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The Electronic Press Kit


"The best thing to come out of Barnsley, since the A61 to Sheffield"
Jarvis Cocker, Pulp


"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are very, very funny... parodists extraordinaire. One of the hardest working and best live acts on the planet, bringing light to dark corners and joy to babes and toothless mumblers alike. Lovely stuff."
Mike Harding, Comedian, Folk Musician & Broadcaster

"Always enjoy the boys from The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. When the North goes independent I am suggesting [Too Good To Be Jus] is our national anthem. Great fun"

Jason Manford, Comedian


"A ridiculous family of genius, hilarious, irresistible music makers, currently crowd-surfing to the bar and beyond, into the venues and music festivals of the UK. Long may they rock... but gently. They're quality."
Eliza Carthy MBE, Folk Musician

 "The 8th wonder of the world is actually in Yorkshire... a wonderful Yorkshire genius collective known as The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. To see them is to know true magnificence"
Kate Rusby, Folk-Musician

"One of the hardest working bands around, great entertainers, and the best pastiche outfit I know of." 
Maartin Allcock, music producer and former member of Fairport Convention &
Jethro Tull


"An act that you will want to see over and over again. Absolutely hilarious"

Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention 

"Despite their plain and rather ordinary appearance, they are actually completely nuts. They are legends in their own tank-tops."

Fuzz Townshend, TV presenter (National Geographic's Car SOS) & former drummer with Pop Will Eat Itself, The Wonder Stuff & Nine Inch Nails


​"Oh man! You guys look crazier than us!"

Wayne Coyne, frontman from six-time Grammy winners, The Flaming Lips

"Great guys. They ROCK!"
Graham Oliver, from Barnsley NWOBHM-legends Saxon 

"They look mental!"
Tony Wright, from Bradford Brit-rockers Terrorvision

"They're a lot of fun, and bloody nice chaps to boot."
Erica Nockalls, from indie-rockers The Wonder Stuff

"The Doonicans put Barnsley on the map!!"
Dan Donnelly, from punk-folk rockers The Levellers

"They deserve the reputation they have earned as one of the festival scene's hottest bookings"

UK Festival Guides (Review)

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican stepped up to the main stage and proved to everyone that they are fully capable of holding big crowds. They stole the day with their tongue-in-cheek pastiche songs, hand-knitted tank-tops, ironic wigs, and outright sense of fun. (9/10)"
Virtual Festivals (Review) 

"Titans of Tomfoolery. They have without question added a dimension to the cultural life of Barnsley."

Dave Burland, Folk Musician

"Like The Barron Knights - on speed!"

The Staffordshire Sentinel

"I couldn’t fail to mention a gig by The Bar-Steward sons of Val Doonican that left even them speechless at the sheer size, volume and enthusiasm of the audience. The impact these boys have wherever they go is utterly phenomenal. I suspect the trees are still creaking now from the aftershock."
UK Festival Guides (Review) 

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican proved more than capable of holding their own. The Barnsley boys left the audience in stitches with exquisitly crafted parodies. A kind of Yorkshire answer to Weird Al Yankovic. (5/5)"
Heather Kincaid - Wolverhampton What's On (Review)

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican were the highlights of Saturday afternoon, swearily lampooning a genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously."

Jeff Robson, The Independent  (Review)

"The summit of musical comedy. Scott Doonican's attention to detail is what sets the Doonicans ahead of all the contenders in this genre. These are lovingly crafted pastiches with tonnes of subtle layers".

R n R Magazine (Review)

"Rapidly becoming the must-have, must-see festival band, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican played to an over-capacity arena as hundreds more queued outside for a chance a catching their much-anticipated antics"

"The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican’s reputation preceded them and they didn’t disappoint, resplendent in the most garish of tank tops imaginable... without doubt these guys can really play. Led by the inimitable Scott Doonican, everyone is jumping, as metal-head culture joins folk and hip-hop in an intoxicating mix"

Louder Than War (Review)

"A true sight to behold"
Derby Telegraph

"Bristles with proper belly-laugh moments... a LOL-a-minute through a variety of perfect pastiches. If there is any justice, the Doonicans deserve to be all over your Saturday night telly. (5/5)"

John Atkin  -  R n R Magazine (Review)  

"It would be hard to watch these guys and not have a good time."
Anthony May -  (Review)

"The Bar-Steward Sons do not try to make out that they are anything other than a bit of good old-fashioned fun and they take having fun very seriously"
Alan Ewart - Louder Than War (Review) 

"It wasn't just the laugh out loud moments, of which there were many, but the sheer energy of the show and the stagecraft which made it a delight. Whatever your music tastes, make sure you check out The Bar-Steward Sons. There is not a chance you'll be disappointed"
Warrington Guardian (Review)

"Their lyrics are cleverly a humorous look at everyday frustrations and irritations, beautifully observed and then set to music, so well played, that each supports the other, to deliver a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts."

