Alan was a true joy to work with for our wedding. He was professional, sincere and an excellent musician to boot. We were looking to have him play for our ceremony and over the cocktail hour, and he went above and beyond our expectations. He was always prompt in email correspondence, also. As a fiddle player myself, I was delighted to have his input and suggestions for the ceremony, and it was so perfect to walk down the aisle to the pieces he played. We received countless compliments from our guests on his performance as well. We hope to find some excuse to work with him again in the future.
-Elysse and Crague Cook
—married October 2016, with Alan solo fiddle and melodeon
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you and the other musicians for such a wonderful job you did at our wedding. As we expected, it was truly one of the most special parts of the entire day, and could not have been a more perfect fit. The music was exceptional, and each piece fit our setting and mood just right. It really was a pleasure working with you--thank you for being such a great part of our wedding.
All the best,
—married August 2011, to the music of Alan, Bill Peden, Bryan Whiting, and Chelcy Bowles
"Jessica and I wanted to thank you again for all the wonderful music at our wedding two weeks ago. We really enjoyed the music at both the ceremony and the reception. My best woman (who is a contra dancer and dance musician herself) commented that the music you and Elizabeth were playing before the ceremony was some of the most beautiful fiddle music she had ever heard. Later, at the reception, she commented on how amazing [you and Chelcy] sounded, and how we should ask you to play for one of the [...] contra dances we organize."
—From Bill and Jessica, married July 2008. They hired Elizabeth Simcock and Alan for their ceremony, and Alan, Chelcy Bowles, and caller Steve Pike for their reception/contra dance
Yes, Alan would be happy to play for your wedding! Live traditional Irish music, from lively jigs and reels to haunting slow airs, will be a part of your ceremony or reception that your and your guests will always remember fondly.
Whether alone or in ensemble with other musicians, Alan's gorgeous fiddling can help create the atmosphere you want during the ceremony, from Baroque-era aristocratic harp pieces to proud piping marches, from the plaintive airs of Gaelic love songs to sweet waltzes. His vast repertoire of traditional dance tunes, covering nearly twenty different kinds of authentic Irish dance rhythms from barn dances to strathspeys, ensures you and your guests an abundance of lively and interesting music at the reception. Warning: Guests under the age of six always find an irresistible urge to start a dance party!
Listen to Samples for a Ceremony
For the Prelude
A pretty hornpipe composed by James Hill in the 19th century:
For the Processional
The first is an 18th-century piece by Rory Dall O'Cathain (a "piece" is music that was composed as instrumental "listening music," not for dancing or singing). The second one is a 16th-century piece probably by Turlough O'Carolan.
For Listening During the Reception
The first sample is a contemplative piece composed by 16th-century harper Turlough O'Carolan. The second, a pair of classic dance jigs, is an example of the many hundreds of traditional Irish dance tunes in Alan's repertoire.
This music is free to share under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License. Any reuse must credit the performance to Alan Ng.