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Haydn Price

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About Haydn

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Northampton
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If you're looking for something different then I am your man. Classic guitar instrumentals, memorable melodies, tunes you'll recognise

I have been playing guitar since my teenage years, mostly as one member of a four or five piece band. Highlights have included playing the Theatre Royal in Lincoln backing Ricky Valance, being part of a nine piece Motown band with brass section and performing to 45,000 people at an outdoor Fireworks Fiesta. Now, as I approach retirement age, I still love performing and, thankfully, still have the energy to rock it up when I need to! I live with my wife and cats aboard a beautiful narrowboat, cruising the UK waterways and entertaining whenever I can. If you live close to a navigable canal or river then I may well be able to drift up and entertain you! I've always had a passion for guitar instrumentals and have developed a solo set that showcases many of those memorable tunes from the likes of Hank Marvin, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Carlos Santana, Jan Akkerman, Mark Knopfler and many more, spanning the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Vintage, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Sound technician
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Song list

Albatross
Apache
Baby Come Back (vocal)
Dance On
Foottapper
Frankenstein
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Great Balls of Fire (vocal)
Green Onions
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
Hawaii Five-0
Hippy Hippy Shakes (vocal)
Hoots Mon!
Jessica
Kon Tiki
Lola (vocal)
Milk and Alcohol (vocal)
Moonflower
One Step Beyond
Perfidia
Peter Gunn Theme
Rabbit (vocal)
Real Gone Kid (vocal)
Reelin' in the Years (vocal)
Samba Pa Ti
Shindig
Sleepwalk
So What!
Sultans of Swing (vocal)
Sylvia
Take 5
Telstar
Tequila
Three Thirty Blues
Walk Don't Run
Won't get Fooled Again (vocal)
Wonderful Land
Yellow Jacket
Customer questions

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

As a solo artist I can be fairly flexible, however, please let me know in plenty of time if this happens as my transport is organised in advance.

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

I can play incidental/background music between sets and up to 30 minutes after my last set for no additional charge if requested in advance. If music is required outside of those constraints please let me know before you book so that I can amend my quote accordingly.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes around 45 minutes for me to set up and be ready to perform. If I am conducting quiz questions as part of the entertainment I prefer to arrive at least 1.5 hours before my first set so that I can encourage people to take part before I start.

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

Yes, that's no problem at all. I have a repertoire of around 3 hours so will normally have some flexibility in terms of song choices. Just let me know your preferences in advance so that I can program the relevant numbers in to the set.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I provide all of the audio equipment necessary for me to perform in small to medium sized venues. Reasonable lighting needs to be present in the performance area so that the audience can see me. I can quote to provide stage lights and/or a PA for large venues if required.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I play or sing to pre-programmed backing tracks so learning a requested song will be dependent on firstly, the availability of a suitable backing track and secondly, if it's a vocal song, whether it is within my range and capability. I am happy to discuss any requirements and advise accordingly.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The diversity and range of songs that I play. I aim to produce as close a sound to the original music as possible whether it be Country, Blues, Rock & Roll, Pop or Rock. People also often comment that it's great to recall the songs I play as they are not often performed by other musicians or bands.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Over the 40+ years that I have been playing music I have performed in bands, trios, duos and as a solo artist in a huge range of venues. From the back room in a country pub entertaining a select group of 20 to open air festivals with more than 40,000 in the audience.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mostly guitar greats spanning several decades and many genres. Players like Hank Marvin, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Carlos Santana, Jan Akkerman, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, Joe Pass and many more.

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

I played guitar on a tour with Ricky Valance (of Tell Laura I Love Her fame) in the eighties and we performed to a packed house at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln. It was both nerve-racking and exhilarating! Very memorable.

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)£85
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£170
Up to 3 hours£195

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Annie S, 1 month ago

Haydn played the guitar at the reception after my Dad's memorial Service. It was a really special day for us, and Haydn got the mood just right. He helped create the perfect atmosphere, for very tricky but uplifting day. Thank you so much.

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Julie B, 2 years ago

Excellent musician. All my guests enjoyed listening to Hayden. Would recommend

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Sam T, 1 year ago

What a fab evening we had listening to The Drifter tonight

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Debbie S, 2 years ago

The Drifter played at two of our River Festival open days and was very much enjoyed by the visitors. The music he plays is really varied so there was something there for everyone. I would definitely recommend him to others.

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