Smooth: the Camembert Quartet with Ryan Tubridy

They might be Ireland's best-known wedding band – but even the Camembert Quartet are not immune to the recession.

The group, which became known on Tubridy Tonight and who are now the Late Late Show house band, have dropped their prices by over 20% since last year.

Their dedicated website is also no longer functional, and the band remain free for a number of dates throughout the summer. Moreover, the quartet's booking manager says they are open to negotiation on fees depending on location and time.

For a two-and-a-half-hour set the group charge approximately €3,150 and organise their own PA and lighting systems.

"The fees have been generally reduced since 2009 by approximately 20% and vary depending on the location, and to secure the date, all we require is a €300 deposit.

"They are true professionals and will guarantee you and your guests a great night with plenty of humorous audience interaction and quality musicianship. Their reputation is second to none," says their booking co-ordinator Jennifer Cullivan.

The Sunday Tribune was told that the band were free to perform weeknights during the summer in a variety of locations, and on some Sundays also.

Consisting of Clint Velour, Vic Ferrari, Bunny Green, The Doc and Major James, the band most recently performed at the wedding of Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman in Lough Rynn castle in Co Leitrim.

Their MySpace page lists them as "the greatest five-piece quartet in the world" and the "Frank Zappas of Ireland".

The five man group will return to The Late Late Show in the autumn for a new season.