Arion Xenos

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A multi-talented and disciplinary musician from Glasgow, specialising in versatile, dynamic performance, instrumental excellence, and fun.

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).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Film / TV music, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Early music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Rockabilly, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Gospel, Swing, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Tribute, Motown, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Classic rock, World music, Greek music, Ska, Reggae, Latin, Bossa nova, Australian music, Spanish music, Classical, Ambient, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Balkan, Scottish music, Jungle, Drum 'n' Bass, Barbershop, Vintage, Renaissance, Italian music, French music, Electronic, Breakbeat, Garage, EDM, Dubstep, Industrial, Triphop, Bluegrass, Irish rock, Afrobeat, Salsa, Bollywood, Mariachi, Modern jazz, Arabic, African music, Cuban music, Caribbean music, Hawaiian music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Producer, Sound technician, Drum technician, Transcription, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, MC, Musicologist, Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Theory teaching
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Song list

•Aztec Camera: Somewhere in My Heart, Oblivious, Walk Out to Winter
•Courtney Barnett: City Looks Pretty, Depreston, Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party
•The Beatles: Come Together, I Saw Her Standing There, Here Comes the Sun, Blackbird, Here There and Everywhere, Back in the USSR, Something, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Get Back
•The Beach Boys: Wouldn't It Be Nice, Darlin', Wild Honey, Surfin USA
•The Beat: Mirror in the Bathroom, Hands off She's Mine, Save it For Later
•The Beautiful South: Rotterdam (Or Anywhere), A Little Time, A Song for Whoever, You Keep it All In, Old Red Eyes is Back
•Belle and Sebastian: Piazza New York Catcher, Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying, The Boy With the Arab Strap, Another Sunny Day, Sleep the Clock Around
•The Blue Nile: Tinseltown In the Rain, The Downtown Lights, Saturday Night
•Kate Bush: Running Up That Hill, Babooshka, Army Dreamers, Hounds of Love
•Nick Cave: Breathless, Into My Arms, Red Right Hand
•The Clash: London Calling, Should I Stay or Should I Go?, I Fought the Law, Clampdown, Rock the Casbah, Train in Vain
•David Bowie: Rebel Rebel, Modern Love, Suffragette City, Golden Years, Boys Keep Swinging, Ashes to Ashes, Sound and Vision
•Dexy's Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen, Geno
•Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
•Coldplay: Yellow, Don't Panic, Shiver, Green Eyes
•Elvis Costello: Pump it Up, Oliver's Army, Alison, Watching the Detectives, Radio Radio, Every Day I Write the Book, I Can't Stand up for Falling Down, Accidents Will Happen, Beyond Belief
•Fleetwood Mac: Monday Morning, Dreams, Go Your Own Way, Think About Me, Never Going Back Again
•Foals: Mountain at My Gates, My Number, Exits
•Franz Ferdinand: Take Me Out, Do You Want To?, Love Illumination, Walk Away, This Fire, Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On
•The Go-Betweens: Spring Rain, Streets of Your Town
•Joe Jackson: Steppin' Out, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, Breaking Us in Two
•Bert Jansch: Angie, One for Jo, Blackwater Side, Needle of Death, Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning
•Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Perfect Skin, Lost Weekend, Rattlesnakes, Jennifer She Said
•Manic Street Preachers: Motorcycle Emptiness, Your Love Alone is Not Enough
•Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl, Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven), Moondance, Wild Night
•Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins: Rip it Up, I Can't Help Myself, Falling and Laughing, A Girl Like You
•Pavement: Stereo, Range Life, Gold Soundz, Father to a Sister of a Thought, Spit on a Stranger
•Pixies: Here Comes Your Man, Where is My Mind?, Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, Hey
•Prefab Sprout: Bonny
•R.E.M: Losing My Religion, Man on the Moon, The One I Love, Driver 8, South Central Rain, Radio Free Europe
•Radiohead: Nude, No Surprises
•Lou Reed/Velvet Underground: Walk on the Wild Side, Vicious, I'm Waiting for the Man, Sunday Morning, Sweet Jane
•Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers: Roadrunner, Egyptian Reggae, That Summer Feeling, Dancin Late at Night, When She Kisses Me
•The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil, Paint it Black, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice, Jumpin' Jack Flash
•The Smiths: This Charming Man, Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Boy With the Thorn in His Side, Panic, Ask, There is a Light That Never Goes Out
•The Specials: A Message To You Rudy, Gangsters, Too Much Too Young, Monkey Man
•Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark, Hungry Heart, Human Touch, Growin' Up
•Squeeze: Up the Junction
•Sting/Police: Englishman in New York, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Fields of Gold, Fragile
•Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne, Deacon Blues, Do it Again, Reelin' in the Years
•The Strokes: Last Nite, Someday, You Only Live Once,
•The Style Council: You're the Best Thing, Walls Come Tumbling Down, Shout to the Top, All Gone Away
•Talking Heads: Psycho Killer, Road to Nowhere, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
•Suzanne Vega: Luka, Marlene on the Wall
•Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Going to a Town, April Fools,
•Tom Waits: Singapore, Jockey Full of Bourbon, Tango 'Till They're Sore, Downtown Train, Jersey Girl, Ice Cream Man, Goin' Out West, Heartattack and Vine, Make it Rain, Rain Dogs
•World Party: Is it Like Today?, Put the Message in the Box
•XTC: Making Plans for Nigel, Senses Working Overtime, Love on a Farmboy's Wages
•Yo La Tengo: Every Song
•The Zombies: Time of the Season, Care of Cell 44, She's Not There
NB: Given time, I could do any song from any of these artists.
Customer questions

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

Absolutely no problem. I am very flexible and will encourage an open dialogue so we both know exactly what the time parameters are well in advance of the event.

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

Of course. If general music suggestions are made I can curate a playlist for between live segments.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to have everything set up 30-45 minutes before the performance at the latest. From arrival, it generally takes the same amount of time to set up - depending on the live act/ensemble. Including soundcheck, this may be pushed by 10 or so minutes.

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

I have a repertoire that I work from and adapt to the event. I encourage anyone booking me to let me know who I'm performing for!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Requests can be made in advance and within reason. Occasionally I'll take requests at the event.

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).


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
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Laura M, 7 months ago

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!

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Rachel M, 8 months ago

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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