About the Band2017-02-21T11:26:51+00:00

Meet The Honeymoons…

This band pride themselves on their stonkingly top end performances that get partygoers up on the dance floor and keep them there! The musicianship within this wedding band is second to none and as their repertoire extends from the 1950s through to this year’s floor fillers, they can very easily cater for every taste.

Having received numerous glowing client testimonials over the past few years, we can honestly say that The Honey Moons are the perfect party band for both weddings and corporate functions. They closed the show at the Scottish Grand National in Ayr in June 2014 which was a fantastic experience and they went down a storm, but they also play the odd bar gig and have regular preview showcase events in Edinburgh if you wish to try before you buy.

Everything you need to know…

5 or 6 piece: The band can include either a tenor saxophone player or fiddle player or better yet, both.

Background Dinner Set: If you wish, incidental background music can be played while you enjoy your buffet.

Ceilidh Section: The band can also provide a Ceilidh section (with calling), the length of which varies as per set up.

Disco: They can host a disco at the end of the night. Their P.A. and lighting system are state of the art.

The band will happily take requests for 1st dances or even just to surprise someone. Generally speaking, four weeks notice is required and they’d delighted to learn a song that is special to you both or if you prefer, they can play it from a CD or in MP3 format though the P.A. system.

The Honey Moons will tailor your evening’s entertainment around you and will happily cater for any special requirements. They are always happy to answer any of your questions so please get in touch.

The Honey Moons are based in Edinburgh and frequently play throughout the central belt and borders and are happy to travel for events.
Their standard wedding performance time is three x 60 minute sets with breaks. This usually covers an 8/9pm – midnight slot but they can be pretty flexible with the set times and will always work around client schedules.
5 piece band

This comprises female lead vocals (who also plays electric guitar and keyboard), electric guitar (who also sings backing vocals), electric bass guitar (who also sings male lead vocals) and drums (full drum kit) plus either:

– A tenor saxophone player as seen in the video links. A 20-30mins ceilidh set (“Gay Gordons” and “Strip the Willow”) can be called and performed if desired

OR

– A fiddle player for a longer ceilidh set (c.60mins)

6 piece band

In order to really get the dance floor moving and have as much ceilidh as you like, why not book all of the above mentioned musicians! Female lead vocals (who also plays electric guitar and keyboard), electric guitar (who also sings backing vocals), electric bass guitar (who also sings male lead vocals), drums (full drum kit), a tenor saxophone player AND a fiddle player.

All packages include a top of the range P.A. system, a great lighting rig and an experienced sound engineer. This ensures excellent sound and lighting throughout the night.
The band is lead by the super talented Kirsten Adamson. Kirsten spent her childhood years in Nashville and Orlando with her father (Stuart Adamson of Big Country), and was also a featured vocalist on Big Country’s “Driving To Damascus” album. Since moving back to Scotland she has been wowing audiences with her powerful multi-octave voice.

After studying music in Liverpool, lead guitarist Phil Hopwood cut his musical teeth whilst touring with 60’s Merseybeat stars The Fourmost. After a year long tour of Spain Phil decided to set his roots in Edinburgh twelve years ago. He played in some of Scotland’s top function bands before setting up his own.

On bass and vocals is David Donnelly. Currently, he can also be seen crooning it up with the show stopping Love Boat Big Band/Bevvy Sisters. As an ex-member of Salsa Celtica and the Finley Quaye Band he too has no lack of musical talent and experience.

Drummer Ruairi Stewart studied his craft at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford where he was taught by some of the countries top session musicians.Throughout his career, he has toured the UK, Europe and Australia providing solid foundations for a varied line-up of ensembles. He also makes and produces his own electronic dance music.

On tenor saxophone and whistle, we have Tom Pickles.  Tom grew up in Orkney, before moving to Edinburgh to study classical flute at Napier University, which is where he also played saxophone for a large number of fellow students exams, covering a huge range of jazz, rock and pop styles. After graduating, he found himself playing in numerous local bands in all styles, and playing a great deal more saxophone than flute, as well as leading his own ensembles, from small projects to 17 piece jazz orchestras. As well as The Honey Moons he also plays for Horndog Brass Band and radio 6 favourites Orkestra del Sol.

On fiddle, for the full on ceilidh option, is Emma Pethybridge.  Emma has played in ceilidh bands around Scotland and internationally including the Ceilidh Experience, The Auld Reekie Ceilidh Band and The Columcille Band (a band originally set up for Adults with Learning Disabilities and featured in the film About a Band). Classically trained on violin and piano, she regularly plays with her own string quartet, the Meadows Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Canongait. She also studied tango in Argentina playing with the Quinteto Nostalgico.

Here’s a list of some of the songs they can play (but they’re always learning more material and feel free to request songs not listed)…

Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
Iggy pop – Lust for life
Edwyn Collins – Never Met A Girl Like You Before
Brian Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Ray Charles – Shake Your Tail Feather
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin
Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Chuck Berry – Never Can Tell
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Junior Walker – How Sweet Is To Be Loved By You
The Chordettes – Mr Sandman
Lorde – Royals
Kings Of Leon – Four Kicks
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
Marc Bolan – I love To Boogie
Arcade Fire – Rebellion Lies
Madonna – Material Girl
The Primitives – Crash
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The Guess Who’s – Shakin All Over
Eddie Cochrane – Summertime Blues
Del Shannon – Runaway
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots are Made for Walkin
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
Rescue Me – Martha and the Vandellas
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
Britney Spears – Hit me Baby One More Time
Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
Jason Miraz – I’m Yours
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Smokey Robinson – Tracks Of My tears
Joan Jett – I love Rock and Roll
Candy Staton – You’ve Got the Love

Spencer Davis Group – Keep On Running
Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go
Moloko – Sing It Back
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Johnny Cash – Ring of fire
Steelers Wheel – Stuck In the Middle
Blondie – Denis
Annie Lennox – Thorn In my Side
Duffy – Mercy
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin/Elvis mash up
The Bangles – Manic Monday
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
The Contours – Do You Love Me
The Beatles – Money
The Beatles – Till There Was You
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
Chic – Le Freak
Free- All Right Now
Dire straits – Walk of Life
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Dont Stop Thinking about tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Auld Lang Syne
Loch Lomond
Ceilidh Dances…

Gay Gordons
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
Flying Scotsman
St Bernard’s Waltz
Strip The Willow
Norweigan Waltz
Virginia Reel

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The Honey Moons were brilliant from initial inquiries right through to performing on the night…
Ryan and Mairi
We wanted to say thanks for making our wedding reception go with such a blast…
Graham & Julie
We just wanted to drop you a note to say how fantastic the band were at our wedding reception at Close House Hotel. Everybody commented on how amazing the lead singer was and how talented all the band members were…
Danielle and James Knox
Thanks for playing such a great set guys. We and our guests loved it xx
Rachel Duff