The Papa Zitas are Ireland’s definitive Motown Big Band experience. Their 10 piece outfit delivers incredible performances of all the 1960’s Motown classics we all know and love. Headed by three amazing vocalists (The Mama Zitas!) and joined by an exuberant brass section and thundering rhythm section, this homage to 60s music is to dance for! Whether its festivals, weddings or corporate events, The Papa Zitas are charged with dancefloor hits guaranteed to get the party started.


Have a Look


While we would always encourage each potential client to come and view the band live, we hope you find our videos helpful in determining exactly what kind of style and setlist you can expect from the Zitas crew.



Unique Sound. Exceptional Performance.


Reardens, Cork City, Friday 13th September, 10pm

Leftbank, Kilkenny, Friday 11th October, 10pm

Cork Jazz Festival

Barrys of Douglas, Friday 25th October , 11pm

Reardens, Cork City, Saturday 26th October, 6pm

Clancys Bar, Cork City, Saturday 26th October, 10pm

Clancys Bar, Cork City, Sunday 27th October, 7pm

Reardens, Cork City, Monday 28th October, 10pm 

Smyths Bar, Denmark St, Limerick, Saturday 9th November, 10pm

Reardens, Cork City, Friday 15th November, 10pm

Caseys, Clonakilty, Saturday 16th November, 10pm

Leftbank, Kilkenny, Friday 22nd November, 10pm


Smyths Bar, Denmark St, Limerick, Tuesday 31st December, 10:30pm

As a courtesy to our clients, we do not advertise our schedule for private events


Truly Unforgettable




Personal & Professional

As a professional Wedding Band, we are here to guarantee that all your musical needs are met during your event. It is important to us that the songs we perform suit both your personal taste and that of your guests. We thoroughly enjoy playing at weddings, and will gladly go through your specific requests and needs in detail. 



Sounds That Satisfy

Corporate events are another speciality of The Papa Zitas. Whether it is to follow an important awards event or to finish off the perfect team building weekend, there's an obvious reason why our clients return to us year after year for corporate entertainment; we are the best. Some of our clients include:

Ford Ireland, Ferrero Ireland, Taxback.com, AIB Ireland, Pfizer, Apple, The Business and Enterprise Ball, CIT, UCC, The office of the Lord Mayor of Limerick, Cork County Council and many many more. 

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Entertainment You’ll Love

The majority of our public shows and showcases take place in some of Ireland's biggest clubs and venues, many of which are affiliated with independent party and event websites. Many of our live public shows are advertised as part of high end Hen/Stag/Birthday/Post Wedding packages where we work closely with pub/club/restaurant management to ensure pub-goers and private parties alike have a night to remember.


"Meet Our Sound Guy"

Sounds That Satisfy

We are one of very few bands that have a qualified full-time sound engineer working with us at every show/gig. He will make sure that the band sounds fantastic from any part of the function room but also that volume does not overpower your room, environment or audience. For the duration of our show, he will mix the band to the specific details of your event. All you have to do is look for the man walking around with the iPad. Using the latest in sound engineering software, he can mix the show from anywhere in the venue!

Papa Zitas: Everything but Run of the Mill

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A Wide Variety

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Baby Love

Best of My Love

Candy Man

Stop in the Name of Love

Young Hearts Run Free

Im Coming Out


Bom Bom Bom

Blame it on the Boogie

My Guy

I Will Survive

Lady Marmalade

Love is Like a Heatwave

Good Times

I Want You Back


Say a Little Prayer for You

Le Freak


Baby I Love You

Fooled Around and Fell in Love

My Girl

Do You Love Me 

Hey Ya 

Dancing in The Dark

Proud Mary

Isn't She Lovely

Dancing in the Street


Dance with Me Tonight 

Nowhere to Run

Bad Girls

Lets Stay Together

Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher 

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Shake your Tail Feather

Come See About Me

Kentish Town Waltz

Could you Be Loved

This Will Be

For Once in My Life

Ain't Got No

Reet Petite

Make My Dreams Come True

Sir Duke

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Shake Your Body Down

Oh What A Night

Aint Too Proud to Beg

I Wish

Uptown Funk

Mess Around

Mr Postman

Be My Baby

Where did you go to my Lovely

All Night Long

Upside Down

At Last



Conventionally Unconventional

We want to make your event a success with live music your guests won’t soon forget. We are a talented and professional Wedding Band bringing a unique mixture of sounds and musical styles tailored to meet the feel of an event and the acoustic inclinations of you and your guests. You can trust us to guarantee the entertainment at your event runs smoothly. Check out the different musical options we have to offer below.

10 Piece Motown Band

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From Your First Dance Onwards

The Papa Zitas are first and foremost, a professional ten piece Motown and Soul Band. Not only are we one of a handful of wedding bands who specialise in this genre, we pride ourselves on being the most professional ten piece band in the country-from our unique lighting show to our carefully crafted setlist, our choreographed moves to our first class musicianship, we offer a certain something that you will not get from any other big band in Ireland. Just pop along to a show to see exactly what we mean!

Drinks Reception

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Your Kind of Style

Upon request, we can provide laid back, easy listening tunes for your guests as we bridge the gap between ceremony and party atmosphere. Our drinks reception set consists jazz standards, film classics, romantic ballads, and lush instrumentals, designed to get your guests tapping their feet. This can be fulfilled by either a 5 piece (vocalist OR saxophonist) or 6 piece (vocalist AND saxophonist) group.

DJ Service

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Post Band Tunes - Meet Our DJs

As experts in the wedding entertainment field, we know there's nothing worse than having a top class band finish their set and a mediocre DJ stepping into the spotlight. The energy of a ten piece band can be hard to match when it's 12.30am and you're just one person with a mic and decks! That's why we hand pick our DJs from the very best that Munster has to offer. You've probably heard all this before, but we really mean it-we will never ever let just anyone take control of a dancefloor we have worked hard to fill. We not only promise to personally book and brief our Djs on your specific needs, we guarantee he/she will keep the high standard of the Papa Zitas reputation in check until the very last song of the night.

Find the perfect mix for your next event.


Hi Owen,

I'm sorry for taking so long in sending this note of thanks, however we've been on a nice long break after the wedding.

Thank you so much for such a fantastic performance that night in Doolin last June 25th, we both absolutely loved the whole thing, from start to finish.

I was on the dance floor for all but one song, (normally parked right in front of the brass section!), and it was everything I hoped for. It was truly a magical experience to feel totally immersed in such great atmospheric music, surrounded by all my family friends and loved ones... 

All age groups at the wedding loved it, parents, grandparents, and younger nieces and nephews. It was the first thing everyone mentions to us when discussing what a great night it was.

Thank you, and please send my thanks to everyone for the night. The energy and happiness everyone brought along was noticeable and hugely appreciated.

Best wishes

Ricky & Nicole

Hotel Doolin 25th June 2019



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