THE GOLD RING is an instrumental act specialising in live traditional Celtic music for weddings, corporate events and other private and public functions, featuring Celtic harpist Chris Knowles.
We specialise in performing traditional Irish and Celtic instrumental music to a high musical standard, for weddings, receptions, parties, corporate functions and other events. We are also available for concerts, recitals, folk festivals and clubs. Our main repertoire contains a large number of Irish tunes, but also many Welsh and Scottish and other pieces, the proportions of which can be adjusted to suit our clients' wishes. We are available for bookings throughout the UK.
The act offers various options:
1) SOLO CELTIC HARP: Chris
Repertoire - as well as hundreds of traditional Irish tunes - airs, jigs, reels, Carolan tunes etc. - Chris has a large repertoire of Welsh & Scottish traditional music, and also a considerable number of Breton, Cornish & Manx tunes.
In addition to, or instead of traditional celtic music, he can also offer a selection of popular music - popular song airs, theme tunes from films, and some light classical pieces. If you have a special tune in mind you'd like to walk up the aisle to, Chris is willing to learn and arrange it specially for you (as long as it is suitable for the instrument).
For variety if required, in his solo performance Chris can
also offer airs, jigs and reels played live on whistle and low D whistle,
solo or accompanied by celtic harp/bouzouki backing using recorded loops.
Chris has worked as a professional musician for 26 years, specialising in traditional Celtic music, and as well as many public performances in concerts and festivals etc. this has included very many background music performances at weddings, corporate events, art gallery exhibitions and various other events, in many varied venues including country hotels, manor houses, castles, churches etc. In addition to celtic harp Chris also plays several other instruments including Irish bouzouki, whistle and low D whistle.
2) DUO with flute, whistle and
uilleann pipes: Chris (celtic harp, bouzouki) plus Ben
Walker (flute, uilleann pipes, whistle, low D whistle ).
The original Gold Ring duo, Chris & Ben are available at weekends throughout the year, and also some weekdays during July and August. A wide range of tunes are available, from beautiful atmospheric airs to wild jigs & reels. Ben is an excellent flute player, uilleann piper, and whistle player, and is also very accomplished on several other instruments. Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and also some popular airs are available, and also some popular classical wedding tunes such as Pachelbel's Canon in D, Schubert's Ave Maria etc.
3) DUO with fiddle: Chris
(celtic harp, bouzouki, whistle, low D whistle) plus fiddle player
Mike has been a professional musician and music teacher all his life, and was a highly regarded session musician in the '60's pop/rock music scene. He is an excellent award-winning fiddle player specialising particularly in traditional Irish and Welsh music. If you prefer the fiddle to flute + pipes, or if Ben is unavailable for your date, for plenty of lively jigs and reels during the reception this duo is a good alternative option.
4) Trio- either of the above duos plus Birgitta Knowles on bodhran.
We can play music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or both. The Celtic harp is a very melodic and atmospheric instrument for background music at such events. Combined with the flute or low whistle the effect is quite magical. The duo combinations are a great choice for lively jigs and reels during the reception drinks.
For weddings we usually play during the wedding reception, from
the guests' arrival, through the meal up to the beginning of the speeches.
Often we are booked to play for the wedding ceremony itself; for the
guests' arrival at the ceremony, the bride's entrance, and during
interludes such as the signing of the register. We can offer this
instead of, or as well as, performance at the reception.
The music varies from beautiful magical evocative airs, to lively jigs and reels. If you have a particular tune in mind to walk down the ailse to, we are willing to learn & arrange it especially for you, if it is not already in our repertoire.
See some reviews and comments from previous clients on our Testimonials page.
SEE OUR LINKS PAGE FOR A LIST OF GREAT UK WEDDING VENUES WHERE WE HAVE PLAYED.
You can download some samples of our music from our MP3 samples page - or, if you are interested in booking us, you can email us with your postal address for a free demo CD of complete tracks which will give an idea of the range of our material and different instrumentation. The demo CD contains straight recordings played live in the studio, so they give an accurate impression of how we actually sound live.
Demo CD Available on request