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Arundo Traditional Irish Music

Buttevant, County Cork
Reviews (30) 5/5
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Everyone said its the best music they've ever heard... We've heard a lot of Irish music and in our hearts no one compares” - Gary & Kerryanne 

For most people, the haunting sound of the Uilleann Pipes and Irish Music are synonymous. Nothing heralds the arrival of the bride quite like the sound of the pipes, which bring a unique and authentic mixture of ancient Irish Culture and Tradition to your Wedding Day. This is the mystical, unique and melodic sound which Arundó can bring to your wedding. Arundó are a very experienced and talented group of Traditional Irish Musicians who have played at hundreds of weddings throughout Ireland and further afield over the years. With 20 years of experience playing weddings, part of our service to you is helping guide you through your music selection with sensitivity and care. Every wedding is special to us - they are joyous occasions and we respect the ceremony be it Catholic, Protestant, Humanist or Civil. We make it our aim to give you a most personalised and intimate wedding music experience.

Arundó crosses musical genres seamlessly, making the band ideally suited to entertain your wedding guests on your special day. The band can enhance your wedding ceremony with haunting Irish, Classical and Contemporary instrumental music and song, and can provide a lively set during your pre-meal drinks reception. Arundó can also entertain you with a spirited Céilí, which can include Irish dancers and a dance instructor - a wonderful addition to your wedding celebrations! See our Céilí video if interested.

Arundó also routinely perform many of the religious hymns popular at wedding ceremonies, and over the years, have built up a substantial repertoire of religious music (including several hymns in the Irish language).

Based in County Cork, Arundó play an exciting mixture of traditional (original) and contemporary Irish Music (and also dabble with the haunting sounds of Andean music). The band’s sound revolves around the uilleann pipes, the flute, the guitar, the mandolin, and the bodhrán. Over the years, Arundó have jammed with legendary musicians such as Imelda May, members of Elton John’s band, Mundy, and have played for prestigious occasions such as the UCC Honorary Conferrings where sports stars Brian Cody , Denis Irwin, Ronan O’Gara , Aidan O’Brien and Mary O’Connor were all honoured. Arundó have also entertained well known public figures such as Micheál Martin, John Lonergan, and Sean Gallagher, and have supported The Cork Simon Community and Trócaire. Arundó's latest musical project has seen them provide the entire musical soundtrack to a new DVD promoting Ireland.

During the summer, Arundó play a residency at the Blue Haven, Kinsale.

In order to simplify the process of selecting music for your wedding, Arundó have created an online portal where you can listen to samples of all of our music. Please do contact John at 087.232.2751 in order to access this. We look forward to bringing Traditional Irish Music and Culture to your wedding day!

We have established a thorough set of COVID policies and procedures since the emergence of COVID to guarantee the safety of both the wedding party and the musicians.

Arundo Traditional Irish Music is a Traditional Irish Group from Cork servicing weddings throughout the local area including Munster and beyond.

Arundo Traditional Irish Music is a lively and unique group of musicians that has been part of the Wedding industry since 1999 specialising in Irish Traditional, Classical, Contemporary, Celtic Church Music styles..

