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Just some of the rave reviews and letters of appreciation for Carouse – Irish Wedding Bands

To Hugh and the gang…… Thank you so much for lifting the party even higher on our special day. The comments from all the guest were all so positive, you absolutely smashed it, I can see a few more bookings come your way for future events…. Absolutely brilliant.
Jason & Katie

Highly recommended The Carouse, we had them for our Wedding Band and they were absolutely amazing! Our guests didn’t leave the dance floor all night! The range of music played suited everyone of all ages! Hugh was very helpful when booking and the band even learned our first dance song especially. We were thrilled with our decision, could not be happier! Thank you again!

Marylouise & Peter Guy

Now that the dust has settled and I have returned to my home in Cheltenham, I just want to say a big thank you fellas, for providing an outstanding performance at Caroline & Steve’s Wedding reception at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort.

You really did sense the mood of the crowd absolutely spot on and the way you moved from one music style to another was very impressive. The dance floor was crowded all night and it was great. At one stage, as well as the priest, you had my 88 year old mother in law and 90 year old Auntie, dancing along with all the youngsters ! – it was an amazing sight to witness !.

I couldn’t have booked a better band for this very special occasion than you guys and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to any friends or family in the future.

Good luck for the future guys and once again thanks for a fantastic nights entertainment.

All the Best


Just to say a huge thank from us for Saturday. You’s were excellent. Great feedback from crowd, think you will definitely have future customers from some of our family and friends. Ye will just brilliant.

Paddy and Jenna

“Thanks a million to yourself and the lads for a fantastic night on Saturday. People were talking about how it was a great day and ye were the best band they heard in a long time! Myself & Willie are your number 1 fans and are looking forward to hear you again”

Claire & Willie

You guys though made the day. You were absolutely fantastic and everyone is still talking about “The Band” 
Honestly Hugh, I cannot put into words how happy we are with you and the guys. If anyone ever needs a reference don’t hesitate to send them our direction. 

Again a massive thank you.

Patrick Butterly 

“Where do I even start with this message? David and I cannot thank you all enough for playing on our special day. Ye were absolutely amazing. From start to finish I didn’t want to leave the dance floor.  What a bunch of talented musicians! Everyone has been asking about ye!

Some Of The comments back were:

“best band I’ve ever heard”

“I forgot where I was, I was standing of my chair thinking I was at their concert”

“then when they started playing prodigy I was like oh my god are ye listening to this!!!!!”

It goes on and on….we cannot thank ye enough ye really made the day for us. And I know I picked a tough first dance and ye nailed it and that high note… Wow! Thank you thank you thank you! Can’t wait to go and see ye play again!

Megan & David

I hope you are well.

I just wanted to send you a (very belated!) email to say thank you for playing at our wedding back on 7th May at Tullyveery (we literally just got back to Singapore yesterday!)

We could not have asked for a better band and were really happy with the music you chose and the quality of your playing/singing generally. Our friends and family all kept saying how brilliant you were and it was just great for us to be able to relax and have a good time with everyone, with the music being so good. 

It was really difficult choosing a band from overseas and getting someone to understand our music taste but you really nailed it.

We both felt bad as the evening just ran away with itself and we didn’t really get to spend time with you or properly thank you afterwards! I hope you managed to get some food and a couple of drinks!

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again and would have no hesitation recommending you guys – you really were excellent.

Sophie & Martijn x

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the show you guys put on for us!! I’ve never heard so many compliments on a wedding band before! The dance floor was like a mosh pit at one stage and it was the best craic!! Thanks again and especially for the encore at the end!!(twice!!!)

Thanks a million lads,
Rach & Luke.

I’m so sorry we haven’t had a chance to thank you until now. We were travelling the US for a few months before we came back to Ireland for good.

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing music on our wedding day. It was perfect, from start to finish.
The church music was effortless and ye were brilliant to deal with. Last minute questions or worries were instantly answered and I felt so relaxed knowing how professional the band was. Everyone commented on how great ye were from the vocals, instrumentals and choice of songs. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

The evening music was outstanding and could always judge the crowd and made sure the dance floor was full all night. I honestly can’t thank ye enough, not alone are ye brilliant musicians but also such gentlemen. Nothing was a panic and everything was done with such ease. 

I would highly recommend Carouse and am delighted that ye were part of our wedding day and I wish ye nothing but success for the future.

