Review by Michael Hardman on weddingsonline
5th Jan 2019
I honestly think that Blacktye are the best wedding band in Ireland! We went to a live showcase and loved their sound. They were incredibly flexible in learning our first dance song. The dance floor was packed all night long. Their performance at the drinks was perfect. Moreover, they were very exceptional value for the package we went for. I would 100% recommend having them play at your wedding.
Blacktye are more than a run-of-the mill wedding band. They are a real band that have such a good rapport with one another on stage it shines through and adds to the atmosphere. There is no awkwardness or cringeyness about them which we hsd found with other wedding bands that we went to see.They are so comfortable on stage I felt I had nothing to worry about. They were very entertaining all night long and their energy was infectious.They could read the crowd so well and played something for everybody from waltzes to raves! It was such a delight seeing my mother run to find her sister to waltz or jive to a particular song they might have loved as teenagers. She was so impressed and is still talking about it 3 weeks on. I feel like we were so lucky to have found them and would highly recommend Blacktye.
just wanted to say again thank you so much
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We booked Blacktye from Australia. We never got to see them perform live but we took a risk and my goodness did it pay off. Darragh was helpful all the way through and I felt very relaxed.
You are by far the best band I have ever seen. A group of seriously talented musicians who are flawless. The mix of male and female voices, and the unexpected rapping was a treat. You got everyone on the dance floor and knew exactly how to work the crowd. Our guests haven’t stopped talking about the band. You had amazing interaction with the crowd and were the icing on the cake! You truly made our day and we will forever be grateful.
We booked them for the drinks reception, band and DJ. Thank you for everything. You have been so easy to deal with from start to finish.
All our love
Levi and Paul
We will come to your gig when we are next home.
My husband and I were lucky enough to book Darragh and the gang for our big day last week. They were so great that we felt sad to leave the reception to have to go and get our photos done, was too busy enjoying the music! All of Blacktye are just so friendly and accommodating, almost wish I could do it all over again just to hear them play. Would 100% recommend to anyone, they are worth every penny! Thanks again xx
Blacktye for a great night you had everyone up on the floor dancing. All our guests commented that the music was brilliant and we definitely agree.
Claire and Stephen.
Hi Darragh and Blacktye
you are a bunch of legends. Thank you so much; you made our wedding reception such great craic. We loved all the music throughout the day, and lordie can you guys party!
Emma and Ewan
, I just wanted to send a message to say thank you so much for last Friday night in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We received so many compliments on the band - you were amazing, thank you. We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Keep up the good work.
Myself and Jeremiah just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job ye did at our wedding sat night in the Muckross Park! I don't think the dance floor wasn't full at any stage which is a credit to ye and so many people have been complimenting ye to us since so again thank you so much
a massive thank you from myself and Des you were absolutely amazing , so thank you all so very much , you made our wedding day x
I hope you and all the band our keeping well.
Dave and I just wanted to contact you to say a huge thank you for everything you did at the wedding.
The ceremony music was perfect and all of our friends are raving about how great you guys were on the night - it was exactly what we wanted!
Many thanks again,
Christina and Dave
Darragh, thank you and the band so so much for a great night last night! Everyone loved the music and I couldn't have been happier. Dance floor jammed all night!
Will definitely be recommending you guys.
Hi Darragh & band,
Just a note to say thanks a mil for providing the music all day on our wedding last Friday in Mount Juliet House.
From music during ceremony, reception, wedding & DJ the whole day was brilliant.
You had the dance floor full all night and all our Finnish & Irish friends loved it!
Feel free to use this as a testimonial if you like.
Jason & Nora
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks a million for last Thursday. Everyone was dancing all night and we got some many comments on how good the band were.
Thanks for everything.
We found it really difficult to choose a wedding band as it's so hard to tell how the showcase will translate on the night. But Blacktye were absolutely brilliant. For us, the big thing was that they were fun and energetic - it's really clear from the videos on their Facebook page that they know how to keep the dancefloor full all night. They really didn't disappoint and I would so highly recommend them if you are looking for an entertaining, fun band who are great musicians and know how to interact with the crowd. Darragh was so helpful to deal with on every aspect of things and always happy to answer questions or be flexible to whatever we needed. The band were super professional on the night and worked really hard. Our dinner ended earlier than expected so they probably played for a longer time than usual but managed to keep the floor full and the tempo up all night. The music at the drinks reception was really great too. All of our guests really enjoyed them - it was so much fun, they are so decent and hardworking, I would really recommend them for your big day.
All the best,
I just wanted to thank you for your amazing performance on our wedding day. We are still getting comments from our guests weeks later on how good you were.
You were a treat to deal with, nothing was too much trouble and you delivered an amazing show.
Except the dirty dancing bit, which drained every drop of blood from my body immediately. But i know everyone else really enjoyed it from the snapchat responses. I use the word "enjoy" ironically.