Arundo Playing Inis Oirr

Eleanor Plunkett - O'Carolan

Arundo Palchelbel's Canon / Palchelbel's Frolics

Arundo Live in Counihans

Arundo Ceili

Arundo Playing the Masons Apron


30 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Added 29th May 2023
Wedding 20th May 2023
Arundó played at our wedding for our ceremony and drinks reception. John was a pleasure to deal with from the beginning. He provided us with many ideas for song choices at different points in the ceremony and they were accommodating when we asked could they accompany a friend singing too. They arrived well in advance of the ceremony to set up and rehearse with our singer. The music on the day was stunning and our guests were very complimentary about the music. We are so thankful to Arundó, if you’re thinking of booking them look no further!
Amy Owen
Added 15th Jul 2022
Wedding 28th May 2022
We had Arundo play at our ceremony and drinks reception in blairscove durrus. They were outstanding from start to finish. John was very flexible when I asked if my sister could sing with them and the whole ceremony was stunning. Great musicians, would highly recommend to anyone!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Amy - Congratulations once again on your wedding. Blairscove in the sunshine was breathtaking, and we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the music and had a wonderful day. It was a great pleasure to play Songbird with Emer. Thank you for choosing us to bring music to your day. Warm regards, John & Kevin
Andy and Georgie
Added 20th May 2022
Wedding 1st May 2022
We had heard Arundo at our friends’ wedding previously, so had no hesitation to book them for our own. They provided the perfect soundtrack to our drinks reception, and in particular, the exposure to some Irish trad music went down very well with our predominately UK-based guests.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Andy and Georgie - Congratulations once again on your wedding. We really enjoyed playing for you at Balinacurra House, out in the sunshine, and we are delighted to hear that your UK guests liked the Irish trad! Warm regards, John & Kevin
Joy & Robin
Added 14th Jun 2022
Wedding 1st Apr 2022
Arundo was amazing on the day! The band helped make our church ceremony so beautiful. They also played at our drinks reception and were so enjoyable. They created a wonderful atmosphere and everybody loved them. I highly recommend them if you are looking for trad music for an occasion.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Joy and Robin - Congratulations once again on your wedding! It was a joy to play for you in Honan - such a lovely church - and then at Acton's. We hope you had a wonderful day, and thank you for choosing us. Warm regards, John & Kevin
Added 29th Apr 2022
Wedding 12th Feb 2022
Arundo played our drinks reception and did a ceili for us in the evening as well. The music was amazing for both, and the ceili was definitely the highlight of the wedding for us! Everyone wanted to take part, it was just so joyous and fun. The band played beautiful slower songs between the livelier pieces too, which worked really well. They were even good enough to do our first dance as a big group number, and to accommodate a number of music requests in advance. All our guests were saying how much they'd enjoyed it afterwards. We could not recommend them enough!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Siobhan Thanks so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to play for you and your families in Kinsale. Our first Ceili in such a long time - and a joyous one at that! We wish you both many happy years together. Warmest regards, John & Kevin
Áine Donegan
Added 2nd Jan 2023
Wedding 29th Dec 2021
Arundó were a huge part of what made our wedding day so special. Trad music was a big part of the household I grew up in, and when I found them, I knew they were perfect. They are highly skilled musicians, with a range of sounds to choose from and they were extremely professional from start to finish. We opted for the fiddle, guitar and uilleann pipes and the sound echoing around the Honan was sublime. They continued to play at the River Lee Hotel and really got the party going with a huge range of polkas, reels, jigs and more! Thank you John and the band, you were a pleasure to work with and we will cherish the memory of your playing at our wedding forever.
Fiona and Robert Liston
Added 2nd Jun 2022
Wedding 10th Dec 2021
From the get go we both wanted Irish music to play a big part of our wedding and we could not have got a better group than Arundo. Their performance was fabulous on the day and really added to our day. They have been praised and complemented by so many of our guests as they created such a great atmosphere filling what is a large church and our wedding venue with music that appealed to all ages. We would have Arundo all over again if we got to relive our wedding day again. They were brilliant both in the lead up and the day itself especially with the challenges that the pandemic brought.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Fiona and Robert - Belated congratulations on your wedding! Apologies for the very late reply. It was a pleasure to play at your wedding, and thank you so very much for your kind words, and for choosing us to play for you. We are delighted that we were able to contribute to the joy and happiness of your special day. Warm regards, John & Kevin
