For anyone hoping to come and see me play, I’ve added a couple of extra dates to the Winter diary:
Friday 20th November 10.30pm – 12.30am
Saturday 28th November 10-30pm – 12.30am
Saturday 5th December 10.30pm – 12.30am
I met with Sally and James a few months back at the fantastic Charlton House – a stunning venue and one of Duncan Bannatyne‘s hotels, of Dragon’s Den fame. Back then it was a dark Winter’s evening, but thankfully it was a completely different day for the happy couple’s big day!
There was rain around in the morning but thankfully the clouds cleared and the sun even made a brief appearance in the afternoon. I set up outside and played some acoustic music as guests arrived and mingled for the drinks reception. Sally & James chose an eclectic playlist, and the live music went down a treat!
Here was the afternoon playlist:
Bruno Mars - Marry You (as bride & groom arrived) Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Ben Howard - Only Love Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Bob Marley - Three Little Birds Ed Sheeran - The A-Team Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be With You Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah Christina Perri - A Thousand Years Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love Jack Johnson - Better Together Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Kodaline - The One Lumineers - Ho Hey Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffanys
Later on, I played a second set inside as the main room was turned around for the evening reception. Here was the second playlist:
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight George Ezra - Budapest OneRepublic - Counting Stars James Blunt - Bonfire Heart Coldplay - Yellow Mumford & Sons - The Cave Amy Winehouse - Valerie The Kooks - Naive The Killers - Mr. Brightside Tracey Chapman - Fast Car Jackson Five - I Want You Back Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 Ben E King - Stand By Me
And just before I left for the evening, I played the happy couple’s first dance acoustically – the incredible “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. What an amazing song!
After yesterday’s road trip to Cornwall, today’s wedding was a much more local affair! A short 20 minute journey North to The Mercure Grange Hotel in Winterbourne, Bristol for Nicola and Ryan’s big day. The happy couple booked me to play during the break between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
Despite a chilly wind (good old British Summer!), we managed to hold the drinks reception outdoors in the beautiful grounds of the hotel. The rain held off thankfully, and the photographer made the most of the beautiful surroundings, getting some great group shots and pictures of the happy couple. Meanwhile, I serenaded the wedding party with some acoustic covers picked by the newlyweds.
Nicola & Ryan picked a bang up-to-date playlist, including songs from Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, One Direction and John Legend. This was mixed in with some classics such as Fast Car by Tracey Chapman and Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson. I captured some of the set on film so will get this onto the YouTube page soon!
A great afternoon and the music seemed to go down well! I spotted the bride dancing away to “What Makes You Beautiful” while having photographs taken 🙂 And I managed to squeeze in a request for the lads. Massive congratulations to the happy couple – thanks for inviting me to be a part of your big day. Hope you had a fantastic day and that married life is everything you hoped for!
Nicola & Ryan’s acoustic playlist
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight Jack Johnson - Better Together George Ezra – Budapest Alex Clare - Too Close Ed Sheeran - The A Team Bob Marley - Three Little Birds Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Bryan Adams – Heaven The Lumineers - Ho Hey James Blunt - You're Beautiful Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer The Calling - Wherever You Will Go Bruno Mars - Marry You
Pharrell – Happy John Legend - All Of Me Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger The Killers - Mr Brightside The Kooks - Naive Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful Daft Punk - Get Lucky Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher Jackson Five - I Want You Back Tracey Chapman - Fast Car ?Green Day - Time Of Your Life Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry Oasis - Wonderwall (request)
An early start this morning for Claire & Mike’s wedding at the amazing Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Just North of Newquay, Watergate Bay is a new destination for me, and I’m so glad I got to play at this incredible venue! The views as you walk into the hotel restaurant are just breathtaking – the restaurant looks out over the beautiful sandy beach, and fortunately we had a lovely sunny day.
I set off just after 7am this morning and made it to the venue before 10am – plenty of time to get set up and ready for Claire & Mike’s 1pm ceremony. The events space is small, intimate and beautiful – and the styling looked fantastic for the ceremony. There was around 60 guests at the ceremony, which apparently is one of the larger weddings hosted at this venue.
Guests started to filter in at about 12.30pm, at which point I began playing some acoustic songs. Claire & Mike selected today’s playlist (see set list below) with some lovely choices, from The Beatles right through to Kodaline. The bride entered the ceremony to the traditional wedding march “Here Comes The Bride”, played on acoustic guitar. For the signing of the register they chose “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis and “Only Love” by Ben Howard – and they exited the ceremony to rapturous applause as I played “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.
Canapés were served and guests had an afternoon drink while I played some acoustic tunes at the drinks reception. I had an absolutely fantastic day – I’d like to extend my congratulations to Claire & Mike and thank them for inviting me to play on their big day! Hope the evening was just as fantastic as the daytime… I wonder if anyone got carried away and decided to go for a swim!!
