FAQ's

  • Do You Travel Nationwide?

    Yes of course. Blue Moose are completely nationwide Better coverage than your mobile network!

  • Do you charge for travel, or are there any hidden charges?

    The cost quoted is for band and DJ to anywhere on the island of Ireland. The only possible extra charges would be for travel abroad, or for pre-meal setups

  • How long does the band play for?

    The band will play for 2 - 2.5 hours. This does not includea break, and the band will never impose a finish time that penalizes you (delays with meal / photographer etc)

  • Can you set up before the meal?

    Yes, but please note that it would incur an extra charge, and is not always possible/feasible

  • How much time is required to set up?

    A SUPER FAST 40 minutes, once we gain access to the room. We have our speakers deployed in 15 minutes, so background music can be played while we complete setup.

  • Do you require a deposit, and is it refundable

    Yes, we do require a deposit, and it is not refundable

  • Is it always the same members?

    On the whole, Yes. The only instance where it may not be the same members would be due to serious illness, accident, bereavement etc (NO PULLING SICKIES IN THIS BAND!!).Should the unthinkable happen, we do have deps (mainly ex-Blue Moose members) that are capable of stepping in at a moments notice. As Tony and Philip are the main leads of the band, if either were unavailable, we would contact the client to discuss options

  • Can we see the band perform at a wedding?

    We would love to say yes, but alas no.. Here's the reason: We are nationwide, and we may at any given time have a lot of inquiries from a certain area (Let's say 40 - a nice round number). At the same time we may only have one wedding in that area. All of a sudden we have 80 extra people gatecrashing an unsuspecting couples wedding - We can't in good conscience, allow that to happen.  We run showcases and public gigs regularly. We also have videos on our website and social media platforms that are 100% live, recorded from the sound desk we use each night.

  • Can we decide the set list?

    Yes..... well...... SORT OF! We don't give out a setlist for couples to choose from, because rather than exclude a few songs they detest, they will inevitably exclude anything they might think won't work. What we prefer (and encourage), is for you to give us a brief example eg: "My fiancé LOVES David Bowie & Led Zepplin" or "All our friends are 80's fans" or "My dad says if there are no jives or waltzes, i'm out of his will" , "The missus says if you play 'Amarillo', you're not getting paid" or similar These little suggestions help us to create a set that matches you and your guests perfectly - so trust us: we know what we're doing

  • Can we be sure the band won't be too loud?

    Yes: We are professionals and do our best to have the sound matched perfectly to the room. If there are any issues, just have one of the bridal party subtly tell us and we will sort it. The reason we ask for a bridal party member is simply so that we can trust the request is coming from the right source. it has happened that when we've been asked by a guest to lower the music, only to be told by the bride or groom to turn it back up!

  • How does the band dress for functions?

    We have a formal uniform, but not suits. We are very neat and presentable, but still look like a band and not barmen or security staff. Please note Island engagements have us show up in Aran jumpers and caps (WE'RE JOKING!!!!)

  • Can the band play our first dance?

    If it's a song we know - no problem! If it's a song we don't know, but is popular, we'll do our best to learn it if we'll use it again. If it's an obscure B-side from a '94 one-hit-wonder indie band, who subsequently fell off the face of the planet - it will have to be on CD Rehearsal time for Blue Moose is limited, especially during high wedding season, and we would never offer up to our clients a "learned in the van on the way here" version of any song, let alone their first dance. We would be doing you, as our client, a disservice. Don't let the song being on CD deter you from having your favourite song though... it actually works pretty well. You are introduced from the stage as normal, with your guests involved. Then the band kick in straight after, bringing youe event to the next level with a killer tune that keeps everyone on their feet and dancing!!

  • Can guests get up to sing?

    Yes - but we ask 3 criteria:

    1. That it is pre-arranged with us by the bride and groom
    2. That they can actually sing (we are not looking for the professional level of Aretha or Bublé here.... but.... you know...)
    3. That they are aware they will be asked to sing, and do not hold the night up when the mortification of their name being called glues the to their seat
    **PLEASE NOTE** We have suspended this particular request as of March 2020 for obvious health and safety reasons until further notice

  • Do the band cater for the older guests?

    If by "older guests", you mean the more senior members of your gathering who have more "life experience" than you, know what a "good auld tune" actually sounds like, and has no time for that "Dustin Timberland fella" or "AB/CD"?   Then yes, we have an arsenal (or liverpool) of "proper tunes you can actually dance to", including country, jives, waltzes... and more

  • I want to book - What is the procedure?

    Go to this link: https://bluemoose.ie/bookings/ and fill out our booking form - it's that simple. your inquiry will be processed via our secure booking system, and if your date is available, they system will issue your online contract and details on how to secure your date with a deposit

  • When do we pay the remaining balance?

    We have a number of options - including the option to pay off the balance on the run up to your big day. All details are in our booking form