15 Fresh and Folky Acoustic Bands For Rustic Weddings
An article by English Wedding member Entertainment Nation; header photo by Liam Collard Photography
Rustic weddings are so beautiful. The country flowers, the neutral tones and the general coziness makes it such a stunning theme for the most special day of your life. With the naturalistic feel to a rustic wedding, which type of wedding entertainment will blend in seamlessly and not just sound incredible but actually complement your decor? An acoustic folk band of course!
At Entertainment Nation we love a great acoustic folk group. From the moment Mumford and Sons hit the charts, the demand for barn-shaking folk bands has risen and it’s showing no signs of stopping. And it’s no wonder – these talented bands put their own folky twist on everything from rock ‘n’ roll to modern chart toppers, turn up in their rustic attire and put on a foot-stomping show that’s popular with guests of all ages.
We’ve rounded up our favourite 15 acoustic-folk bands to showcase for you today. We hope you love their charismatic cheeky-chappy charm as much as we do!
We love Grayson so much! The addition of a smooth saxophone really lifts their dynamic performance of a wide range of songs, including contemporary classics from the likes of Ed Sheeran all the way back to rock ‘n’ roll floor-fillers. Guests young and old will love their folky vibe and a full dance floor is pretty much guaranteed!
If you fancy mixing things up a bit in the evening, the boys also offer a DJ and sax Ibiza-style set for an incredible night of club-style fun.
During the day, Grayson offer either an acoustic solo performance for a live-lounge feel to your drinks reception or you can impress everyone by booking their roaming set, where the boys will wander around as they play, giving intimate performances to small groups of guests. Amazing!
Mountford are a trio of talented musicians who add folky flair to everything from indie anthems to Motown classics and folk favourites to chart-topping pop tunes. The addition of a double bass adds a truly authentic feel to their performance.
These guys have been performing for years so know exactly how to turn up the feel-good factor on the dance floor. To enhance their sound further they offer the option to add an additional female singer and a live saxophonist – your guests won’t know what’s hit them!
The boys offer a manned DJ service as standard while they’re not on stage so feel free to make requests!
3. The Footmen
This highly-experienced 3-piece acoustic folk band are just the ticket if you’re looking for a charming trio to keep spirits high on the dance floor. They add their signature folky twist to soul and funk classics, contemporary chart hits, classic floor-fillers as well as rock ‘n’ roll and classic folk tunes, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy – there’ll be no downtime on the dance floor!
During the day, the guys offer a choice of acoustic performances – either a solo singer or the full trio, which will bring sunshine and cheer to your tipples on the terrace. You can even book the soloist to play during your wedding ceremony. He’s sure to elicit a few tears!
4. The Brightsons
The pitch-perfect harmonies The Brightsons deliver creates the the illusion of a much larger band. Both the guitarist and the bassist share the lead vocal duties and the whole trio perform with passion and style to bring your wedding reception to life. Their repertoire is huge and covers pop, soul, funk, indie, rock, folk and more so you’re guaranteed an exciting evening!
The Brightsons have an impressive back catalogue of experience with members having performed alongside the likes of Spandau Ballet, Jake Bugg, Rag N Bone Man, The Stranglers, Marc Almond and Toploader.
For a laid-back feel to your drinks reception why not book either their acoustic solo or trio sets? There’s nothing like a spot of live music to make this section of your day even more memorable.
If you want to create a dance floor frenzy, hiring Hatchland is the way forward! This energetic and uplifting trio will bring all the fervour and excitement you might expect from a larger band. Their irresistible harmonies and charming personalities help make this impeccable group absolutely ideal for your rustic wedding.
A selection of daytime acoustic options are available and Hatchland also offer a late finish if you can’t get enough of their stunning performance.
Foxland are a fresh and lively 4-piece acoustic folk band who take creating your dream entertainment very seriously. They use carefully-selected setlists to ensure the music you hear is perfect for you and will play it all with a stunning display of dazzling charm and energy.
Their winning combination of dual vocalists, guitar, bass, drums and spectacular sax solos always goes down a treat and that sax can also be booked for Ibiza-infused sets for your evening wedding entertainment.
7. Railroad Kin
Railroad Kin are one of our most popular acoustic folk bands and it’s easy to see why. This sensational 6-piece band deliver a dynamic and interactive performance of songs in every genre you can think of, all infused with that essential folky feel.