Hats off to all of your guys, well done and ill be sure to recommend you to anyone thats looking for a band in the future. If you ever need a backup dancer, make sure you don't come anywhere near me.
Hi Darragh and co !! Just want to thank you for an epic night in the Armada !! the place was rocking all night ! Special thanks for learning "A little respect" !! My own personal highlight ! Ye have been getting compliments from our guests since !!
Just a quick note to say thank you. You were brilliant at our wedding Saturday. The floor literally never emptied. We had such a ball. Thank you.
Thank you for putting on the most amazing music on Saturday- you guys were total pros! Kim's singing at the ceremony gave me goosebumps.
I'll be sure to recommend you guys to all of my friends!
Just a quick note on behalf of the staff across the Frank Keane Group - a massive thanks to you and each of the other band members for a fantastic night on Friday! Thanks also for interacting with the crowd and letting Andrew sing at the end. I’ve had 5 Christmas parties with work here and I have to say that was by far the best one. The entertainment was top class and the staff had only great words for you, you’ll be the talk of the canteens for the week!
I’m sure with the success of Friday night we’ll have a band again next year so I’ll be in touch.
Frank Keane BMW
we just wanted to say an absolutely huge thank you for the music at our wedding. Having never seen you play before, we took a little risk but you exceeded all our expectations. The band were so fantastic. We've had so many comments about you and it was great to see the dance floor full all night long! Thank you again! The dirty dancing idea was fantastic and it was great to see David rise to the challenge! X
Thanks a million Darragh
Your a brilliant bunch and we couldn't have asked for a better band. Music was top notch and the craic was mighty:) Entertainment at its best ppl still ask us who our band was!
We will definitely be writing a review (a good one we swear lol:)
Thanks a million
Elaine and Jonathan Ryan
Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to say thank you for the incredible show you put on for our wedding on 29/9. From the dance off with Ron Burgundy to the conga line- we loved every second. Our guests have all told us that it's the only wedding they've been to where the dance floor was going all night! Thank you all for helping make our wedding amazing!
— with Aaron McNaughton.Lorraine Anthony
Thanks very much for last night, we had a great night and you guys, and gal, were brilliant. Absolutely loved it. Loads of comments already on how good you guys were!!!! Pleasure. If I get married again.....;)haha
Thanks so much
Thanks again for last night. Great gig..
Everyone is still speaking about how class you guys were... will be recommending you to everyone.
If you could possibly send on the video ye took after maniac would really appreciate it.
Thanks again for a very a fantastic night.
Thank you so much to you and the other band members for a fantastic performance at our wedding. The crowd were raving about the music. I knew that you were going to be great! There was a great fun atmosphere and John and I loved every minute of it.. and dancing with all our friends and family looking on. Everyone was convinced that John had planned the dance and had lessons for his surprise dance for his bride. Thanks a million for making our wedding day so special. One we won't forget. John and Lorraine
Hi Darragh and the rest of the wonderfully talented members of Blacktye,
Thank you so much for playing Saturday at our wedding in Clon. I have to say I never danced as much in my life! Ye were outstanding ! Everybody commented on how great ye were.
Hope the long road back wasn't too bad.
Thanks again ,
Amy and Eoin
Thanks so much for the other night. Everybody thought yas were great and loved loved the saxophonist! I didn't get off the floor all night x
We hope you are well.
We just wanted to write and say thank you so much for making our day so special.
Sorry it's taken us a few weeks, have been meaning to get in touch but wifi was intermittent at best in Mexico.
We really appreciate the hard work you and the rest of the band put in to make the evening reception so much fun. Everyone had a great time and there were a lot of sore heads (and feet!) the next day, which we think is a good sign!!
Thanks again and good luck with all your upcoming weddings!
Lesley & Madthav
Hope your doing well, Donna and myself are back in the states now and we just wanted to reach out and say thank you again for performing at our wedding at Kinnitty a couple weeks, You guys were beyond amazing! We got Lots and lots of compliments from our guests about your band. So again Thank you all so much!! Hope to see you at another wedding soon!
Ryan and Donna
Thanks for a great day and making it so special. The band were brilliant and we couldn't be happier about how everything went. Brilliant nights craic and we will definitely be recommending you to anyone who asks. Everyone loved the music.
Niall & Orla
Hope all is well.
Didn't get a chance before we went away.....
We're back from our Honeymoon now and just getting round to thanking everyone. I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and the rest of the band you guys were awesome! The dance floor was rocking from start to finish (told you it would be!) Had nothing but good feedback from everyone at the wedding, next time someone we know is thinking about getting married in Ireland I'll recommend you guys!
Once again from my wife & I, thank you for being part of what was most definitely the best night of our life's!
