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
Recently Engaged? Then you need to come to The Salthill Hotel on Sunday 21st January between 3 - 5 pm. The Wondertones will be performing a wedding showcase. The Band will be playing some music from their exclusive wedding sets!
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Extracts from our article in The Tuam Herald...
The Wondertones top tips for wedding bliss:
The First Dance: You are not expected to be Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers! The first dance is usually a simple shuffle around the dance floor. Pick a song that you both like with appropriate lyrics. A short up-beat ditty is a great crowd pleaser, slower songs should be curtailed to about 3 minutes. Definitely do not have a second slow song, your guests will get bored and just sit down!
Picking a good DJ: A good DJ will be ready to play the second the band finish. They will interact with your guests and avoid playing songs that the band already played. The key difference with a good DJ is that they will understand that your reception is not a nightclub and will cater for all into the small hours.
Picking a good band: A good band will gauge your audience from the stage and adjust their set to suit your crowd. The obvious thing to do in this instance is to book The Wondertones!
Speeches: Long speeches are incredibly boring! A good guide is about 10 – 15 minutes per speech, any longer and your guests will just leave and start chatting with The Wondertones in the foyer!
The Dance Floor: Sometimes your guests may need encouragement to hop on the dance floor! It is great when the bridal party are dancing and keeping the floor going! Have the groomsmen and bridesmaids tipped to support the dance floor during the night ;)
The top 3 first dance songs of 2014/2015:
1. Ed Sheeran: “Thinking out loud”
2. John Legend: “All of Me”
3. Jason Mraz: “I won’t give up”
About The Wondertones:
After 6 years on the road, The Wondertones are becoming one of the most sought after wedding bands in Galway. They were recently finalists in the 2015 weddingsonline “Wedding Band of the Year” awards. The band are an 8-piece outfit with four impressive male/female lead vocalists and a live brass section consisting of trumpet and sax. The backline consists of piano, drums, bass and guitars. There is an array of other instruments also including percussion, harmonica, tin whistle and pan pipes! All music is performed live – there are no backing tracks! The Wondertones are members of the Wedding Bands Association. Further information can be found on www.wondertones.ie