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Hickory Smoke

"Hickory Smoke were professional, entertaining, fun and easy to follow the dance moves. The communication was also great from the band, always taking our comments into consideration. It was a fabulous evening reception!"

Hickory Smoke are a lively and experienced Folk & Celtic style band. Their only aim is to keep you dancing all night long with a great variety of classic and modern songs – they can also include a more Mumford & Sons vibe.


Hickory Smoke are a lively and experienced Folk & Celtic style band. Their only aim is to keep you dancing all night long with a great variety of classic and modern folk style songs. 

Hickory Smoke are a  lively folk/Celtic punk band with tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America and England. They are available for performing concerts, barn dances or ceilidhs, pubs, festivals, weddings, birthdays, BBQ's or any other parties! Usual 5-piece line up of the band is caller/vocalist/guitar, violin, guitar, bass and drums, with backing vocals from other members of the group adding to the full sound. 

The band perform a range of music (both songs and tunes) from traditional Irish, Americana, sea shanties and much more - often being compared to The Levellers and Dropkick Murphys. Hickory Smoke can also cater for Scottish 'flavoured' Ceilidhs, although for most Barn Dance/ Ceilidhs it is generally mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels, and ages, to enjoy themselves.

The music can be fast and exciting - great for stomping your feet - or slow and relaxing - great for chilling between the stomping!

Your wedding day is important to you, and it’s important to know that everything is in hand. Hickory Smoke have a few different wedding services that they can offer, but are also flexible – so if you want to combine parts, or mix and match or have a different idea, do talk to us! Whether it is providing procession or exit music for the ceremony, or playing your first dance live, they are well equipped to make your day special.

If you have a special song you would like the band to learn, please do talk to us. In most cases they can learn it for you, but if they’re not able to learn the song, they will let you know in plenty of time and are always more than happy to load the requested song onto the iPod before the event, and play it through their PA for you, then start the live music immediately after.

Equally, if you're just after music that everyone can dance to, that’s fine! Hickory Smoke have a great mixture of tunes and songs that they play from traditional folk, to obscure rock with our own twist and bits and bobs in-between as well. They can keep the party going as long as you need us to with our wide range of songs and bouncy Irish Jigs.

What this Ceilidh thing I’ve heard about?

In their own words: "Ah, so glad you asked! You may have heard it referred to as a Barn Dance before – but Ceilidh is where we bring our best Irish and Scottish tunes, and our own dedicated Caller. The Caller’s job is to get people’s bums off seats, and to teach them different dances for them to do along with our tunes. This is a very, very fun evening – you’ll be surprised by just how many people actually really do enjoy themselves – especially when they see all their friends making a fool of themselves. But don’t worry, we wont make fun of you – if you give us enough encouragement we might even join you for a dance!

It isn't hard at all. We have our own dedicated Caller there to guide you through it, and we’ve had children as young as 5 joining in with the dances before! We can also do a dance for the bride and grooms exit – we have a great little dance called Strip The Willow, where the top couple will dance their way down the row of guests, linking arms and having a quick swing with everyone on their way out – almost like a guard of honour to your vehicle that’s whisking you away for the evening. This gives you a perfect way to say goodbye to everyone, and straight into your car!"

What about when you’re not playing? 

The band need to take a break about halfway through the evening to refuel. When this happens, they’ll play an iPod through our PA – you can provide one for them to put on or you can chat with the band beforehand and give them an idea of what type of music you want played and they’ll fill their own playlist for you and play that – so you don’t have to worry about the music at all!

They also provide a manned DJ service as an add-on so either way your full evening of entertainment is catered for. 

They also offer smaller line-ups if required for a smaller performance space or tighter budget, and the option to add on a daytime set (from duo all the way to the full band) to any evening booking - just enquire.

To check availability and to get an instant price for Hickory Smoke, add them to your shortlist now. 


Set list

Beautiful Day – Levellers
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Dancing In The Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
Dirty Old Town – Traditional
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Fields of Athenry – Traditional
Fifteen Years - Levellers
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl – Steve Earle
Hey Brother - Avicii
Ho Hey - Lumineers
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
I’ll Tell Me Ma - Dubliners
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Irish Rover - Traditional
Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
Little Respect - Erasure
London Town - Bellowhead
Matty Groves - Traditional
Mr Brightside – The Killers
One Way – Levellers
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Shotgun – George Ezra
Shut Up & Dance – Walk The Moon
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n Roses
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Three Drunken Maidens - Traditional
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor - Traditional
Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzy
The Wild Rover - Traditional
Instrumental Tunes
Auld Lang Syne
The Bear
Bonnie Kate
Cock o’ The North
Devil Among The Tailors
Dorset Four Hand Reel
Drowsy Maggie
Gypsey’s Hornpipe
Haste To The Wedding
Hocus Pocus
Indian Point
Irish Washerwoman
Jiggery Pokery
John Ryan’s Polka
King of The Faieries
Lannigan’s Ball
Mairi’s Wedding
Rattlin’ Bog
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Salmon Tails Up The Water
Scotland The Brave
Seven Stars
Speed The Plough
Spirit of The Dance
Swallowtail Jig
Ten Penny Bit
Toss the Feathers

Reviews (14)

Hickory Smoke

Karl and the band were excellent. I was apprehensive about having a Céilidh for the wedding as a number of our guests had never done one before but Karl was really good at explaining the moves and the guests absolutely loved it. It was a real feature of our wedding that everyone will remember for years to come. Thank you Hickory Smoke, I would recommend you to anyone.

