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I have been trying to get a gig at a particular local hotel for ages. If I can get on their short-list for residency work, it would be excellent for me. Imagine my delight when I got the call this evening informing me that their regular DJ has cancelled a wedding in September.

 

Obviously, I'm delighted. This is my big chance to impress, hopefully they'll ask me to help out over Christmas and then into the new year as well.

 

I asked to speak to the client before either of us agreed, to make sure we are 'compatible'. He sounds fine but he mentioned there will be a large contingent of Irish travelling across and could I be prepared.

 

He then told me they are catholic and I should play music accordingly.

 

HELP!!

 

Naturally, I want to impress and please everyone, but I am worried that I might play something that could offend or upset someone.

 

Can anyone please point me in the direction of Irish music with a catholic flair? Also, are there any artists I should avoid playing? Are The Pogues suitable for example?

 

On a less religious note, the client has also requested plenty of Northern Soul, I have the MasterMix disk - any other suggestions?

 

Thanks guys - once again, this board has proved to be a real life-saver.

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One song that immediately springs to mind is Tina Turner - The Best in the 'Not to play category'

 

Pogues are OK also Van Morrison, Corrs, Stealers Wheel, U2, Daniel O'Donnel, Westlife, Boyzone, Ronan Keating are all pretty safe bets. They may also want some Irish Jigs & Reels and don't forget to play I'll Tell me Ma and Irish Rover.

 

Good luck with it and with future bookings at the hotel.

 

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Why not Tina ?

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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Tina - The Best is associated with Rangers Football Club and also with one of the Loyalist Paramilitary Groups in Ireland. I played it last Christmas at a mixed function (by request) and somebody complained to the manager that the DJ was playing sectarian songs http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/nono.gif - something I always try to avoid.

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So anything with a flute in it is OK too ?, but not the other way around.

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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somebody complained to the manager that the DJ was playing sectarian songs  - something I always try to avoid.

 

Blimey that must be a difficult job, finding out what you can play, and what you can't, I don't suppose that finding a list of "don't plays" is especially easy either. I would't have ever known that "Simply The best" was a http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/nono.gif , had you not pointed it out.

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If anyone complained to me that Tina - The Best was in any way offensive I would tell them they were small-minded and petty. Same happens here when I play "You`ll Never Walk Alone" - I get the Evertonians and Liverpudlians kicking up a fuss. I just tell `em it`s only a bloody song, and anyway, Everton was singing it before the Kop took it over. (That`s a fact, by the way). . . One day I`ll get me nose bloodied http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif

There are some Irish songs which are steeped in sectarian tradition - I think "Kevin Barry" is one. So you do have to be a bit careful. But if you play stuff off commercial compilations I don`t think you`d go far wrong.

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Theres a Northern Soul double(?) CD out and in the charts at the moment.

 

Got to admit that nothing on the track listing really caught my imagination, but then...I'm not all that much into Northern Soul. http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/533.gif

 

 

For the function itself, you might want to consider putting request slips out on all the tables. Make sure you design the slips with a "Requested By........." section on them, so that you know who to blame....sorry....who to mention.... http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif

 

 

Oh, I'd avoid playing "madonna" too. Didn't "Papa dont preach" cause a stir, back in its day? causing a priest to release a parody "Madonna dont preach", due to the lyrics in the original song about her becoming pregnant outside of marriage.

 

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I avoid playing Madonna..FULL STOP !!

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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Good luck Ben...... the best way to resolve what you can or cant play is to ask the client him/herself if there are any "sensitive" tunes..... I know years ago that playing irish music could turn into a political minefield, but it seems to be a bit more relaxed these days.

Dont panic too much about the wedding.. just be yourself, dont go overboard trying to impress.. just do your job in your usual way and look at it as any other job..... you will be fine... if you start worrying too much about it you will be stressed from the start - and that when things do go wrong! You will be fine xxx

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Hi Ben

 

What part of Ireland are they coming from?

 

Southern and Northern are somewhat different in musical tastes - and I know this is correct as my Fiance is from Dublin and constantly tells me... http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/huh.gif

 

Bless her http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif

 

If they are from Southern Ireland, I'll ask her as she likes that sort of music.. http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/tongue.gif Normally Sunday mornings when I am trying to sleep after a Saturday night gig http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/sad.gif

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Shamrock - Tell Me Ma, a good jig!

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Thanks guys - excellent comments, and three kisses from Kazz as Well !!!

 

There will be about 40 people travelling from Belfast for the whole weekend. For them, the party will be starting on the flight Friday night...

 

Tonsk - can you ask the good lady if people from Northern Ireland enjoy music traditionally associated from the south, or is that a no-go as well? Thinking about it 5 Star listed all the chart topping southerners in his recommended list, so he must play them. Guess they will be fine.

 

Thanks for your assurances Kazz. I know I'll be fine, but as we all strive for party perfection I do the worrying up-front to be fully prepared for the night. That said, the Irish are known for their partying so I reckon it will be a great night, whatever.

 

Thanks once again everyone - very comforting knowing you're all out there somewhere...

 

Rich

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Why not Tina ?

 

as mentioned it is associated with rangers, and the lyrics they sing are very offensive,

 

instead of "simply the best" they sing " F The Pope & The IRA" so just don't play it

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hi chaps.....my first post by the way !

 

i did a do last saturday where there were a lot of irish guests in attendance.

 

i would recommend the mastermix album " shamrocks and shinanigans"

 

track 1 is a traditional gig, which should work well if you announce it in advance,

 

try to liase with someone like the groom or best man.

 

then track 10 is a medley of popular irish songs which worked well.

 

also, the irish rover is ok, but best of all "fiesta" by the pogues, the best one of all !

 

 

plus van morrison of course, you cant go wrong.

 

and from my experience, when they say "northern soul" they tend to mean "motown" anyway.

 

have a great night http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif

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Thanks Adam, and may I be the first to welcome you to this wonderful forum.

 

Northern Soul is my biggest headache. What one person considers to be Northern Soul another doesn't, and vice versa. I have an officiando in the family who is going to lend me some 'true' NS classics.

 

Fiesta!! COME ON!!!! Love playing that track.

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just a thought... dont spend the high price buying the mastermix "shamrocks and shanningans"... there is an album of the same name available on the highstreet for 9.97....... save yourself some dosh!

WE LOVE KAREN, AND IT'S GREAT TO HAVE HER BACK !!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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I'd say you need Irish jigs/reels/polkas/waltz's & humourous, some of the old fav's like Foster & Allen/Brendan Shine/Sean Wilson/The Dubliners/Daniel O' Donnell/Ann Breen etc.

 

Sean Brady is political so stay clear of him.

 

Check out the Irish drinking song albums for some well known sing a long funny ones.

And prehaps a visit to your local Irish ale house is in order to soak up there atmosphere http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/smile.gif

 

As for Northern Soul go and familirise yourself with Northern Soul radio

www.live365.com

 

Good luck! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/042.gif

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