Celebrate soul music: Your guide to Joe Ringer's Soul Commitments


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Joe Ringer is bringing ‘The Soul Commitments’ to Potters and we can’t wait to see the show celebrating the music of the multi award-winning 1991 film The Commitments, and sing and dance along to all of our favourite soul tunes! Find yourself transported from the Atlas Theatre to the nightclubs of Dublin for a selection of sizzling soul classics from legends including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Otis Redding.

We caught up with Joe Ringer ahead of its debut at Potters to find out more about the show and what songs you can expect to party along to…

Why did you decide to put together The Soul Commitments?

The Joe Ringer Band has been playing together for almost ten years now, from cruises and theatre shows to large events all over the UK. We have always loved playing the hits of The Commitments and last year decided to put together our own show, The Soul Commitments. We are a live 12-piece band, featuring an amazing horn section and with a gorgeous backing vocal trio too.   

What songs will we be able to hear?

The show will feature all of the biggest hits from the smash hit 1991 film The Commitments based on the Roddy Doyle novel, which centres around a promoter putting together an R&B group in Dublin, playing the greatest soul hits of the 60s and 70s. We perform the films biggest hits, with dance floor fillers from Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Al Green. It will be a really feel-good night with songs like Mustang Sally, Try a Little Tenderness, Proud Mary and I Heard it through the Grapevine being performed! The audience will be transported back to the glory days of the 1960s when Motown ruled the airways and is a chance for people to get up and dance the night away to all of their favourite soul tunes. There will be big sing and dance numbers!

Do you love soul music and who are your favourite soul artists?

I’ve always loved soul music and was brought up on the sounds of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It is an honour to perform such timeless classics with such amazing musicians. As well as singing and leading the band, I arrange all the music and always try my best to stay faithful to the style of the original. We can’t wait to bring our brand new show to Potters and party the night away with all of the amazing guests.


Thanks Joe. Here is a bit of information about The Commitments film and the hit songs that feature in the film…

The Commitments film and songs

The Commitments is a 1991 musical comedy-drama based on the 1987 novel by Roddy Doyle. Set in Dublin, the film tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young music fanatic who assembles a group of youths to form a soul band named The Commitments. The film won four BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing, and is regarded as one of the best Irish films ever made.

Here are the songs that feature in the film… 

  1. Mustang Sally
  2. Take Me to the River
  3. Chain of Fools
  4. The Dark End of the Street
  5. Destination Anywhere
  6. I Can’t Stand the Rain
  7. Try a Little Tenderness
  8. Treat Her Right
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  10. Mr. Pitiful
  11. I Never Loved a Man
  12. In the Midnight Hour
  13. Bye Bye Baby
  14. Slip Away