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The Honey Moons

Music

Overview

  • Ceilidh and covers act
  • Repertoire of old rock anthems mixed with some 60s and 70s pop classics
  • Perform mainly as a 5 piece with fiddle or sax and can play as a six with both

Location

The Honey Moons are based in Edinburgh and frequently play throughout the Central Belt/The Borders. Will consider travelling further afield for an additional fee.

Standard Set Times

  • Up to three hours of live music with set times to suit, between 8pm and midnight.

About this Act

Edinburgh based rock, pop and ceilidh act The Honey Moons pride themselves on their high-energy performances that get partygoers up on the dance floor and keep them there! 

With an extensive musical repertoire from the 1950s through to modern day floor fillers this band caters for every taste and do it in style. The Honey Moons are the perfect party band for both weddings and corporate events and depending on the line-up you can have a great ceilidh set too. 

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 also was a featured vocalist on Big Country's "Driving To Damascus" album. Since moving back to Scotland she has been wowing audiences with her multi octave powerful voice for years now.

Originally from Merseyside, guitarist Phil Hopwood served his musical apprenticeship touring with Brian Epstein's own Merseybeat stars The Fourmost. Since moving to Edinburgh 10 years ago he has been lucky enough to play with some of Scotland's finest musicians.

Paul Gilbody has been prominent in the Scottish music scene since moving to Edinburgh from his hometown of Belfast in the 90’s. Quickly making musical contacts as a vocalist in various bands, he conceived and founded seminal 12-piece funk outfit The Ugly Groove Movement where as vocalist and bassist he honed his writing and arrangement skills on two albums of original material. Taking up double-bass in 2000, he formed groove trio Gecko 3 with singer/guitarist Marty Philip and drummer Hugh Martin. The band have since toured in Europe and the USA, and performed at Ronnie Scott’s in London and at various UK and European festivals and released 3 EPs. Nowadays Paul is a busy session musician and resident Honey Moons bass player/lead singer.

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.Through 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 sax, 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 found himself playing 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, as well as leading his own ensembles, from small projects to 17 piece jazz orchestras. As well as The Honey Moons he currently also plays for Horndog Brass Band and radio 6 favorates 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.

The Honey Moons will tailor your bespoke evening's entertainment around you and will happily cater for any special requirements for your big day and are happy to answer any of your questions.

The band are managed exclusively by Freak Music so either put a enquiry through this site or simply call Chris at Freak on 0131 467 2539 and please check out their website.

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Testimonials

"Guys, thanks for playing our wedding at Mount Stuart You were outstanding and the dance floor was rocking all night. You exceeded our expectations and we are eternally grateful. Thank you very much from wife,Carley Scanlan and I. Great vibe, great vocals, great band!"

Simon Kerr and Carley Scanlan

7th January 2017, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

"To the amazing Honey Moons,

Mark and myself would like to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding on the 5th November 2016 at Castle Menzies, Aberfeldy. From the initial enquiry re: your availability, to copying with my frequent emails with 'just another question', to on the actual day you made the process so easy and were very flexible and efficient. The band has such a great appearance and such huge talent. All of your songs including ceilidh were outstanding, the dance floor was never empty. During the night many guests commented to myself that you were the best wedding band they had ever heard and we would definitely agree. We would love to get to dance away the night again to your music so will be encouraging everyone we know to book with you!"

Love from the new Mr & Mrs Rowlinson

" Hi Phil,

Sorry for the late reply. We have just started to return to normal life - it's difficult!

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. All our friends and family commented on how amazing you all were and I think you read the audience just right! I must admit that I was slightly worried people wouldn't dance but as soon as you played the first couple of tracks, all those worries slipped away.

Thank you for putting up with our appalling drunken attempts at the Ceilidh dances - even if we couldn't do them it was so much fun! You didn't even seem to be surprised when the inflatable guitars, saxophones and fancy dress came out - thanks for being so cool about it.

I wouldn't hesitate to ask you to perform again if ever the need arises. Thank you for topping off such a great day!"