With delectable harmonies, guitar, bass, keys, spectacular sax and drums, this incredible band looks as impressive as they sound. If you’d like a chilled-out summery set for during the day, you can hire any number of the band to create the exact sound and vibe you’re after!
8. The Wildermen
Hugely experienced and with the ability to raise the roof with their vibrant show, the Wildermen will quickly become an electrifying centrepiece to your wedding reception. With an exciting repertoire jam-packed with tried-and-tested classics, folk favourites and modern dance floor fillers, your guests won’t want to leave the dance floor. You can even add a sax if you like!
During the day the Wildermen offer a sophisticated jazz or live-lounge set so you can choose which mood you’d like to create while your guests mingle away.
We love a small band that create a full-bodied sound and that’s exactly what the Timberfolk do! Their superb lead singer is complemented perfectly by sublime harmonies from the backing singers as the band treat your guests to passionate performances of much-loved folk, pop, rock, soul, funk and RnB tunes.
For the more relaxed parts of the day, The Timberfolk offer a selection of acoustic sets – either a soloist, duo or trio and the band offer early start and late finish times too.
10. The Lightmen
The Lightmen are an extremely popular acoustic folk trio thanks to their impeccable performance, irresistible charisma and all-round talent. If you love rock and indie classics mixed in with Motown, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and the odd chart topper for good measure, you’ll love their uplifting repertoire!
Lounge sets and a stunning ceremony performance are also available, meaning you can make it easy for yourself and get live music for your entire wedding day in one simple booking.
11. County Kings
Inject a little northern charm into your big day by hiring County Kings, who’ll have your guests stampeding to the dance floor as soon as they whip out their instruments! Combining irresistible sax and mouth organ solos with guitar, bass and drums, they effortlessly create an exhilarating vibe your guests will adore. Playing chart hits and timeless classics with a folky twist, they know how to keep your guests dancing until the early hours.
With a roaming band service and solo acoustic guitar and piano sets available for the more mellow parts of your day, County Kings offer everything you need if you want totally unforgettable wedding entertainment.
12. Folk Fables
This folk-infused 4-piece combine smooth 3-piece harmonies, stunning sax solos, guitar, bass and drums to produce an awesome sound that will take your reception to the next level! With an inspiring repertoire of massive chart hits, rock ‘n’ roll timeless classics, popular folk tunes and absolute bangers you can’t go wrong when you hire this first-rate band.
13. The Marksmen
The Marksmen are a cheery 4-piece who want nothing more than to provide you with your dream wedding entertainment. The lead singer’s distinctive voice combines beautifully with the backing singers and gives each of their songs a stand-out spin. Their repertoire is overflowing with everything from The Temptations to U2 and Eric Clapton to Bob Marley, meaning that your dance floor will be filled from start to finish! These guys are super popular so get your booking in early.
14. Uke and The Leles
Uke and The Lele’s are a unique act who play charming arrangements of rock ‘n’ roll, vintage swing and modern tunes, all with a ukulele instead of a guitar for a fun and unusual feel!
Their charismatic showmanship, combined with their warm demeanour and genuine talent will make them a huge hit with guests of all ages. They really are a one-of-a-kind band so don’t miss out on your opportunity to secure them for your wedding!
15. The Peaky Blinders
The ever-popular Peaky Blinders are a sensational 4-piece acoustic band with bucketloads of charm and a cool and quirky vibe that is always popular with wedding guests. Their incredibly likeable personalities shine through in their enthusiastic performance making them an instant hit.
Their eclectic repertoire will encourage everyone from your little nephew to great aunt Ethel onto the dance floor, as they wind their way through songs by the likes of The Beatles, George Ezra, The Killers, Blink 182 and more. You can add sax to the line up or book a DJ sax set for a club vibe in the evening.
Want To Hire An Acoustic Folk Band?
Well, you’ve definitely come to the right place! This is just a small selection of the incredible folk-style wedding bands we have to offer at Entertainment Nation. Head over to our website to discover your dream act and make a quick enquiry on the profiles of the bands you love the most.
Our expert team of advisors are on hand all day every day and will get back to you quick as a flash with a fully-comprehensive quote. They can also help you make a decision if you’re unsure who to hire.
Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials from everyone here at the Entertainment Nation team!
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Bandwidth Entertainment · July 18, 2022 at 10:01 pm
Great article. I absolutely loved all your suggestions here! I don’t see many options for rustic weddings, so this is very helpful. Could you also share some tips on what to consider in choosing a wedding band?