Kind Regards,
Lorna and Jamie


I know it’s been a while now since the wedding, but just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself and the lads. We had an unbelievable day and evening and so much of that is down to Carouse. The whole evening was exactly what we wished for. Our guests up dancing from start to end, smiling for the whole night through. We’ve great memories, so thank you for that.

Cheers again and the very best of luck to you and the guys

Philip and Leslie


Just a quick note to say that we loved having you all as our wedding band.
The floor was never empty and the selection of music worked great for all ages and tastes.
During the whole booking and selection process you were extremely helpful and patient! Your cover of Goo Goo Dolls ‘Iris’ for our first dance will be a moment for us to remember forever. Family and friends raved about you and we highly recommend you for any occasion!

Thanks again

Jen & Matt

Liam and I have just returned from our honeymoon in Ireland and I thought that I would send you an e-mail to thoroughly thank you and the band for such a wonderful evening on the 16th. The first song couldn’t have been more amazing and from then on it just got better. We loved the range of songs that you played as well. I have had lots of people from the wedding say how fantastic you all were and you could see everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance floor! Thank you soo much for making our wedding as much fun as it was.
Hope you’re all well.
Beth and Liam x

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the band for the amazing job you did at our wedding in the Step House a few weeks back.

The reaction you got was unbelievable and with so many guests there from England, Scotland and Wales, you really gave them an Irish wedding to remember!

Our friends in London are still talking about it (and they are trendy, hard to please types), while only yesterday one of my local friends asked for your name to pass on to someone. Even my mother didn’t say her usual ‘They’d deafen you’. Praise indeed!

Tony and I really did have the best day ever, as clichéd as it sounds, and it made a massive difference to have a band that not only had the dance floor full, but literally had it jumping all night! I think you astounded everyone by throwing the Prodigy in there and I will never forget the sight of seeing my aforementioned mother throwing shapes to Smells Like Teen Spirit. Unfortunately the best man did injure himself slightly while break dancing but considering we also had moon walking, moshing and the wildest Siege of Ennis ever, I don’t think we did too bad!

Once again, thank you so much. You were way better than we could ever have imagined and helped turn our wedding into one hell of a party. If only we could do it all over again!

I would like to thank you sincerely for the music you played at my daughter’s wedding in Springfort Hall last Saturday 19th July. I am a musician myself as were a significant proportion of the guests. Everyone has agreed that your music is of a different level to that ever heard at a wedding. Ye were exceptional
Kayren Hayes

Hi lads, I just wanted to say thanks so much for playing at our wedding on Saturday nite! Ye were amazing…everyone was mad about ye! We’re dyin to see the video, just to hear ye again!
Thanks so much!
Aoife + John (Murphy!!)

Just a quick note to say thanks a million to you and the lads for doing such a brilliant job last Sunday. We had such a brilliant time, and it was great to see the dancefloor full through the whole set. It totally made the night, and we’ve had loads of people telling us they thought you were exceptional, and asking who you were. Fingers crossed you’ll get a few phone calls down the line!
We had an absolute ball, so thanks again – and happy New Year!

Just a quick note to say thanks a million for performing at our wedding in Mount Druid Nov last.
Ye guys were just amazing. The music selection was super and we had an absolute ball, hardly leaving the dance floor once.Thanks!
We both have had so many people asking for you details, which if course we have done!
Ye’re brill.
Niamh & Pete

Again thanks to all the guys of Carouse Band, ye truly rocked Faithlegg and gave us a night we’ll never forget. From Pearl Jams first dance right up to the bitter end ye were just brilliant which was clearly evident by the packed dance floor. Friend of ours are still commenting as to how good the band was on the night : )

So once again a massive thanks from us both and we only hope we get to see ye perform again sometime. Ye were a great find.

Claire & Ronan

Just thought I’d send a quick note that say how much we enjoyed your set at our wedding.

It was just great!
Everyone is raving about you all and I have had texts and emails about the band’s name so hopefully you’ll get some business from it.
I danced all night (especially to Proud Mary!).
You’re all brilliant at what you do and I’m so happy with how the night went.
Thanks a gazillion!!!!!!
Kate & Conor.

You guys went down like a house on fire on Friday, everyone thought you were magic. I gave your card to a few interested parties and am sure you’ll get a few calls.
Thanks again, you’re a seriously talented bunch and made the night for us.

Cathal and Val

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most amazing night last night! Your band were INCREDIBLE and really got the crowd going with the fiddle and banjo!

Everyone complimented them! The guys should of had their name plastered all over their equipment because there were a few brides to be there who enquired about them but didnt know their name!