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you so much for
Saturday (11th July)! You guys were outstanding and everyone has been
raving to us about how great ye were. You were so fun to have around and
were great at making sure the dance floor was full for the night. The
groom really enjoyed the antics and even though he put a hole through the
leg of his trousers doing his guitar slide across the dance floor, he
wouldn't change a thing!! I will be recommending you guys to anyone who
asks and spreading the word!!
Thanks again for helping make our day so memorable!
I hope you are keeping well. Darragh, Ali & I just wanted to thank you all for such wonderful music on our wedding day. The ceremony music was out of this world. Kim sang so beautifully. It was amazing. Although, we unfortunately missed the music at the drinks reception, all of our guests were raving about it.
The evening music was AMAZING! We through what has to be described as an unconventional first dance song choice at you & you made it work!! It was fab! All of our friends & family danced the night away. So many people have told us that ye were the best wedding band they had seen & we second that.
Thanks so much to you all & all the very best for the future.
Hi Darragh and co!
Steve and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding on Saturday. Ye guys were amazing! The dance floor was jam-packed all night and being the seasoned wedding goers that we are, we can safely say that you don't see that very often! We are on honeymoon at the moment but we've received lots of messages from our friends saying how great ye were and talking to my mum yesterday she was still raving about ye! So you definitely appeal to all ages! Also we really appreciate you playing for so long, especially as you didn't get going until later than anticipated, what with the speeches etc.,so thanks for that.
One thing I would advise is to get a good big sign with the name Blacktye on it for the stage as so many people came up to me during the night wondering what your name was!
Anyway guys thanks for all your help and for making our wedding night such a super party!
Kate and Steve Ruane.
Hi Darragh and Band!
This is later than we intended, but Eoghan and I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you!!
We booked you straight after your showcase in Duffy, - you sounded brilliant, you had a great range of songs and you seemed to be having a great time, exactly what we wanted for our guests!
From the church, to reception music, band and Dj you were just fantastic - Thank you!!
You were so professional and helpful, not just on the night but right from the outset.
The dance floor was full the whole night long, infact two couples who attened our wedding, have made enquiries with you!
I'm sorry we didnt get to chat more on the night, it just went by in such a blur!
Wishing you and the band all the best for the future.
Breda and Eoghan
Ps if you ever find yourself in Mountmellick, call into us at Breda's Gift Shop ! 🙂
Darragh et al, thank you all so much for being such an amazing wedding band for our wedding on New Year's Eve. You were so honest and upfront about how we should organise everything that was happening, father-daughter dance etc, and you were right, it all worked out beautifully and our guests were on the floor all night. Everyone has been asking about you. My husband and I really appreciate your contribution to the best night of our lives 😀
On behalf of Joanna and myself, I want to thank you for playing at our wedding last Saturday. It was a brilliant set that kept everyone on the floor all night...Great musicians and you're all great craic! Great version of our choice of first dance song too. Couldn't have been happier with our choice of band! Thanks!
Stephen O Donnell
Picking a band is one if the hardest things to do when planning a wedding from abroad - we must have spent hours listening to different bands on the net, to the point they all started to sound the same - but we kept coming back to Blacktye!
Elaina and myself would very much like to thank you and the band for
being part of a truly amazing night. The entire night was fabulous!
Your performance of our first dance "Your All I Need to Get By" by
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell was something we will never forget, an
absolutely brilliant performance.
Nate and Elaina USA
Just a quick message to say thanks to all you guys for a wonderful performance on the night of our wedding. We had so many people comment the next day on how great the band and DJ were.
It was a great night and you guys did a great job for us.
Thanks a million,
David and Anne
Just a quick email now that I am back at work l to so thanks.
The band were just brilliant on the night and all our guests really loved you guys as I’m sure you could tell from the full dancefloor!. It really was great to see everyone having such a good time.
Ciara the Manager in Bellingham Castle was very impressed and took your details from me so hopefully you get some more business from them.
Tara Butler (Dublin) x 3931
Just back from the honeymoon so I wanted to say a belated thank you for the amazing music you provided for our wedding on May 30th at Dromoland. I was far from organised and you and your team were so professional it all ran fantastically smoothly.
The British Racing School
Hi Darragh,thanks for your great music at the wedding of Tom&I last Sat in Castle Durrow. Everyone was commenting how great you were I'll be recommending you! Susan.
Just back from our honeymoon and wanted to drop you a quick message to say thanks.
You guys were amazing and definitely added to our wedding experience.
All the guests had such a laugh during the riverdance and everything else. It was brilliant.
Thanks so much,
Camilla and Simon
Massive thanks to you and all the band for a fantastic night on Saturday...we had an absolute ball!! Everyone said how great the band was, we will be highly recommending you.
Thanks again and all the best for the future.
