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Guess who's back.... back again...
Well - it's January 2021 and we find ourselves in yet another lockdown here in the UK. I've got to be honest - I didn't think I'd be resurrecting these sessions after a run of 16 consecutive live gigs last Summer! I, and probably most others, thought the world would be getting back to "normality" (whatever that is) by now, but hey - here we are. COVID figures higher than ever in the UK, hospitals full and schools shut once again.
Coupled with the gloom and short days, it's a tough time for everyone - so for a bit of light relief, every Tuesday at 8pm I'll be back on your screens playing some live tunes and of course having the usual silly chatter. It was great to see all the regulars back joining us for week 1 on Facebook live. I love reading all the comments after the session finishes - definitely brightens up my week!
Join Mrs Mac and I every Tuesday for a live session - 8pm over on Facebook live.
Recap the first live session of lockdown v3.0 here:
Whilst I'll try to keep this page up-to-date, the COVID situation is changing all the time. Contact me for the latest information if you're unsure.
Last updated: 21st January 2021.
Existing wedding bookings
We are postponing our wedding - can you move our booking over to a new date?
Yes - assuming I'm available on your new date. Before making any postponement decisions, I'd ask that you check availability with all of your suppliers first. We're all having to move multiple bookings, and this effectively means trying to squeeze two years of bookings into one. As you can imagine, our diaries are getting incredibly busy, so to avoid disappointment I'd recommend getting a selection of multiple dates from your venue and trying to choose one that works for both you and your suppliers.
Are there any extra charges for moving our date?
No additional admin fees, but depending on your new date an annual price rise might apply. Bookings moved to 2022 will incur a £25 charge and £50 for 2023. This will be applied to your outstanding balance.
What happens if you can't make our new date?
As mentioned above, the first option should be to get a selection of postponement options from your venue. If you've chosen a new date without contacting me, there's a chance I might not be available. If you've sourced a few different dates and I can't make any of them, I'll offer some alternative options so that you're still getting some value for your booking fee, such as:
- Personalised high-quality professional recordings for your wedding ceremony/first dance. This may be two or three bespoke songs depending on the booking fee you've already paid, with the option to purchase extra recordings.
- I can look into finding you an alternative similar musician at the same agreed fees.
- If we can't come to any alternative agreement, I'll refund any balance already paid minus the booking fee which is non-refundable in all cases.
We're not sure if we're going to postpone - can you hold another date for us just in case?
I'd love to but I simply don't have the room in my diary to hold multiple dates. The best I can do is to pencil in your reserve date, then contact you if someone else enquires for this date. I'll give you first refusal in this instance.
If we downsize our wedding, what happens with our booking?
When weddings start happening again I expect a phased return to be implemented, similar to what happened in Autumn 2020. This may be 15 or 30 guests initially - we'll have to see how it plays out, but it will depend on what the government regulations are at the time of your wedding.
In most cases I should be able to fulfil your booking as planned, although timings may need to be tweaked. I'll work with you and will be flexible to make it work. For example, at a microwedding last year I played during the meal rather than the drinks reception. For another smaller wedding I played a laid-back quieter evening set, rather than an upbeat party set due to the ban on dancing and singing.
Like I say, I'll work with you to make it happen! And if new rules come in that ban live music completely, I can either do a live stream for you on the day or provide some recordings that you can play, so that you'll still have my music at your wedding in some form.
We're cancelling our wedding - what happens with our booking?
I totally understand - things are still very uncertain, and in some cases couples have moved their dates 2 or 3 times already. I will keep working with you and moving dates for as long as this pandemic lasts, but I can appreciate that for some it's all a bit too much, and I totally sympathise with anyone thinking of cancelling their celebration.
In my experience so far, all of my cancellation requests so far have actually been indefinite postponements. Most people have said that they're still looking to get married, they just don't know when and want to see how the pandemic plays out before setting a new date. In this case you'd be most welcome to put the booking on ice, and contact me as soon as a date is set - even if this is a year or two in the future. Any fees already paid will be applied to your new booking. If you're cancelling completely with no future wedding on the horizon, this is a voluntary cancellation so my regular T&C's would apply in this instance.
If we book with you during the pandemic, will you return our deposit if our wedding doesn't go ahead?
No. I don't take deposits - the initial fee you pay to secure your date is a non-refundable reservation fee. This fee covers admin, time and it reserves your chosen date. It's non-refundable in all cases.
If the pandemic is still causing problems nearer to our wedding and we wish to postpone, will this be ok?
Yes absolutely - see the FAQ's for existing wedding bookings above. Any new bookings taken at this time will be treated exactly the same as existing customers.
