Saffron Walden Blues & Rock Weekender preview: Introducing...The Hooligans

PUBLISHED: 13:52 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:07 05 September 2014

The Hooligans

The Hooligans


A father and his two daughters will be taking to the stage on Saturday night as the Blues & Rock Weekender continues with The Hooligans.

What’s on when

Friday, September 5

7.30pm Doors open

7.45pm Room C

8.25pm Dave Vant

9.05pm Too Cool Kid

9.45pm Remus Down Boulevard

Saturday, September 6

7.30pm Doors open

7.45pm The Hooligans

8.10pm Mortal Tides

8.40pm Blind Summit

9.10pm Shaun Colwill

9.45pm The Blues Brothers Band

Who are they?

Liam Halligan, 45 – guitar, vocals

Ailis Halligan, 14 – piano, vocals

Maeve Halligan, 11 – fiddle, vocals

A family band, based in Saffron Walden, The Hooligans are made up of a father and his two daughters. The group’s speciality is traditional Irish music – both instrumental and vocal – but they also play bluegrass, klezmer and other forms of folk.

How did they start?

Liam: “The Hooligans began by ­accident, after we started experimenting at home with the Irish tunes that I’d heard as a child. Playing for friends and family at first, our ­reputation soon spread and now we regularly play at school fetes, parties, carnivals and in local pubs.”

Where else has the band performed?

Liam: “We have played quite a bit locally in recent months. Earlier this year we did a 45-minute spot at St Patrick’s Day performance in The Kings Arms – our first gig – and got rave reviews, not only from landlady Debbie Bashford but also from some members of Dennis Stratton’s band, who happened to be watching. As a result of that, we were asked to play during the Saffron Walden Carnival, busking in Market Square and then playing on the final family day on the Common.”

What the audience can expect on Saturday night

Liam: “While all of us are trained musicians, and believe strongly in the value of formal learning, we also think music-making is also about camaraderie and fun. Our combination of reels, jig, hornpipes and well-known ballads and airs will be met with tapping-feet and smiling faces.”

The Hooligans will be taking to the stage at 7.45pm on Saturday evening. To get your tickets visit Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, call 01799 524002, or pop into Wayletts of Thaxted. Tickets are also available online from

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