This ceilidh flash mob wedding video has become a source of inspiration for musical families everywhere.
The July wedding of Scottish couple Steven Morrison and Patricia McArdle has gone viral in recent weeks after Patricia’s dad Frank organised an amazing speech.
In welcoming his son-in-law to the family, Frank kick-started a flash mob of Glasgow-Irish musicians hidden among the guests at the reception in Lanarkshire, including the bride!
Video via Steven Morrison
Conveniently, Father of the Bride Frank is the musical director of St. Rochs Irish Minstrels branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann. Many of the musicians at the wedding owe their skills to him, which made the performance so flawless.
“The speech was a full surprise for myself and everyone else that wasn’t playing instruments,” said Steven, who shared the video online to a great response.
Bride Patricia deserves a lot of credit for keeping the secret from her new husband up to the big moment. Patricia’s parents Frank and Marie once had a house in Magheroarty in Donegal, where the family would spend their summer holidays.
The epic performance even had a customised song for the groom, led by singer Joe Armstrong, whose grandparents hail from Annagry and Gortahork in Donegal.
Joe told Donegal Daily: “Steven’s crowd are from the Isle of Uist and Patricia had a massive Glasgow-Irish contingent with her so you can imagine the craic.”
Joe explained how the song came to be:
“The song is one written by the band Trail West, although the melody is used for loads of different songs all over Ireland and Scotland.
“We altered the words to make the song about him – “Steven Angus” those being his first and middle names,” he said.
The musical crew had thought of everything – they even typed out the words for all guests to sing along.
Joe added: “It was all kept very hush, Steven hadn’t a clue! I think he was very touched.”
Talk about a talented wedding party!