Maeve Halligan


Fiddle, vocals

Born in 2003, Maeve started on the violin when she was 5 years old. After the obligatory year of scraping and screeching, she decided that, actually, she “quite liked” her violin – a love affair that was sealed when she started playing Irish tunes. Maeve is taught traditional Irish fiddle by Sharon Durie of the Cambridge Comhaltas and also plays the piano.

Ailis Halligan


Piano, tin whistle, vocals

Almost three years older than her sister, Ailis began playing piano at the age of 6. She has a powerful alto voice and underpins the Hooligans’ sound with her strong piano bass lines and melodic harmonies. Ailis also plays the saxophone to a high standard.

Next Gig


Sept 2015 – Ethan Rees Memorial Fund gig

Dec 2014 – “Fairycroft House” studio recording

Sept 2014 – Saffron Walden Cricket Club

July 2014 – Market Square Saffron Walden

March 2014 – “Mason’s Apron”, King’s Arms

March 2014 – “Toss the Feathers”, King’s Arms

March 2014 – “Drowsy Maggie”, King’s Arms

March 2014 – “Preacher’s/Temperance Reel”, King’s Arms

Ned Halligan


Fiddle, bodhran, vocals
Ned isn’t quite ready to play in The Hooligans with his dad and sisters yet. But he is showing promise – on both the fiddle and bodhran (traditional Irish drum) – and already knows most of the words to our songs. A little more music practice and a little less Minecraft and Ned will be up on stage soon.

Liam Halligan


Guitar, tin whistle, vocals

Liam is considerably older than the other band members. A trained double-bass player, he plays steel-string acoustic for The Hooligans. And a bit of tin whistle.