Do you have any offers or discounts for microweddings?
Not currently. Usually the service I provide at smaller celebrations is the same time duration as a regular wedding, and I'm still providing the same amount of music so the fee remains the same. However, I'm always happy to put together a bespoke quote if timings are looking a little different to the norm - just send me a message and I'll quote for this.
Jingle those bells, deck those halls and get merry... it's time for a bit of live Christmas music!
Ho ho ho - don't be a scrooge... we're back for a Christmas special, so grab yourself a mulled wine and come join us over on Facebook live for some festive classics!
Well, 2020, what a year it's been...
Things have been very different here at PMHQ with no events to play at during the Coronavirus outbreak, but I kept the live music flowing this Summer with my live Tuesday lockdown sessions.
Now, as we find ourselves gradually coming out of the lockdown period, things are starting to move again. Weddings are starting to happen... shops, restaurants etc. are opening up - Joe Wicks has even done his final PE class!
So - it seemed an appropriate time to bring the live sessions to a close. 15 weeks and 170 songs later, Mrs Mac and I will be raising a glass to the final lockdown session. It'll start at the usual time of 8pm on Tuesday 28th July, and we'll be doing a double session with a recap of your favourite songs from the last few months!
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If you'd like to hear a song again, let me know and I'll get it on the list for you 🙂 Here's the full list...
The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way George Ezra - Paradise Tom Walker - Just You & I Jack Johnson - Better Together Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Stevie Wonder - Superstition Paolo Nutini - 10/10 Stereophonics - Have A Nice Day Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Bob Marley - Stir It Up George Ezra - Budapest White Stripes - Seven Nation Army Kings of Leon - Use Somebody Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill Toploader/Darkness - Dancing In The Moonlight/I Believe In A Thing Called Love George Ezra - Shotgun Bastille - Pompeii Blackstreet - No Diggity REM - Losing My Religion Bob Marley - Jammin' The Killers - Mr. Brightside Guns n Roses - Sweet Child 'o Mine The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction Oasis - She's Electric Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere The Lumineers - Ho Hey Foo Fighters - Everlong Ed Sheeran - You Need Me, I Don't Need You Bob Marley - Is This Love Stereophonics - Dakota Jackson Five - I Want You Back Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower Oasis - Champagne Supernova Daft Punk - Get Lucky Scouting For Girls - She's So Lovely Sam Smith - Latch T'Pau - China In Your Hand REM - Man On The Moon Bob Marley - Three Little Birds David Gray - Babylon Ed Sheeran - Perfect Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl Coldplay - Viva La Vida The Wkend - Blinding Lights Bastille - Laura Palmer Justin Bieber - Love Yourself KT Tunstall - Black Horse and The Cherry Tree Travis - Flowers In The Window Coldplay - Clocks Green Day - (Good Riddance) Time Of Your Life Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry Tenacious D - Tribute Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You Beatles - She Loves You The Kooks - Naive Tracey Chapman - Fast Car Bruno Mars - Marry You Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Paolo Nutini - Pencil Full Of Lead Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Within Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime Mcfly - Star Girl 5ive - Keep On Moving Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back) B*witched - C'est La Vie Take That - Back For Good Britney Spears - Hit Me Baby One More Time Katrina & The Waves - Walking on Sunshine Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 The Proclaimers - 500 Miles Oasis - Wonderwall Tina Tuner - Proud Mary Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay Temptations - My Girl Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street Al Green - Let's Stay Together Smokey Robinson - Tracks Of My Tears Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely Keb 'Mo - Closer Waterboys - Whole Of The Moon Ben E King - Stand By Me Pulp - Common People Jake Bugg - Lighting Bolt Coldplay - Yellow Travis - Driftwood Ed Sheeran - Sing Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Beatles - Come Together Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor The Jam - A Town Called Malice Take That - Never Forget Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger Elbow/Beatles - One Day Like This/Hey Jude The Black Keys - Lonely Boy Steve Miller Band - The Joker The Coral - In The Morning The La's - There She Goes MGMT - Kids Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger Don McLean - American Pie Beatles - All You Need Is Love Adele - Skyfall Smashmouth - All Star Jack Johnson - Upside Down Pharrell - Happy Greatest Showman - A Million Dream Frozen - Love Is An Open Door Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight Stealers Wheels - Stuck In The Middle With You Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love Grease - Summer Nights Dirty Dancing - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil Beyonce - Crazy In Love Ed Sheeran - Don't Mumford & Sons - The Cave Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum Adele - Rolling In The Deep Pulp - Disco 2000 Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me? Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire Oasis - Live Forever The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony Foo Fighter/David Bowie - Times Like These/Heroes Ed Sheeran/Blackstreet - Shape Of You/No Diggity Daft Punk/OneRepublic - Get Counting Lucky Stars Jackson Five/Jessie J - I Want You Back/Price Tag Ed Sheeran/Macklemore - You Need Me/Thrift Shop Lady Gaga/Eurythmics - Bad Romance/Sweet Dreams Spice Girls - Wannabe Hanson - Mmmbop Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe The Calling - Wherever You Will Go Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer George Ezra - Blame It On Me Jack Johnson - Good People Cornershop - Brimful of Asha Avicii - Wake Me Up Amy Winehouse - Valerie Sam Cooke - Wonderful World Ed Sheeran - Barcelona Coldplay - In My Place James - Sit Down The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon Tom Petty - Free Fallin' Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror Foo Fighters - Best Of You
Do you have a small or intimate wedding celebration coming up? Maybe a wedding ceremony with reduced numbers or a garden party at your own home? If you're interested in having some live acoustic music at your small event, you can contact me for a bespoke quote using any of the following methods:
It's early July 2020 as I write this, and we've just gone through an extraordinary few months. The Coronavirus lockdown brought our country to an abrupt halt, and of course this meant the postponement (and sadly, cancellation in some cases) of thousands of weddings.
