Irish Wedding Music

The green hills of Ireland have always been fertile ground for producing world-class artists. Beckett, Yeats, Shaw, Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and Maeve Binchy are among the long list of legendary Irish writers. And Irish music is no different. The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Clannad, Christy Moore, U2, Mary Black, Sinead O’Connor.

Set the tone of your wedding immediately with traditional Uilleann pipes playing as guests arrive. Include one of the classic symbols of Ireland, the harp, in your ceremony. Or get the reception off to a rollicking start with an Irish band.

There are thousands of fantastic songs by popular Irish artists to include in both the wedding ceremony and reception. There are the crowd-pleasers like “The Black Velvet Band” and “Danny Boy” to romantic songs like “The Irish Wedding Song” and “Someone Like You.”

When using a disc jockey, couples can pick the song and artist they want played and in what order. Simply compile your music on CD or make selections from your DJ’s collection.

When deciding on a live band to play at your wedding reception, keep your ears open to one whose style most matches yours. Stop by local pubs to hear Irish bands that play in your area, and read newspaper reviews of performances. Many Irish bands that play wedding receptions advertise online.

Classical Irish performers, such as harpists and pipe players, may be harder to find. Contact organizers of your local St. Patrick’s Day parade for the names of pipe players and other traditional Irish musicians. Churches are a good place to start for locating harp players.

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