We really really appreciate the nights work and we had total craic!! “a day like this” was AMAZING as our first dance..please pass on our best regards to all the boys and we will big ye up online!


Hi Brendan
Just a quick email to thank you and the band so very much for everything – the band were absolutely fantastic on Saturday night, everyone was raving about them !. Everyone was sorry to see them finally pack up! We had the most wonderful day and night and I couldn’t recommend Carouse enough. My only regret is that I couldn’t listen to or dance more to them.

I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Carouse – for the quality of entertainment, professionalism and also personally Brendan, you have been really great to deal with.

Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to all the guys and best of luck to you all in the future.
Maria and Darren

Hi Brendan,
Just a quick word from Andrew and I to thank you so much for the great job you did playing at our wedding in December. We loved the music right through the day and you really made a great day even better for us both. We are still getting compliments from guests about the music and lots of people have told us that you are the best band they have ever heard at a wedding. Thanks again for adding to our special day, and hopefully we’ll get the chance to hear you play again sometime soon.

Best of luck,
Eimear and Andrew Dec 2011

Hi Brendan,
Just want to say thanks again. You all played a stormer! Every aspect of what you did was brilliant, the music for every part of our day fitting in perfectly! All of our guests could not get over how great you were, we were over the moon that we chose you!!

So thanks again,
Married life going well so far, the first month and a half has been all we’ve dreamed of!
Jenny and Conor

I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for the wonderful performance you gave at my wedding at Waterford Castle. It was a small group, with a good amount of non-dancers and you and the boys were able to get even the most reluctant dancers on the floor. People were talking about your performance for days after. Many of the guests came up to me later and asked who the band was and do they have a CD. If only we could import you boys to the states!!

Matt and I were so happy with Carouse – you were everything I wanted and it was a pleasure to work with you. I took a chance and left most of the details to you and you came up with a fabulous playset that fit the bill perfectly. It’s not easy to plan a wedding from abroad but you helped make it easy, so thank you for that. Keep us posted if any of you come out with a CD in the future!
Joanie (Frantz) Ebmeier

Dear Brendan,
Sorry its a bit late but we are only starting to settle down again after everything. Myself and Barry would just like to say a huge thank you to you and all the lads, you were excellent and we had a brilliant night. Since the day everyone has been singing your praises and asking who ye are. Thanks again for everything.
Mary & Barry.

Brendan ,
Sandra and Paddy here . We are only coming back to reality after the high of Friday and on our way to the airport . A text will not do justice to just how delighted we were with the performance ye gave us Friday night . Guests comments include superb , fantastic and outstanding . Our friends loved ye we thought ye made our wedding ! Thanks so much x .
Sandra & Paddy

Hi Brendan
We have returned home still reliving in the great night we had at the wedding, and we wanted to say that the night was truly made by Carouse, you are all true professionals and we cannot believe again from that opening song Galway girl how good you were and the looks on all the faces when we looked at each-other and thought ….and said…..THESE BOYS ARE GREAT!

You have not heard the last from us as we have to sit down and write a great letter of appreciation, but as we are home here in Canada and it been over a week we just wanted to let you know that you are true musicians…… and even put up with us taking the mic! which I am sure people have died over less he he! well thanks again best of luck to you all boys!

Top Men!

Martina & Steve Huggins

Brendan & the very talented Carouse!
A belated & sincere thankyou for playing for our wedding in Kerry. We had a wonderful day, your music is exceptional and recieved lots of compliments. we hope you like the photographs.

Kindest regards
Siobhan & Ian

Hi Brendan
Just like to say a massive thank you and the band for an incredible night. Carouse topped off what was an amazing wedding day at Borris House. We were was completely blown away by the sound quality and the energy of the band, keeping our guest constantly on the dance floor for 3 hours solid, was an impressive feet! . I would also like to thank you for your patience since our speeches went on slightly longer than expected and you still managed to fit in our request of “You can call me Al” by Paul Simon. I would highly recommend you to anyone considering hiring you for a potential wedding/function. You were an awesome crack

Many thanks
Alex & Ciara

Hi Brendan
We just wanted to say thank you so much for doing an amazing job at our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a better band at the church or reception and our guests were gob smacked by your performance. Thanks again for contributing enormously to the best day we’ve ever had 🙂
(sorry for the cliche but it’s true!)

We’re back in NZ now and straight into work. Can’t believe the wedding was a month ago!

Anyway all the best to you and the rest of the band.