Thankfully, things are slowly starting to reopen, and in England weddings can now take place again! Wonderful news for those that want to tie the knot, and aren't too worried about having a large party/celebration.
With limited numbers and some extra precautions, weddings are slowly starting to happen again - and the positive news is that regulations are likely to be relaxed further in the coming weeks.
Live music at smaller weddings
Although it may be a little longer before we can have big evening parties, DJs and live bands, in the short-term smaller celebrations are the way to go!
If you have a wedding coming up this year, chances are you've had to downsize. Some ideas I've heard floated around for this year's weddings have included:
- Small ceremonies with just close friends and family (maybe then a big belated party next year!)
- A wedding ceremony followed by a reception at their venue, as soon as government guidelines allow - but more than likely with reduced numbers and no evening party.
- A complete change in plans! A small legal ceremony at a church or registry office, then a garden party in the afternoon/evening with close friends and family - in line with COVID guidelines, of course.
Live acoustic guitar music at smaller weddings/parties
So how does this tie-in with what I do? Well, although the majority of my weddings for 2020 have now postponed until next year, I'm starting to receive a lot of queries from couples looking to go ahead with smaller celebrations this year.
I'm absolutely happy to quote for weddings and small parties from July 2020 onwards - I understand this probably won't fit in with my traditional pricing structure, so if you have an event coming up and want some live music, pop an enquiry over on my contact page, or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The addition of a live musician may be exactly what you need to make your day feel more special. If you're having a small event in your garden for example, you can book me to come along and play some tunes as you eat, or provide the ambience while you relax in the sun with a cold glass of something.
It's those special touches that make your big day - well, special. You don't have to have 200 people, a marching band and doves flying down the aisle! The small moments are the things you'll cherish - like the memory of chatting with your closest loved ones, while you have some fantastic live music to listen to. And hey, if you want a huge party (who doesn't?!) well, we can do that when all this is over and done with.
Is live music permitted currently?
At the moment, evening celebrations are a no-go in England, but of course guidance is changing all the time so do check the Government website for the latest guidance.
Currently, live music with one singer and instrument may be permitted at ceremonies as long as your venue and registrars etc. are happy with your plans. Taken from the current Government guidance (correct on 9th July 2020) re: singing at wedding ceremonies:
"Where required for the marriage or civil partnership, only one individual should be permitted to sing or chant, and the use of plexi-glass screens should be considered to protect guests, as this will further prevent transmission and the screen can be easily cleaned"
Personally, I think the plexi-glass screen can be avoided as long as there is plenty of space. I'd suggest at least 5 metres between the performer and any other individuals, more if possible. I also always sing directly into a microphone, which will effectively work as a shield to provide further protection.
Post-wedding ceremony receptions at wedding venues are not allowed at the moment, although this is likely to change in the near future. Instead, many people are choosing to have a BBQ or small gathering of close friends/family in their garden, in line with COVID guidelines.
If you want a bit of live music to give your small party a lift, acoustic music is a winner. I play covers of many different genres, with my unique guitar/vocal style and my loop pedal magic. Followers of my YouTube channel will be familiar with my loop pedal work, and the live sessions I've been streaming online!
Contact me here if you're interested in having a chat about live music at your intimate event.