Today’s wedding set list:
Better Together – Jack Johnson Rude – Magic! Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles ?Marry You - Bruno Mars The One – Kodaline Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra Blame It On Me – George Ezra ?Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
The Bridal March "Here Comes The Bride" Ben Howard - Only Love Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry Three Little Birds – Bob Marley Mash up – Get Lucky / Counting Stars Budapest - George Ezra Hey Ho – The Lumineers Let Her Go - Passenger The Cave - Mumford & Sons Love Machine (acoustic version) – Girls Aloud I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars Sing – Ed Sheeran Superstition - Stevie Wonder Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
The weddings season is in full flow now, so I thought it would be nice to document as many events as I can on my blog! Well, May kicked off with a bang as I had a great night playing a private birthday party at The Station Kitchen, Bristol. Didn’t manage to get any photos of the event unfortunately, but it was a great evening with an eclectic mix of songs, from the Jackson Five right through to George Ezra!
The second weekend of the month involved a typically loud Friday night gig at my resident venue Illusions Magic Bar, followed by Matt & Laura’s spectacular wedding at the beautiful Nailsea Tithe Barn.
I play at a lot of wedding ceremonies & drinks receptions, so it was nice to play an evening set! Matt and Laura picked all the tunes on the night, with quite an indie/rock feel to the set list. I kicked off the night with their first dance – a song I’d actually never heard before “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. Stripped back, it worked brilliantly on acoustic guitar, and it was a lovely moment. I captured quite a bit of the evening on film – so when I get a chance to sync the audio/video, splice together the footage and make it look a bit prettier, I’ll upload some videos.
It was an absolutely brilliant evening, I loved every minute. We had a full dance floor all evening, despite the hog roast, cheese board and LOADS of cake!! So thank you to everyone who danced, sang along, and made it an evening to remember. And massive congratulations to Matt & Laura… I’m sure we’ll see each other soon as we live 5 minutes down the road from one another! Here’s last night’s set list:
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling (first dance) Jack Johnson - Better Together Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight Amy Winehouse - Valerie (sung by the bride!) Lumineers - Ho Hey Train - Drive By Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way Kings of Leon - Use Somebody Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine Avicii - Wake Me Up The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Pharrell - Happy Stevie Wonder - Superstition Killers - Mr Brightside Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire Lady GaGa/Eurythmics medley - Bad Romance/Sweet Dreams Rihanna - Umbrella Maroon 5 - Payphone White Stripes - Seven Nation Army Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dani California Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
It was wild, wet and windy here in Bristol this morning. Combine that with the fact that I was out gigging until midnight, and that British Summer Time had the nerve to steal an hour of sleep from us, and I must be honest – I didn’t fancy getting out of bed when my 8.30am alarm sounded this morning!
However, drag myself from my pit I did, and I had a great day playing acoustic songs for the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fayre at Freemason’s Hall. It was lovely to meet lots of brides and grooms-to-be and chat all things wedding music. Lovely to see lots of friendly faces and mingle with fellow wedding suppliers too!
That’s my last wedding fair of the year (unless I book in any last-minute) – so if you want to catch me singing live, keep an eye on the gigs page 🙂
Tonight I played some live acoustic music at Goldbrick House, Bristol for the Bristol Wedding Tweet Up. The Tweet Up is an informal get-together arranged by Kirsten aka The Little Wedding Helper for people in the wedding industry. It’s a good excuse for us all to get together, have a glass of bubbly, some canapés and a good chinwag!
Goldbrick House is a lovely venue on Park Street in the centre of Bristol. I’ve played a couple of weddings there before, but never been up on the top level before (the Orangery). It’s absolutely beautiful with some great views.
Here’s my set lists from tonight:
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight George Ezra - Budapest Zutons/Amy Winehouse - Valerie Jack Johnson - Better Together Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Blackstreet - No Diggity Ed Sheeran - Don't Bastille - Pompeii Avicii - Wake Me Up
Pharrell - Happy Stevie Wonder - Superstition Killers - Mr Brightside George Ezra - Blame It On Me Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You Daft Punk - Get Lucky Lumineers - Ho Hey Bob Marley - Stir It Up Jackson Five - I Want You Back Oasis - Wonderwall Tracey Chapman - Fast Car Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl Ben E King - Stand By Me
Last Sunday I played some acoustic tunes at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair, hosted at the Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens. I recorded some of my set and am just in the process of editing/uploading some live videos from the event. Here’s the first one, a cover of George Ezra’s “Blame It On Me”.
George is a local boy, from right ‘ere in Brizzle town! I love his album “Wanted on Voyage” – his voice is amazing and the album’s full of upbeat, Summery songs. I’m also looking forward to seeing him live in Bristol this Summer!
I’ll be playing an extra date this Friday 13th (unlucky for some) at Smoke & Mirrors Bar in central Bristol. From approx 9.45pm – midnight.
I was a last-minute addition to the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair today! Fortunately there was a spot for me to play, so I dusted off the acoustic guitar (to be fair, it was probably still warm from last night’s gig at Smoke & Mirrors!) and headed on down to Clifton Pavilion at the Bristol Zoo Gardens. I played three sets, showcasing some of my favourite acoustic tunes – and it was a great day meeting brides and grooms-to-be and mingling with the finest wedding suppliers that the South West has to offer. My next wedding fair performance will be at The Vintage Wedding Fayre in Bristol on the 29th March. If you want to hear me sing and have a chat about wedding music, pop along to Freemason’s Hall from 11am to 3pm.