The Wedding Musician At The Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin, County Donegal

IMG00331-20131101-1604Had a lovely day playing at the wedding ceremony and reception of Linda Rasdale and John Mc Cool on Saturday 1st November at The Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin, County Donegal. For her entrance piece Linda chose I Giorni by Ludovici Einaudi. This piece was written for the piano but transcribes well for the guitar. For the lighting of the candles I played Canon in D by Pacobel and My Heart Will Go On (Theme From The Titanic). For the signing of the register I played She Moved Through The fair and Fields Of Gold. The recessional piece was The Sally Gardens.

 

The Wedding Musician At The Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen

Played recently at the wedding reception of Rosemary Doherty and Gwen Beattie at The Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen. The Resort is the ultimate expression in old world heritage and new world luxury, set on its very own 600 acre peninsula, between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside Enniskillen, with stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point. Many thanks to Rosemary and Gwen for having me play on their special day and to the guests for their kind comments on my playing. It was a real pleasure to play in such a beautiful location and for such lovely people.

Jazztalk At The Maiden City Festival In August 2013

Another great gig for Jazztalk in Blooms Café, Verbal Arts Centre, Derry during The Maiden City Festival. Jim Meehan and Michael Watters were joined on bass guitar by Dave Gibbs. The audience were also entertained by the brilliant young poet Stephen Connolly. Many thanks to David Hoey of The Maiden City Festival for having us again this year and to Peter Mc kenzie of Blooms Café for his support of live music.

Jazztalk At The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival

The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival was held from Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June 2013. Now in Its 14th year it was one to remember. With a full programme of performances throughout the whole weeekend with an excellent line up of bands and performers it certainly lived up to its reputation. Jazztalk performed at the festival for the first time and they had a great response from enthusiastic audiences. This festival succeeds due to the hard work of the festival committee led by Philippa Siegrist. Her own group Skazz had the audience in the palm of its hand and is symbolic of everything the festival represents. It is a tribute to the town of Doonbeg that it can attract top jazz artists year after year. Jazztalk will hopefully play at the festival again in the near future. For anyone interested in listening to quality jazz in a beautiful town check out this great festival. You will not be disappointed.

Why Choose A Classical/Jazz Guitarist For Your Wedding?

Why choose a classical/jazz guitarist for your wedding? Couples put in countless hours of work to make their upcoming wedding perfect. Choosing the right music is one of the important decisions they need to make. The guitar is one of the most romantic and versatile of all instruments. It will provide the perfect ambience for your special day. The guitar lends itself to many diverse styles of music and solo guitarists do not need much space especially in some function rooms where space is at a premium. Wedding ceremonies and receptions will hold treasured memories for years to come. For this reason they deserve very special care to ensure the right ambiance is created. The solo classical guitar is the ideal choice to complement wedding ceremonies whether it is providing background music as friends and family arrive for the ceremony or playing your favourite tune as you walk down the aisle. As an instrument the guitar can play different styles of music and so appeal to a wide range of musical preferences – an important consideration when so many guests have different musical tastes! The guitar can also be performed outside or indoors as required. Having a premiere classical/jazz guitarist for your wedding ceremony and reception not only sets the perfect mood and acoustic ambiance but also provides an elegant experience where the many generations of guests will be able to converse easily.

Weddings can be quite expensive. Having a classical/jazz guitarist will help you stay within budget. Price is primarily determined by the number of hours of performance, travel distance and the popularity of the guitarist. Sometimes if a new arrangement of a musical piece is requested an additional payment may be required. It is also a great idea to ask the guitarist for some suggestions. Wedding guitarists are very sensitive to individual tastes so should be able to provide you with a list of songs to choose from. Be sure to allow the guitarist ample time to prepare for the event. Book at least six weeks before your wedding date if possible.

The Easy Jazz Trio At The Yellow Pepper Restaurant, Letterkenny

One of the real pleasures in life is to have dinner in a good restaurant and listen to jazz at the same time. The Yellow Pepper Restaurant, Letterkenny hosts jazz on the last Thursday of every month. Owned and managed by the husband and wife team of Carol Meenan and Kieran Davis, the restaurant has built up a loyal clientele who appreciate good food and a venue where quality jazz can be heard. The Easy Jazz Trio entertained diners with a wide range of jazz standards played in their own inimitable way. The trio are available for weddings, corporate events, etc. Telephone Michael Watters on 07821727392 or email mcgwatters@hotmail.com for prices and availability.

How Useful Are Wedding Fayres And Bridal Events?

With the wedding industry flourishing on the internet, this is often a good source of information when researching into ideas, especially with the multitude of wedding blogs and forums. Magazines often provide inspiration and come with beautiful illustrations too. It is even possible to gain ideas by watching many of the wedding television programmes currently broadcast too – such as “Don’t tell the Bride”. However, when looking to meet collective local suppliers, face to face, a wedding fayre really comes into its own.

