Walk Beside Me

St. Mary's Church, Teemore, Co. Fermanagh


Laura & James contacted me on Instagram (@weddingsingereire by the way) in the summer of 2022. They went on to book me as their wedding singer for their December wedding in St. Mary’s Church, Teemore, Co. Fermanagh.
Once the booking was in place, it was clear they both had lots of ideas about the music they wanted. Laura let me know that she was very keen on walking up the aisle to a song called ‘Walk Beside Me’ from the show Celtic Woman.
I didn’t know the song at the time but instantly loved it the first time I listened. The lyrics are just perfect for a wedding Entrance song

Don’t walk in front of me, I was not born to follow
Don’t walk behind me, We were all born to lead
Don’t walk without me, I might need you tomorrow
Walk right beside me, Be the real friend I needMutt Lange (for Celtic Woman)

I enjoyed working on this atmospheric arrangement using drones and percussion samples to give the song more depth while slowly adding in the guitar to build the sound as Laura made her way to the altar.
Here’s the live recording I captured as the Bride walked up the aisle.

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Some Feedback from the Bride & Groom

“Barry added so much to our ceremony, we were just delighted to have him as part of our day. So many people have complimented us on the Church music he provided – we would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone. We found the range of songs on his website and YouTube channel made choosing songs to suit our ceremony very easy – he even took to learning a favourite song of ours for the day which really added to the day.”

Full Ceremony Music List for Laura & James

Entrance Song: Walk Beside Me (from Celtic Woman)

Lighting of Single Candles: Gift of a Thistle – from Braveheart (played on Low Whistle)

Responsorial Psalm: On Eagles Wings

Gospel Acclamation: Seinn Alleluia

Lighting of Marriage Candle: Erin Shore (on Low Whistle)

Offertory Procession: Be Still For The Presence of The Lord

Communion Hymns: Lady of Knock / Down In The River

Signing of The Register: Red Is The Rose

Recessional Song: I Will Wait (by Mumford & Sons)