We haven't gone anywhere!
We've been very busy outside of wedding-related work these past few months. We are still playing together and still available for future weddings, so don't hesitate to contact us via the Contact page! We haven't been posting much on social media, but we have continued to update our Testimonials so you can read reviews from couples we dealt with recently.
Tahilla Church and Parknasilla Resort
Just before Christmas we joined forces with soprano Anna Forsyth to perform for Sean and Michelina's wedding in St. Patrick's Church, Tahilla, Co. Kerry.
They picked a mix of music from Anna's repertoire and our own, making for a very interesting ceremony! Here's the music we performed:
Processional: O mio babbino caro
Cande lighting: Lascia Ch'io Pianga
Responsorial Psalm: Mo Ghrá Thú
Alleluia: Seinn alleluia
Offertory: Ave Maria (Schubert)
Sign of Peace: Gabriel’s Oboe
Communion: 1. Oh Holy Night 2. Little Drummer Boy
Signing of the Register: 1. Smoke gets in your eyes (Kern) 2. Someone to watch over me (Gershwin)
Recessional: Quando men vo (Puccini)
Anna was absolutely fantastic to work with, and we would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a soprano for their wedding.
We joined the guests at Parknasilla Resort for the drinks reception, and we bumped into a former client of ours, whose wedding we played at in 2014, who was a guest at this wedding! There was mulled wine, tea, coffee, fish, chips and other yummy things, and I was too busy playing and eating to take any photos of the lovely surroundings at the hotel. We had a great time and thankfully the storms didn't affect anyone's journey.
Thank you so much for having us and all the best for 2016!
Ballinacurra House, Kinsale
We were still digesting our turkey when we were back to work on the 27th December for Fiona and Ger's wedding in Ballinacurra House, Kinsale. Their ceremony was celebrated by Rev. Michael Burke from the Order of the Marian Apostles, and here's the music we played:
Entrance: Jaws for a few seconds and Theme Tune to Game of Thrones
Lighting of the individual candle -Air on a G String
Music between Sermon and Ring Warming Secret Wedding
Lighting of the marriage candle - The Winner Is
Signing of the Register: Don't Stop Believing
Exit: All You Need Is Love
The ceremony room looked stunning, having only seen it as a dancefloor at a previous wedding I couldn't believe the transformation, it was beautiful. For the drinks reception we played a mix of Christmas, classical and modern songs, and they received so many compliments about the music over breakfast that they sent us a message the very next day, we're chuffed! Thank you for having us and congratulations!
Kinsale Church and Actons Hotel
Elaine and Alan were married in St. John The Baptist Church, Kinsale over Christmas, and here is their ceremony music:
Entrance: Wagner Bridal Chorus
Lighting of the candles: Yiruma River flows in you
Responsorial Psalm: Clouds Veil (instrumental)
Alleluia: Seinn Alleluia (instrumental)
Offertory: Inis Oirr
Sign of Peace: Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Communion: 1. Ave Verum Corpus 2. Oh Holy Night
Register: 1. The Prayer 2. All You Need is Love
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun
We played for their drinks reception in Actons Hotel Kinsale, performing a mix of pop and Christmas music as well as some classical music, and even took some requests! Elaine was so chilled out, coming up to us and having a laugh in the middle of her drinks reception, no sign of a stressed bride that day! The food was fantastic too with delicious chowder and soup with brown bread, and a gorgeous sweet table with penny sweets and Ferrero Rocher, yummy! Can't imagine sitting down to a big dinner after all that, heehee!
Their wedding was originially booked for The Steakhouse restaurant, which caught fire in August! Luckily Actons were able to accommodate the wedding, the place looked gorgeous and everyone enjoyed it, and thankfully the Steakhouse is reopen and there were no serious injuries or anything, but still, imagine the stress for everyone involved! The Steakhouse is a fantastic restaurant that deserves our support so pop on over to their Facebook page and give them a like, and visit them next time you're in Kinsale, you won't be disappointed
Once again, Congratulations E&A and thanks for having us!!
Sacred Heart Church, Cobh, Co. Cork
July was busy for us, starting off with the wedding of Caroline and Peter at the Sacred Heart Church in Norwood, Cobh. Their friend Pa sang with us for the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation and was super professional, showing up just to run things once and was totally on the ball. He wasn't the only talented guest at the wedding, Caroline's sister who was also a bridesmaid sang Songbird after Communion. Of course as she was bridesmaid, we had no rehearsal and she just stood up at the top of the church and we started away having never heard her sing. She was absolutely amazing and had half the guests in tears, what a lovely treat for her sister's wedding!
We received a lovely message of thanks from the newlyweds which you can read on our Testimonials page.
