Type: Celtic Band
Why not organize a Ceilidh for your event?
Auckland’s most experienced Celtic Ceilidh Band, Twisty Willow is a Duo in demand for functions in Auckland and the North Island.
Wes and Barb each have over 20 years’ experience as dance callers (an extra “caller” is not required). With modern, compact sound gear, stage lighting, and quality, self-created backing tracks, Twisty Willow provides a tight, professional entertainment package.
They perform a mix of Irish and/or Scottish songs and tunes - traditional and contemporary, sing along songs, and softer ballads. The style ranges from Dubliners to Pogues, Chieftains to Van Morrison, Corries to Proclaimers, Mark Knopfler, Mary Black, Fureys, Waterboys and more!
Barb’s Celtic fiddling features lively jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes for a repertoire of over 30 Irish and Scottish Ceilidh (or Ceili, pron: kay lee) dances - Strip the Willow, Walls of Limerick, Haymakers, Virginia Reel, Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordon and many more…. Great for mixed audiences – something different. These sorts of dances are sometimes called Barn dances, Bush dances or Colonial dances.
Barb has an energetic, expressive fiddle style and adds a clear female vocal presence.
Wes’ strong bodhran playing provides Celtic rhythm and depth and his singing adds an extra vocal dimension.
Twisty Willow's performance is sure to set a crowd singing and dancing. The special nature of a Celtic party breaks the ice, mixes people and creates a fun atmosphere for all ages and backgrounds.
Twisty Willow can help with your planning.
Require background Celtic music for a shorter time?
Twisty Willow Now reside in Waipu so are locals for Northland as well as retaining their links to Auckland. They are however happy to travel throughout the upper North Island
Ideal for: Celtic dance music for wedding, anniversary, party, corporate function, conference, fair, show, music in parks, pub or club, dance, concert, event, themed occasion (Irish, Scottish, medieval, barn dance, ceilidh), called dancing is a specialty.
Black Velvet Band
Brown Eyed Girl
Come by the Hills
Dirty Old Town
Down by the Sally Gardens
Fairy Tale of New York
Fields of Athenry
Flight of Earls
Hills of Donegal
Irish Eyes are Smiling
Leaving of Liverpool
Mountains of Mourne
Nora (or Maggie)
Rare Old Times
Red Rose Cafe
Star of the County Down
Streams of Whiskey
Sunny Side of the Street
Tell Me Ma
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Mountain Thyme
O’Carolan’s traditional tunes
Twisty Willow version of the River Dance
Walls of Limerick
Siege of Ennis
Waves of Torey
Pride of Erin
Auld Lang Syne
Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
Bunch of Thyme
Come by the Hills
Comin’ thru’ the Rye
Five Hundred Miles
Flower of Scotland
I Belong to Glasgow
I Love a Lassie (Medley)
I’m on My Way
Mingulay Boat Song
Mull of Kintyre
Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
Piper to the End
Road Tae Dundee
Skye Boat Song
Wild Mountain Thyme
Ye Banks and Braes
Strip the Willow
Dashing White Sergeant
Cumberland Square 8
Highland Barn Dance
Military 2 Step
(for before, during and leaving the ceremony)
Usually acoustic outside or in the venue.
Give Me Your Hand
Wild Mountain Thyme
Deer Hunter theme
King of the Fairies
Fanny Power Waltz
Si Beg Si Mor
Numerous lovely Celtic fiddle tunes.
We may be able to prepare a special song of your choice if it suits our instruments, style and there is sufficient notice
Tim Warren FICE
MD for CE (NZ) Ltd. and ICE AP Council Member
We were extremely happy with Twisty Willow’s performance and everyone had a great time.
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Cate Jessep | Sustainable Schools Advisor
Infrastructure & Environmental Services
All fabulous. Huge thanks.
Thanks They were amazing. Recommending them to someone else now.
twisty willow were great. very professional, on time and very friendly. Music was great quality and they interacted with the crowd even when the crowd was shy and did not know irish music. overall it was a great performance. thank you for your service.
The band were great. Lovely people to deal with.
We were extremely happy - just what we wanted - very talented, and very nice people.
Hi there Robyn,
We were delighted with Twisty Willow, they went down really well at our burns night. Not only were they fantastic musicians but the were really nice helpfull people too.
I have requested Pete to see if they are available for next years burns night.
Twisty Willow were brilliant - can't recommend them highly enough.
All excellent thanks.
Yes the entertainment was excellent, all thoroughly enjoyed the band and they added wonderfully to the occasion.
Adrian Keane (wedding)
thanks, everything was really good. The band were great, everyone loved it. They were really professional and there on time etc.
Thank you for your follow up. Twisty Willow were excellent. The audience we had was not that easy to work with. I felt they pitched their performance to involve those that wished to, and for those that didn’t, they provided toe tapping themed music. Our client was very happy.
We would recommend them and use them again.
coneystanleyEvents (Ireland rugby football team event)
Thank you again for your services the entertainment provided
was professional and right on the money!!!The event
was a great success and Twisty Willow received a raving
review from the public and staff.
Thank you once again
Operations & Events Manager
ARTNL Britomart Ltd
Twisty Willow were absoluely fantastic for our wedding !. They really read the crowd well, getting everyone on the dance floor doing circle dances, the lot!. We LOVED their music.They were friendly, professional and looked happy to be there!. I would certainly recommend Twisty Willow to anyone wanting a bit of celtic sounds for their wedding. Our guests cannnot stop talking about them!.
Thanks again for all your help.
Please pass on our thanks to the band.
Hi Wes, John and I just wanted to thank you and the band for a fantastic performance last Saturday. The music and calling was great and all of the audience had a wonderful time depite a few suspicions about what this scottish dancing was (I think we have a few converts!).
All the best.
Rebecca & John (wedding)
The Band was fantastic. They were all really well received by our guests who thought that they were wonderful. They provided what we expected and we would have no hesitation in recommneding them.
Thank you also for your help in recommending the band to us.
The night was fantastic- thoroughly recommend Twisty Willow to anyone and would certainly use your service again.
Anna (Fulljames, Alphabet Soup function)
Twisty Willow were brilliant. Everyone had a great night and were still commenting on them the next day. They got everyone able bodied up dancing and knew just how much dancing we could handle and how to pace the night. Those that couldn't get up had a great time listening. It was great to have them look after us so well.
Murray (Robertson) Wedding,
They were fantastic... A great blend on up close and personal songs and of course the great celtic group dances, which everyone – I mean everyone danced to, we couldn’t get enough of them.
Thanks for recommending them and yes, the day was fabulous.
Kirsty Ferguson-Cowney (wedding)
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