Accordionist

David Buchanan

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If you want a piece of Scottish singing and dancing at your function, whether it be accordion, bagpipes, piano or guitar, give me a shout!
Accordionist
Brighton
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David began playing the piano at the age of 7 and then learned to play the accordion in the school Scottish Country Dance Band - The Forth Bridges Dance Band - when at school in South Queensferry (just outside Edinburgh, famous for its 3 bridges). In addition to playing for ceilidhs in both Scotland and England over the past 40 years, David also plays the bagpipes and the guitar and has performed for many Burns Suppers/Scottish events, with sing-along community singing at the heart of these functions. David also plays accordion in the Irish band Shenanigan and is comfortable playing popular songs when the opportunity arises to give variety to any function. On accordion or piano:) David also plays bagpipes for any occasion. Funerals and weddings tend to be the norm but any other occasion e.g. a marriage proposal on Brighton Beach playing 'Someone You Love' by Lewis Capaldi (yes was on the bagpipes!) can be accommodated. I try to work with church organists too when the opportunity arises and have managed to play Highland Cathedral a fair few times working with the organist as the bride comes down the aisle.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Folk
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Event types:
New Year's Eve, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Typical Scottish Singalong List
(Songsheets are provided for all of these if required)
1) Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
2) Skye Boat Song
3 )I Belong to Glasgow
4) The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
5) Mhari's Wedding
6) Roaming in the Gloamin'
7) Flower of Scotland
8) The Road and Miles to Dundee
9) Mull of Kintyre
10) Will Ye Go Lassie Go
11) Donald Where's Your Troosers
12)Wee Deoch an' Doris
13) Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl
14)I Love a Lassie
15) Auld Lang Syne
Many more are available!
More modern Scottish pop! (listing a few....)
1) 500 Miles the Proclaimers
2)Dignity - Deacon Blue
3) Ally's Tartan Army - Andy Cameron
4) Shangalang - Bay City Rollers
5)Why Does It Rain on Me - Travis
6)This is the Life - Amy McDonald
7)Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
8) Sailing/Maggie/Don't Wanna Talk About It - Rod Stewart
9) Love Is all Around/Goodnight Girl -Wet Wet Wet
10)Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Then there is General Pop Singalong e.g.
1) Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
2)Daydream Believer - The Monkees
3) Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver
4) Rhinestone Cowboy -Glen Campbell
5)Hey Baby/Hi Ho Silver Lining
6) Mr Brightside - the Killers
7) Wonderwall/Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
8) Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
9) Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
10)Delilah - Tom Jones
Customer questions

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

Not a problem!! I will adapt to what you want. Things happen on the day e.g. train delays to a memorial service this year, and it wasn't a problem.

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

Again not a problem. I have bass bins that come with the PA and give the sound excellent depth for any ipad playlists you may want to play. You choose what songs you want to dance to once I have finished or am having a break. It's there if you want it!

How much time do you need to set up?

15-20 mins if on my own. Is a fairly easy set up. Usually I know where I am playing beforehand and have contacted the venue to make sure everything is ok with unloading and access to the room etc

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

Of course you can. And you can let me know of any requests you may have. I also provide songsheets for guests to sing from if they are not sure of the words! (if singing is part of the event:)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes and can play acoustically moving around the room. The accordion is good for that as is the bagpipes!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes not a problem! If it's too difficult, I'll soon let you know! But not normally the case:)

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£270
Up to 3 hours£350
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Susan M
19 days ago
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5 out of 5

David was absolutely brilliant! Everyone commented about how he made my sisters wedding so special. I am extremely glad we booked him, so professional , good fun and wonderful communication. Would highly recommend 5+ stars

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Katrina R
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

David was fantastic on our wedding day. We and our guests loved his bagpipe and piano playing.

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Geoff C
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

David was quite simply brilliant. I had booked him as a surprise for my wife to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and he totally made our weekend, not only with his musicianship, with bagpipes and accordion, but also his bright and engaging personality and great sense of humour. David made our party a huge success. Would 100% recommend 😊

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Gordon R
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

I would highly recommend David for your event. He was so helpful throughout the process liaising with the organist and making helpful suggestions. On the day he was amazing. Our guests loved it and even people in the village around the church posted comments on the village website saying how much they enjoyed hearing the pipes. Thank you so much David

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Adele R
2 years ago, for a Wedding anniversary in Sutton
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5 out of 5

Morning David - hope journey back was ok last night . Wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday I think you were just great and it really made the event and I’m very glad I booked you . You were both brill. Would you like me to add a rave review on your website ? You were very upbeat and accommodating and very easy to communicate with ( basically I’m very happy ! ) and you can add boney M to your repertoire! ( though you’ll probably never be asked for it again!) Adele, Sutton

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January
4 years ago

And a really big thank you - the night would not be anywhere near as successful without you - in fact if you were unavailable we would not do it - Conor

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