Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wedding Music: Sabine & Dick Glasgow!

Wedding Music: Sabine and Dick Glasgow
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For this video, we are in Medieval Costume in Carrickfergus Castle.
As you will sdee below, we play a variety of instruments
but for this video, we are playing a Gothic Harp & the Hammered Dulcimer
an instrument which has a long history in the Glens of Antrim.

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We are professional musicians, who specialise in playing Irish & Scottish Traditional Music for Weddings throughout Northern Ireland. 
We can offer you the following musical services. 

1 -  Music for your Wedding Ceremony 

For your Wedding Ceremony we can provide quiet, simple, reflective, appropriate, pieces of music for before, during & after your Wedding Ceremony on a variety of instruments, including Harp, Fiddle, Fife, Concertina & Hammered Dulcimer. 

2 - Music for your  Drinks Reception 

With a similar selection of instruments, plus a couple more, we can provide a relaxing mix of Music for your guests at your Drinks Reception, while they wait for all your photographs to be taken, & for your Wedding Banquet to begin.

3 - Music for your Wedding Ceili 

Our six piece group Scad the Beggars, can provide you with a mix of atmospheric music & song as a pleasing background to your Drinks Reception or a more lively set could entertain your guests after your banquet, before your late night Disco. 
Here's a compilation of some of the numbers we performed at the Broadisland Gathering Ulster Scots Festival in 2016

For more information on our musical services, please read the various sections of this Blog.

If you have any further questions &/or require a quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us, by sending us an E-mail

Or you may telephone us at: 028 20751746 or 179 130 75848

Here we are playing a lovely Carolan piece ~ Mrs Power.
This piece is often called Carolan's Concerto.
The instruments are a 27 String Camac Bardic Harp &

For more examples of our music, check out our YouTube Playlist:

Causeway Wedding Music

Words from some of our satisfied customers.

1: "Hello Dick & Sabine, Just a quick email to say many thanks for playing at our reception on the 11th. You were a hit with everyone - particularly the children and their parents I think! I'm sorry that neither of us got a chance to speak to you in person on the day, but we did appreciate hearing your music in the background!

We will certainly recommend you to our friends.

Many thanks again,
Richard & Stephanie Blayney"

2:  "Hello, you played at my wedding. I would just like to thank you. My husband and myself were extremely happy with your service, and all our guests thought it brought a lovely touch to the day.
You really helped make our day special.
I would also like to thank you for playing Dancing music for my little nephew, it made his day.
Once again I would just like to thank you, and I have recommended you to people whom I know, who are planning their wedding at present.

Many Thanks
Damien and Bernadette"

3: "Hubert and I wanted to thank you both very much for playing at our wedding in Cullybackey ....Everyone enjoyed the music, both in the church and at the marquee, and it all suited the occasion perfectly.Thanks again and all the best! Sharon Brown Kerr (formerly Lamont)"

4: "We would like to thank you and your wife for the music during our Wedding meal. Many of our guests commented on the music you played. Thanks again. Liam & Natasha Kearney"

5: "Sabine & Dick, with many thanks for your music, & your expertise & knowledge. Geraldine & Pat"

6: "Dear Dick & Sabine

I'm delighted to write to thank you for your participation in Monday's Menu of Moyle awards event - your music sounded wonderful and really added to ambience to the event.

I'm also pleased to say that we have received a lot of positive feedback from our guests, many of whom have specifically mentioned their delight at the music.

Deirdre McNeill, Cultural Tourism Officer "

Our Traditional Instruments

We play a variety of Traditional Musical Instruments which we feel are very suitable indeed, for playing music especially for the Wedding Ceremony &/or during the Drinks Reception at a Wedding.
The Harp is the instrument we find is most often asked for, to provide a traditional flavour, to the music at the Wedding Ceremony.
Of course, there are many different types of Harp, so Sabine has one to suit most occasions.
The Clarsach, the traditional Harp of Ireland and Scotland, is the one most often asked for. However, the Knee Harp is most suitable for use in the Traditional Pub Session, while her Gothic Harp has a lovely olde Worlde sound which adds a wonderful charm to the music and is ideal for period events.

1: The Clarsach
2: The Knee Harp
3: The Gothic Harp
4: The Hammered Dulcimer

A speciality of ours is the old and now very rare, County Antrim Hammered Dulcimer.
For many generations this wonderful old musical instrument was actually made and played in the Glens of Antrim. Sadly today, you can count the Dulcimer players of Co. Antrim on one hand.
It is a great shame that this tradition was allowed to die out, because the Hammered Dulcimer has a wonderful instrument which provides an absolutely glorious sound in a Church setting. 
It sounds very special, when played alongside a Harp and with 68 strings, it is very resonant indeed.

Here we are in Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim.
We are in costume, playing the Hammered Dulcimer & Gothic Harp.
5: The Fiddle

Another very popular instrument to be heard on the day of a Wedding is the Fiddle.

Another of the more unusual instruments we play is the Concertina, or Squeeze Box.
We play both the English and the Anglo versions of this instrument, the Anglo being the most popular one in Ireland, while the English has always been the preferred instrument of choice in Scotland.

6: The English Concertina

7: The Anglo Concertina

Other instruments we often play, especially during the Drinks Reception, are the Mandolin & Fife.
8: The Mandolin
9: The Fife 
A speciality of ours is the old and now very rare, County Antrim Hammered Dulcimer.

We can bring a Piper too!

We are often asked if we can arrange for a Piper to join us, to help provide the music for the Wedding Ceremony &/or Drinks Reception.
We are always happy to do this, for we regularly play with a number of Pipers who play a variety of Bagpipes.

Including the Irish Uilleann Pipes:

The Scottish Smallpipes:

and the English Northumbrian Pipes:

All of these smallpipes blend beautifully with our instruments, especially the Harp, Hammered Dulcimer and Fiddle.
It would of course be a little more expensive to hire three musicians, rather than two. 
However, for a larger Wedding &/or if you especially wanted this combination of instruments, the additional musician may provide just the sound you were looking for.

Scad the Beggars

As well as providing suitable music for your Wedding Ceremony &/or your Drinks Reception, we also have a six piece Ceili Band, Scad the Beggars
We actually have our own Caller, who can provide you and your guests with instruction, as you dance the most popular Scottish Ceili Dances at your Wedding.

Scad the Beggars

We are all multi-instrumentalists, so at one of their Ceilis you will be entertained by music & song. Scottish & / or Irish Song and music on a wide variety of instruments including Fiddle, Northumbrian Pipes, Piano Accordion, Hammered Dulcimer, Harp, Concertina, Mandolins, Fife, Whistle, Harmonica & Oboe.

Here we are in action at the Broadisland Gathering festival in 2016.

Costume Weddings

Couples are often looking for a completely different theme for their Wedding, just to make it that little bit special. 
So if you are planning to have costumes worn at your Wedding, then please note that we have a number of costumes we already wear for various period events we perform at, during the year.

N.B. We would not normally bring any weapons to a Wedding Ceremony, unless of course it was a 'Shotgun Wedding'!


These two photos were taken by Geoff at the Ulster American Folk Park.