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About Arion

A multi-talented and disciplinary musician from Glasgow, specialising in versatile, dynamic performance, instrumental excellence, and fun.
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Beginning my musical career over 10 years ago, I have well over 200 gigs and performances under my belt since beginning to perform live in 2011. With main instruments of guitar, voice and saxophone, my musical abilities manifest themselves in the multi-instrumental nature of my musicianship. As well as my dynamic and adaptable attitude to live performance; with it being an art in itself, it's important to deliver engaging and memorable performances every time you hit the stage. Exercising an ability in a variety of genres as a songwriter and a session musician in many bands in the west of Scotland such as The Partick Monkeys (Ska/Reggae), The Just Joans (Indie Pop), Gallus (Punk Rock), The Businessmen (Bossa Nova), Easy (Funk/Jazz Rock).

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Arion's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Karie R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent musician who really made our dinner reception for my daughter’s wedding extra special. Thank you so much Arion. You are one talented guy, lovely and humble too 💚

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Laura M
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Argyle St
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5 out of 5

We've booked Arion's band for several occasions before (my family LOVE them), so decided to get them again to play my brother's 60th. Played a lot of our favourites, really professional & a great laugh. Getting them back for my niece's 21st next year! Can't wait!

Rachel M
4 years ago, for a Concert in Glasgow
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5 out of 5

I asked for some Ska and Reggae music for my public event "Clydebuilt Festival" and Arion with his troupe performed a fantastic and engaging hour-long set! Playing allsorts of Ska classics and reinterpreted recent songs, it got people up dancing. Will be booking them for 2020.

