Black Velvet Band

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Black Velvet Band is the best Irish, ceilidh, American hoedown and gypsy Jazz band in the West!
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Style of Music

Reception Music
Ceilidh Irish / Traditional

PA System

Primary Instrument(s)

Other Instruments

Type of Performer(s) or Business

Ensemble / Group
Full Description
If you’re looking for a great wedding ceilidh, barn dance, an Irish ceili – or even an American hoedown, Black Velvet Band is the band for you! What's more, this versatile professional band can finish the night with a rousing set of folky pop or even gypsy-style Swing Jazz. The band is led by virtuoso fiddle player, Mike Evans and tailors the line-up to suit the style of event required. Expect accordion and fiddle at a Scottish ceilidh – add a guitar/ vocalist to sing plenty of well-known Irish songs for an Irish ceili. Change the style to Nashville style bluegrass and include American rockabilly classic songs for a cracking down-home hillbilly hoedown. A barn dance or ceilidh is a great ice breaker at a wedding. It doesn’t matter is you’ve never danced before. The band brings a specialist dance caller who walks you through the dances and calls out the moves after the music strikes up. It’s so easy that everyone can join in from kids and teenagers to grannies and grandpas. You’ll soon have everyone laughing and dancing together. A Scottish ceilidh is not complete without “The Dashing While Sergeant” and “Strip The Willow”, while “The Siege of Ennis” and “The Bridge of Athlone” are essential at an Irish ceili, along with all the favourite Irish songs. If you decide on a Wild West themed event, the band can give you an excellent night of square dancing, hoedown style. Your wedding is in safe hands with Black Velvet Band - a professional band with two decades' experience.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Mike Evans
I'm very happy to talk through your event with you before you book, to make sure that we tailor the line-up to suit your needs and again, it's good to touch base again a few weeks before your wedding takes place, so we can finalise all the details of the actual performance.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


Bristol, Gloucestershire, England

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Press & Awards

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On Sky TV in the 2nd Series of "Agatha Raisin"

What is your most memorable wedding?

A brilliant ceilidh in a marquee in the New Forest followed by a firework display set off over a lake, with the reflections creating a magical effect on a moonlit night.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Professional, exciting, fun, joyous, exhilarating

What about your business are you most proud of?

Quality of musicianship and attention to detail

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

A massive vat of delicious fresh strawberries and a huge bowl of fresh clotted cream for everyone to dig into at a Devon Barn wedding - best wedding dessert ever!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

See personal message above.

What makes a romantic first dance?

Choose your favourite song.

What is your number one floor-filler?

Circassian Circle

Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?

I was a member of Stackridge, the folk rock band who opened the very first Glastonbury Festival.

What is the soundtrack to your life?

Beach Boys: Pet Sounds