Wedding fayres typically take place from the autumn through to early spring. They are often hosted at wedding venues, giving you the chance to look at the venue as well as meeting lots of different suppliers.

To get the most out of your wedding fayre it is worth working out why you are going. Is it to get general inspiration or are you looking to source a specific type of supplier? Take time to research prices in advance as it will help you to bench mark what is on offer, negotiate, and compare the value of any special offers that many suppliers put on at wedding fayres. Sometimes it is possible to get a real bargain at these events with discount wedding dresses, music or two for the price of one on certain items.

The real value to be gained from a wedding fayre is getting to meet the actual supplier face to face. With something as personal as a wedding it is important to establish a good relationship with your musician, photographer, florist, hair and makeup supplier etc. You want them to be confident and professional, make you feel relaxed, listen to your requirements and be able to offer advice when required. In a no pressure environment, you can see what the suppliers have to offer, talk to them about your plans and ensure that you could work well together – all giving you the confidence to book their services for your wedding. Talking to suppliers at a wedding fayre should give you a good indication as to whether or not you want to hire them.

Many suppliers that come to wedding fayres have something unique to offer and feel that by showcasing their products and services wedding couples will feel inspired and want to find out more. As an example The Wedding Musician and Jazztalk provide wedding music for civil and religious ceremonies/drinks receptions and will play live at wedding fayres. This is a great opportunity for potential clients to actually hear how they sound in a real life situation as opposed to a recording. They can also give advice, through many years of experience, as to what type of music will work best in a particular event or setting. All aspects of providing music can be discussed with couples in total confidence and in the knowledge that you are talking to musicians who are experts in their field.

 

 

 

Jazztalk At The Maiden City Festival In August 2012

In August 2012 Jazztalk took part in The Maiden City Festival in Derry. The Maiden City Festival introduces new performances and artists within and around the walls of the city during the August holiday period and is a major visitor attraction on the north west’s summer calendar. As always, the line-up promises a home for all those who wish to celebrate drama, music, song or dance. The Festival offers something for everyone and works hard to bring pride and tourist trade to the city. This gig was part of the festival’s culture bite series which is a diverse range of free lunchtime performances in cafés and lunch spots within the city walls everyday from Monday to Friday. The smooth running of the festival would not be possible without the great organisational skills of David Hoey and the organisers and it was a great pity that David could not stay longer and hear the jazz trio but his role means that he can only catch performers for a brief moment.

The festival continues to go from strength to strength and Jazztalk played outside Cafe Del Mondo in the craft village. The trio got a great reception from a very appreciative audience made up of locals and tourists who enjoyed jazz standards and latin classics. Jazztalk hope to play in the festival again next year and to also include a jazz guitar workshop for beginners.

Jazztalk At The City Of Derry Jazz Festival In May 2012

This year saw the birth of a new and exciting jazz duo/trio at The City Of Derry Jazz Festival. That group was Jazztalk. Jazztalk was created by Michael Watters and Jim Meehan who are two guitarists who play jazz standards and keep this wonderful music alive. Featuring Michael Watters on classical guitar, Jim Meehan on archtop jazz guitar and Peter Doherty on doublebass, the trio played a number of gigs during the festival and was very well received. The gig in The Boston Tea Party, Derry was especially memorable as the trio played jazz ballads, swing and bossa nova to a very appreciative group of listeners. The festival brings in many tourists to Derry and we were delighted to be joined by the outstanding American musician and composer Jason Heald who joined us for a few jazz standards.

Jazztalk is a jazz duo/trio based in Northern Ireland and specialises in jazz which is suitable for weddings, special occasions and corporate events. The duo/trio play jazz standards, bossa nova and latin music and also specialise in playing pop standards in a jazz fashion. If it sounds good they will play it in their own inimitable way. Their wide ranging repertoire includes anything from George Gershwin to The Police played in a jazz fashion. The trio continues to go from strength to strength and 2012 promises to be an interesting year with the trio playing at some more music festivals in Ireland and in France in 2013. If you wish to book the duo/trio for a wedding reception, special occasion, corporate event or jazz/music festival please email mcgwatters@hotmail.com or telephone 07821727392. Check out also Michael Watters, Classical/Jazz Guitarist.

It is still good to see that in a world of fast living and mass commercialsim jazz is still finding an audience. There are many people who ask “What is Jazz?” The question would need a lengthy answer but in simple terms we can argue that it is improvised music. Most people will say that it is musicians improvising over jazz standards. The truth is probably somewhere in between. The one thing that is very noticeable in jazz is that if you alienate your audience and play something which is difficult to recognize they quickly switch off. Imagine yourself listening to jazz for the very first time. What would you recognize? What would you remember? Jazztalk is one group you will remember long after the event.