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Emerald Thieves reviews, Newcastle wedding band, party bands north east, durham wedding and corporate events, Ceremonies, String quartets

2nd October 2016 Jesmond Dene House Newcastle.

Just wanted to thank you guys again for playing at our wedding on Saturday evening, you were absolutely fantastic and everyone had a brilliant time, the set was great and you played everything we wanted, along with a few bonus songs that really got people dancing!! We'll certainly be recommending you to friends and family in future, Thanks again, all the best,

Dan and Sophie

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17th September 2016 The Emerald Thieves at Inn on the Lake Ullswater, Penrith

We just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to you and the band for performing at our wedding. We never had a single doubt that you weren’t going to be perfect – from the initial research on the internet, to talking with both yourselves and Hireaband, to watching you play in Durham and further conversations leading up to the wedding. However – Wow! – you surpassed all expectations! One of the biggest talking points after the wedding was how good the band were. Everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – felt compelled to tell us how brilliant they thought you were. And we’ve got some pretty harsh music critics amongst our friends and family. The playlist was perfect… we have have great memories to cherish from Kez, (my cousin’s fiancée) spinning past us to get to the dance floor the moment the fiddle dropped on Danny Boy, to everyone bouncing up and down to Sex on Fire and Human. 🤗  Maybe we’re being biased, but we have never seen a dance floor so full for the whole time. Certainly never at a Wedding, anyway.

We would also like to say an extra thank you for letting Bethany sing with you and how you dealt with the whole situation so sensitively, encouragingly and reassuringly. Another memory we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Finally, if you don’t mind, we’d like to be kept updated with your upcoming gigs as we’d love to come and watch you again….plus we owe you a few more Guinness ….. 😉

Love Nicola & Andy xx

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January 2015
To Robert & your truly amazing Emerald Thieves Band and String Quartet.
On the 3rd of January 2015, we had our very special wedding day at Matfen Hall in Northumberland, it was a magical experience from start to finish. The venue, the occasion, our friends and families made the coming together of two families a day that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
When choosing a wedding band we were very particular in the kind of music we wanted, we knew we were very lucky on finding the Emerald Thieves who did exactly what we wanted and more. if I am being honest, we searched the Internet through the usual channels, YouTube, Agencies and every comment we saw made us realise these guys were going to give us the show our big day deserved. I also spoke with a colleague who is in the leisure industry and he firmly stated "you won't find anyone better". So we chose the Emerald Thieves and began communicating via email. Nothing we suggested was ever an issue to them and the advice they gave us with both the wedding band and Emerald String Quartet was out of this world, way beyond our expectations. We wanted the quartet to be like something out of a fairytale and in reality that's exactly what they delivered. 
During the communications we had some special requests, first was a Thousand Years to be played by the Quartet as my beautiful bride came down into the great hall. Second was for our Daughter Emily to sing a Mumford & Sons song "I will Wait" with Emerald Thieves, she made a fine attempt at it, especially for a 12 year old. These requests were carried out with professionalism and great pride by the band and quartet. These final touches are what really made a difference for our whole family. 
The Wedding night and the band: as a family we love music and a very detailed play list was chosen by ourselves with some minor tweaks by the Emerald Thieves; in simple words "they nailed every aspect of the set to perfection" the sheer variety of music plus the added Celtic theme had everyone singing along and having a good old knees up on the dance floor. 
During the break I was lucky enough to spend a half hour with these guys and get to know them a little better, I have got to say each member of the band was a truly amazing person. Robert eventually coached me into getting up at the end of the night to sing my all time favourite song "Wish you were here" by Pink Floyd. This is something I would not normally have done but with the genuine feel and atmosphere they had created it just seemed right. They made the experience so pleasurable and it is something I will now treasure all my life. A last minute request from Corey Spence (a good friend and local busker) ended the evening guesting on a Paolo Nutini number "Candy" the combination of the band and the acoustic balance of the song blew us all away, leaving our guests on a perfect, heavenly finale.
Anyone who is considering using this amazing band, need only ask themselves this...'Will I sleep at night knowing I've robbed someone?!' Honestly, for what Emerald Thieves charge you will feel embarrassed as their quality by far outweighs the price you pay for their magical service. Thank you so much for being part of our special day, you all made the day a perfect experience. Please let us know where your playing soon as you now have some serious groupies.
Gary & Dawn Spence, Matfen Hall, Newcastle.

