Derry band’s celeb bash!

Local band the Mindbenders pictured with Saturdays' star Una Healy and her rugby player husband Ben Foden after their recent wedding in Thurles. Pictured, from left are band member Ali Skeegs, groom, Ben Foden, bride, Una Healy, and band members Don Ponsonby. Gerry Coyle and Paul Curran.
Local band the Mindbenders pictured with Saturdays' star Una Healy and her rugby player husband Ben Foden after their recent wedding in Thurles. Pictured, from left are band member Ali Skeegs, groom, Ben Foden, bride, Una Healy, and band members Don Ponsonby. Gerry Coyle and Paul Curran.

Members of well known Derry band, ‘The Mindbenders’ say they’ve been inundated with calls after performing at what the UK press recently billed the celebrity wedding of the year.

The popular four piece made up of local men, Gerry Coyle, Paul Curran, Ali Skeegs and Don Ponsonby, were requested to provide the entertainment in Tipperary last month when Irish born Saturdays’ star Una Healy married rugby player Ben Foden.

Publicity rights for the wedding were sold to OK! Magazine so the local musicians had to remain tightlipped about their biggest gig of the year until the glossy publication hit the shelves.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal however, singer Paul Curran said they were thrilled to have got the job of opening and closing the wedding which was attended by boyband JLS as well as members of the English rugby team.

“Really, we just played it the same way we do all our other weddings, but obviously this one was a bit more high profile,” says Paul.

“There was a 20 strong security team making sure it was private to protect the magazine deal, but apart from that, it was great fun. The crowd were great and from the word ‘go’ they were straight out on the floor.”

Paul revealed the Saturdays’ singer had requested Brian Adams’ ballad ‘Everything I do’ as her first dance song and said Ms. Healey even joined the band for a performance of Sweet Home Alabama later in the evening.

“She was lovely, just like any other bride enjoying her big day,” he says.

The local performer also revealed how it wasn’t the band’s first celebrity event.

“A few years ago we played at comedian Brendan O’ Carroll’s son’s wedding in Letterkenny and we were joined on stage by Peter Kay who sang ‘The Way to Amarillo’ with us.”

The band, made up of members from Derry and Donegal are now back on the road performing at other weddings.

“The phone hasn’t stopped and that’s great for a local band to get a wee boost like that,” smiles Paul.