Shane & Aoife Hennessy
Wedding & Event Music Duo

We are a husband + wife duo, specialising in wedding and event music. We have years of experience, both individually and together, providing high-quality and memorable music for hundreds of happy couples and numerous private parties and corporate events! Shane takes care of vocals and fingerstyle guitar, while Aoife plays the violin, creating a warm, rich, and sophisticated sound.

Shane is a world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist, with four albums of original music, extensive worldwide touring, and a sold-out concert at The National Concert Hall in Dublin under his belt. An experienced soloist, orchestral and ensemble musician in performance, arrangement, education and recording, Aoife holds a first class BA (Hons) degree in music, having trained in piano, violin and flute since childhood. 

We can play a range of different styles of music, and we cater for religious, spiritual, and civil ceremonies, as well as drinks receptions, after-dinner music, day two parties, and pre-wedding parties!

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Videos

L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole) - vocal
The Step House, Borris, Co. Carlow, April 2022

Valerie (vocals) - Amy Winehouse
Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, April 2022

Hey Ho (The Lumineers) - vocal
The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath, June 2022

Drinks Reception Music (Instrumental)
Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Co. Kerry, February 2022

Proud Mary (CCR/Tina Turner) - vocal
The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath, June 2022

Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen) - vocal
Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, April 2022

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) - vocal
The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath, June 2022

Irish Traditional Reels (instrumental)
Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, April 2022

Canon in D (Pachelbel) - instrumental
The Step House, Borris, Co. Carlow, April 2022

Black Is The Colour - instrumental
Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co. Mayo, May 2022

Shane solo: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You / Harvest Moon / Layla

Aoife solo: Piano instrumentals montage

Listen to more recordings here:

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Reviews

We had Shane and Aoife for our wedding in Slane and they were just fantastic from start to finish!! From we booked with Shane, he was more than accommodating and very friendly, I couldn’t fault him! On the day, they set the tone from the guests entered the venue! Shane sang and played the guitar and Aoife played on the violin and their set list was beautiful, we asked for it to be outside as it was a lovely day and they had no problem being able to accommodate us!! Everyone was in great form and really enjoyed their music, it was fantastic! Would highly recommend! Thank you guys for helping to give us the perfect day!

Sarah & Declan, 18th June 2022

The Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath

We had Shane and Aoife play for our day two in Kilkenny, and they were just amazing!!! Great mix of music that suited everyone and took on all requests from guests. They set such a great tone for our evening, and created a real buzz, all our guests were singing along and dancing with them. Shane was so accommodating, and the nicest man ever to deal with. Aoife on the violin complemented the guitar beautifully, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening, We would highly recommend Shane and Aoife for any event, Exceptional!!!!

Áine & Anthony, 17th June 2022

The Lyrath Hotel, Co. Kilkenny

We were very lucky that Shane and Aoife braved storm Eunice in February to play our drinks reception for our wedding. They were extremely professional from the first enquiry right up to the day itself, and so so pleasant to deal with. We had originally booked Shane solo but after hearing him play with Aoife on his website we just knew we had to have them both! They are a fantastic duo and the perfect vibe for our reception! Thanks again guys x

Ciara & Con, 18th April 2022

Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Shane and Aoife, played for our wedding ceremony and our drinks reception.They were absolutely wonderful and all our guests were raving about them. They made our day really special. They are very professional and made the whole process so easy from the first point of contact right till the end. We would highly recommend!

Marion & David, 31st December 2021

Listowel Arms Hotel, Co. Kerry

Shane & Aoife were amazing and very easy to work with on every level. We had them play at the second day of our wedding and everyone was blown away by their talent. They kept the room entertained all evening with their choice of songs. We would highly recommend using them for any of your musical needs!

Sarah & Karin, 24th October 2021

Segrave Barns, Co. Louth

We were delighted to have Shane and Aoife for our ceremony and reception! They were so easy to work with from the very first email, and our guests loved their sound on the day. We asked for some Irish melodies during our ceremony, and some more modern songs for our reception. It was such a treat to listen to you, and thank you both for making the soundtrack of our day so special to us!

Jess & Ethan, 29th March 2022

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Sample Setlists / Song Options

Here are a few examples of songs and tunes we have played at wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions, and parties over the years! Please note that we are not limited to what is listed here, we can play anything you might like!

Wedding Ceremony Music Examples

  • Pop/Classic Pop songs:

    • The One - Kodaline

    • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)

    • I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis)

    • Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard)

    • A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

    • Make You Feel My Love (Adele/Dylan)

    • Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)

    • Songbird (Eva Cassidy)

    • Fields of Gold (Sting)

    • All You Need Is Love (Beatles)

    • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

    • Close To You (The Carpenters)

    • What A Wonderful World (Louis

    • Armstrong)

    • You Raise Me Up (Westlife)

    • One Day Like This (Elbow)

    • From This Moment On (Twain)

    • Winter Song (Sarah Bareilles)

    • All Of Me (John Legend)

    • Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)

    • Here Comes The Sun (Beatles)

    • The River Flows In You (Yiruma)

  • Film Music

    • Gabriel’s Oboe / Nella Fantastia (Ennio Morricone)

    • La La Land Mia & Sebastian's Theme

    • Game of Thrones Theme

    • Theme from Braveheart

  • Classical Music

    • Canon in D (Pachabel)

    • Ashokan Farewell (Ungar)

    • Bridal March (Mendelssohn)

    • Winter (Vivaldi)

    • The Bridal Chorus / Here Comes The Bride (Wagner)

  • Irish Folk/Traditional Wedding Songs

    • The Voyage (Christy Moore)

    • Carolan’s Concerto (O’Carolan)

    • She Moved Through The Fair (trad.)