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December 2014 : North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith.

To Robert, Anna and all at Emerald Thieves...what can we say? We knew you guys were good having seen you headline the Keswick Beer Festival and a previous wedding but having you play to all our family and friends was the perfect end to a perfect day! Our first dance 'One day like this' by Elbow was just superb and in the end I think every guest had gate-crashed the dance floor...and then they never left! From the moment we made contact to the end of the last song you guys were faultless - we can not recommend you highly enough. All the best for 2015.

Chris & Kirsty Edwards,

First dance: 'One day like this' by Elbow was performed live by Emerald Thieves.

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April 2014 : Oxpasture Hall, Scarborough

As we're sat in Manchester airport waiting to fly to Brazil we can't stop thinking about our day and how much fun it was. The evening was a highlight for us and as I'm sure you noticed EVERYONE was having the most amazing time. It was unbelieveable and I just wanted to send you a massive thank you. You have been a pleasure to work with and truly made our wedding special, my dad especially loved it, as did Adam. You are a fantastic band and without a doubt word will quickly spread about how brilliant you were. Can I also ask if you sell CDs...or could you even put your playlist on CD for us as a keepsake? I also need to mention how chuffed we were with the first dance. We couldn't have wished it any better, your cover was just fab x

Adam & Katherine Khalil

First Dance: 'On top of the World' by Imagine Dragons was performed by Emerald Thieves

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March 2014 : Guyzance Hall, Northumberland.

Just want to say thank you for the great time and effort you put in for our wedding party at Guyznace last weekend. We have had so many people commenting on how much they enjoyed you guys, really spot on. I don't think I have ever been to a wedding where the dance floor was so full for the whole night, you really got the spirit of the evening and captured it just right. We all loved your music and I was exhausted from dancing by the end! It was great of you to have our friend Rosie up to play fiddle for a bit as well...thank you very much and all the best.

Guy & Sara

First dance: 'The Mighty Quinn' was performed live by Emerald Thieves

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January 2014 : Linthwaite House, Cumbria

The Emerald Thieves band were amazing, there really is nothing else that needs to be said other than SIMPLY AMAZING. A fantastic day that was made ten times better by such a fantastic band. Every single person up dancing, singing and clapping. The band were incredibly understanding to our needs and at only 2 weeks notice, pulled out all the stops during what was a very busy period for them. We cannot recommend this band highly enough as booking them is a sure fire way to guarantee an incredible night that no one will forget in a hurry. Thank you all so much, we had the best night of our lives.

Mr & Mrs MacDonald

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November 2013 : Stockton.

Robert thank you and Emerald Thieves so much for playing at our fundraising event last night, you were simply an amazing band. The song choice was brilliant and everyone I've spoken to today has commented on how great you were and how much they enjoyed themselves. I would recommend you to anyone searching for a quality live band to perform at their event or party as you provided a night of music that was enjoyed by all.

Chris Cole, event organiser,

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November 2012 : Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham

Just back from our honeymoon and wanted to thank you for the wedding music. The string quartet and Emerald Thieves band were both absolutely amazing and everyone has been raving about you since. A few people have asked whether you sell CD's and how they can go about getting one? Thanks again.

Charlie & Terry Gallagher

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October 2012 : Ramside Hall, Durham

Wow, you guys are incredible, was great talking to you. We've been to so many weddings on both sides of the pond and Emerald Thieves are hands down the best wedding band EVER! I love my live music but I have never seen any band play such a wide variety of styles so convincingly. You were so authentic with the Irish stuff we actually thought you'd travelled over from Ireland especially to play the wedding. We're now heading back to Dublin with a handful of Emerald Thieves business cards to recommend them to everyone we know getting married back home. Really, THAT GOOD.

Connor & Siobhan from Dublin.

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May 2012

The best bend I have ever seen, bar none. I booked them for my 50th. What a fiddle player. Awesome.

Michael: Sunderland

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March 2012 : Lumley Castle, Chester le Street

We watched the Emerald Thieves on a few occasions before finally approaching them and were delighted when they agreed to play at our wedding. We shopped around quite a bit beforehand (as you do) and while some bands offered cheaper quotes, many were a lot more expensive but for us none were able to offer us anything close to the show supplied by Emerald Thieves. It was like having two completely different bands for the price of one. The Irish music got everyone right in the party mood and the rock and pop songs had the dancefloor crammed. A pleasure to deal with. Thank you for helping make our big day so special.

