Type: Celtic Band
The Filthy Two are a hard rockin’, toe tappin’ multi-instrumental duo specialising in a tasty mixture of current and classic crowd favourites spiced up with a range of Celtic roots-rock. The ‘Two swap vocals, harmonies and a diverse range of instruments to create a sound that is much larger and more varied than a duo should have any right to be… and always performed completely live – no backing tracks allowed! Whether you are after a night of well-known covers, or fast and furious Celtic tunes and sing-alongs, the ‘Two have you sorted.
The aim of the Wellington-based Filthy Two has always been to compete on equal footing with much bigger bands and to make every event a party, with everyone in the vicinity singing and dancing along. As an acoustic duo there is also an incredible dynamic that comes with two musicians stretching out and delivering a sound that is as full of nuances and live energy as any larger act – a fact they are often told by surprised punters. The Filthy Two’s instrumental line up includes 6 and 12 string guitars, fretless acoustic bass, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, tin whistle, and melodica as well as simultaneous percussion that includes a foot tambourine and the Wazinator stomp box - a cross between a kick drum and an amplified piece of floor! Factor in lively banter plus regular encouragement of audience participation and it’s pretty much impossible for the crowd to not have a good time!
All this means that The Filthy Two can deliver a performance that can stretch anywhere from a hushed acapella harmony to blistering hard rock! It also means that they can play to any crowd. The Filthy Two clocked up over 200 gigs at the Wellington institution that was Molly Malone’s and were the only duo to be booked repeatedly for their heaving weekend nights. They have also played regularly at many Wellington venues including D4, Chicago, Murphy’s Law, Five Stags, the Black Harp (including their final night), Bethel Woods, The Residence, the Spring & Fern Tavern and Hotel Bristol.
The Filthy Two have also toured extensively around both the North and South Islands, entertaining crowds in the major cities as well as locals and tourists way off the beaten track. A popular choice for private functions, they have played weddings and parties the length of both islands with consistently great reviews. The Filthy Two have also played the main festival stages to literally thousands of partygoers, with phenomenal feedback from internationally acclaimed events such as the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival (“… it was a great success and would not have been the same without your fantastic performance. Your music and showmanship was perfect for the crowd in attendance”), the Whitianga Scallop Festival (“The crowd loved you… you guys were brilliant, have had such amazing feedback”) and twice being personally asked to play at the world famous Bluff Oyster and Seafood Festival!
Ideal for: dance music corporate function, private party, wedding, St Patricks Day, Celtic or Irish themed event
Vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, acoustic 6-string guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, tin whistle, foot tambourine
Vocals, acoustic 12-string guitar, acoustic 6-string guitar, acoustic fretless bass guitar, mandolin, harmonicas, melodica, Wazinator™ stompbox
SAMPLE SET LIST (the band is constantly adding new songs!)
American Pie – Don McLean
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Black Is The Colour – trad.
Black Velvet Band – trad.
Blame It On Me – George Ezra
Blarney Pilgrim/ Sixpenny Money – trad. (tunes)
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down – trad. (tune)
Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
Boys From The County Hell – The Pogues
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Chief O’Neill’s Favourite/ The Trumpet – trad. (tunes)
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Come Out Ye Black And Tans – Dominic Behan
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Desire – U2
Dirty Old Town – Ewan MacColl/ The Pogues
Don’t Go – Hothouse Flowers
Down On The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Down Under – Men At Work
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town – Pearl Jam
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
Fields Of Athenry – Pete St. John
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
Foggy Dew – trad.
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Gallows Pole – Led Zeppelin/ trad.
Galway Girl – Steve Earle/ Mundy
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
Green Fields Of France – Eric Bogle
Gutter Black – Hello Sailor
Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
I Useta Love Her – The Saw Doctors
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
I’ll Tell Me Ma – trad.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s
The Irish Rover – J. M Crofts/ The Pogues & The Dubliners
Johnson’s Motor Car - Willie Gillespie/ The Dubliners
Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel
King Of The Fairies/ The Rights Of Man – trad. (tunes)
Leaving Of Liverpool – trad.
Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
Losing My Religion – R.E.M
Marie’s Wedding – Johnny Bannerman/ Van Morrison
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Merry Blacksmith/ Silver Spear/ Drowsy Maggie – trad. (tunes)
Molly Malone – trad.
Mrs Robinson – Simon & Garfunkle
My Darling Asleep/ Smash The Windows/ Rakes Of Kildare – trad. (tunes)
Nancy Whisky – trad.
New York Girls – trad.
Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
Pat Horgan’s #1/ Pat Horgan’s #2/ £40 Float – trad. (tunes)
Pinch Of Snuff – trad. (tune)
Pippi Langstrumpf – Jan Johansson (tune)
Raggle Taggle Gypsy – trad.
Rakes Of Mallow/ Davy Knick Knack/ Soldiers Joy – trad. (tunes)
Reilly’s Daughter – trad.
Repeal Of The Licensing Laws – The Pogues (tune)
Ride On – Jimmy McCarthy/ Christy Moore
Rocky Road To Dublin – Gavan/ Clifton
S.O.B – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Sally MacLennane – The Pogues
Seven Drunken Nights – trad.
South Australia – trad.
Star Of The County Down – Cathal McGarvey
Step It Out Mary – Sean McCarthy
Streams Of Whiskey – The Pogues
Stuck In The Middle – Stealers Wheel
Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
Sunny Side Of The Street – The Pogues
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take It Easy – The Eagles
The Weight – The Band
Thousands Are Sailing – The Pogues
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Victoria – Dance Exponents
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Waxie’s Dargle – trad.
Weather With You – Crowded House
Whiskey In The Jar – trad.
Whaling – D.D Smash
Wild Night – Van Morrison
Wild Rover – trad.
The boys were awesome. They kept the dance floor full all night. I just hope the audience wasn't too intrusive on their performance. We may have gotten over excited.
I would highly recommend the filthy two to anyone, we'll be sure to put something on their Facebook page.
Thanks again so much, you were great to work with as well.
The Filthy Two played at my 30th and absolutely rocked the place! They had everyone, young and old, up on the dance floor and having a fabulous time. For weeks after the party they still continued to be the hot topic of discussion and a number of the party guests are now following their Facebook page and intend on travelling down to Wellington to see them perform at Molly Malones. On the night, all the songs that I wanted to play were played and I even got to go up on the stage and sing a duet which made the night very special for me :). A huge thank you to both Vince and Alex for their enthusiasm on the night, for tolerating the terrible content in the speeches and for the excellent communication before and after the event. Looking forward to getting them back again in the not to distant future.
Mona Quinn from our gig on Saturday night sent us this fantastic (and
unsolicited!) feedback yesterday and has since given her permission
for us to forward it onto you (see below).
Alex & Vince
'The Filthy Two'
Dear Alex and Vince.
Thank you so much for being the centrepiece for our fantastic night -
it really made a huge difference having you there - everyone has
commented on how great you were and how much they enjoyed your music,
which was evident in as much as the entire party being on the dance
floor - never before (and probably never again) will I see my father
dance the irish jig - great!
I have had nothing but positive feedback from party goers in the days
following - we really enjoyed having you there playing for us.
Thanks again and best wishes for many more great gigs out here for you.
Thank you Robyn,
We had a fantastic time and sent the guys an email thanking them for their great performance, it was such a great night and we all really enjoyed it - the band made all the difference.
Richard and Mona Quinn
Thank you so much! The band was amazing! Very professional and everything we wanted! Had a blast with Vince and Alex!
They were fantastic and I got some great feedback from the conference delegates.
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