Choosing a band for your wedding should be fun and enjoyable. After all, this is the time in your big day where you can enjoy letting your hair down and having a party! There is a huge variety of bands out there, and it can be daunting when trying to make a choice for your wedding. That choice is simple, The Hoots will take the hassle out of your entertainment requirements. From the moment you contact us, to the band arriving at your venue, to packing away at the end of the night, we make sure all is trouble free, and totally professional.

Happy wedding couple



Massive Thanks to the Hoots for playing at our wedding on the 3rd of September in the Garryvoe Hotel. I planned my wedding from abroad and just picked The Hoots from what I've seen on youtube. We had the most fabulous craic, everybody was up dancing all night, and they really kept the crowd going. Michelle's voice is absolutely beautiful and Karl was really nice and easy to deal with all the way. I highly recommend The Hoots, if you want a fantastic night. I must say now, I couldn't have imagined my night any better!!! Thanks a million guys :X 

Christine & Daniel Dwyer from Köln – unsere Stadt

"We first heard the Hoots play in Courtneys in Killarney in 2012. We both really enjoyed their style and choice of covers. When we got engaged we were sure we wanted the Hoots. With the help of Courtneys we tracked them down on facebook. They replied very promptly and directed us to their (slick!) website for upcoming dates where we could hear them play and playlists. 

We went along to see them at a pub in cork, they were exactly as we remembered, so we went ahead and booked. It was as easy as lodging a deposit.  We mentioned that we would like a trad session as part of the entertainment. They were very accommodating of this and allowed our trad musicians to share their sound system. They also organised a DJ. 

They were very accommodating of our first dance choice, and it really was as simple as that. Karl was a pleasure to deal with. 

On the night they were just brilliant! They started with waltzes and got rockier as the night went on. They took a break and let the trad session take to the stage for an hour. And then returned and finished their set with gusto! And the DJ provided was really good, enthusiastically playing requests:)

I would highly recommend The Hoots for other weddings and parties:) "

Josie & Cathal's wedding 

@ Ballyseede Castle, Tralee. Friday 17th April. 2015.

"Massive massive massive thanks to The Hoots for playing at our wedding on Friday 24th July in theDingle Skellig Hotel. You guys were absolutely amazing and made the entire process so simple and hassle free from abroad. All of our guests have been commenting about how wonderful you were and that you really got the entire crowd going. Michelle's voice is incredible and Karl you were a dream to deal with. Thank you so much again!! Graham & Michelle"

Graham & Michelle Bishop. The Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry. 24th July 2015

"Theresa and I would like to first of all to thank the band (The Hoots) for providing a great night of music, everybody really enjoyed themselves and people were saying it was a great night.  Not to forget the D.J. really was first class.  We meant to contact you before and let you know how good everything went, but we were so busy.  So again, first class and if we can recommend the hoots and the D.J. we will.  Thanks again for a great night. From Evelyn, Aidan, Theresa and Michael"

Evelyn & Aiden @ Imperiel Hotel, Cork. 18th July 2015

A big thank you to THE HOOTS band for an amazing night of music at our wedding on the 15th May 2015 last.....we danced all night, amazing selection of tunes to cater all ages and groups...people never got off the dance floor all night and are still saying how much they enjoyed the night...again thanks Rachel and Paddy xxx!

Rachel & Paddy. The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry. 15th May 2015

 "A huge thanks to Karl and all the Gang for playing at our wedding. Karl was really helpful from the first moment we met. On the night they played a range of music to suit everyone. Our first song was everything we could have wished for and we are glad it is now on The Hoots wedding list. They also provided the DJ to keep the party going into the night.Thanks Again Guys..... Kevin & Julie."

Kevin & Julie. The Height's hotel, Killarney. 28th March 2015


"HI there,I just wanted to say thanks to the Hoots for the fantastic job they did at my wedding recently. Both I and my wife Belcy Gregorio Quinn and our guests thought the band was fantastic. Several of our guests commented that the lead singer was one of the best singers they had heard for years. The music was just right and had people dancing from the start. I found Karl so easy to deal with accommodating and so so pleasant. The band were not only faboulous but also extremely good value. I have no hesitation in recommending the hoots for weddings and other functions. JP Quinn"

JP & Belcy's wedding

24th May 2014 @ UCC

"Hi Karl

We had an really amazing day and evening, we could not have had a better band, ye really made the evening for us and everyone loved ye. Thanks again to yourself, Michelle and the rest of the band, the first dance song 'Magic' was perfect."

Kind Regards

Caroline and John

21st Aug. 2014 @ Barnabrow House, Cloyne, East Cork


‘Hi Karl  

Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your work to date here @ the Absolute, from initial inquiry I found you very professional and easy to deal with, you have always listened attentively to our requirements and worked with them as best you can, you have been very polite to all the team whilst onsite, your branding materials are professional and your group always arrived in plenty of time which is nice and reassuring prior to any event taken place at the hotel, having used you on a number of occasions I would have no hesitation in recommending you to other suppliers’

Wishing you all the best for 2015 and hopefully we will be back in touch

Thanks Karl’

Regards Yvonne

Yvonne O’ Looney

Meetings & Events Manager

Absolute Hotel




Hi Karl

I’d just like to say thank you to The Hoots. Last July I had the most wonderful day of my life and it was made all the better by having The Hoots as my wedding band. They got everyone up and dancing. Upbeat and fun  songs which all ages could dance away the night to. With all our dealing before the big day The Hoots where the one thing I never had to worry about. Very professional and asked what we would like and they delivered!! No fuss set up, which is exactly what you want.  I would definitely recommend The Hoots to anybody who wants a Great all-round band. Thank you The Hoots!!! A 5 Star band!!! 

