We are a family band, based in Saffron Walden, North Essex. Our speciality is traditional Irish music – both instrumental and vocal – and we also play bluegrass, klezmer and other forms of folk. The Hooligans began by accident, after we started experimenting at home with Irish tunes that Liam had heard as a child. Playing for friends and family at first, our reputation soon spread and we now regularly play at festivals, carnivals and in local local pubs.
The Hooligans have played at the Triplow Daffodils Festival, Names Not Numbers and also headlined at The Bell Bash in Wendens Ambo and the Tickell Arms beer festival in Whittlesford. In June 2015, we competed against 75 other acts in the Cambridge Busking Festival – and came 2nd in the audience poll. We have since played at The Big Weekend – supporting Slade and Heather Small – and the Cambridge Folk Festival.
While were all trained musicians, and believe strongly in the value of formal learning, we also think music-making is about camaraderie and fun. The Hooligans’ combination of reels, jig, hornpipes and well-known ballads and airs will be met with tapping-feet and smiling faces all round – a unique way to enhance any event or gathering.