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Wedding DJ and Saxaphone


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Everything is organised, the hard work is done and your wedding entertainment is all lined up. Now all you have to do now is sit back with a glass of prosecco, admire your work, and wait for the big day to arrive. While you’re sitt...


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The last thing you want before your big day is a broken heart. But if you choose the wrong wedding musicians or band for your wedding, that’s what you might be in for! This means you have to look beyond the...


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Choosing your first dance wedding song can be one of the trickiest choices of all. First of all, there are a lot of songs about love to choose from - it’s one of the biggest forms of inspiration.

Then there’s the question of opting for a song you think everyone will know and recognise, or ...


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Who should pay for our water has undoubtedly been one of the most hotly debated topics of our time. But for many musicians, it pales into insignificance in terms of the longevity, divisiveness, and fallings-out that have accompanied that exclusively music subject; Backing Tracks!

But are th...

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This week marks the 9th annual “National Fish & Chips” day by the Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association. As cover bands, we’ve a lot in common with our local chipper; we’ve both been an important part of society for a long time, we both work late hours, and we both need good personal interac...

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The set-up and sound check. Long the bane of brides and publicans alike, it has been known to drive even the staunchest non-smoker into the puffing area for a bit of peace. Between the noise, the mess, and the coming and goings of the band, setting up for a live gig can flatten the most upbeat of pa...

As entertainers we’ll be bringing plenty of festive cheer to pubs and parties across the country. That means throwing a few holiday songs into the set to get audiences in the mood. The much loved standards and classics, like “Fairytale of New York” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” will get many a rend...

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- Some guy: Will you play XYZ?
- You: No sorry, we don’t know that one.
- Some guy: Yeah you do. Go on, play it.
- You: Honestly, we don’t know it.
- Some guy: Of course you do, everyone knows it. What do you call them sings it, you know the band. ...

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As we know from W.B. Yeats, there’s nothing worse than unrequited love or a broken heart. With some cover bands likely to be playing to such an audience on the night, we’ve decided this year to suggest some anti-Valentine songs to include in your set. Here are 5 tear jerker (or blood boiling!) sugge...

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From Shanghai to Sydney, and LA to London, every year March 17th sees world-famous landmarks across the globe turned green in a nod to our little isle. It gives anyone with even a strand of Paddy DNA, a huge sense of pride because for just one day in the year it’s all about us!

Unless you’r...

5 Plec Alternatives

15/05/2018
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It shouldn’t happen but it does: arriving to the gig and discovering you’ve no plecs. Luckily there’s no need to panic because there are no shortage of readily available of alternatives. Here we look at the pros and cons of 5 readily available options:

1 - Credit Card: Probably the “...

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The Christmas season not only sees a spike in the number of gigs bands play, it also sees an increase in the quality of those gigs. Because audiences feel more relaxed and just want to have fun, they get to their feet or start singing earlier than at any other time of year, and they do so with a gus...

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Gaffer or Gaffa tape (not to be confused with Duct or Duck tape!) is that ultra strong, super adhesive tape that comes on a convenient roll. As every seasoned Live Band Musician and Roadie knows, this guardian angel of the live circuit should not only be the first thing into the gig bag, it should n...

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Sometimes pubs and other venues that play live music will ask you for a discount. It can be a great way to get your foot in the door, or help you fill your online calendar. However, you need to be careful that you’re not giving away money for nothing.

As musicians and entertainers, what we ...

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Should your cover band offer a discount to get pub and venue gigs? Absolutely!

Done properly, offering a discount is a great way of securing gigs long-term. If you’re unsure as to whether you should, here are five things to consider when thinking about it:

1 - You’re an Unknown:...

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Most cover bands and musicians will at one stage or another be asked to perform a charity gig. Although they range in size from large corporate events, to a fundraiser gig in the local bar, one thing is constant; Acts are often asked to play for free. This puts many bands and performers in an awkwar...

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Hey, wud der b any probs writin like dis if u wer applyin 4 a job? Would you address the person as “pal” or “dude” or “man”? Would you ignore common grammar, WRITE ALL IN CAPITALS, or avoid capitals all together? You might, but you’d be a long time waiting for a response, let alone an interview. So...

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“We used to get Y but now only get X. Pubs have gone to hell!”.

Social media watchers will be all too familiar with this sentiment, and some cover bands that rely on pub gigs for their income know that it’s all too true. Unfortunately however, this is a fact of life. Economics dicta...

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The days of pubs and brides booking a live band purely on their sales spiel is fast disappearing. Bookers have become much more discerning and want to know what they’re getting in advance. Video is a vital element of this, so if you’re serious about getting gigs, you need to be serious about having ...

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Do you remember your first few cover band gigs? You planned everything down to the most minute detail; the setlist was rehearsed and rewritten again and again, and you endlessly discussed how you’d get to the venue, what you’d wear, and who’d stand where. You did all of this planning because you wan...

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If you’re a cover band or live musician, promotional videos are essential. They give an allround feel for who you are and what you do, helping to build trust between you and potential bookers. The more interesting and engaging videos you publish, the more likely you are to get the right kind of gigs...

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If you’re a cover band or live musician, promotional videos are essential. They give an allround feel for who you are and what you do, helping to build trust between you and potential bookers. The more interesting and engaging videos you publish, the more likely you are to get the right kind of gigs...

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Over the Christmas season a lot more people than usual go out. And hosting Live Entertainment helps ensure that it's your door they come in. But with extra customers comes extra risks, especially when the Entertainment gets the party started!

