Having great music at your wedding is one of the easiest ways of ensuring all your guests have a great time. It helps to build a fun atmosphere and keeps everyone’s energy levels up during the day. Of course, as a musician I would say that 😉 But it’s true to say that whenever I start to play, it really does create a great buzz in the room that’s difficult to get from music playing from a CD. People just love live entertainment!
I recently came across an article from wedding planner Lisa Victoria Smith which agrees. In it, she shares her expert tips for making your wedding day a hit with all your guests and among the usual suspects– such as having a free bar and tasty food– she stresses how important live music is—especially during the wedding breakfast. As she puts it: ‘There’s nothing worse than a deathly silent dinner!’ She’s definitely onto something.
In the years I’ve been playing at weddings, I’ve noticed more people booking me to play during the meal in addition to the evening. A wedding DJ or band might be a little noisy when people are trying to chat to each other over the dinner table, but as a solo wedding musician I can play (and sing) songs on the piano and/or acoustic guitar which helps to build a great atmosphere without it being too intrusive. I can even play instrumental versions of pop songs, if you prefer.
As the wedding breakfast is often the time when your guests first get to meet properly, live music acts as a great conversation starter, too.
So, by the time the evening rolls round, everyone’s more than ready for a dance! That’s when I can use my pedal to build up live backing tracks on the guitar before launching into my DJ set of all the classic party tunes which your guests of all ages will love.
If you’re looking for a wedding musician in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas for any part of your special day, please take a look at my packages or get in touch.
Recently I’ve been working on getting videos recorded and edited and I’m delighted to share the first of me playing with my band ‘Notes’. It was recorded at a Halloween party this year and there will be more videos from the evening to follow. We’ve performed as a wedding band on a number of occasions and love playing together whenever possible as they’re a great bunch of guys. On drums is Ben Ward, Joel Buttery on bass and Jamie Bowden, like me, is a guitarist and pianist. If you’re thinking of having a band for your wedding or special occasion please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
My new video, an acoustic cover of Brown Eyed Girl is finally finished and here for you to see! It was filmed in a stunning part of Cornwall near Taplow back in September and features guitar, harmonies and harmonica performed and recorded by me. Check it out above!
What a blast Glastonbury was!! Yes, plenty of mud and sore legs from the miles walked but it was over so quickly you know you had a good time. I’m so grateful to Pony from Small World Stage for giving me the chance to fulfil one of my ambitions and play at Glastonbury Festival, it really was very special for me and I hope I get the chance to do it again in the years to come. Playing mainly my own songs is a rare occurrence so it was lovely to share them with other people and also get a recording for the first time of some of them.
One of my other highlights of the festival was seeing ‘Show of Hands’ play again. They were wonderful and I even met by chance Steve from the band at the instrument store in the green fields. He was a really nice guy and if you haven’t heard of them please check out their website here to listen to their songs; the one on the home page ‘The Game Keeper’ is so beautifully written and evokes such poignancy I can only aspire to such talent. Every song they played was brilliant but a few favourites from their show were ‘Be Lucky’, ‘Roots’ and ‘The Blind Fiddler’ and I can’t wait to see them again. I love the stories told through their songs and relate to the lines in ‘Roots’ about a particular pub standard!
I was also very glad and grateful to have the chance to play with a friend of mine, Will Pike, and perform one of our mutual friend’s, Roy Hudson’s, songs. If you’d like to see how the set went then you’re in luck as I managed to video it and it’s available on the video page link above or you can click here. I’d love to know what you think of it so please drop me a message through the website or facebook.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival! If you’ve managed to get a ticket and fancy popping along to see me, I’ll be on the Small World Stage in the green fields at 3pm on Wednesday 22nd June. It’ll be a 45 minute set of my original material so I’m very excited to have a chance to perform these works. If you’d like to hear my earlier EP please click here. Hope to see you there!!
Here’s my latest video, an acoustic version of Marvin Gaye’s 1982 hit ‘Sexual Healing’ which I performed recently at The Greyhound in Eton Wick, Berkshire. I hope you enjoy it. More videos are coming soon!