Emmett and Anna
Added 30th Sep 2021
Wedding 1st Sep 2021
Arundo are just amazing! They played at our church ceremony and at the drinks reception. All of our guests loved the music so much, and asked us who they were. So glad they recommended Inis Oirr as the bridal entrance music - so perfect! Thanks so much Arundo!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Emmett and Anna - Thanks so very much for your review! It was a pleasure to play at your wedding. We wish you a happy and joyous life together! Warm regards, John & Kevin PS - Apologies for the late reply. We never received a notification!
Maebh Barry & KC Reardon
Added 30th Aug 2021
Wedding 12th Aug 2021
When we think back on our wedding day, one thing in particular stands out for us as the married couple and also our guests: our ceremony music played so beautifully by Arundo. John Byrne and his fellow musicians made our ceremony extra special. Against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Mary's cathedral in Killarney, the haunting rendition of the Cranberries 'Dreams' was simply stunning. They are true artists of their craft and made our ceremony all the more special. John was extremely helpful when planning our ceremony, he was very responsive on email and provided tips and pointers for us to ensure we could have the most successful musical backdrop to our special day. To any couple who want a stand out performance at their wedding- look no further than the stunning Arundo.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Maebh and KC - Thank you for kind comments, and we enjoyed playing for you at the beautiful Cathedral in Killarney. It was such a pleasure to play Dreams for you - it is a very special song. We are glad you enjoyed the day, and that we could be a part of it. Congratulations once again!
Marie-Terese and Martin
Added 13th Aug 2021
Wedding 17th Jul 2021
John and Kevin are amazing!! We can't overstate how great they were. It was incredible how much the hymns and instrumentals added to the ceremony. We knew we were in great hands from the day we got in touch with Arundó and really appreciated all the advice. Having suggested tracks for each section in the ceremony really helped. It made it such an enjoyable process and we couldn't be happier with the results. Wedding guests were complimenting the music all day long and some are still asking us 'who played at your wedding?'. We need to have another celebration to have Arundó play again, you are just fantastic,
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Marie-Terese and Martin - Congratulations once again on your wedding - and thank you for your lovely words. It was a pleasure to play for you in Glanmire. We hope to see you again some day!
Rosaleen and Dave
Added 8th Dec 2020
Wedding 5th Dec 2020
Arundó provided the church music for our wedding last Saturday. Everyone said the music was absolutely beautiful and really contributed to the atmosphere. We were really blown away. It was more than we could have hoped for. They have a beautiful selection of music to choose from and were so helpful with that process. They were so friendly and professional to deal with on the run up to the wedding.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to play for your wedding! We loved all the personal touches - including the wedding car!
Máire and Andrew
Added 27th Apr 2020
Wedding 3rd Jan 2020
We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice of music for our big day! Arundó really added to the enjoyment of our wedding. They were a pleasure to deal with in the lead up and pulled out all of the stops on the day itself. So many of our guests raved about them both at the church and during our drinks reception. We couldn't recommend them highly enough!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Hi Máire and Andrew - apologies for not getting back sooner! Thank you so very much for your kind words. We really appreciate it and are thrilled that we could contribute to your special day! We look forward to being on the road again soon.
Niamh and Darren
Added 22nd Sep 2019
Wedding 23rd Aug 2019
We had Arundo for both our church ceremony and drinks reception. The music was absolutely beautiful. The guests are still singing their praises and full of compliments. Arundo were a pleasure to deal with and we would highly recommend them!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Hi Niamh and Darren - Apologies for the late reply! We are so glad you enjoyed the music on your wedding day! It was a pleasure to play for ye - and congratulations once again!
Added 9th Jul 2019
Wedding 29th Jun 2019
Arundo were absolutely brilliant at my wedding. They had everyone dancing all night long. The crowd loved them. The guests are still raving about them. They made my wedding the best wedding ever and the guys are so lovely to deal with. They arrived early and did a fantastic job.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Katyana - it was an absolute pleasure playing the ceili for your wedding, and we loved seeing everyone up and dancing, particularly your special guest dancer! Thank you for your great review and for booking us on your special day. Congratulations!
Added 7th Jan 2019
Wedding 28th Jul 2018