Ben & Deborah

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MARCH 2012 : Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

I booked Emerald Thieves for a St Patrick's Day show plus meal at the hotel this year expecting around 120 guests to attend. We ended up having to add extra tables when 270 people turned up! It was a fabulous night. Delighted.

Kelly Osbourne:

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January 2012

I booked Emerald Thieves for our big New Years Eve show and would like to say that this was the best show ever to have entertained in our club. The band brought family with them from all over England and Ireland which added to the party atmosphere. Emerald Thieves went far beyond my expectations and the comments received from the customers were outstanding. Every musician onstage was a pleasure to watch and listen to, a thoroughly entertaining evening. What a way to bring in the New Year!

Trevor Richardson: Secretary & chairman of Coundon Working Mens Club

Emerald Thieves are probably my favourite group on the club scene, they remind me of a fantastic Irish band called Untouchables. I was delighted to see they were booked for New Years Eve. I love the Irish music part of their set and hope to see them return in the very near future. A class act that is not to be missed

Gerald Hamilton: Coundon WMC

I have been going to Coundon WMC for a lot of years and would say that Emerald Thieves are the best I have ever seen. The whole band are amazing and Anna on the fiddle made it a night I will never forget. The Irish music in their first spot was marvellous and when the second set started the whole dance floor was completely full until closing time with everyone having a thoroughly enjoyable experience. What a show.

Audrey: Coundon WMC

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November 2011 : The Bobby Robson Foundation.

“I cannot recommend the Emerald Thieves highly enough.  I booked the band for a charity fundraising event that I was organising and asked them to put together a couple of sets – one Celtic and one rock and pop.  For events like that, having top quality entertainment on the bill both helps sells tickets in advance and makes a big difference on the night, putting people in a party mood and loosening their purse-strings when they’re being asked to donate a little bit more to the good cause. 

“The Emerald Thieves were fantastic.  Musically, they were outstanding; more than that, they really got the room jumping and interacted brilliantly with my guests.  The event was a bigger success than I expected and the Thieves played a major role in making that happen.  Book them now!”

Chris Lines - Event organiser

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October 2011

"Thanks again for a fantastic evening and another outsanding performance on Friday at Wolsingham"

E - Eager to please
M - Masters of music
E - Everyones taste accommodated for
R - Reliable
A - Amazing live performers
L - Loved by the audience
D - Dynamic musicians
T - Talented professionals
H - Highest standard, always excel
I - Irish, classic, rock and pop
E - Entertainment non-stop
V - Versatile wherever they appear
E - Electric atmosphere
S - Satisfaction guaranteed, don't hesitate to book them.

Anita Savory, Wolsingham

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September 2011 

"Robert the Emerald Thieves set was absolutely superb, we loved every minute of it!!! We've had so many fantastic comments about you all saying that you are the best band they have ever heard!! Superb in every way :)

Rachel & Jamie @ Langdale Chase Hotel, Windermere

1st dance 'Stand by me' performed by Emerald Thieves

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August 2011
"Hi Rab and everyone, we would just like to say a huge thank you for the superb entertainment on our Wedding Night.  The feedback has been excellent from all the guests and you definitely made the night. No doubt I will be coming to see you again soon. Thanks again!"  

Donna and Colin @ Hardwick Hall

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July 2011

"Martin and I just want to let you know that Emerald Thieves have received so much praise from all of our guests. Thank you so much for a such a great wedding night.  Please also pass on our thanks to Maddison DJ, he was excellent and just what we wanted. We will definitely come and see Emerald Thieves again very soon."  