Best regards,
Laura and Jack

Mar Lodge wedding - 8th October 2016

"To the Honey Moons!,

Apologies that this has been a bit delayed, David and I have had a busy few months moving to and getting settled in Vancouver. We'd like to say a MASSIVE thank you for playing at our wedding in May at Oran Mor. Your performance was fantastic, we're so glad we went for the 6 piece option, if definitely added an extra dose of energy, both for the Ceilidh and the regular tunes. The retro-themed set list was perfect, right up our street (and our guests!).

Aside from the actual getting married bit, your performance was the part of the wedding I was looking forward to most and I wasn't disappointed (until the clock struck midnight of course!).

I found myself speaking to guests as quickly as possible so I could on the dance floor and that is where I remained for the rest of the night! Our guests thoroughly enjoyed it too, the floor was not empty once (not even on the break!)"

Best wishes, 

Melanie and David Cowell

Oran Mor wedding May 2016

"Hi Phil, we wanted to contact you to thank you and the band for a fantastic show at our wedding on Saturday night. The feedback and comments from our guests was so complimentary and the whole evening was a great success. A special note of thanks for the final song as this provided a bit of a curveball for some of our guests, but they no us and knew we would not be doing the same old thing!

Once again a huge thanks for you the band and all your support team for putting on a fantastic night that will be truly remembered."

Many thanks
Simon and Kirsty

27th August 2016

"Hi guys, this is long overdue but I did want to leave a testimonial.
What an amazingly epic band !! The videos do little justice to the live performance. People say a band can make or break a wedding. I can with all confidence say this band will make it ! A few months after my wedding I still have friends and family asking what the name of the bad is and how great they are. The members are friendly and personable and more importantly they rock. They created an exciting and enchanting atmosphere. Everyone was dancing ! If you are thinking about the ceilidh option don't, just take it. This adds a whole new dimension to the night and is far to enjoyable to miss out on. I cannot recommened the Honey Moons more. Without them I think my wedding might have been half as fun. They definitely know how to party"

Matthew and Jade Kratz
Loch Lomond, Waterfront Hotel
Stirlingshire - 11th of June 2016

"Hi guys,

We are long overdue in thanking you for the great performance at our wedding. We had a lot of wall flower guests and you seemed to lure them onto the dance floor like the Pied Piper. Your play list had something for everyone - from the old classics that our parents loved to current artists for the younger crowd, and my favorite: the 80s classics. Thank you so much for making our reception a great time for us, and all of our guests!"

Trina and Chris

Dundas castle wedding

"Thank you guys so so much! We had an amazing night and everyone thought you guys were fantastic xxxxx"

Danika Louise Stewart

Parts Farm wedding - 30th April

"Hello Phil,

Thank you so much for this weekend's gig - was so fantastic! You and the guys are so talented and everyone loved the music.

Would be delighted to recommend you"

Scott and Pamela McQuarrie

Doubletree Hilton, Edinburgh - 4th June 2016

"I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday. We absolutely LOVED the music, you are all super, super talented, got the playlist absolutely spot on and you all just look like you love playing together and have a great time which made our wedding reception just perfect :) Obviously it was even more special to have Ruairidh in the band and although it pains me to say a little(!) he is a fantastic drummer and I was a very proud sister yesterday :) Please pass my thanks onto everyone in the band for travelling up and playing yesterday. I can honestly say everyone commented on how amazing the band was and they thoroughly enjoyed the music which was plain to see as the dance floor was filled all night! We just loved our first dance song also, Kirsten sang it beautifully.

It was lovely to meet you all and finally put faces to names, we really can't thank you all enough!"

Seonaid and Lewis :-),

29th December 2015, Aberdeen

"We just wanted to say thank you so much for Sunday, you guys were amazing and had the dance floor full all night! Everyone has commented on how brilliant you were and really made the night! People especially enjoyed the Ceilidh, though I know we were hard work at times!!!
Was also a brilliant touch getting my friends who's birthday it was up to sing!
So so glad we picked you for our wedding!
Thanks again"

Sara and John

Mansfield Traquair - 29th Dec 2015

"The honeymoons performed at our wedding on the 6th June 2015. When we started looking for a band we knew we wanted a nice mix of ceilidh but also a band that could sing well, play well and did a different mix of songs. When we found the honeymoons they couldn't have more perfectly fitted the bill. They are amazing musicians, songs are different and Kirsten's voice is just incredible.

