the better. However, if a date is available, we take bookings until then
  • Size of group:
    Medium (4 - 6 musicians)
  • Repertoire:
    ‚ÄčThe band deliver a huge repertoire - from The Waterboys and Sawdoctors to Mumford & Sons and Van Morrison - and include instrumental jigs, reels and even a touch of country
  • Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?
    Yes. The band frequently update their repertoire and would be happy to hear song suggestions that you would like to hear at your wedding
  • Experience:
    We have performed at pubs, clubs, weddings, festivals and many other events; and have performed in every county in Ireland!
  • Do you have your own equipment?
    Yes
  • Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?
    No
  • Are you able to travel?
    Yes, the whole of Ireland
  • Is there a charge for traveling?
    Yes, depending on the location of your wedding, packages will be more expensive and accommodation may be requested. Contact us for further information at bookings@pureblarney.com
  • Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
    No
  • Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
    Alone
  • What is the length of time of the act?
    Two one hour sets
  • How much time do you need to prepare for an act?
    One hour set up
  • Do you do open-air acts?
    Yes
  • Do you charge per hour or per event?
    Per event
  • If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
    Yes
  • How do you charge extra time?
    We are flexible and are happy to tailor packages and suit the needs of the couple! There's no extra charge for a few extra songs
  • What are the forms of payment?
    A deposit can be sent to our bank account online

Team of Pure Blarney

Andy  McGregor

Andy McGregor

Highland Piper/Whistles

I am the longest serving member of Pure Blarney. I studied highland bagpipes in Edinburgh Castle and have travelled extensively through my playing. Some of the countries include; Dubai, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Russia, Canada and the United States.

I have recorded many television and radio performances alongside artists such as; RTE Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, The Chieftains and Phil Coulter. As well as playing in Pure Blarney, I run a teaching programme and have taught many All Ireland and Ulster champions.

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Johnny  Whyte

Johnny Whyte

Drum Kit/Bodhran

I joined the band in 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of playing in the band since... well nearly. I am involved in several projects playing both drum kit and bodhran and have been drumming since I was 10.

I have performed at many events and have played in venues such as The Waterfront Hall, Custom House Square and the SSE Arena. I have made a couple of TV appearances but strive to be on TV as much as Andy...

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David Joseph McAteer aka DJ

David Joseph McAteer aka DJ

Vocal/Electric Guitar

I have been playing music since I was 8 years old learning guitar, piano and whistle. I regularly attended local music lessons in traditional music with my family in my hometown of Randalstown, before moving to the rock genre.

I write and perform my own songs regularly and have had airplay on all the major radio stations in Northern Ireland as well as winning the DV8 Rocks music award in 2008 for one of my original songs. I joined the band in December 2016.

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