Wedding Music This Weekend
This weekend, we took The Best Men Wedding Band’s talents are all over the country, starting with weddings in Killarney and the Malton Hotel, an afternoon function at the sumptuous Four Seasons in Ballsbridge, Dublin, after-dinner entertainment at the Middleton Park House in Westmeath, evening reception at Leixlip Manor in Kildare and late night party music at the Woodlands Hotel in Adare, Limerick. Then back to Co. Meath for some sleep – phew!
The co-ordinator at the The Malton Hotel told us that the hotel is their own TARDIS, in that it’s bigger inside than you would think. He’s not wrong, it’s massive; like walking around the Millenium Dome in London – which we happened to do last Monday to see Peter Gabriel. It was quite a large wedding and a great treat to perform there. ‘We have big weddings in Kerry’, he told us – this year, they had a part of 600 attending one wedding!
On the way to The Four Seasons, we were caught in the grip of some serious gridlock on the roads, as there were two shows in the RDS and Australia vs. Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Being (dare I say) veterans at this stage, we were still on time, because we always leave early for shows. You always have to include what I call ‘flat tyre time’ – after all, you can’t be late for a wedding, even if you’re unlucky enough to get a flat tyre on the way (in the rain at night, which of course, has happened many times)!
The Leixlip Manor was the venue of our first ever wedding gig, oh so many years ago! I’d say we’ve been back there 30 times since. That first wedding we ever played – wow, were we nervous! It actually took a few years of playing wedding music to get over the nerves!
On saxophone this weekend, we had Michael Buckley and Rob Geraghty, brilliant players both. The addition of brass adds so much to the band line-up; you have actual parts, say for example, the ‘You Can Call Me Al’ riff and then you have superb soloing too.
Brilliant crowds all weekend, thank you all for the wonderful responses!
I took this next photo on the way home on Sunday night… the blob in the middle of the picture is the moon. It was rising just above the horizon, directly above the vanishing point of the road ahead. Sort of like I was driving to the moon.