Here's the full list of music from the church:
Entrance: Bridesmaids: Pachelbel's Canon, Bride: Gabriel's Oboe
Lighting of the Separate Candles: Bach - Air
Psalm: Eagles Wings with Pa
Alleluia: Seinn Alleluia with Pa
Lighting of the Marriage Candle: Bach - Air
Offertory: Bach Arioso
Sign of Peace: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Communion: 1. The Prayer 2. Songbird with Caroline's sister
Signing of the Register (2 pieces): 1. A Thousand Years 2. Marino Waltz
Recessional (Exit): Zadok The Priest
Humanist Ceremony in Waterford Castle
We took a trip out East to Waterford Castle for the wedding of Emily and Paul. They were married in a Humanist ceremony, by the celebrant Siobhan Walls. She is based in Dublin, and was absolutely fantastic, we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a humanist celebrant, although she's probably booked well into 2017...
They incorporated a sand ceremony, taking two bottles of sand of different colours, and pouring them into a new container together, forming a unique design that is impossible to separate. It's highly symbolic, and also something different to lighting candles, where you have something you can keep forever after the ceremony is over!
Here is the music we played for the ceremony=
Entrance: All You Need Is Love
During the Sand Ceremony: How Long Will I Love You
Signing of Register: Nothing Else Matters
Recessional: It Must Be Love
The brief for the drinks reception was "the madder the better", so we played all our AC/DC, Guns 'n' Roses, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, everything we could find that wasn't pop or classical! We had a great time and got loads of compliments from guests who admired the selection of music that was a bit different from what they'd normally hear. Thank you for having us and congratulations!!
Civil Ceremony in the Carlton Hotel, Kinsale
After our trip to Waterford we played much closer to home for Claire and Darren's wedding at the Carlton Hotel, Kinsale. They were married by Rena Noonan of the HSE, and their ceremony music followed a simple structure:
Entrance: Nothing Else Matters
Lighting of the Individual Candles: Inis Oirr
Lighting of Unity Candle: Air on the G String
Signing of the Register: Make You Feel My Love
After the ceremony we played outside on the terrace for a little while, until the rain came and forced us inside! The weather didn't affect the mood at all however, and we played away inside to a very lively bunch of guests who had a ball. Thank you Claire and Darren for having us and congratulations!
Mogeely Church, East Cork
When Dave contacted us about his wedding, he said we had a lot of music on our list that had small connections to memories with his bride, Aisling. Here is the list of very cool music they chose for their ceremony:
Lighting of the Separate Candles: One Day Like This
Psalm: Mo Ghrá Thú
Lighting of Marriage Candle: Married Life
Offertory: A Sky Full Of Stars
Sign of Peace: All You Need Is Love
Communion: 1. Home, 2. Starlight
Signing of the Register: 1. Paradise 2. Over The Rainbow
After the ceremony they headed to the beautiful Garryvoe Hotel for their wedding reception.
They sent us a glowing review which we have added to our Testimonials page, lucky us! It's always so nice when couples write back to us after the big day to thank us, it's something small but makes us very happy!
Drinks Reception in the Orangery at the Maryborough Hotel
As the music choice for a drinks reception is spontaneous, there isn't much to write about after a drinks reception when compared to a church ceremony. However, I had to share some photos of the gorgeous Orangery at the Maryborough, so here are a few snaps!
St. John the Baptist Church, Kinsale
Helen and Declan tied the knot at a very intimate wedding in Kinsale parish church. Between the guests, bride, groom, priest, sacristan, musicians and photographer there were still fewer than 20 people in the church. It was a very sweet ceremony and we had a proper chance to chat with the groom before the ceremony and with the couple together afterwards.
Here's the music we played for their ceremony:
Entrance: Bridesmaids: Make You Feel My Love, Bride: Can't Help Falling In Love
Lighting of the individual candles: Bach: Air on a G String
Psalm: On Eagles wings
Lighting of the Marriage Candle: Hornpipe in D
Offertory: Bach - Ave Maria
Sign of Peace: Largo from Winter
Communion: Eve, Apple of my eye, by Bell X1
Signing of the Register: One Day Like This
Recessional: Ain't Nobody
After the ceremony they went to the Man Friday Restaurant for their wedding meal. Kinsale is known for its abundance of high quality restaurants and the Man Friday is one of the loveliest! What a cool post-wedding celebration. It was so nice to be a part of something a little bit different, thanks to Declan and Helen for having us!
SMA Church Blackrock and Springfort Hall, Mallow
We'll keep it short today, here are a few photos from Rachel and Robert's wedding in Blackrock in Cork. Here's the music they chose for the ceremony:
Processional: The Promise - Tracy Chapman (with Rachel's friend Deirdre)
Lighting of the Individual Candles: Inis Oirr
Psalm: Mo Ghrá Thú
Lighting of the Marriage Candle: Hoppipolla
Offertory: Bach - Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1
Sign of Peace: Tabhair dom do Lámh
Communion: 1. Pie Jesu (with the bride's grandfather) 2. Make You Feel my Love
Signing of the Register: 1. Shostakovich Romance 2. Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings
Recessional: One Day Like This
After the ceremony we drove to Springfort Hall where we played outdoors for the drinks reception. They had cute bunting around the trees and a little gazebo for the drinks, lots of lovely touches! Everyone was milling about on the lawn in the sunshine, and photographer Rory O'Toole gathered them in front of the house and took a group shot from an upstairs balcony. He was so nice to deal with and we had a lovely chat with him over some yummy bar food, thanks Rachel and Rob and all the amazing staff at Springfort Hall for a great day! Congratulations R&R!
