As we are now well into the wedding season, it has been an extremely busy time playing at many weddings over the past few months and doing my best to help make all the happy couples wedding days extra special. I managed to get a couple of days relaxing with my family at Chessington World of Adventures last week. We all had a great time. It was then back home to a busy weekend of playing four gigs.
The great thing about playing guitar is how versatile the instrument is. Daytimes involved playing background music at weddings on my BJH seven string guitar and the evenings were great fun playing with the Claire Barker Band on my Fender Strat and Vox AC30. A great combination to create some amazing sounds for Claire’s band!
Thank you again so much for playing at our wedding, you were fantastic!Sarah Hampson, 2nd June 2014My daytime performance on Saturday was a wedding, playing solo guitar at the Norfolk Mead Hotel. I began with some background music as the wedding guests arrived, at specific points throughout the ceremony and then moved to the garden and entertained the guests until the wedding breakfast. The Norfolk Mead Hotel is a lovely venue and the staff are all very friendly and helpful.
After leaving the Norfolk Mead Hotel, it was straight to the Maltsters Inn in Ranworth to play with the Claire Barker Band. We had a great night playing to a very enthusiastic audience who were celebrating a 25th Wedding anniversary. Not only was the evening an amazing party, the band was fed with a very tasty buffet brought to the guests by the waitresses.
In the chaos of late Saturday night, not sure that I thanked you all properly. Everyone had a really good night and the first dance and the set list were perfect. We were really pleased with how the whole evening went, and your band were a major contribution to that. Please pass my thanks onto all of them. Your new guitarists work was stunning. Thanks again.Ian & Karen, 3rd June 2014On Sunday, I spent the day at Southwood Hall. Once again, I played solo seven string guitar before, during and after the ceremony with specific pieces requested for the intro and exit music. I then moved to a different spot in the garden and continued to entertain the wedding guests until the wedding breakfast. It was a glorious day and the hot sun made Southwood Hall look spectacular.
The staff at Southwood Hall looked after me very well and everything was extremely well organised. As I was playing in the evening with the Claire Barker Band, I was kindly given a lovely meal and had a bit of time to chat with Mike Brown from Magic Video Moments, Richard Howes from Insight Media Productions and Matt Brasnett from I do photography. All the guys were constantly focused on their work and the meal was interrupted on several occasions as a potential wedding picture was spotted and they were straight to it. From baby ducks, to the beautiful presentation of the wedding meal, no opportunity was missed! I also learned some video and photography editing tips from the guys which was very kind of them.
Another great gig in the evening with the Claire Barker Band had all the guests on their feet. The first dance request was Next to Me by Emeli Sandé. It is always a nice feeling to play pieces that the bride and groom have specifically requested for their wedding day. All the weekend performances required me to learn specific songs so I certainly needed to be organised!
That’s just about all for this blog post. The diary is pretty full up so busy times ahead. If you are looking into music for any event, please get in touch as I can provide many different styles of music to suit any occasion.
If you want to see me live, my next public gig is with the Claire Barker Band on Sunday 8th June at the Maids Head in Old Catton. It’s an early start at 5pm so hopefully I’ll see you there!
Bye for now.