We came to see them at a preview night which I would recommend as it was so nice and fun to see them all play and get excited at the thought of them playing at our wedding. wedding prep can be stressful so a night off was great. needless to say we booked them that night, all of them, as once we heard the sax live along with the fiddle we knew we could not find a better band!!

From the beginning of booking the agency were very clear and responsive in getting contracts sorted. Phil communicated with us about what we would like and everything was clear which was great not to have any worries on the day. They even learnt 2 songs for us as we were torn between them. All in all their actual incredible talent and nice helpful nature made them so great to work with, I would recommend them to anybody, and I have had several friends say they were incredible and passed on their details to friends of theirs planning their own weddings.

We cannot thank you enough for helping make our wedding day so special. I never would have thought I would actually find a band that good. You made sure on the night that we were in the room for our 2 special songs. your ceilidh music rocked! and the added wee bonus of playing paradise city for a special flower girl as it was her birthday just added to the whole package. Thank you all, we had a wonderful day and we couldn't have asked for more or been given better service."

Pamela & Grant xxx, 

6th June - Lochardil House, Inverness

"We did a lot of research into bands for the wedding because entertainment was our highest priority. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and rocking the dance floor was our main aim for the day! I did lots of googling and narrowed it down to a few local bands and The Honey Moons. I couldn’t stop listening to Kirsten’s voice – she has an unbelievable tone that drags you back for more! We didn’t go and see them live, we just had a feeling that they would deliver on the day. And deliver the certainly did! From the first dance which they sung especially for us, the selfies during ‘sit down’ and even having me on the microphone! The dance floor was NEVER empty and lots of our guests commented on how fantastic the evening was. We had the best day and The Honey Moons certainly played a massive part in that. It was very easy to get in touch and they were really accommodating with any requests. We’d recommend them to anyone – actually we couldn’t recommend them highly enough! Thank you guys."

Julie & James, Logie Country House, Aberdeenshire. 26th September 2015

"Nice one Phil, thank for all your help you've been great, we had an amazing wedding. The Honey Moons were brilliant, everyone said the band were really good, top notch! πŸ‘

Johnny and Natalie Tracey
Contini restaurant, National gallery,Edinburgh
11th July 2015

"Hi! Just a little message for you guys to say we cannot thank you enough for how amazing you were on our wedding night and we are sorry we didn't get a chance to say thank you properly on the night!! You were a fantastic band who finished off our brilliant wedding day with some wonderful ceilidh music, that really got everyone up on their feet and merry! And on top of that played the most amazing set list from start to finish with perfect stage presence. You were professional yet approachable throughout and were more than helpful with any queries or requests. Thank you for making our day so special!"

Alice and Paul x

24th July, Dundas Castle

"Bruce and I just wanted to say a massive thank you to The Honey Moons for the music provided at our wedding. The set list was fab and the ceilidh was amazing with many guests commenting how good the band was. Not only was the music great but so was the communication throughout. Any queries Bruce or I had were answered quickly with Phil always making us feel at ease.

Thanks again!"

Rebecca Holmes

1st August, Oxenfoord Castle

"You were absolutely fantastic at our wedding, thank you so much. Into the Mystic and Nadine were brilliant for our first dance!! The dance floor was packed and we loved the way we even got to get behind the mic for a song.

We have had so many compliments about the band from guests and the addition of the saxophone was awesome!

Thanks for making the party so strong!"

Nadine and Sandy

16th of May 2015
Drumtochty Castle  

"Hi Phil

We're just back from our honeymoon and getting round to thanking folk!

We wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the band for such a fantastic set - the music was first class and we had an absolute ball. I think The Chain at the end of the night will go down in history. All of our guests loved having a dance and there are a few aspiring Kirsten's out there now!

We're still waiting on official photos, however if there are any of the band, I'll send them on.

