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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.

- Caoimhe and Michael  on 12th July 2014
  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.

- Stephen and Kellie on 21st August 2014
  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.
- Marie-Louise & Antoine The Cliff Town House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin on 23rd February 2014
  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.

- Mag + Mike  on 7th September 2014
  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...

- Dave and Sarah on 11th January 2014
  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!

- Nicola & Robbie  on 9th January 2014
  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.

- Doug & Laura  on 24th December 2013
  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,

- Simon & Emer on 12th December 2013
  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.

- Emma  on 9th December 2013
  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!

- Jody on 7th December 2013
  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!

- Áine and Mark  on 1st December 2013
  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.

- Eithne on 29th November 2013
  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!

- Andrew on 28th November 2013
  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.

- Tee Corkish on 27th November 2013
  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.

- Bill on 27th November 2013
  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.

- Jen and Anthony on 27th November 2013
  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 :)

- Brandi & Jeremy on 27th November 2013
  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,

- Shane and Sue on 26th November 2013
  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.

- Orla & Jay on 26th November 2013
  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!

- Katie on 26th November 2013
  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.

- Kamelia Barrett Tontini on 16th September 2013
  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.

- Caroline and Don on 21st July 2013
  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.

- James and Sinead on 16th March 2013
  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.

- Anthony J on 23rd February 2013
  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 on27th 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

- Odile on 18th September 2012
  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,

- David & Ciara , Atlanta, GA USA on 13th September 2012
  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)

- Angelina on 28th May 2012
  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.

- Karl  on 24th December 2011
  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!

- Naoko and Donal  on 29th September 2011
  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! :)

- Jennifer  on 3rd September 2011
  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

- Caroline & Evita  on 12th August 2011
  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!

- Jennifer  on 2nd August 2011
  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.

- Tom  on 5th October 2010
  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.

- Blathnaid & Niall  on 3rd September 2010
  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.

- Julie  on 8th February 2011
  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.

- Marcelle on 28th July 2010
  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!

- Jan & Veit  on 26th July 2010
  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.

- Ciaran on 21st July 2010
  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!

- Sarah & Ian  on 12th July 2010
  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!!)

- A Kelly on 10th June 2010
  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.

- Sarah & Alan  on 20th May 2010
  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.

- Nicola & Shane on 17th May 2010
  Craddog were great. Set up early, good crowd interaction, fantastic musicians altogether. To be recommended.

- Bruce  on 16th May 2010
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