That “Christmassy feeling”, a bigger crowd, a cr...

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Choosing the right Live Band used to be potluck. Unless you happened to see them play somewhere, all you had to go on was the Band’s word; the “We’ve been playing for years….We do every type of music….Ask such and such about us…” etc. It can be all very convincing, but without proof they are just em...

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Your customers are in for some real entertainment treats in your bar this month. You’ve booked several live bands, have a weekly quiz, and you’re showing tonnes of top class sport on the TV. You’ve put it all onto a Monthly What’s On Poster to spread the word, had a batch printed. Now you just need ...

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Even if you’re only doing a weekly quiz and showing the odd free to air sporting event on TV, a monthly “What’s On” poster is a must for your pub. However, a “What’s On” poster doesn’t have to be just about what’s on, it can help drum up business in other ways. As discussed in a previous blog, “5 Pl...

Any serious publican knows that Facebook is a must. But finding the time and having the creativity to keep it up to date isn’t always that straight forward. A good starting point is to have a format and a process. This is essentially a set of building blocks and plans that you follow. It makes creat...

TV Sports subscription channels don’t come cheap. In order to maximise your return it’s vital to get every last potential sale you can, by promoting what you have coming up. One of the most effective ways to advertise your TV Sport is via Facebook. However, coming up with what to write can be diffic...

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There are many reasons why publicans don’t bother with the whole advertising thing: it’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, and didn't they survived just fine up until now?! Even Facebook, that free and easy to use platform is a bridge too far because it’s just too much of a commitment. And as for po...


Live Band Performing Outdoors

Very little beats good quality bar entertainment and live music in a pub. The ability to sit back, drink in hand, and listen to or watch something incredible, is always one of life’s little pleasures, and the reason it is so good a...


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With just a handful of customers sipping their drinks and bar staff twiddling their thumbs, those recurring dead nights are a killer for pubs. So we’ve put 5 Bar Entertainment suggestions together to help you inject a bit of life into them. They’re all a bit of fun for your customers, can be run by ...

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When it comes to live music and bar entertainment, Bars and pubs generally expect Acts to bring their own P.A. system as they don’t have one in-house. However, they could be missing a trick.

There are many ways an in-house PA system can benefit your business, many of which you may not have ...

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Although we had a colder than usual start to the year, things have improved greatly over the last few weeks, with many more sunny days than rainy. It bodes well for a good summer! This means one thing for publicans and punters: lazy Sunday afternoons in a beer garden :-).

Actually, hopefull...

Music Bar Live Band Residency

A Live Band Residency - The Pros and Cons

Any seasoned publican knows that booking live music is time consuming and therefore costly. But they also know that having bar entertainment is important. Can hiring a band for a residency offer a time and money saving solution?

The answer ...


Lady with a hand of Aces

As a publican, you know there is no shortage of live pub bands wanting to grace your stage. But you also know that hiring the wrong act can cost you a lot more than just the agreed fee!

Think of the different bands you hired over the years; the ones who had forgotten something, or argued wi...


Cathal Dolan Facebook Page

If you’re a publican that spends money on Live Entertainment such as cover bands and musicians, you’ll know how important it is to your business. But are you really getting the most out it? Are you really giving your customers the ...


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A venue to book, invitations to send, dresses for viewing, - it's all going on in the busy mind of a bride-to-be! Something else that will surely be on your mind is your wedding entertainment; one of the ma...


Roll-up Pull-up Band Banners

For many wedding singers and bands in Ireland, weddings are one of their main sources of income, so it’s important they get those bookings. A way of doing so is by advertising themselves to any audiences they perform to - in your c...


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There is no shortage of Acts out there who will happily tell you that they are one of the best wedding bands in Ireland. They’ll tell you about the amazing places they’ve played, for whom, how often and how they are perfect for you big day. However, just like a politician at your door during elec...


Wedding DJ and Saxaphone

Here's the truth, people go to a wedding in Ireland for mainly two things; to show support and love for the couple, and for the wedding entertainment. However, much and all as you will be the center of attraction for the day, as the hostess (along with your fiancé), it is...


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What distinguishes an average wedding from a great wedding? The entertainment. As a couple, the onus is on you to ensure that all of your wedding entertainment is the right fit, for both you and your guests. From your walking down the aisle song, through to the last note played on day 2, you want...


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Since you were a little kid you have been dreaming about having the best wedding band in Ireland play your first dance song, as you and your partner glide lovingly around the most beautiful dancefloor. You’ve imagined the most perfect wedding music playing as walk up the ...


Wedding Aisle Outdoors

The moment you enter and walk through the church or venue will undoubtedly become one of your most precious memories. So, getting the perfect wedding entrance song or music can feel like a pretty big task. Luckily, we’re here to help with such importan...


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Your wedding day has no shortage of momentous and emotional moments. But few are as poignant and tear jerking as the Father and Daughter Dance. While his giving you away at the alter is beautiful and memorable, the moment can sometimes get lost in the enormity of the occasion and the resulting ne...


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The first dance is classed as the centrepiece of your big day. All eyes are on the newlyweds as you take your first dance as a married couple, to a song you have chosen above all others to be the key to this special moment. However...


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As a bride-to-be, you know exactly what your perfect day should look like. The dress, the food, the wedding music, everything. In an effort to ensure your day goes exactly as you picture it, it’s perfectly natural to want to determine every minute detail. But don’t.

Don’t try to plan every ...