With many thanks again"

Jenny & Jamie

House for an Art Lover, 5th July 2015

"The Honey Moons were brilliant from initial inquiries right through to performing on the night. We dealt mostly with Phil who is a top guy, he even met my Fiance for a coffee to discuss what we wanted for our wedding. We opted for the 5 piece with Sax and after booking Phil kept in contact with us all the way up to the wedding to ensure everything was going well. On the night they sounded amazing! They learnt 2 songs that we requested for our first dances then kept the dance floor full all night with tune after tune. They were a great laugh and lots of fun, we even had Kirsten up dancing with us at the end of the night!

We can't recommend the Honey Moons highly enough! They were exactly the type of band we wanted on our wedding day. Great musicians, Great selection of tunes and all in all, great fun. Thanks for an amazing evening." 

Ryan and Mairi

Dynamic Earth wedding

"We wanted to say thanks for making our wedding reception go with such a blast. We would be very happy for you to use any or all of this as a review/recommendation. We are so glad we picked The Honey Moons to play at our wedding.

You were so helpful while we sorted out all the arrangements and made sure we were happy with everything planned.

The music was amazing from start to finish. All our guests, young and old, were really impressed and the dance floor was full all night. The whole band really looked like they were having a great time playing too - which just made it all the more fun. We can't recommend them highly enough.

Brilliant set list, fab ceilidh and awesome playing all night. Now we just need to find another excuse to hire them again.

Thank you so much guys"

Graham & Julie.

Caves Wedding, 18th October 2014

"We just wanted to drop you a note to say how fantastic the band were at our wedding reception, August 14th 2014 at Close House Hotel. Everybody commented on how amazing the lead singer was and how talented all the band members were playing numerous instruments.
The band set the tone of the evening perfectly and warmed up our guests to dance until the dance floor was jumping. I remember people coming up to me after the band had finished saying could they not play anymore?

After searching for months for a wedding band I struggled to find a band that would play a range of music to accommodate all ages of my guests. After hearing the lead singers voice I knew that The Honey Moons would be perfect for our wedding, and by god I was right!

Thank you so much for allowing my brother to use your equipment to sing my first dance song this really meant a lot to us both and the band were very accommodating to this.

I would recommend anybody to book this band if you want a professional, and friendly band. They would be excellent at any event and will definitely be booking them again. If you're looking for a band book The Honey Moons!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you,thank you, thank you."

Danielle and James Knox 14/08/2014

"Thanks for playing such a great set guys. We and our guests loved it xx"

Rachel Duff, 29/08/2014 Garvock House Hotel, St John's Dr Dunfermline.

 

 

"Thanks so much for playing at our wedding on July 19th, Tom and I thought you were brilliant, as did all of our guests, our first dance was awesome, awesome vocals and overall a very professional and terribly nice band, book them, you won't be disappointed."

Melissa Meldrum, 19th July, Ardanaiseig Hotel

 “We auditioned what seemed like 20-30 different bands for our big day, but heard nothing special. Then, we stumbled upon The Honey Moons. One listen to Kirsten’s voice and the retro music they played and we were hooked. They offered something different to the average covers band and we simply had to have them at our wedding!

Leading up to the big day, we communicated with Phil via email to ensure everything was in place. Phil was charming, professional and more than happy to accommodate our every need (e.g. learning our first dance and including a few ceilidh songs on the night).

On our wedding day itself, the band arrived promptly and set-up with minimal fuss. Beginning slowly, our first dance was covered to perfection. Then, the party really started. When it did, our guests were simply blown away - they were fantastic! I’ve never before been at a wedding where the dance floor has been filled from start to bitter end!

There was no defined set list, instead the band’s preference was to gauge the mood on the dance floor in choosing their next song. This worked well and ensured the dance floor was packed all night. The band were more than happy to play some ceilidh music throughout the night, which added to the Scottish flair and was executed flawlessly. A good band can really make a wedding reception and the feedback from our guests was that the Honey Moons were fantastic!"

Neil & Gillian Murdoch
Wedding at The Parsonage, Dunmore Park. Sat 7th June 2014.

 

"I just wanted to drop you both a quick mail to give you both some feed back on the Honeymoons who came down to Galloway to play at our wedding.

When the band hadn't turned up by 7.15 I have to say I was beginning to panic a little and just at that point Phil called to say that they had had a disaster with one of their speakers falling through the back window of the tour bus! My heart sank, however he reassured me that they were on route and 20 mins later in a cloud of dust they all arrived.

