Wedding Music

Apart from the, ahem, usual queries like 'Are any of you guys single?' and 'Where can I buy your beautiful CD?' (iTunes), below are a few other questions we're happy to answer regarding singing at your wedding.
Also - and this little bit is important - by making your deposit payment to us you indicate you have read these FAQs and agree to the terms in them.

"Can you please sing 'our' song? Do you take requests?"

Yes, we do! If the song isn't already in our repertoire, please give us at least six weeks' notice in order to learn and rehearse all our parts. If an arrangement of the song isn't available to order from the Barbershop Harmony Society, we're happy to write it ourselves for an additional fee. 
"How long do you sing for at the drinks reception?"

We will sing with gusto for one hour at your drinks reception, moving freely around the venue - room to room, inside/outside, having the craic with all your guests. We find it works well to sing as people first arrive; our jolly songs break the ice, make the transition from ceremony to drinks reception and get the party started. Once everyone is having happy chatty fun, we've succeeded in our role!

"We'd like to have some organ/keyboard music in our ceremony - can you do that?"

Absolutely; one of our guys doubles as an excellent keyboard player, so he can play the organ sometimes, sing other times. If the church/venue has no working organ and we have to bring a keyboard with us for some distance, that will involve a small extra fee, unfortunately.
Also: if you'd like to have us play the organ in the church, please check if there is a resident organist and discuss with your priest/celebrant.

"Do we need to hire/arrange a PA system for you?"

We have our own super-duper Bose PA system. We don't often use it as we prefer to move freely around the venue, but if it's needed we can bring it at no extra cost.

"What's the shtory with deposit/payment?"

For your peace of mind and ours, we ask for a deposit payment of around 20-25% of our fee. This confirms your date in our diaries.
After that we ask that you please ensure we receive the balance a minimum of one week before your wedding.
We accept payment in cash or by card (in person), bank transfer, PayPal, the barter of cattle for healthy sheep or goats etc.

"What happens if one of you is sick? Can you sing with just three guys?"

Sadly, we can't sing barbershop without all four of us; the harmonies would be incomplete. Our quartet can only function with all four members.
It sometimes happens that a singer suffers a very bad dose of cold or laryngitis and cannot sing at short notice. It's very rare for us - in fact it has only happened twice in ten years!!
Fortunately we have a couple of deputy singers who have learned our music and can stand in, but if they're not available then our group cannot perform. In this worst case scenario we would liaise with your venue and make every effort to find a good replacement act for you.

Please note we cannot ask a singer to sing with laryngitis or similar issue as this can cause lasting vocal damage. In terms of fees, we refund 50% of our fee in the event we cannot perform due to illness.

"We're interested; can we hear you somewhere, maybe meet you in rehearsal?"

Certainly, we'd love that! Any upcoming public concerts will be listed on our website and Facebook page. Regarding rehearsals, we usually meet somewhere in Dublin city centre on weekday mornings. You're most welcome to pop in, have a chat and we'll sing you a little demo.

If you need to cancel us:

In the unlikely event you need/would like to cancel our performance, our terms are as follows (which you agree to by paying your deposit):
7 days from the time we are booked to sing: 100% of fees payable.
30 days (as above): 50%
30+ days: deposit payment held.

"Thanks you so much for singing at our wedding, it was one of the highlights of our day and so many of our guests have come back to us to say how much they enjoyed your performance - you were really all amazing."
​Sabrina Lane and Dave Head, ​Balyna House, Co. Kildare, October 14th 2016

"Thanks again for making our day a true reflection of our personalities and for being such good sports with all of our guests! Our musical society friends are now some of your biggest fans. Everyone has told us how special the day felt and you guys were certainly a big part of that."
​Kate Sugrue and ​Paul McPhillips, Clonabreany House, Co. Meath, September 17th 2016

"Hi guys, just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for performing at our wedding reception recently. You were amazing and it was well worth bringing ye down to Cork. Our guests were super impressed and highly entertained, still taking about ye! Thanks so much for an amazing day!"
​Hollie Murray and Killian ​O'Mahony, Barnabrow House, Co. Cork, August 26th 2016

"Just a note to say thanks so much for the amazing singing at our wedding on Friday - all the guests loved it! ... Thanks for entertaining us in the woods when the rain came down too!"
Jayne and David Ahlstrom, Station House Hotel, Co. Meath, August 19th 2016

"Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day. You were a big hit with everyone, it was perfect!"
Kate and Kunaal Sarna​, Waterford Castle Hotel, July 16th 2016

"We have had SO much positive feedback from our guests – they absolutely loved you! ... We were really thrilled to have you sing for us ... thank you for adding a special highlight to our magical day"
Katherine and Christina Crampton, Radisson Blu Stillorgan, Dublin, June 7th 2016

"Thank you so much for making our ceremony so special for us ... Far beyond our expectations, you were incredible and our guests were so in awe at your performance! "Real Love" was definitely my favourite and I get emotional every time I think about it! We have had so many people enquire about where we 'found' you! We wanted something different from the usual wedding singers and I think you guys made our ceremony more memorable and special."
Marie O'Keeffe and Darragh O'Neill, Honan Chapel, UCC, Co. Cork, March 18th 2016

"...thank you guys for your performance at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception. 'Real Love' was unbelievable in four voices and you could have heard a pin drop during 'You Raise Me Up' ... Quite a few members of the congregation are past students of the Cork School of Music and they couldn't stop talking about you ... Booking you was one of the best decisions we made and couldn't have been happier with your performance ... we wish you every success in the future."
Amanda and Aaron Nolan, Sacred Heart Church and Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow, December 5th 2015

Hi to all 4 in a Bar, we wanted to thank you all so much for the fantastic music at both the church and reception in Galway. All of our friends and family really enjoyed the day but especially commented on the music. I love the harmony and energy you all shared with everyone in the church which added a fun element and got everyone warmed up for the day ahead.
Thank you all so much for adding to our day and making it so special."

Gemma & Raymond McDermott, Killarerin and Meyrick Hotel, Galway, October 3rd 2015

"Dear Eoin, Shane, Tristan and Paul, thank you so much for singing so beautifully at our wedding. I can't begin to tell you how special it was for Deirdre and I. You were absolutely the highlight of our day ... we have had wonderful feedback from our guests saying how much they enjoyed your singing both at the church service and reception"
Deirdre and Alastair Davis, Christ Church Bray and Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, September 24th 2015

"We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you guys for singing at our drinks party. Everyone loved it!"
Sarah and David Sparks, K Club, Co. Kildare, June 20th 2015

"...we would really like to express our sincere gratitude for the amazing performance on our wedding day... I have heard nothing but great feedback from all our guests and even the hotel staff. You guys were the talk of the the hotel the next morning, with everyone so impressed that you went around singing to individual groups, saying they had never seen anything like it... Your singing in the church was superb and sounds great in the videos... our priest says you were an absolute joy to listen to."
Aisling and John McAvoy, Carlow Cathedral and Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Co. Laois, June 6th 2015

"I think your voices sounded incredible in the setting of the Old Mill and everyone has been raving about you guys. Your arrangements were perfect and we couldn't have been happier with how it all went... Having you perform really made the ceremony and I'll never forget it."
Jen and James Crotty, The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath, May 15th 2015