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.

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 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 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.