Panic over and the band set up in record time, and before we knew it my wife and I were on the dance floor.

What can I say. They were amazing. Kirsten's voice is amazing and the vibe and sound the whole band create is fantastic. From the first song until the end of the night, they gave it their all and kept the dance floor filled. Everybody I have spoken to since the wedding have raved about the band, so a big thank you to you all. I am just hoping that I get the chance to see you guys play again sometime in the not too distant future.

Many thanks again

Kind regards

Murray & Amy McConchie"

 

"My husband and I would highly recommend The Honeymoons. They were very accommodating and efficient in communications. On the night we had many guests at our wedding comment on how much they enjoyed the music and loved the female singers voice. The band had been flexible enough to add in a couple more ceilidh dances than they usually do which we loved! A great combination. We would definitely use them again!

Many thanks

Suzie Goodier

Norton House Hotel wedding

13th April 2014"

 

"Thank you all so much for playing on Saturday, you really made our night! All of our guests have commented on how excellent the band was, we couldn't have asked for anything better.

Your rendition of In Spite Of All The Danger as our first dance was brilliant, exactly as we had imagined!

The set you played was perfect, it really helped create a great atmosphere, along with the whole band being so friendly and welcoming.

Thank you all so much again, and we hope you can use some of the above for the website, and we will be recommending you to anyone who will listen!

Cheers"

Laura & Rory

Solsgirth House wedding

12/10/13

"Thank you all so much for playing at our wedding, what a fantastic band you are we are so pleased we booked you! Every single one of our guests have commented to myself or Brian on how brilliant you were so again thank you!

We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know getting married & looking for a band, I'm sure 2014 will be a busy year!''

Brian Alexander & Kelly Galloway,

Garleton Lodge, Haddington, 31st of August 2013.

"I would just like to say how pleased we were with our booking for the Honey Moons at our wedding on the 3rd August. The organising and booking could not have been simpler. The band themselves were fantastic and really made the evening. Talented and professional musicians who we would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. If we need another band we’ll come and see you first!"

Regards

Andy Murdoch

3rd August 2013 wedding

“I just wanted to let you know that the Honeymoons were a brilliant band, in every respect. They were great in turning up and setting up in time; flexible with their start but more important – their music was fantastic. As soon as they started, the dance floor filled up and it literally stayed that way all night. The added saxophonist made a huge impact and all in all, a great night and everyone was commenting on how superb the band were. My thanks to Phil and his team and please feel free to use this email on your website – they deserve many more bookings!”

Josie Goodale/15th June party

"Just to say that firstly I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to properly come and say hello on Saturday and secondly, thank you so so much, you guys were amazing! You absolutely made the night and everyone has been raving about how great you were!

The Honey Moons played our wedding the weekend before last and they were superb. We have had constant comments since the wedding on how fantastic they were and we even heard that our neighbours had the football turned down so that they could listen to them from across the field. They got themselves in and set up in the middle of a busy marquee without anyone even noticing and kept everyone dancing from the minute they started! Their setlist was fantastic and they are an enormously talented group of people. Thanks again for a fantastic night,

Best and many thanks again,

Katie Cook

Haddington wedding

30th March 2013

"How amazing are you guys???? We can't thank you all enough for making our wedding night so fantastic. A good party consists of 2 things, good drink & good music!! You guys are not even close to good, you are truly brilliant. Everyone one of our guests commented on what great a night they had & its thanks to you. The dance floor was packed & we all had a ball. Once again thank you so much. We just want to do it all over again!!"

Much love Jo & Scott.xx

Divino Enoteca,

Edinburgh

2nd March, 2013

Set List

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 Mraz - I'm Yours
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Smokey Robinson - Tracks Of My tears
Joan Jett - I love Rock and Roll
Candy Statton - 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
Don't 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
Norwegian Waltz
Virginia Reel

Lineup

  • 5 piece band as standard - Vocals/guitar, guitar, bass/vocals, drums and sax/whistle or fiddle (add the fiddle for full ceilidh set)
  • 6 piece - Vocals/guitar, guitar, bass/vocals, drums, sax/whistle and fiddle - the full ceilidh option

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