Galway Wedding Band, The Wondertones are delighted to have won the 2018 Mrs2Be Brides' Choice Award for "Best Wedding Entertainment"!
The Mrs2Be Brides' Choice Award are based on Real Wedding Reviews from Wedding Couples who had The Wondertones perform at their weddings in 2017. The finalists are then assessed by a Mrs2Be Judging Panel and then the awards are made.
Speaking from The Wondertones Studio in Tuam, band founder Dwayne Higgins is thrilled with the win... "The band have worked hard for the last 10 years as a dedicated, specialist wedding band. We have a lot of hard work put in to our wedding sets, music mix and overall show. Winning the Mrs2Be Brides' Choice Award is the icing on the cake. The band are thrilled with the win".
The Wondertones was started in 2008 by school-friends Dwayne Higgins and John Duggan. The original idea was to create a soulful, classy big-band with brass, piano, drums, bass and guitars. Eight (yes eight!) members make up The Wondertones. The big sound is complemented with 4-part male / female vocals. "We understood that vocals are the focal point of any band, and we were insistent on having a dedicated male & female vocal lead (Shane Kelly & Madeleine Fleming). Our singers are award winners and deliver show-stopping vocal performances, night after night. Additional vocals are provided by Louis Brennan and Brian Ansbro", clarifies Dwayne.
Brass is provided as standard with Trumpet performed by Brian Ansbro and Sax played by Louis Brennan. Louis also sings, plays harmonica and tin whistle. Dwayne Higgins plays guitar, ukulele and controls the live sound and lights.
"All music is performed live, there are no backing tracks or trickery! We record all our own live audio and video. We have over 65 wedding videos on YouTube. This body of work gives any potential couple a real flavour of what we do".
Live drums (James Casserly), Piano (Steve Foley) and Bass (Mike Ansbro) are the backline and backbone of the band. Love is the cornerstone, with founding member John Duggan sailing off into the sunset and marrying Jen, our previous trumpet player and singer!
"It is reassuring to get recognition from Mrs2Be and the Brides' Choice Award for our wedding performances. It is the result of 10 years work and this has given the band a real boost. We are thrilled with the win".
The Wondertones would like to sincerely thank all of your wedding couples who voted for us and to all of our 2017 wedding couples who reviewed The Wondertones and made this award a reality.
Dwayne, Shane, Louis, James, Madeleine, Steve, Brian & Mike
Happy Christmas from The Wondertones! We have had a great year and hope that 2018 will be even bigger for the band. This year we have re-built our website, added SnapChat!, delivered our "60 seconds live" series of YouTube Videos and added many new songs and mixes to our live show.
Did you know, we have dedicated, content-specific social media!
Steve manages Twitter!
Madeleine manages Instagram & Snapchat!
Dwayne manages Facebook & YouTube!
Louis manages Facebook!
Over the Christmas we will announce our 2017 WonderAwards! These are our Tongue n' Cheek annual awards, given by the band to many deserving hotels and venues where we have played during the year.
Thank you for following The Wondertones!
We have played countless Galway Wedding Hotels. There is never a problem with stage size - The Wondertones will fit on any stage where a comparable 4/5 piece band will fit. We have invested in state-of-the-art wireless equipment, which means that our stage footprint is very small.
The following are some Galway City Wedding Hotels that we have recently played:
Glenlo Abbey Hotel,
The Ardilaun Hotel,
The Radisson Blu Hotel,
The Galway Bay Hotel,
The Salthill Hotel,
The Menlo Park Hotel,
The WestWood House Hotel.
The G Hotel
The Clayton Hotel
Closer to Galway City, we have played the following County Galway Wedding Hotels:
The Ard Rí House Hotel, Tuam,
The Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry,
Cloonacauneen Castle, Claregalway,
The Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway,
Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo,
The Twelve Hotel, Barna,
The Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Oranmore,
Renville Golf Club, Oranmore
The Meadow Court, Loughrea,
The Loughrea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea,
The Lady Gregory, Gort,
The Carlton Shearwater, Ballinasloe
Don't be afraid if you don't see your Galway Wedding Hotel listed. We are well used to working with all reputable Hotels. We will always liaise with Your Wedding Co-Ordinator prior to your big day, for all unlisted venues.
There is nothing as classy as the sound of a Live Band with a Brass section. Brass can sweeten the live sound and give your audience an impressive live experience when viewing The Wondertones. It is a true big-band sound. Brass can also be adapted to modern pop and rock songs also, so it is a diverse addition to a band.
The Wondertones have Trumpet and Sax as standard. Our mission is to have a big, impressive sound for all wedding events. Our musicians have played with many big-bands in Galway and have a wealth of experience.
“Brass” played on a keyboard is not the same, and sounds synthetic. Why have cotton when you can have silk?!
The Wondertones are a Tuam based Wedding Band who play in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Clare. We are a Galway Wedding Band who perform with Brass (Sax & Trumpet) as standard.
We have also played in Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Tuam, Gort, Oranmore and Athenry. In Mayo, we regularly play in Ballina, Claremorris, Castlebar, Ashford, Cong, Breaffy and Westport.
We are a Wedding Band with Brass and it makes a difference!
The Dancefloor... always great when it is full! Keeping the dancefloor full is a two-way street between the band and the bridal party. Here are our tips:
1. Tell The Wondertones the age profile of your guests. We will gauge the music from the stage, but we will have tailored our song choices to suit your guests.
2. Have the wedding dress pinned and the bridal party told to stay around, just to make sure the first dance gets underway quickly ;)
3. Sometimes your guests may need encouragement to hop on the dancefloor! It is a great help when the Happy Couple support the dance floor during the night.
4. The Bridal Party should also support the dancefloor, and encourage as many guests to participate in the craic!
5. Key dancing points for the Happy Couple are:
(A): First Dance
(C): Love Songs
(D): Last few Songs
What if the dancefloor empties?
Don't Worry. Sometimes your guests may not be dancers. On rare occasions, if this happens, we try to play a wide range of music to make sure that we cover all genres. Sometimes, we see guests relaxing at their tables and singing along with the music! We always deliver a strong vocal performance at every show, and some people just love a good old sing-along!
We will always alter the music to find a working formula. After 10 years on the road, we have a good idea of how to work a dancefloor ;) We also have key songs in our set to encourage audience participation. These key points can invigorate a dancefloor.
We constantly change our song list, and mixes to freshen up our set. We have a wide range of music and genres to ensure a great night!
Now...Don't forget those dancing shoes!