Kind regards

Samantha Bowen

27th July 2013

We booked The Hoots band for our wedding on 31/12/13 in West Cork.  Living overseas we had just seen their website and read their reviews online. We went ahead and booked them without seeing them live and they didn't dissapoint.  Prior to the wedding they were so easy to contact via email/or phone and very quick to respond regardless of time differences.  They were open to all song requests and happy to learn any songs we requested in advance.  
On the night of the wedding they arrived and set up with no difficulties. The music was brilliant and they changed styles to suit the mixed crowd ensuring the dance floor was full at all times.  They played a bit of everything and avoided all the cliche/cheesy wedding songs which we were glad of.  They rang in the new year with us and were flexible with how long they played for to suit this.  The band also supplied the DJ which was brilliant as we didnt have the hassle of finding a DJ as well.  They kept the floor full for the disco part and played late into the night. 
The Hoots were exactly what we wanted a relaxed band who kept the dance floor full and adaptable to the mixed crowd which is exactly what you need for a wedding.  Thanks to The Hoots for a great New Year and Wedding.

Michelle and Aidan 31/12/13

Hello Karl, 

A quick thank you to you all for a wonderful performance at our daughter Sam's Wedding at Nantenan on Saturday night. Everybody had a great time and an awful lot of the reason for it was the music you provided. You were great. We all had a ball and Michele has a fantastic voice. From the moment I heard you playing in a pub in Schull last year I tried to persuade Sam and Trent to try to get you. When we succeeded I got nervous wondering were you as good as I thought or was I hearing you with the aid of Arthur G. I need not have worried you were even better. Many thanks and I would willingly recommend you to anyone who wishes to have something special in the music line at their wedding. Cheers

Submitted by Simon on 30th July 2013


Hi Karl,

Our guests absolutely loved you guys. We got a huge amount of positive feedback on your show. We'd be happy to give you all the positive press we can. We hope to get a chance to see you live in the near future since I spent most of your set talking with people in the lobby and the bar (not by choice!).

Thanks again for coming out and we hope to see you soon.

Jared and Michelle, 26~05~13

Thank you so much for a fantastic performance at our wedding in Kerry, you were absolutely brilliant!! 
I will never forget 'The Dog Days are Over', you got the whole wedding dancing. Thanks again!
Mel & Ross, 24~08~12
Co. Kerry

Your band were just amazing!! Thanks so much for keeping everybody entertained for the whole night, young and old. Your singer has such a fantastic voice. Sorry for not getting a chance to come over to you afterwards to thank you in person. It was a real pleasure dealing with you and your band. Highly recommend!

Paul O'D. 13th July 2012


Q: What do most guests remember about the wedding?

A: How gorgeous the Bride looked, the food & the Band. Yes! in that order.

Q: Do we need to pay a deposit?

A: Yes! This works best for all concerned, When that deposit is paid, you have piece of mind, your entertainment needs are done, band will do what the band do best, entertain!

Q: Will I also need to hire a DJ?
A: Most clients find that they need a DJ in addition to the band. For an additional charge, The Hoots can arrange for a DJ to set up independent from the band and play on til super late. All DJ's are hired from Ted Dunne Entertainments.

Q: My future wife and I both have left-feet and are very bad dancers. We'd like to get the first dance over and done with asap. Any suggestions?
A: We'd recommend an uptempo song - That way, you'll soon be joined on the dancefloor by your guests, thereby taking the spotlight off you and your terrible dancing!

Q: How much do you charge?
A: Unfortunately, it is really difficult to give an indication of our charges without knowing a bit more about your event. Various things can affect the cost of hiring a band including the date, the size and location of the venue, the length of time you want us to play and the equipment we will need to bring. Our priority is to give your guests the best possible experience and to work within your budget wherever possible. So please, contact us now and we will be happy to give you a quotation with no obligation and no hard sell.

Q: Do you take song requests?
A: The Hoots are only too happy to play a song on request, the only thing we ask for is enough notice (4 weeks).

Q:What does the band require on the day?
A: We need at least two 13amp power sockets for sole use by the band (i.e. not shared with kitchen/disco/lighting).

Q: Do we need to hire a raised stage?
A: No, a stage is always a great addition to a performance but is not a requirement.

Q. How long does the band need to set up and will you be set up before the guests arrive?
A. Generally speaking the band needs about 45-60 minutes to set up and sound check. Ideally this is done before the guests arrive or, as is the case at many weddings, when the room is being arranged for the evening reception. However, if you require the band to be set up before the event start this can be arranged as well.

Q: What time should the band start playing?
A: This is completely up to you and your schedule on the day. We find it's often best to start the band at around 9pm but this is purely a guide. We also find it's best to serve the buffet during the band breaks or before the band start.

Q: My Grandma/Auntie/elderly relative doesn't like loud music?
A: The Hoots play at an appropriate volume for the event. We use state of the art PA equipment to ensure that at any volume, our sound is not compromised. We believe the band should be comfortable to listen to, while at the same time still sound full, and as such have invested heavily in our sound equipment.