Simon Thomas - (Review)



Bookings: c/o High Five Music
Contact: Scott Doonican      
via e-mail:      
Barnsley, South Yorkshire 
Formed: 2006
Genre: Comedy/Parody/Folk  
Moon-On-A-Stick Records
Scott Doonican:
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Banjulele, Omnichord, Kazoo
Alan Doonican:
Vocals, Piano Accordion, Keyboards, Keytar, Ukulele
Rt. Rev. J.R. Doonican III
Vocals, Fiddle, 5 string Banjo, Mandolin 
Mo-Jo Doonican
Vocals, Mandolin, Kick-Drum,   5-string Banjo
Dave Doonican
Vocals, Bass Guitar

Founded in Barnsley Rock City in 2006 by their outspoken and energetic ringleader, Scott Doonican, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Far from being your typical folk ensemble, this cult-like collective of like-minded knit-wear enthusiasts are determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive. Scott and his brothers-from-other-mothers, Alan, J.R., Mo-Jo and Dave, have quite the talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new satirical comedy lyrics, on folk instruments, and to complete their outrageously understated image, the Doonicans have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of sexy knitwear, and instantly memorable for their lairy, no-holds-barred, anarchic live shows.

A group that is both perpetually on the move, ever-evolving and joyously independent, they have played over 1300 side-splitting shows to date, and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glastonbury to Glasgow. They continue to wow audiences with a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of “Jump Ararnd”, “The Lady In Greggs”, "How Deep Is Your Glove?", "Paint 'em Back", "Goat Yoga", and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.


Glastonbury Festival
Avalon Main Stage (2019)  
Avalon Cafe Stage Headliners (2019)
Avalon Main Stage (2024)

Fairport's Cropredy Convention 
(2018, 2022)

Cambridge Folk Festival
Club Stage Headliners (2019)

Shrewsbury Folk Festival (2023)

Beautiful Days, Devon
(2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Bearded Theory, Derbyshire
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Underneath The Stars, S Yorkshire (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Watchet Live, Somerset Main Stage & Udder Stage (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

Warwick Folk Festival, Warwickshire
Main Stage headliners (2019)

Wickham Festival, Hampshire
(2019, 2021, 2022)

Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire
Big Club Stage Headliners (2019)

Rebellion Punk Festival, Lancashire
(2017, 2018)
Wychwood Festival, Gloucestershire
Main Stage (2018)

Splendour Festival, Nottinghamshire

Camper Calling (2021)

Farmer Phil's, Shropshire
Main Stage (2015, 2016, 2017)

Acoustic Festival Of Britain, Derbyshire

(2014, 2017)

Ely Folk Festival (2023)

Beatherder Festival, Lancashire
Main Stage (2010, 2011)

Whitby Steampunk Festival, North Yorkshire (2022)

Godney Gathering, Somerset
(2017, 2018)
Live In Barnsley, S Yorkshire
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Deerstock, Nottinghamshire
(2014, 2015, 2016)

Something To Smile About, South Yorkshire
Main Stage (2016, 2017)

S.E. A Bit North, Cheshire
(2014, 2015)

S.E. In The Dean, Gloucestershire

S.E. In The Dunny, Oxon.

Whitwell Festival Of Music, Notts.
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021)

Chickenstock, Kent

1771 Festival, Derbyshire 

Lindisfarne Festival, Northumberland (2021)

Harefest, North Yorkshire
(2013, 2014, 2015)

Holmfirth Folk Festival, W Yorkshire
(2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Sheffield Tramlines, S Yorkshire
Willowman Festival, N Yorkshire

Dronfest, Derbyshire
Bostin' Days, Wolverhampton
(2016, 2018)

Grassington Festival, N Yorkshire

Rockstock & Barrel, Derbyshire
(2015, 2016)
Wistful Festival, Derbyshire
Volkspower Festival, Redcar, N Yorkshire
Hymerfest, Somerset
(2017, 2019)
Asparafest, Worcestershire

Macstock, Nottinghamshire
Dubs In The Dales Festival, N. Yorks. 
Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire
Audlem Festival of Music
(2012, 2013, 2017, 2019)
Wentworth Music Festival
Fuse Festival, Staffordshire
(2017, 2018)
Roystonbury Festival, Leicestershire
Off The Tracks Festival, Donington
(2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2024)

Musicport, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Ludlow Spring Festival (2024)

Watchet Carnival (2024)

Folk By The Coast Festival (2024)

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican have toured with, supported, shared stage with or collaborated with the following notable acts...

The Levellers
Fairport Convention
The Darkness
Frank Turner
The Flaming Lips

The Gipsy Kings
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Chas & Dave
Richard Thompson
John Otway
Richard Digance
The Wurzels
Mike Harding
The Blockheads
Afrocelt Soundsystem
Roy Wood
3 Daft Monkeys
Maartin Allcock (Fairport Convention)
Graham Oliver (Saxon)
The Wildhearts
Tony Wright (Terrorvision)
Chris Difford (Squeeze)
Boo Hewerdine
Simon Friend (Levellers)
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 
Carter USM
Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez)
Will Varley
Mark Chadwick (Levellers)
Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets)
The Urban Voodoo Machine
The Sweet
The Danse Society
Gaz Brookfield
Dan Donnelly & Jon Sevink 
Heaven 17
Merry Hell
Tony Christie
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Sound Of The Sirens
Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson
Jon Gomm
Reverend & The Makers
The Go Team!
Hugh Whitaker (The Housemartins)
Peter Donegan
Dave Burland
Dub Pistols
Ruts DC
Steve Knightley (Show of Hands)
The Bay City Rollers
... and even Dick & Dom!


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