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I am a traditional style folk ballad singer who specialises in the after party or day two party of your wedding, but could also provide ceremony music and pre-dinner entertainment or even a small band for your wedding. If you are looking for a good traditional Irish singsong session to entertain your guests then look no further.

I sing, play Guitar, Banjo and harmonica, whistle and percussion. I mainly play as a solo act but can be accompanied by a fiddle or accordion player on request. As a 2 or 3 piece band we could provide the music for your reception and get your guests singing and dancing all night long in true Irish wedding fashion. The options are all yours so just let us know what you need and well take it from there.

I love the after party of a wedding the most! Playing trad and singing ballads into the wee hours (or until the bar closes!) can really close your special day in the most wonderful way. Everyone has a party piece or song they love to sing (regardless of talent) and I can accommodate most peoples wishes, as long as I don't have to sing Wagon Wheel...…..that's where I draw the line! I play Banjo, Guitar and Harmonica and cover all the old favourites of the Irish folk scene from The Dubliners and Luke Kelly to Christy Moore, Wolfe Tones and The Furies. Those old songs, many of them are with us since our childhoods are a store of happy memories and a great part of who we are as a people. I love to sing them and love to hear an audience singing them too, it turns a good night into a night to remember.

Check me out on YouTube HERE and on my website HERE and Spotify HERE

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully being a part of your most special day. Thanks for your interest.

Brendan Melia

Reviews of Ceilitime

7 reviews
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Emily & Chris Scully
Married on 25th Mar 2023
We had Brendan play a trad session for our day 2 and he was absolutely fantastic. He got all of the crowd going and created a great atmosphere. He was so flexible and easy to deal with also. We've had so much positive feedback from our guests about Brendan, everyone loved his music! Would highly recommend to other couples!
Response from Ceilitime
Thanks so much for the kind words. It wad a pleasure to meet you all and share a few tunes. Such a friendly and fun group of people. Thanks for having me and best wishes for your futures together. All the best,
Added 28th Mar 2023
Married on 19th May 2023
Brendan played at our Day 2. He was a pleasure to deal with and very accommodating to perfectly suit the set up and atmosphere!
Added 21st May 2023
Ricarda & Daniel
Married on 17th Aug 2022
Hiring Brendan was the best choice we could have made. He didn't just play music -- he was there with his whole heart and personality and felt like part of the family.

Brendan was very helpful in selecting songs for the ceremony, and he went out of his way to accommodate our plans: he came all the way to the island of Inishmore for us, even though it meant a full day of travel for him. We had a small elopement style wedding with an open air ceremony in a church ruin and lunch at the pub afterwards. Brendan seemed perfectly at home in both locations. He was playing wherever we went, had a good feel for the mood and the songs to pick. And while he was very professional the entire time, he seemed to be at ease and to genuinely enjoy playing for us.

Having Brendan at our ceremony was like having a friend around. A very skilled and talented friend. Besides the music, it was just nice to have him around.

Response from Ceilitime
Hi folks, Thank you so much for your lovely words! I felt so privileged to be a small part of such a private and personal event. Thanks for having me! you're all such nice people it was a pleasure to come play for you and your lovely family. The very best wishes to you and Ricarda and the kids. All the best, Brendan.
Added 20th Aug 2022
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Married on 5th Jun 2022
Brendan was asked to do the music after our marriage ceremony and before dinner on June 5th, 2022 in Leitrim. All communications with him were quick and there was nothing that we could fault.

A musical performance review on someone that you hire can be very subjective. Well let me tell you there is nothing subjective about this review as there were over 100 people who will agree with the following.

Brendan's music was fantastic. His skills in playing and vocals were excellent. He chose songs that were blended excellently together and got the toes tapping. He got the crowd going and created a great atmosphere with his performance. The “quality” of the performance was outstanding. We would have no hesitation in recommending him and in fact will be looking to catch a gig – Thank you so much, M&T
Response from Ceilitime
Thanks a mill Ladies it was my pleasure to come play for you in such a stunning venue. The acoustics were excellent, the audience very welcoming and responsive. It was a perfect gig, if only every gig was as easy and enjoyable to play! Thank you for your review and all the best for your future together.
Kind regards
Added 25th Jun 2022
Sinéad and David
Married on 7th May 2022
Brendan was excellent on our wedding day. He also provided a second musician which added to the overall performance. Brendan was a pleasure to deal with from the first moment we made contact. He was relaxed and genuine and went perfectly with our rustic wedding at the Village Barn! Thanks again Brendan and Brian!!
Response from Ceilitime
I'm delighted to hear you are happy with our performance, It was a pleasure to meet you and David and share my music with you all. The setting and weather were perfect and the gig went without a hitch. I wish you the very best for your future together, Kind regards, Brendan
Added 10th May 2022
We stayed at a lovely lodge called Kilranagh lodge
Married on 4th Apr 2022
Brendan came and played for my best pals hen party. My friend adores trad and folk music so I thought he would be perfect for the job. Brendan was more than perfect. He blew us all away. He came with all his instruments which in itself is so impressive, as he has made his own kit which is a real talking point. He played a beautiful set for us and even through in some of his own songs which are so brilliant. He has a really lovely energy and was just had the craic with us. He has a great voice and is just a all round very talented singer and musician. He was so good that my friend wanted to cancel the music she has for her wedding and change it for Brendan.
I honestly can’t recommend him enough. It’s one thing having talent, but it’s another also just being a great person, which he is.
Thank you again Brendan for making our evening so memorable. I want to have another party so you can come and play for us again. ??????
Response from Ceilitime
Thanks a mill for a really great review, it was my pleasure to play for you all, such nice welcoming people.
I do hope our paths cross again.
All the best
Added 11th Jun 2022
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Muldoons bar Drumconrath
Married on 6th Feb 2022
Great singer, sang a great selection of Irish music. Sang any requests that were asked. Provided a great atmosphere
Response from Ceilitime
Thanks a million!...I had a great night, thanks for having me.
I hope to see ye again soon.
Added 8th Feb 2022