The Merchants

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The Merchants are a versatile duo offering harmonious vocals, multi-instrumentals and a great mix of well-known foot-tapping songs and classic tunes across the Irish/Celtic and folk genres.

Suitable for laid back easy listening background music, to a full on party vibe, they will select the material that’s right for the event. Expect to hear Irish classics like Whisky In The Jar, Wild Rover, Irish Rover and Fields of Athenry, through to more modern additions like Galway Girl (Steve Earl), I Useta Love Her (The Saw Doctors) and Hills of Donegal (Goats Don’t Shave), they have even been known to add the odd jig or reel via some country and even a splash of mainstream dance music, they’ll provide a tailor-made evening to suit the event.

The Merchants have gained lots of experience at a broad spectrum of events, ranging from corporate dinners through to weddings, parties, racing days, boat trips, afternoon teas – the list goes on! They know the secret to success & longevity is being flexible, approachable and accommodating as well as professional, punctual and most of all great musicians.

Book The Merchants and you’ll have plenty to sing along and dance to, lots of banter and a feel-good vibe guaranteed! Full repertoire available upon request. 

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1 x 60 mins

2 x 45 mins

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  • Testimonials:

    "A huge thanks to you both for everything you did at the museum on Saturday, which was fantastic. We had some very happy visitors to our afternoon tea who really enjoyed the music and it really made the museum come alive" - Rosie Barker, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

    "Dom and Ruth provide all the classics like Irish Rover, Fields of Athenry, Galway Girl, Wild Rover etc – they soon had the room rocking. And it was a bonus that they were able to pull other material out of the bag when needed. Ultimately, they appealed to the Irish and non-Irish which was fantastic. And when the entire room was on the tables for Daydream Believer, I could have cried (in a good way). Thank you so much both" - Rita Syner, Birmingham

    "My husband’s party was a huge hit thanks to this fantastic act. We weren’t sure what to expect, but they kept everyone entertained, pacing the music to suit the atmosphere. They kept it quiet and suitable for background during dinner and then ramped it up to pack out the dance floor for the second half. I have to mention the beautiful harmonies too – what a find!" - Sarah Patterson, Worcestershire

    "Ruth and Dom strike that balance between friendly and professional. It’s obvious they’ve put a lot of time into getting the setlist right, and keeping the audience happy. The dance floor was full of happy people all night, and we raised over £1,000 for charity" - Ellen Simpson, Cheshire

    "What beautiful music. We almost couldn’t solve the murder mystery, as your playing in the breaks was so (wonderfully) distracting. Next time we’ll forget whodunit and just have the music instead!" - Ted and Thelma Woolerton, Little Aston

    "It’s rare to find an act that can do so much. Fiddle,  guitar, whistle. Singing in harmony. One of them leading on a song,  and then the other taking the lead. Versatile really is the best way to describe these two. We absolutely loved what they did, and it made dad’s 70th a very special night. Thank you both" - Aine McRory, Liverpool

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Testimonials:

"A huge thanks to you both for everything you did at the museum on Saturday, which was fantastic. We had some very happy visitors to our afternoon tea who really enjoyed the music and it really made the museum come alive" - Rosie Barker, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

"Dom and Ruth provide all the classics like Irish Rover, Fields of Athenry, Galway Girl, Wild Rover etc – they soon had the room rocking. And it was a bonus that they were able to pull other material out of the bag when needed. Ultimately, they appealed to the Irish and non-Irish which was fantastic. And when the entire room was on the tables for Daydream Believer, I could have cried (in a good way). Thank you so much both" - Rita Syner, Birmingham

"My husband’s party was a huge hit thanks to this fantastic act. We weren’t sure what to expect, but they kept everyone entertained, pacing the music to suit the atmosphere. They kept it quiet and suitable for background during dinner and then ramped it up to pack out the dance floor for the second half. I have to mention the beautiful harmonies too – what a find!" - Sarah Patterson, Worcestershire

"Ruth and Dom strike that balance between friendly and professional. It’s obvious they’ve put a lot of time into getting the setlist right, and keeping the audience happy. The dance floor was full of happy people all night, and we raised over £1,000 for charity" - Ellen Simpson, Cheshire

"What beautiful music. We almost couldn’t solve the murder mystery, as your playing in the breaks was so (wonderfully) distracting. Next time we’ll forget whodunit and just have the music instead!" - Ted and Thelma Woolerton, Little Aston

"It’s rare to find an act that can do so much. Fiddle,  guitar, whistle. Singing in harmony. One of them leading on a song,  and then the other taking the lead. Versatile really is the best way to describe these two. We absolutely loved what they did, and it made dad’s 70th a very special night. Thank you both" - Aine McRory, Liverpool

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