The Pastiche ceilidh band in action

Music for an Irish Wedding

One Saturday in July Pastiche Band were hired to play music for an Irish wedding.  The wedding was held at the rather excellent Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood, North London.

Pastiche Band are often hired to play a mix of ceilidh and party music. On this occasion no ceilidh was required. Many of the guests already know how to ceilidh dance, and didn’t need the help of our expert caller.

The band line-up was female vocal, guitar/vocal, keyboard, bass, drums and, of course, a fiddle player.

The first dance was a jazzy Unforgettable – a song made famous by Nat King Cole, – the newly weds danced together beautifully.

The couple had requested a mix of party songs and traditional Irish songs. The party songs included the likes of Amy Winehouse – Valerie and Rehab; Dean Martin – Sway and Mambo Italiano, Adele – Rolling in the Deep; Pharrell Williams – Happy and Get Lucky.

The Irish songs that were requested were:

The Fields of Athenry – a song by Pete St. John popular with a rugby crowd.

The Star of County Down

The Leaving of Liverpool

The Wild Rover

Whisky in the Jar

Black Velvet Band

The Irish Rover

Galway Girl – A song written by the US songwriter Steve Earle – a big hit in Ireland for Mundy.

Dirty Old Town

Spancil Hill

Foggy Dew

The Auld Triangle

Danny Boy

We also played a set of fiddle tunes – Mairi’s Wedding, I’ll Tell Me Ma, The Maids of Ardagh, The Siege of Ennis.

The Irish contingent sang and danced all night long. The band were impressed that many of the guests knew all of the words to the Irish songs – even the lengthy The Irish Rover with it’s six long verses.

The evening finished with a rousing and emotional Danny Boy and the party was over. A happy client makes a happy band.

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