Featured Artist – The Commitments

The-young-and-vibrant-cast-of-the-CommitmentsThe Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film adaptation of the novel The Commitments by Roddy Doyle. It tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul band. It was directed by Alan Parker from a screenplay adapted by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Doyle himself. The film was an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was filmed on location in Dublin.

The Stars From The Commitments is an Irish tribute act based on the fictional band appearing in the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments. The band was formed shortly after the release of the film, which itself was based on the Roddy Doyle novel of the same name. The band features two of the actors from the film.

The Commitments cast members Dick Massey (drummer Billy Mooney in the film) and Kenneth McCluskey (bassist Derek Scully in the film) are the founders of the spin off band. They have performed with acts such as BB King, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Sam Moore and Ben E King.

The cast were mostly unknown before filming, chosen for musical rather than acting ability.

  • Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte, manager. Arkins was initially considered for the role of Deco until the filmmakers discovered Andrew Strong. He sings only in the film’s video.
  • Colm Meaney as Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.
  • Andrew Strong as Declan “Deco” Cuffe, lead singer. His father, Rob Strong, was brought in as a vocal coach and Parker heard his son singing and auditioned him for Deco. Strong was 16.
  • Maria Doyle as Natalie Murphy, backup singer
  • Bronagh Gallagher as Bernie McGloughlin, backup singer. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Gallagher had to learn a Dublin accent.
  • Angeline Ball as Imelda Quirke, backup singer.
  • Glen Hansard as Outspan Foster, Guitar.
  • Kenneth McCluskey as Derek “Meatman” Scully, bass.
  • Johnny Murphy as Joey “The Lips” Fagan, trumpet. A number of established musicians were considered, including Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison. Morrison insisted his songs be used in the film. Parker insisted that an established actor mentor the largely untrained cast.
  • FĂ©lim Gormley as Dean Fay, sax.
  • Michael Aherne as Steven Clifford, piano.
  • Dave Finnegan as Mickah Wallace, drums
  • Dick Massey as Billy Mooney, drums.
  • Andrea Corr as Sharon, Jimmy’s younger sister, who does not sing in the film.
  • Peter Rowan as the skateboarding boy who wants to audition for the band.
  • Colm Mac Con Iomaire as an auditioning fiddler.
  • Jim Corr as a Guitarist
  • Sharon Corr – Fiddle Player (uncredited)
  • Caroline Corr – Extra (uncredited)