To paraphrase and old Yellow Pages ad, we’re not just here for standard wedding bands, we also have a healthy and varied sections of live world music acts for wedding hire through Freak Music.
Based in London, Mariachi Mexteca (above) is an authentic ensemble of professional Mexican musicians and singers, bringing together artistes from across the Americas. Led by Salvador Jimenez Hernandez, the band maintain the unique, passionate and traditional style of the original Mariachi with the musicians creating the spicy ingredient to any event or party, and you may recognise them as from the Doritos ads. Mariachi Mexteca is very proud of its well known reputation as not only the best Mariachi band in the UK but the only truly authentic one. Playing authentic Mariachi music, the band is versatile and will tailor its performances to meet your individual needs and venue size. From a birthday serenade to film premiers. From weddings to the Bahrain Grand Prix. From early morning wake up calls, to major festivals. No event is too large or too small. The band are available as a complete band (quintet) only so as not to compromise on quality and can also bring together other musicians to form a large line of up of 12 musicians. The musicians can play as little as one song to serenade your loved one on a special occasion to hours of fun and vibrant music in a big Mexican fiesta.
From the Former Soviet Socialist Republik of South Yorkshire, the Balkan Bandits (singer, right) are a 4-piece cabaret, wailing and oom-pahing orkestra, here to indulge you with marvellous melodies and huge harmonies of Balkan, Klezmer and Show Tunes. Formed in 2007 as the house band to Na Zdrove, Sheffield’s premier “klezmer to Kalingrad” party night, the Balkan Bandits have performed at festivals (including Boom Town, Beat Herder, Eden Festival, Off the Tracks, Gay Pride and Tramlines), weddings, birthdays, cabarets, club nights, fundraisers and much more… Their repertoire includes traditional klezmer tunes, klezmer-fied covers of classic hits (including “I Will Survive” and “Too Good to be True”) and songs of their own making, mainly about cheese and space men.
The Bavarian Strollers are one of the country’s most successful Bavarian bands and have been an established German Um Pah band since 1978. The band uses first class professional musicians and is based on a traditional Bavarian band consisting of 2 clarinets, trumpet, trombone and tuba although the band can also perform with a 4, 6 or 7 piece line up adding accordion and drums. The Bavarian Strollers’ main strength is German Bier Keller or beer cellar nights and they have a vast repertoire of both traditional and popular German music and English sing-along tunes. There are vocals in both English and German and they play in traditional German Lederhosen costume. The band can perform both indoors and outside and can stand, sit or stroll around a venue. They also provide a free German 1 litre stein hire service upon request.
Boondock are a young upbeat folk band specialising in traditional songs from the British Isles and Europe. Hailing from Brighton they play extensively around the UK to excited audiences. They play an eclectic range of traditional instruments including the accordion, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, balalaika and bones. As well as English and Irish tunes Boondock sing a range of old songs in Cornish, Russian, Macedonian and Moravian. In 2012 Boondock played across Europe as part of their summer tour. Going via France, Belgium, Holland and Germany the tour culminated in a headline slot in the beautiful Polish mountains of Krkonoše.