The Orchard Band


Good music for good times – bringing you the pick of the crop with a heady mixture of folk, jazz, klezmer, Americana and Roots

From their beginnings as a street busking band, the band has carefully filtered a high octane mix of tuneful, soulful and sing-along-ful material, ideal for indoors listening and energetic dancing.

Ally Craigan’s violin skills have graced many local groups, from Dempsey’s Lot and the Tony Burt Band to Bromyard panto. Her full on fiddling is equally at home with sizzling Irish sets or syncopated gypsy jazz.

Singer guitarist Mike brings a Bo Diddley beat and souped-up chords to home grown and international material. His penchant for cheesy country is cheerfully frowned on by the rest of the band!

Graham’s silky mandolin conjures the swamps of Louisiana and the souks of Marrakesh.

Sam’s booming bass is the funky ground the other instruments dance on.

Driving them along is a one-man Heath Robinson percussion section, tapped, scraped, kicked and generally abused by Ian (whose singing generates quite a bit of abuse too!) Streets across the country have been blocked by enraptured passers-by.

Let the Orchard Band serve you some of their best – hot or chilled, it’s always spicy!


What the punters say:

Dear Ian,

Your ceilidh for us on Saturday evening was absolutely terrific – and everybody said so! They all really enjoyed it and loved the way you got pretty well everyone on the floor and involved- it really helped to bring everyone together in celebration of B and N and their life together.

So a huge thank you to the three of you for your musicianship and fantastic leadership of proceedings! It was a memorable day throughout but everyone has particularly mentioned the ceilidh as the supreme highlight!


Dear Ally and Ian – The Band and Crew were magnificent last night. Thank you so much for such great music, calling and the generally wonderful atmosphere.

It was a pleasure to have you at our celebration and everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the evening and the feedback from the guests has been all positive. We wish the Orchard Band well for the future – keep up the enthusiasm to perform -you certainly did do us proud.

Brian and Caroline D


It was a real pleasure. You have made our Burns gathering the highlight of the year. People were coming up to me on the night and saying, “We will do this again, won’t we?”

Revd S. Collinshaw