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Declan McGarva

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About Declan McGarva

Experienced musician with connections to many in the traditional, classical and Scottish music industries!

Currently studying music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I am an experienced musician (pianist/organist/bassist) with a background in traditional Scottish and classical music. I not only enjoy solo performance, but I have connections to many of the top musicians in the traditional Scottish and classical music industries and thoroughly enjoy collaborating with others to make music!

Declan McGarva's Reviews

From customers:

Nick (
6 years ago

Fantastic ceilidh - music was upbeat, enjoyable to dance to and made the night stress-free as the band organised everything!

David (
3 years ago

Organ playing was very professional and suited to the occasion. Well balanced and clearly experienced performer!

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Declan McGarva's Song list

Solo Piano
Music to fit any mood:
Chopin Nocturnes
Bach Preludes/Fugues
Contemporary (Einaudi)
Can harmonise or improvise on any melody
Any pop/modern covers
Experienced in classical accompanying
Traditional Scottish accompaniment (vamping with/without chords)
A little experience in musical theatre MD’ing
Any necessary solo repertoire
Any hymns/chorales for church
Experienced church organist
Can improvise any bassline by ear or with chords
Can play up to Grade 7/8 bass repertoire
Very experienced in Ceilidh settings (I have good connections to some of the top ceilidh musicians in Scotland!)
Can easily organise string ensembles,
Can organise (up to 10-15) vocal ensembles for any style
Can organise combinations of instruments
Can realise figured bass/improvise a continuo line well
Scottish music, Classical, Baroque, Musical theatre, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Karaoke, Rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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