Jason & Maria
I just wanted to send an email to you before we head off on honeymoon as I won't get the formal thank you out before we go on and I really wanted to say what a fantastic day we had. We both had a great time dancing to your fantastic band. We really enjoyed our first dance which you performed beautifully and you made sure what could have been a very stressful time, a wonderful and memorable dance. Your kindness, attention to detail and good humour ensured the evening ran smoothly.
Thank you for all you hard work in ensuring we had a very special day.
Just want to give a shout out and a huge thank you to all of Blacktye for an amazing day and night and for helping make the wedding perfect! The music was just perfect and the band were all a great laugh and everyone dancing on the floor and were great at getting the crowd going! I was the best man at the wedding in Kilronan and i cannot compliment them enough as out of all the weddings i have been too they have been by far the best band i have ever seen at a wedding and i will definitely be recommending them to everyone and hopefully when my own day comes i will be able to get them too!! 🙂 😀
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your help with the band. From day one, you were a pleasure to deal with. You made the whole process so easy. I got talking to Darragh before the band played that evening in Darver Castle. However, I never got talking to the band when they finished up.
My god they were superb. Will you thank each of them for me as I never got the chance to, The lead singer made such a great job of our first dance, and it was a tough one to crack. I will certainly be recommending you to friends.
Well done on such a professional operation from start to finish.
We are back in the land of the living !! the band were excellent on the day for the wedding , lots of people commented on both the church music and the main performance . My best friend Laura Callaghan just got engaged when we were away and is looking for the band also !!!!
I just wanted to thank the band for an amazing performance. They were absolutely fantastic. They rocked the house and kept everyone entertained all night. They were also gracious enough to allow one of our guest join in with them and sing and play the drums.
Edward Sommerville, who is the curator of Lough Cutra Estate, said it was the best band he had heard. He said that they were far better than all the other bands that have come to entertain during all of the weddings that had taken place there over the years. I think he will be recomending Blacktye for any potential bride and grooms planning there wedding there.
Again please send my thanks to all the band members, we had such a great time and the were outstanding, the best!
Thanks for all your help in organizing everything and should I ever need a band in Ireland, I'll know who to call.
All the best,
Myself and Teresa wanted to drop you a quick line before we head on honeymoon. You were fantastic on Wednesday and all are guests said you were brilliant from start to finish. Happy New Year and wishing you all the best for 2010. And the lady that sang at the church was astonishing.
Our wedding and reception on the 1st of May at the Howth Golf Club. We would very much like to thank you and your band for the excellent show, in addition of course to the church music and disco. We may be a bit biased but we really have not seen so many people dance from the very first to last song at the wedding reception. We had many comments from our guests on just how good you were that night.
We would be please to provide a reference in the future if required.
For not even speaking to you or the band on the night of our wedding. We were having such a good time dancing with the all the guests that we just forgot to say hello - never mind thank you!
We have had fantastic feedback from all our guests - they thought you were a brilliant band.
If you recall the evening, you will know that everyone enjoyed it so much because the dance floor was full ALL night!
It was so busy that my friends were telling me they had to dance on the carpet!
You judged the crowd really well and played everything we wanted including the cheesy dance music at the end!
Thank you all for being so professional and making it a great night.
All the best,
Just to say thanks a million for your music on Friday at the Royal Marine! Ye were fab! All the guests are still raving about ye! Full dance floor all night - perfect. Thanks so much and the Yorkshire tune was much appreciated!
A very belated note to say thank you and Blacktye for the great music last year. It was all amazing! Hope all is good with you and your keeping busy.
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the huge part you played in our wedding on the 6 th June in Summerhill.
Everyone was raving about how great you were, and you remembered all the songs we wanted played, and learned new ones to perfection. You also kept everyone involved and up dancing. We especially loved the air guitar competition, and the dirty dancing bit.
It was really important to us to have a live band, and a good one at that. You guys exceeded our expectations, and I would recommend you to anyone.
Thanking you for a wonderful day on Saturday July 2nd 2011, Myself and Lina were both delighted with how the day went. Everything was perfect from the church music right through until you finished as DJ. I received so much positive feedback. Its hard to know where to begin. Is there a place where you would like me to do a more substantial review?
Ironically enough the only negative part for us was that the weather was so nice and meant people wanted to stay out (again bitter sweet!), I was very impressed with how you and the band were actually able to beat the weather and encourage people to come in! I have no hesitations in recommending Blacktye to anyone that asks.
Thank you for making our day very special.
Can you pass this on to Darragh and the rest of the band please? Just to say thanks a million for everything on the 18th of June, they were absolutely brilliant.
I hope they get some bookings out of it!
Thanks very much.
Just a quick note to thank you for making our wedding day so special from the church music and throughout the night!! You were amazing, all our guests are still talking about how great it was. I think the dance off to ACDC with the groom and bestman will hold many memories for everyone!
Thanks also for our surprise dance which was great fun. We will definitely be recomending you to all our friends in the future, thanks again for everything.