Nicola and Martin @ Langley Castle

1st dance 'You got the love' played by Maddison DJ

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November 2010

"The Emerald Thieves provided the entertainment at our annual North East Show Jumpers Ball in November 2010 in front of around 360 guests at the Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead. We found the band to be extremely easy to deal with – reliable & very flexible to our requirements and they even assisted with our awards ceremony – making this part of the evening even more professional as members came forward for their trophies. The 2 sessions they played were excellent – a mixture of Irish music and other popular tunes and the dance floor was full! They even supplied disco music, Maddison DJ, between their sessions – playing exactly the right mix of tunes to suit all of the family – it really was a great evening with a fantastic atmosphere"

Christina Foley – Secretary BSNE @ The Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead

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18th June 2010

I just want to thank you for the performances on Friday at the wedding party for my son Andrew and his new wife Jacqueline The string quartet were superb on the afternoon and all the guests were most appreciative of the content mix;  something for everyone. Will you please pass on our thanks. Sitting out in the sunshine listening to such great music and drinking champagne, What more could we want? We had a very special day and the Emerald Thieves band at night were the icing on the cake. So many people commented on the performance and the way everyone was up and dancing from the start. We had a great party and that was exactly what I wanted. Many people have asked for your name and should you ever need a recommendation, I’m sure word of mouth is enough, but I would be delighted to give an unreserved recommendation. Will you please pass on our thanks from all at the Wedding party but especially from the parents of the groom Nick and I who were under pressure to deliver and boy did you!!  I hope to be at another venue soon to hear you play and will watch your website for information.

Once again our thanks to you all

Nick & Carole Brown @ Headlam Hall

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March 2010

I am the events Co-ordinator at Darlington Football Club, I hired Emerald Thieves to perform at the Stadium for a St Patrick’s Night, on the 20th March 2010. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect, as I found all the information about them on the internet, I took a chance and booked them direct.

Their performance was fantastic; people at the Stadium are still talking about them. They did first 45 minutes Irish music, the fiddler was amazing. Next 45 minutes set, they did requests, and believe me the lead singer can sing anything!! I have booked the band another 4 times since then, 1 of them is for my own nieces wedding.

I would highly recommend this band for any event, Parties, weddings or just a knees up.

Mandy Sousa @ Darlington Football Club

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'Thank you Rab and The Emerald Thieves for the wonderful entertainment last night, providing your time and talents to help us raise funds for the Huntington's Disease Association.

So many people praised the entertainment..."a real cracking night" was the general opinion. Everyone was greatly impressed with your performance and can't wait to see the band again. We can't thank you all enough'

Cath O'Donnell, HDA Secretary

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"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our big day and to have the Emerald Thievesperform certainly added to the grand occasion.
We first watched this band play in Sunderland and were immediately impressed at the variety of songs played (irish and modern pop etc). They got our guests dancing in no time to a selection of tracks that suited people of all ages.

Many of our guests commented on how sometimes bands don't always have the ability to get 'everyone' up dancing...well that certainly wasn't the case with the Emerald Thieves....well worth the money if you are planning to book a band for your wedding." 

Andy Atkinson - Hardwick Hall, 2009
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"If you’re a man reading this, the chances are that, like me, you couldn’t give a chuff about what table decorations you’re having at your wedding, or whether to go with the lilac or olive cravats, but the one thing you really do want to get involved in is the music.

For people who like music, choosing a band for your wedding is really hard. Once you’ve trawled through the “professional” wedding bands with their tired, identikit repertoires (Mustang Sally, anyone?) and groups of spotty music students looking to top-up their meagre loans (and snaffle some of your wine on the way out), you’re just about ready to sod the whole thing and settle for one of those pre-programmable jukeboxes.

If you’re struggling to find good music that everyone – including your parents – will dance to, my wife Angela and I can wholeheartedly recommend Rab and the Emerald Thieves.

As a shoe-gazing nineties indy-kid, I really appreciated the fact that Rab and the crew took the trouble to learn an obscure Hurricane #1 song – our song – for our first dance; it really personalised the whole set for us. The rest of the set was a good mix of credible classics from all sorts of different styles (along with the odd curve-ball for good measure), and the band were versatile enough to find something for anyone. The Thieves’ extensive repertoire of songs and genres, mixed with Rab’s laid-back, laconic approach makes agreeing a set list you’re excited about dead easy.

I hope you decide to book the Thieves, I hope your wedding is as much fun as ours was and, most of all, I hope to God you’re a better dancer than me"

Peter Daykin  www.azure-design.com

First dance "Step into my World" performed by the Emerald Thieves

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'Back on the Map Festival was a great success and would not have been the same without the fabulous performance Emerald Thieves provided on the day.

We have had such positive feedback from the public expressing how much they enjoyed themselves and would like to say a very big THANK YOU to Emerald Entertainment for making this event the success it was'

Sarah Taylor

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