Arundo were great. Totally professional, responded quickly to emails and were flexible with our needs. They gave us a really fun night, there were people on the dance floor who hadn’t ventured onto one in decades! Have already recommended them to a friend.
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Hi Katherine, thank you so much for having us at your wedding! We had such a great time playing for you and your guests and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the music and dancing. Congratulations once again on your wedding.
Added 21st Mar 2018
Wedding 28th Dec 2017
Arundo played church and drinks reception music for us at our wedding in December. I couldn't recommend the guys more, they are just fantastic musicians, so professional and a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. We live in Australia so having traditional music at our wedding back home in Ireland was really important to us and their music blew us away at the ceremony, it was absolutely perfect. The guys were so easy to deal with over email living abroad, and were really good with suggestions for what types of music/songs suit which bit of the ceremony etc which was so helpful as we really didnt know where to start. I was also about 40 mins late for the ceremony and the guys played every miinute from when the first guest arrived until I walked in to keep everyone entertained. So many of our guests asked us who were playing at our drinks reception as the music was so lively and fun, and they intend on getting into Cork City to hear them play again. All of our guests from overseas also so loved the trad music, it was so lovely to showcase that side of Ireland. Thank you so so much Arundo for the perfect music for our special day, we wouldn't hestitate to recommend these guys to every bride and groom!!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Triona, thank you so much for your review. It was a great pleasure to play for your wedding and we are delighted that your overseas guests got a taste of the traditional Irish Music. We look forward to meeting you again if you get a chance to make it to Cork City, and if you are coming, let us know on facebook (
Stephanie & Mike Bourke-Altmann
Added 9th Jul 2017
Wedding 27th May 2017
John and the band were absolutely amazing. Our guests were from three different countries and we were a little bit worried as to how we would get them to mingle on the dance floor. Arundo had every guest up set dancing and having the time of their lives from the very first song. The band kept the atmosphere lively and energetic by mixing dance performances into between the more vigorous set dances. This gave guests a chance to catch their breath before being getting back up for some more fun. Arundo were very professional, very well organised and responsive throughout our wedding planning. If they are playing, you know you're in for a lively and fun evening!!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear Stephanie and Mike, we're so glad that you enjoyed the Ceili and that all your guests partook so enthusiastically in all the dances. We really love it when the guests give us this much feedback and are up for enjoying themselves. It makes the night! Any Sunday night you are in Cork, say hi at Counihans Bar! :)
John & Marie
Added 2nd Oct 2017
Wedding 28th Apr 2017
Arundó are still talked about when we meet up with any of our wedding guests. Both the church and the drinks reception music added to the whole day. The lads were so easy to deal with in trying to select the church music and went out of their way to learn a song we both liked for the church. Even people that may have been a bit apprehensive about their style of music being used in a church setting were converted on the day. Thanks again Arundó!!!!
Response from Arundo Traditional Irish Music
Dear John and Marie, we loved playing your wedding in the scenic Kerry. It's always a thrill when guests who might be apprehensive about Irish music leave convinced of its beauty.
Clare and Steve
Wedding 10th Sep 2016
Dear John + all the Arundo members, Thank you so much for making our wedding day so memorable. We are so privileged to have you play so skillfully at our special day as we totally love your music!
Added 19th Aug 2016
Wedding 8th Jul 2016
The music was beautiful. It really enhanced our ceremony. The guys were great to deal with, very professional and obliging. They played for our drinks reception also and were very flexible on the time. Highly recommend Arundo. Our guests lived the music as much as we did
Wedding 14th May 2016
Dear John, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write to you after the wedding but it has been a bit hectic. I just wanted to thank you and the rest of your group so much for the wonderful music you played at our wedding ceremony, it sounded absolutely amazing and it made the ceremony all the more special for us. All of our guests commented on how talented the musicians were and how much it added to the overall ceremony. Thank you again, Ann
Wedding 26th Mar 2016
Dear John, This is just a short note to thank Arundo for such a great performance on the day of our wedding. Thank you so much for creating such a magical atmosphere and a touch of something different. Everyone has been telling us how great you sounded and that you were absolutely wonderful. I must say a special thank you to your good self for helping me out so much. It is what a bride under pressure needs, so thank you for sorting so much out for me. Duncan and I will have no hesitation in recommending Ar?ndo to others. Thank you once again for adding to the magic of our day. Kind regards, Tara
