Bev is available to perform music in a variety of settings and combinations, and is happy to talk to anyone about their requirements, be it for a festival, pub gig, folk club, ceilidh, wedding, conference or any other function. Along with any of her wide variety of musical partners and contacts, Bev may be able to put together just the right package of music for you.

Bev Whelan and Celia Briar: Celtic Harp and Flute Duet

Bev & Celia busking (2)Bev plays in a duo with Celia Briar, who is a world-class, All-Ireland Champion harpist. Bev and Celia are available to play at weddings, parties, conferences, concerts, festivals or other functions – anywhere that melodic, soulful music is required. Bev and Celia have entertained gatherings in some of Lancaster’s most historic buildings, including the Priory Church of St Mary and the Ashton Memorial, where the natural acoustics have proved to be the perfect setting for the haunting harp and flute music they love to play. They have appeared on BBC Radio, and are in demand for folk clubs, festivals, weddings and other events.

Here is a recent film of Bev and Celia playing together at Folk at the Loo:

Bev and Celia can also arrange for a band to play ceilidh music at your wedding reception.

Fly in the Porter

Bev has teamed up with some of the best traditional musicians in the North West of England to put together Fly in the Porter, a dynamic and exciting Irish trad band which will get your feet tapping.

Three members of the group are all members of the popular Lancaster band The Balkanics. In this new line-up, Joe Murphy, Roger Purves and Paul Ferguson return to their trad roots, playing Irish and Scottish tunes with the occasional East-European twist.

BW Band 2The band have recently been joined by virtuoso bouzouki player Paul Beevers, and the dual bouzoukis of Paul and Roger give a strong, rhythmic element to the band. All five members of the band have played together as session musicians for many years, resulting in a tight, exciting sound combining the fast and furious with the poignant and melodic. The double flute/whistle combo provides a unique focus for the arrangements, with fiddles, mandolin and the rest of the stringed instruments delivering a lyrical counterpoint.

The band are currently available for pub gigs, folk clubs, festivals and other events.

Apples in Winter

Ross n BevApples in Winter are a folk trio, who can expand into a ceilidh band on request with the addition of further musicians. The trio features Bev on flutes and whistles and occasional vocals, Celia Briar on harp/vocals, and virtuoso Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Ross Campbell on lead vocals, concertina, guitar and mandolin. Music is primarily sourced from the traditions of Britain and Ireland, but also includes some Balkan rhythms, original songs and tunes, and music from the Americas.

Apples in Winter regularly play pub gigs in the Lancaster area, and are also ideal for folk club/folk festival bookings.

Absolutely Legless

Bev plays flute, tin whistle and low whistle in the band for the Edinburgh-based Irish dance troupe, Absolutely Legless. The troupe consists of up to thirty dancers, some of whom are World and European Champions, and the band is made up of top quality traditional musicans from across Scotland and the UK.

Absolutely Legless tour all over the world, appear regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe, and are in great demand for festival and theatre performances.

Melodrome Allstars

12823353_1158250934193159_4537402734338849606_oBev plays regularly in the Lancaster area with the Melodrome Allstars, a loose collective of diverse  and eclectic musicians who have all appeared on the Melodrome Mobile Stage. The repertoire of the band includes folk, reggae and rock, but has no limits on musical genre. They have been described as ‘The biggest and most versatile band in Lancaster’.

Typically the Allstars present a mixture of solo and duo acts culminating in a full band performance. The full group delivers good time music with a slant towards reggae, country and blues and some astonishing instrumental virtuosity.

Ceilidh Dance Calling

Bev is an experienced ceilidh dance caller, and is available to work with any ceilidh band which requires a caller in the Lancaster area or further afield. Her dance repertoire is wide, and draws on her experience as a former teacher of Irish set dancing. Dances are mainly drawn from the Scottish, Irish and English traditions, but also include some she has developed herself.

Bev can additionally supply her own ceilidh band, Apples in Winter.

Solo Performance 

Bev Whelan PicBev is able to deliver a confident and entertaining performance just on her own, or along with a backing musician if preferred. Her solo sets are focused on traditional Irish music, and are full of light and shade, ranging from fast, furious reels to poignant airs which demonstrate the high standard of her musicianship, along with witty banter to keep audiences entertained.

Guest and Recording Work

In addition to Irish flute, Bev is also an accomplished boehm (metal) flute player, and is extremely versatile at playing different styles as a guest or recording musician. She plays as a guest musician with many bands in her local area, in a variety of musical genres, and has worked as a session musician on a number of recordings.

Irish Sessions

AndyInns picBev is a very experienced Irish session musician, and has a large repertoire of session tunes. She is able to coordinate and run high-quality Irish sessions at festivals, in pubs and other venues, and can bring along additional musicians from her wide network. She is also able to lead a slow/beginners session.

Bush Rush

12823437_436614003195210_5017381058462233515_oBush Rush is an event that Bev co-runs with Lucy Reynolds as part of their work with Luna. It is a Kate Bush flashmob/audience participation event, based on the World Record attempt by Brighton-based Shambush! to gather the largest number of people dressed as Kate Bush together to do the dance to Wuthering Heights.

Bush Rush can happen anywhere, but tends to take place in open public spaces as passers-by are always encouraged to join in.

Since its inception in 2014, Bush Rush has performed at the following festivals:

  • Hear Me Roar feminist festival
  • Lancaster Music Festival
  • Langdale Charity Folk Festival
  • Bentham Carnival
  • Eden Festival
  • Solfest

Bush Rush has also performed at numerous smaller events in various public spaces, including Lancaster Market Square and Lancaster Castle. It has gained a cult following of dedicated regulars who come along in costume to take part.

Bush Rush is available for bookings at festivals, carnivals and just about any other function where a sense of fun and a bit of silliness – plus affection and respect for Kate – can be found.