Hickory Smoke

Hickory Smoke were amazing and fantastic value for money. They really read the vibe of the room, switching between traditional ceilidh songs and more well-known covers, including songs that we had requested. Our guests were definitely not the best at following dance routines (especially after a few drinks)...but they handled it like pros! It was great entertainment - unique, inclusive, and our guests loved it. Thank you!!

Hickory Smoke

We would like to thank Karl and the team for a fantastic evening, they were professional, entertaining, fun and easy to follow the dance moves. The communication was also great from the band, always taking our comments into consideration. It was a fabulous evening reception and we would strongly recommend to our friends and wider family! Thank you!

Hickory Smoke

Guys were great, catered to all our needs and dressed to the theme of party.
Great music, great vibe and a great night , Thank you all.

Hickory Smoke

Hickory Smoke were a great band for a wedding and got people up on the floor for a really good ceilidh. They were flexible with timings and volume and great people to deal with. I would recommend them wholeheartedly.

Hickory Smoke

What a fabulous band. These guys were amazing. So accommodating and brilliant musicians. I love Irish music jigs and reels especially and I couldn't leave the dance floor. The music they played had given me goosebumps. All the guests really enjoyed them. Hickory Smoke got the guests involved in group dances which everyone loved. Fantastic guys . Thank you for making our day amazing. Highly recommended

Hickory Smoke

These guys were great. Both myself, my husband and all of our guests would highly recommend this band. Not only were they lovely people but they got everyone up and dancing with a great sense of humour. The communication before the wedding in choosing a first dance and any songs we particularly wanted was very good with Paul, and even when we changed our mind on the songs a day before the wedding it wasn't an issue. The music was great, upbeat and foot stomping! Just what you want to get a crowd on their feet!

Hickory Smoke

We can not recommend these guys enough! We had them play at our wedding and everybody loved them. Not only was the music great but they also got everyone involved and having an awesome time. Organising what we wanted was also a breeze as they are a great bunch of guys and very approachable. Thank you again!

Hickory Smoke

Thanks for putting on a sterling performance last night, you where brilliant and last night was the best entertainment we have ever had at an event like that.

Hickory Smoke

We hired them for our engagement party and we loved them! The party was about 100 guests in total, and held in a social club. The comments we've had from our guests have all been very positive, everyone had a great laugh, which was shown by the dance floor being full for practically the whole night. Hickory Smoke are a fun, entertaining, and talented band, with a folky sound that you can't help but get up and have a boogie to. They were also very easy to deal with when booking, very down to Earth and accommodating for any of our requests, even learning a couple of songs for the evening that were special to us, which was a lovely and much appreciated touch. Overall I have to say the Hickory Smoke are a perfect band if you're looking for a bouncy party, with a great folk feel, and I wouldn't hesitate in booking them again or recommending them to friends and family! We'll be seeing them again at the wedding!

Hickory Smoke

Fully satisfied. Communication was very good prior to the event. We were originally anxious about going for a genre that we wouldn't normally associate with weddings. The music offered great background music an allowed people to mingle, then they stepped it up and got everyone involved and people started dancing. They helped explain to people in a fun way of what to do. All ages could get involved. We had lost of positive comments post wedding about them. 10/10.

Hickory Smoke

Played at my venue a couple weeks back and absolutely rocked it! They got the crowd up and going, created an amazing atmosphere and sounded great. An added bonus that they just happen to be lovely people as well. Will definitely have them back and couldn't recommend them enough to other venues or parties!

Hickory Smoke

Hickory Smoke were available to stand in at very last minute when our original band dropped out, and we've had nothing but good feedback about the music and have booked them again for our Summer Fete!

Hickory Smoke

Hired the band for our School Burns Night and was blown away by their professionalism and performance! They had all our staff on their feet to dance the night away. Lovely friendly guys, would not hesitate to book them again! Cannot recommend them highly enough!


  • Default Line Up

Performance Times

Booking Add-ons

  • Manned DJ Service
  • Additional 1hr Set
  • Smaller Lineups Available
  • Early Arrival
  • Daytime Acoustic Duo
  • Late Finish (After 11pm)
  • Daytime Acoustic Band Add-on

Provided by the Act

  • PA System
  • Complimentary Unmanned DJ Service (when not performing)
  • Able To Work With Sound Limiters
  • Stage lighting
  • Public Liability Insurance & PAT Tested Equipment

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