    • Is É an Tiarna m’Aoire (trad. hymn)

    • On Eagle’s Wings (hymn)

    • Ag Críost An Síol (trad.)

    • Tabhair Dom Do Lámh (trad.)

    • Grace (Jim McCann)

  • Gospel

    • ​The Water Is Wide (trad.)

    • Amazing Grace (trad.)

    • How Great Thou Art (hymn)

    • The Cloud’s Veil

Drinks Reception Music Examples

  • Pop Songs (1960s-present), e.g.:

    • Let’s Dance - David Bowie

    • Take Me To Church - Hozier

    • Day Tripper / Drive My Car - The Beatles

    • Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings

    • Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O’Connor / Prince

    • Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

    • Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner

    • Take On Me - A-ha

  • Irish Folk Ballads, e.g.:

    • Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

    • On Raglan Road

    • Caledonia

    • Grace (Jim Mc Cann)

  • Irish Traditional Music (Sets of Jigs and Reels)

  • Film / Movie Soundtracks, e.g.:

    • Jurassic Park

    • Pirates Of The Carribean

    • Schindler’s List

    • Mission Impossible

    • Titanic (My Heart Will Go On)

    • Harry Potter

    • James Bond

    • O Brother Where Art Thou

  • Jazz/Swing Standards, e.g.:

    • All Of Me

    • Autumn Leaves

    • Take Five

    • Mas Que Nada

    • Georgia On My Mind

    • Sweet Georgia Brown

    • Misty

    • The Girl From Ipanema

    • Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing

Day Two Party / After-Dinner Music Examples

  • Upbeat Songs

    • Shut Up And Dance

    • Viva La Vida
      One Day Like This

    • Brown Eyed Girl

    • Dancing In The Dark

    • Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)

    • King of the Swingers

    • Gimme ABBA

    • Take On Me

    • Sweet Dreams

    • Call Me Al

    • Staying Alive

    • Toxic

    • Bad Moon Rising

    • Jolene

    • Mr Brightside

    • Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)

    • Dancing Queen (ABBA)

    • Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

    • Folsom Prison Blues

    • Blame It On The Boogie

    • Raspberry Beret

    • Waterloo

    • I’m Still Standing

    • Proud Mary

    • How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)

    • I Will Survive

    • World Of Our Own (Westlife)

    • Don’t Stop Me Now

    • Walking On Sunshine

    • September

    • Chelsea Dagger

  • Sing-along Songs

    • Ring of Fire

    • Wagon Wheel

    • Fields of Athenry

    • Country Roads

    • Sweet Home Alabama

    • Galway Girl

    • Sweet Child Of Mine

    • Angels

    • Bohemian Rhapsody

    • Living On A Prayer

    • Dirty Old Town

    • Wonderwall

    • Hey Jude

    • Sweet Caroline

    • Don’t Stop Believin’

    • American Pie

    • I Want It That Way

    • YMCA

    • Time of my Life (Dirty Dancing)

    • Friends in Low Places

    • You’re The One That I Want (Grease)

    • Uptown Girl

    • Piano Man

    • 500 Miles

    • It’s Not Unusual

  • Mid-Tempo Songs

    • Champagne Supernova

    • She’s Electric

    • Don’t Look Back In Anger

    • Budapest

    • July (Mundy)

    • I’m Yours

    • Stuck In The Middle With You

    • Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (I Love You Baby)

    • Running In The Family

    • Hey Ya (Outkast)

    • Take Me Out (Franz F)

    • One Day Like This (Elbow)

    • Little Help From My Friends

    • Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

    • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

    • Take It Easy

    • Eight Days A Week

    • Twist and Shout

    • L-O-V-E

    • Say My Name (Destiny’s Child)

    • Let’s Dance

    • Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)

    • Billie Jean

    • Band On The Run

    • Tainted Love

    • Dancing In The Moonlight

    • Rich Girl

    • Moondance

    • Superstition

    • Wild World

    • Hotel California

    • Rock n Roll Kids

    • Message In A Bottle

    • Valerie

    • Jamming

    • Sultans Of Swing

    • Money for Nothing

    • Another One Bites The Dust

    • Brick In The Wall

    • Must Be Love (Madness)

    • Don’t Think Twice It's Alright

    • Sitting Waiting Wishing

    • All Night Long

    • When You Say Nothing At All

    • Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

    • Summertime

    • Hit The Road Jack

    • Working 9 to 5

    • House Of The Rising Sun

    • Starman (Bowie)

  • Slow Songs

    • Fields of Gold

    • La Vie en Rose

    • Shallow (Lady Gaga)

    • Songbird

    • Hallelujah

    • Moon River

    • Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

    • The Voyage

    • All of Me

    • Grace

    • Lovely Day (Bill Withers)

    • Is This Love

    • Make You Feel My Love

    • Purple Rain

    • With Or Without You

    • She’s The One

    • Let It Be

    • Blackbird

    • All of Me

    • Babylon

    • One (U2)

    • Cannonball

    • A Million Dreams

  • Irish / Trad / Folk / Ballads

    • Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

    • Ride On

    • The Rattling Bog

    • The Wild Rover

    • Follow M.U.T. Carlow

    • The Irish Rover

    • Black Velvet Band

    • Caledonia

    • Going Out The Same Way You Came In

    • Sí Do Mhaimeó Í

    • Óró Bheatha Abhaile

    • Rocky Road Dublin

    • Black Is The Colour

    • Whiskey In The Jar