Clare, Steve and Hanna
Wedding 20th Feb 2016
Dear John, Kevin, Just a note to say thank you very much for playing so wonderfully on our wedding day and Hannas baptism. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, which was made so much more delightful for us because of your music. Hanna clearly loved it too! Sorry I didnt get to see you before you left. Thanks again & hope you can play at our 50th wedding anniversary!!! From Clare, Steve and Hanna
Wedding 7th Nov 2015
You and the band played for our wedding in Waterford last November. We just got our wedding video and were struck again by how beautiful the music was, both in the church and for the reception. We're living in Boston now but hope to catch you again when we're next home. Thanks again for a wonderful job, you helped create such a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere and the music added so much to the ceremony. Our friends talk about it still. Best of luck- I have no doubt you'll have great success in the future, Martina
Yvonne & Alistair
Wedding 3rd Jul 2015
To John and all in Arundo: Thank you so much for the fantastic job you did at our wedding . Hearing Inis Oirr walking down the aisle was one of my favourite parts of the day. All the guests were very impressed and myself and Ally were too. Thanks again, Yvonne and Alistair
Wedding 15th May 2015
John, sorry that it's taken us so long to get a word of thanks across to you and the lads. But better late than never - I just wanted to say that on the best day of our lives, you and the band were an essential part. We had listened to your CD intently after hearing you live in Counihans, knowing that you would be brilliant at the ceremony, but even our highest expectations were surpassed. Seeing the video today and hearing the music brought such a fantastic feeling to us both. Thanks a million. We hope that you'll be touring in Boston soon!!! Finnian
Wedding 25th Apr 2015
Hi John, How's it going? I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. I have to say you were brilliant and the music at both the ceremony and the reception really made the day. Everybody commented on the music after the church and again after the reception, everybody thought the music was amazing. I will definitely be recommending yourselves to anybody getting married in the future! All the best and hopefully I will get to see you playing again sometime (at somebody elses wedding though!!!) Thanks, Phil
Ciarah Cook
Added 17th Apr 2015
Wedding 11th Apr 2015
We had Arundo play at our drinks reception last Saturday and they were absolutely fantastic. We had a lot of guests come over from England for the wedding, and they were totally blown away by them! In the lead up to the wedding John was incredibly helpful and took away any stress we had about the reception music! I couldn't recommend Arundo highly enough - book them now!
The New Mr. & Mrs. Brian and Jess Wegwerth
Wedding 1st Feb 2015
Arundo was one of the first vendors I booked for our wedding. I live in the US, but it has always been my dream to get married in an Irish castle, so when that time came, I wanted Traditional Irish Music to walk down the aisle to, and for my American guests. I came across Arundo through a wedding website that recommended them. when I emailed John enquiring about his services, he took my address and mailed me out a packet. A packet! Two CDs full of samples, pricing, options, as well as the CDs, broken down to places in the ceremony! Do you have any idea how helpful that is? I have never been married before. I don't know what we are supposed to play, where and how. It was amazing. I could literally have just filled in the blanks and be done (which we did for the bulk of the ceremony), but he also helped me fine tune and personalize our ceremony to maximize the music's emotional effectiveness. It was awesome! John worked with myself and my celebrant and as a result, it turned out magically. in addition to having the most beautiful ceremony ever (I am sure all brides say that but I really did :) ), they played my reception where my entire family fell in love with them. They even played "Twinkle Twinkle" for my 20 month old flower girl. People like that are a rarity. My favorite photos are of my guests kicking off their shoes, and dancing as Irish-y as they could. :) Its something I will never forget. Their awesome-ness doesn't end there, however, as since then their generosity continues and we actually used their album as our wedding favor for our reception back here in the States! They were an absolute dream and I recommend them to anyone and everyone. We are so blessed for coming across you both and for having the honor of you playing for us on our special day. Thank you guys so much for helping to make our day absolutely unforgettable! With much love.
Susan & Brian
Added 1st Apr 2015
Wedding 1st Jun 2013
John and the guys - Thank you so much for your help and cooperation during the last 12 months. I am so glad that we were able to find such great musicians to play at our wedding ceremony. Lots of love from Susan and Brian
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