BIO 2014


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. 


Our Current Motown Setlist

  • Martha and the Vandellas: Heatwave, Dancing in the Street, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mac
  • Diana Ross and The Supremes: Baby Love, Stop in the name of love, Ain’t No Mountain High, Keep Me Hanging on
  • Gladys Knight and The Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia, I Heard it Through the Grapevine
  • The Shirelles: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Mama Said, and Please Mr Postman
  • Smokey Robinson: Tracks of my Tears, Going to a Go Go, Cruisin, You Really Got a Hold On Me
  • The Four Tops: Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, Same Old Song, Reach Out Il Be There, Standing in The Shadows of Love
  • Marvin Gaye: How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, You’re all I Need To Get By, Baby Don’t You Do It, Lets Get It On, Got to Give it Up, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Lionel Ritchie: All Night Long, Easy
  • The RonettesBe My Baby
  • Edwin Starr:  War and 25 Miles
  • Stevie Wonder: Signed Sealed Delivered, Superstition, As, I Wish, Isn’t She Lovely, Sir Duke, My Cherie Amour, Master Blaster
  • Rick James: Super Freak, Give it To Me Baby
  • Junior Walker and the All stars: Hip City and Shotgun
  • Jackie Wilson: Your love Keeps Lifting Me Higher, Reet Petite
  • The Temptations: My Girl, Get Ready, Ain’t Too Proud, Cloud Nine
  • Bootsy Collins: Cool Jerk, Do You Love Me
  • Jackson 5: ABC, Shake your Body Down, Il Be There

Soul Classics

  • Ray Charles:  What I’d Say, Mess Around
  • Parliament: We Got The Funk
  • Tina Turner:  Proud Mary
  • Aretha Franklin: A Little Respect, I Say a Little Prayer for You, Think
  • Etta James: Something’s Gotta Hold on Me, At Last
  • Fontella Bass: Rescue Me
  • Dusty Springfield: Son of a Preacher Man
  • Marlena Shaw: California Soul

Modern Soul Hits Include

  • Janelle Monae: Tightrope
  • The Commitments: Try A Little Tenderness
  • Bruno Mars: Locked out of Heaven, Treasure
  • Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
  • Pharrell Williams: Happy
  • Olly Murs: Dance with Me Tonight and Trouble Maker
  • Lauryn Hill: Doo Wop That Thing, Could You Be Loved
  • OutKast: Hey Ya
  • Sam and the Womp: Bom Bom Bom
  • Ceelo Green: I Want You
  • Basement Jaxx: Do Your Thing
  • Nina Simone: To Love Somebody, Ain’t Got No

Wedding Waltzes include

  • Imelda May: Kentish Town Waltz
  • Divine Comedy: Songs of Love (Father Ted Theme)