Glounthaune Church and Barnabrow House
On the last weekend in June, there was some glorious sunshine in Glounthane for Johnny and Laura's wedding. Their friend Katie joined us for twi pieces in the church. The bridesmaids had gorgeous satin pink dresses, they were so beautiful to match Laura's stunning dress! Here's the ceremony music:
Entrance: Kissing you Desree
Lighting of the Separate Candles: Inis Oirr
Responsorial Psalm Mo Ghra Thú with Katie
Alleluia Seinn Alleluia with Katie
Lighting of Marriage Candle: Inis Oirr
Offertory: Ag Críost an Siol
Communion: 1. Ave Maria (Caccini) 2. Panis Angelicus
Signing of the Register (2 pieces) 1. Better together 2. Somewhere only we know
Recessional: All you need is Love
After the ceremony we played outdoors for their drinks reception at Barnabrow House in Cloyne. It was super-chilled, everyone was very relaxed and we took a few requests from guests while Emily Doran kept the couple occupied taking photos in the gorgeous surroundings.
Kilshane House, Tipperary
Our last wedding this June was in Kilshane House in Tipperary. Nodlaigh and Andy had a humanist ceremony in the super cool conservatory with Bill Chase as their celebrant. The ceremony music was as follows:
Processional: Falling Slowly
Lighting of the Individual Candles: She Moved Through the Fair
Lighting of the Marriage Candle: She Moved Through the Fair
Signing of the Register: Clair de Lune
Recessional: Wouldn't It Be Nice?
We played outside the house for the drinks reception, the weather just about stayed dry until the moment we left, they were very lucky! We were really well looked after by all the staff, we were so grateful! Thank you for having us and Congratulations!!!!
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Lane and Anthony came all the way from America to tie the knot in a unique ceremony on the lawn outside Waterford Castle. The wind was crazy but it didn't stop them having a lovely ceremony! Here is the music that they chose:
Mother's Entrance: Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Anthony and his Groomsmen: Romantic flight from How To Train Your Dragon
Bridesmaids entrance: Come Thou Font of Every Blessing
Bride's entrance: Down by the Sally gardens
Exit: Theme Music from Indiana Jones
We played for the drinks reception while they had their photos taken in front of the fireplace, and included their favourites Fields Of Gold and Don't Stop Believing. Congratulations Lane and Anthony!
Honan Chapel, UCC
We found this gorgeous photo of them at the Maryborough House Hotel through their photographer McMahon Studios Facebook page. Congratulations Noreen and Michael on a beautiful wedding!
Humanist Ceremony in Inchydoney
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It was another meeting with Bill Chase for Sarah and Martin's humanist ceremony. They had a reading from Captain Corelli's Mandolin, read in German (as half the guests were German-speakers) with an English translation on their ceremony scroll.
They kept the music simple, and allowed us to do our own thing for the drinks reception, and came up to us for a lovely chat afterwards. Thanks guys, and congratulations!
Their ceremony music:
Entrance: Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love
Signing of Register: Coldplay - Paradise
Exit: Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Carlton Hotel Kinsale
On Holy Saturday Caitriona and Shane were wed at the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale, in an outdoor ceremony celebrated by Rev. Michael Burke of the order of Marion Apostles. Here is the music they chose for their ceremony:
Entrance: Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Lightning of Separate Candles: Bach - Air
Lightning of Unity Candles: Bach - Air
Sign of Peace: Inis Oirr
Signing of Register: Coldplay - Sky full of stars
Exit: Greatest Day - Take That
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Valentines in the Honan Chapel, UCC
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On Valentine's day we played for Jessica and Karl's beautiful ceremony in the Honan Chapel, University College Cork. While on honeymoon, Jessica sent us photos from her photographer, IG Studio Photography, aren't they stunning?!
Here is the selection of music they chose for the ceremony:
Entrance: Bridal Party - Canon in D Bride - Gabriel's Oboe
Lighting of the Separate Candles: Air on the G String
Psalm Clouds Veil
Alleluia Celtic Alleulia
Lighting of the Marriage Candle: Air on the G string
Offertory: Ave Maria Schubert
Sign of Peace: Danny Boy
Communion: 1. Flower Duet 2. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (which the Priest commented on after Communion, telling everyone that "that was a beautiful hymn, called Nothing Else Matters). 😃
Signing of the Register : 1. John Legend - All of Me 2. You’ve Got the Love - Florence and the machine
Recessional: Rule the World
Thank you for the photos and your lovely message of thanks afterwards, and congratulations to you both!
Charleville Park Hotel