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Arion's Song list

a-ha - Take On Me
a-ha - Hunting High and Low
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Aztec Camera - Somewhere in My Heart
Aztec Camera - Oblivious
Aztec Camera - Walk Out to Winter
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - Here There and Everywhere
The Beatles - Back in the USSR
The Beatles - Something
The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko
The Beatles - Get Back
The Beatles - I've Just Seen A Face
The Beatles - In My Life
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
The Beatles - Across the Universe
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Beach Boys - Darlin’
The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
The Beach Boys - Surfin’ USA
The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
The Beat - Hands off She's Mine
The Beat - Save it For Later
The Beautiful South - Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)
The Beautiful South - A Little Time
The Beautiful South - A Song for Whoever
The Beautiful South - You Keep it All In
The Beautiful South - Old Red Eyes is Back
Belle and Sebastian - Piazza New York Catcher
Belle and Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying
Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With the Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian - Another Sunny Day
Belle and Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around
Belle and Sebastian - There's Too Much Love
Belle and Sebastian - Judy and the Dream of Horses
The Blue Nile - Tinseltown In the Rain
The Blue Nile - The Downtown Lights
The Blue Nile - Saturday Night
The Blue Nile - I Would Never
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Bush - Army Dreamers
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have)
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Nick Cave - Breathless
Nick Cave - People Ain’t No Good
Nick Cave - Into My Arms
Nick Cave - Red Right Hand
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The Clash - I Fought the Law
The Clash - Clampdown
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
The Clash - Train in Vain
The Coral - Dreaming of You
The Cure - Friday I’m In Love
The Cure - Close To Me
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
David Bowie - Modern Love
David Bowie - Suffragette City
David Bowie - Golden Years
David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
David Bowie - Sound and Vision
David Bowie - Starman
Deacon Blue - Dignity
Deacon Blue - Fergus Sings the Blues
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
DEVO - Whip It
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
Bob Dylan - I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Bob Dylan - I Want You
Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile...
Michael Bublé - Haven’t Met You Yet
Michael Bublé - Everything
Charles and Eddie - Would I Lie To You?
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen - Dance Me to the End of Love
Coldplay - Yellow
Coldplay - Don't Panic
Coldplay - Shiver
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Coldplay - Fix You
Coldplay - The Scientist
Coldplay - Trouble
Coldplay - The Hardest Part
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliette
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Nick Drake - Northern Sky
Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army
Elvis Costello - Alison
Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
Elvis Costello - Every Day I Write the Book
Elvis Costello - I Can't Stand up for Falling Down
Elvis Costello - Accidents Will Happen
Elvis Costello - Beyond Belief
Fleetwood Mac - Monday Morning
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Think About Me
Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
Fleetwood Mac - Don’t Stop
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Foals - Mountain at My Gates
Foals - My Number
Foals - Exits
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
Franz Ferdinand - Love Illumination
Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away
Franz Ferdinand - This Fire
Franz Ferdinand - Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On
The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir
The Go-Betweens - Spring Rain
The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town
Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Joe Jackson - Breaking Us in Two
Bert Jansch - Angie (Anji)
Bert Jansch - One for Jo
Bert Jansch - Blackwater Side
Bert Jansch - Needle of Death
Bert Jansch - Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Knack - My Sharona
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Perfect Skin
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Lost Weekend
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Jennifer She Said
Madonna - Material Girl
Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone is Not Enough
John Martyn - May You Never
John Martyn - Over The Hill
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven)
Van Morrison - Moondance
Van Morrison - Wild Night
Harry Nilsson - Everybody’s Talkin’
Oasis - Wonderwall
Oasis - Don’t Look Back in Anger
Oasis - Live Forever
Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You
Billy Ocean - When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Gets Going
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins - Rip it Up
Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins - I Can't Help Myself
Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins - Falling and Laughing
Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
Pavement - Stereo
Pavement - Range Life
Pavement - Gold Soundz
Pavement - Father to a Sister of a Thought
Pavement - Spit on a Stranger
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Pixies - Where is My Mind?
Pixies - Debaser
Pixies - Wave of Mutilation
Pixies - Hey
Iggy Pop - The Passenger
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
Iggy Pop - Candy
Prefab Sprout - Bonny
Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Man on the Moon
R.E.M. - The One I Love
R.E.M. - Driver 8
R.E.M. - South Central Rain
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Gerry Rafferty - Right Down the Line
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Radiohead - Nude
Radiohead - No Surprises
Radiohead - Creep
Radiohead - High and Dry
Radiohead - Karma Police
Razorlight - America
Razorlight - In The Morning
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground - Walk on the Wild Side
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground - Vicious
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting for the Man
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers - Egyptian Reggae
Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers - That Summer Feeling
Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers - Dancin' Late at Night
Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers - When She Kisses Me
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
The Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Roxy Music - More Than This
Roxy Music - Love is The Drug
Roxy Music - Avalon
Roxy Music - Dance Away
Scissor Sisters - I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
Scissor Sister - Take Your Mamma
Patti Smith - Because the Night
Simon and Garfunkel/Paul Simon - Cecilia
Simon and Garfunkel/Paul Simon - Mrs. Robinson
Simon and Garfunkel/Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
Simon and Garfunkel/Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Smiths - The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
The Smiths - Panic
The Smiths - Ask
The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
The Specials - A Message To You Rudy
The Specials - Gangsters
The Specials - Too Much Too Young
The Specials - Monkey Man
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
Bruce Springsteen - Growin' Up
Squeeze - Up the Junction
Squeeze - Tempted
Cat Stevens - Wild World
Cat Stevens - Father And Son
Cat Stevens - Peace Train
Cat Stevens - The First Cut is the Deepest
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Sting/Police - Englishman in New York
Sting/Police - Roxanne
Sting/Police - Message in a Bottle
Sting/Police - Fields of Gold
Sting/Police - Fragile
Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne
Steely Dan - Deacon Blues
Steely Dan - Do it Again
Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years
Sufjan Stevens - Mystery of Love
Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sufjan Stevens - Holland
The Strokes - Last Nite
The Strokes - Someday
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
The Style Council - You're the Best Thing
The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down
The Style Council - Shout to the Top
The Style Council - All Gone Away
The Sundays - Here’s Where The Story Ends
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Talk Talk - It’s My Life
Talk Talk - Life’s What You Make It
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Suzanne Vega - Marlene on the Wall
Rufus Wainwright - Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town
Rufus Wainwright - April Fools
Tom Waits - Singapore
Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon
Tom Waits - Tango 'Till They're Sore
Tom Waits - Downtown Train
Tom Waits - Jersey Girl
Tom Waits - Ice Cream Man
Tom Waits - Goin' Out West
Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine
Tom Waits - Make it Rain
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Tom Waits - I HopeTthat I Don't Fall in Love With You
Wham!/George Michael - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Wham!/George Michael - I'm Your Man
Wham!/George Michael - Faith
World Party - Is it Like Today?
World Party - Put the Message in the Box
XTC - Making Plans for Nigel
XTC - Senses Working Overtime
XTC - Love on a Farmboy’s Wages
Yo La Tengo - Every Song
The Zombies - Time of the Season
The Zombies - Care of Cell 44
The Zombies -She’s Not There
Please Note - songs and setlists are adapted for the event that I play and can be discussed with the client prior! My repertoire is by no means restricted to these songs, I cover a wide range of styles.

Arion's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£285
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They enjoy my unique performance style and personality. I am very dynamic and engaging and not afraid to change things up every time I perform.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Almost any imaginable venue in Glasgow. Plenty around Scotland and have gone further afield with different bands and sometimes in Europe.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Performance-wise, I'm influenced by my peers and people I play with as I "play off" them. Creatively it's a large spectrum, but I always go back to the work of artists such as Pavement, XTC, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Laua Marling and Yo La Tengo. This changes almost day to day.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

For sheer quantity of people, Marseille beach festival, where I played to approx 2,000 people. For prestige, supporting Dave Wakeling's The Beat at Glasgow's O2 ABC (rip).

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem. I'm very flexible to help make sure your event runs smoothly. If there are any changes, just let me know!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Of course! This is included in the price and we can chat about what kind of music you would like. You can also provide your own device.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance. This can of course be flexible depending on the event, and I can provide a playlist as soon as the PA system's set up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure everyone at the event has an amazing time. I'm always happy to discuss and tailor the song choice for your event!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Requests can be made in advance with no problem. If a song isn't in the song list there's a chance I already know it! I'll sometimes take requests at the event.
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