THE GOLD RING is a professional instrumental duo act specialising in live traditional Irish and Celtic music for weddings, corporate events and other private and public functions.
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 GOLD RING DUO consists of Chris Knowles (Celtic harp, bouzouki, cittern) and Ben Walker (flute, uilleann pipes, whistle, low D whistle).
The duo are available to play a wide range of tunes, from beautiful atmospheric airs to wild jigs & reels. Chris plays both harp and bouzouki in the duo. Ben is an excellent player of traditional Irish music on uilleann pipes, flute, and whistles.
In addition to the traditonal Celtic music, some popular tunes are available, and also some popular classical wedding tunes such as Pachelbel's Canon in D, Schubert's Ave Maria etc. If you have a special tune in mind you'd like to walk up the aisle to, we are willing to learn and arrange it specially for you (as long as it is suitable for the instruments).
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 magical. The various duo instrument 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 fast exciting reels. If you have a particular tune in mind to walk down the aisle 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 LINKSPAGE FOR A LIST OF GREAT UK WEDDING VENUES WHERE WE HAVE PLAYED.
You can hear and download some samples of our music from our MP3 samples page.
Chris & Ben are both also available solo: Chris solo harp, or Ben solo uilleann pipes, whistle or flute.
Chris Celtic harp 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 as an alternative to traditional Celtic music, he can also offer a selection of popular music - popular song airs, film theme tunes, and a few light classical pieces; he also has a repertoire of mediaeval music.
Chris has worked as a professional musician for 34
years, specialising in traditional Celtic music, and as well as many public performances in
concerts and festivals etc. he has also played an enormous number of
music performances at weddings, corporate events, garden parties, art gallery
exhibitions and various other events, in many varied venues including
country hotels, manor houses, castles, churches etc.
Ben solo piper.
Ben is an excellent player of the uilleann pipes, flute, whistle and low D whistle.
If you're looking for a solo uilleann piper to play you up the aisle at your wedding, or for funerals or other events, Ben is available for solo bookings too.