Thanks again,
Lesley and Steve

…it takes a very special band to get us shy and modest yanks up and dancing and you guy are it!

Many thanks,
From your fans at Joanie’s wedding
Waterford Castle

Hi Brendan,
A very big thank you to you and the rest of the band for making my husband’s 40th a very memorable night. The music was fantastic evidenced by a full dance floor for 2 hours. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody looking for a really brilliant band.

Thanks again and I really hope to see you all again soon,

To Whom it May Concern
Ballinacurra House Kinsale is a premium venue where we only try to source the best of everything for our clients.
We have been using Carouse to play numerous events for us including Weddings and Corporate Gigs.

We continue to rebook them. We have to make the additional effort of bringing them down from Waterford to Kinsale, due to the high quality of their musicianship, professionalism and presentation. This is despite being able to source good local Cork musicians and it demonstrates the level at which they play at.
Des McGahan

We got married the 19th of July and Carous played. We went for the full package which included the church music, acoustic set before the meal, the whole band played at the reception and they also did the disco.

I found Carouse very professional to deal with and they always accommodated all my requests. I felt that the package I went for was very reasonable considering they played great music for the whole day.

Music was very important for us on the wedding day and Carouse exceeded all our expectations

The church music was very beautiful

The dance floor was full all night and many guess commented on all the music from the church all the way through to the disco because carouse provided all the music and music flowed all day. Carouse play a wide range of music as you will see from the play list. Music is such an important part of the wedding day and Carouse made our day so special.

Since I got married I have been recommending Carouse to anyone who needs music for a party. They are a fanastic band who are reliable, professional and so nice to deal with and they created great music that made our wedding day the best day of our life’s.

Thanks Carouse


Hi Brendan
Just wanted to say a very, very, very big THANKS to yourself and the lads. Everything was pitch perfect and I don’t just mean the playing alone, which was astonishingly excellent, but even the atmosphere generated by having such a good bunch of lads hangin’ around the place. It was a genuine joy to have you all there for the day.
Johhny & Maria

Just a quick message to you and Hugh to thank you for the beautiful music which helped to make our wedding ceremony so special to us.
We received compliments from so many guests (including lots of music snobs!) who raved about how lovely your music was. We’ve also been asked about all the songs, so it would be great if you could remind

Walking down the aisle was an incredible experience anyway but hearing one my favourite songs performed so beautifully made it even
more memorable.

Thanks again,
Catriona + Marc

“Weddings at Home is Ireland’s longest established All-inclusive Supplier of Nationwide Marquee Wedding Packages. We encounter almost 100 Wedding Bands each year, Carouse Music under the direction of Brendan Doherty is a refreshing, entertaining and professional single source for all musical requirements for a successful Wedding. All musical requirements for Irish Wedding Bands for the day to include Church/Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Wedding Band, Professional Disco and combined with professional sound technicians insure that all sound checks are completed before guest arrival, providing a seamless flow to a perfect Wedding Day – excellence assured.”
Director, Weddings at home (Flor@weddingsathome.ie)

I am going to give you the truth here now – very very professional show out of all the lads including you. Great set , great involvement with the crowd , no complains all around!! Everybody on the day said the exact same.
See you at my best friends Richies wedding in 2 weeks time and ye can do it all again for him!!. See you then !
Liam And Inga

Just a word of thanks to you for the music you played at our wedding.
Our guests loved the music, the real drums were a huge hit. Everyone who wanted to talk could talk and still enjoy the music, and you kept tthe floor full.

A special word of thanks for playing Metallica’s ‘Nothing else matters’ so well . Even non – Metallica fans loved it. Very impressed. You are pure gentlemen to deal with.

Best wishes,
John and Louise Meany.

On behalf of the Waterford Hunt Ball Committee and everyone who was at the ball I would like to thank you for putting on such a professional show, the night was a great success thanks mainly to the dance floor being full throughout the whole night. The music was excellent I would have no hesitation in recommending this band for any corporate or hunt ball function.

Kind regards
Niall Halley

I have now enjoyed two live shows by Carouse: at my wedding party in Dublin and my friend’s wedding reception in Cork. They put on an incredible show! From the first few bars of guitars, fiddles and drums swinging and humming joyously, the dance floor was packed. The musicians are marvellous, the performances full of energy and the craic mighty. Carouse do trad, 60’s beat pop, blues rock, and the rest if you like. A brilliant band for any occasion, but especially if you want to celebrate!
Cormac Brady – Donabate, Dublin


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