Book the Merry McKentys

Merry McKentys performing on Ship Point Stage for Victoria's Canada150 celebrations

You guys were one of the hits of the Festival! Jon Bartlette, Artistic director, Princeton Traditional Music Festival

It was a pleasure to work with the Merry McKentys. They are kind, professional, and prompt. We book them for our conferences as often as schedules permit, and they enchant our guests every time! Their old-time family fiddling, tight vocal harmonies, and foot stomping dance tunes provide delightful and wholesome entertainment for all types. Dana Bass Solomon, CEO, Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre
Thank you so very much for giving us such a wonderful show … We were enchanted, lifted, blown away and thoroughly entertained by the music you shared with us. I got so many good comments from the audience members last night I just had to pass this along to you. We loved your openness, your delight in life and the quality of your music. Please come again! You spread the message of love, peace and good will so well - The Merry McKentys are a force for the Light in the world. Sue Averill, Artistic director Nanaimo Folk Connection.
We hired the Merry Mckentys for our wedding after hearing a few of them playing in Courtenay and they were the perfect band for a wedding. Even relatives who usually refuse to dance were up dancing and having a wonderful time at the wedding. The music is beautiful. Each family member has their own unique talent and infuses the songs with their energy and passion for music. I would highly recommend them for any event. Arran Arthur, bride
Goodbye Utah — Live at Canada150 Victoria, B.C.
Miss Clementine — Victoria Folk Music Society

Places We’ve Played

Princeton Traditional Music Festival Coombs Bluegrass Festival Peace in the Park Festival, San Fransisco
50 Summers of Love Festival Nanaimo Folk Connection Quadrapalooza Music Festival Spirit of 150, Victoria BC Victoria Folk Music Society St. James Hall Gorge Harbour Resort Hollyhock Educational Institute University of Victoria The Place, Oakland, CA Easton Hall, Berkeley, CA Sideboard, Danville CA Eaton Arrowsmith School Bullock Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island Tofino Botanical Gardens Newbold House, Scotland Bahá'í Peace Festival Copper Hills Auditorium

Thanks so much for the McKenty’s entertaining performance at Norway House last Sunday! We enjoyed the fine fiddling, the good originals and your harmonies. I would love to see you return. Patty Castle, Victoria Folk Music Society (Victoria, B.C.)

Thank you all to the moon and back for the wonderful music at our wedding. The contra dance was a big hit. We’re so glad to have met you, and hope to see you again soon. Veronica Nobury, Bride, (Salt Spring Island)

What We Do:

  • Provide a high-quality set tailored to our audience on the fly
  • Supply all our own gear and mixing tech if requested
  • Show up on-time, and behave in a professional manner
  • Keep our set to the designated length
  • Respect our environment and those we're working with

What We Don't Do:

  • Consume any alcohol before or during our performance
  • Concert sets that are less then 30 minutes in length*
  • Play contemporary pop cover song requests
  • Aggressively manage or "whip up" the crowd
  • Play in acoustically unsuitable venues, pubs, or night clubs
  • Provide dinner and background music*
* = except under special circumstances.

Rates & Booking

We play in a wide variety of venues — from folk clubs, music festivals, conferences, and dances, to retreat centres, private events, dockside concerts, and weddings. Our rates vary based on travel distance, audience size, and set length. Please send us an email or give us a phone call if you're interested in booking us.

Please use the form at left to send us a message! We can also be reached by email at or telephone at: (250) 204-4728. If you're of the analog persuasion, we'd be delighted to receive a letter from you at the following address:

The Merry McKentys
PO Box 241
Mansons Landing, B.C. V0P 1K0