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About JAY GROOVARA

Improvisationalist Extraordinaire. Simply the most amazing improv artist in the South of England, if not the entire planet!
Guitarist
Portsmouth

I have been playing guitar for 25 years and have played gigs all over London, Brighton, West Sussex, Hampshire, Manchester, Dublin and Austin, Texas. I play mainly original material but also covers but my speciality is improvisation. Basically the audience suggests ideas and perform a song on the spot based on their ideas. To make such a song I need you to suggest: 1) A scenario 2) An object 3) A person, be it a fiction or a fact.

Musicianship
Genres:
Folk rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Acoustic, Americana, R&B, Rock, Alternative rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Punk rock, Post rock, Power rock, Covers, Pop, Indian music, Skiffle, Country, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Ambient, Funk, Disco, Karaoke, Top 40, Britpop, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Pop rock, Indie, Garage
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Virtual event, Concert, Charity event, Private event, Theatre / Show, New Year's Eve, Birthday party, Corporate event, Recording session, Wedding
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Arranger, Actor, Accompanist, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Animateur, Community music worker
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Song list

ORIGINALS:
CORONA ZOMBIES
GUMS ARE SORE
HEATH LEDGERS CANNOO
BANK$TERS
DRONE BOTS
$LUMMER
CUCKOO
JADE
SOVIET WASHING MACHINE
SWIM TO THE BAR
SURFER NET BABY
DANCE OF THE DEAD
SHIT OUT OF LUCK
ROAD TO FRESCO
HOLE
CIRCLES
HEART ON FIRE
VOMIT
BANANAS
149 SONG
ROCKET CAR
RUST
CATS EYES
TO THE BONE
SUGAR SWEET
THE PISCES SONG
DOWN BY THE WATER
SHE SAID
LETS HAVE A GOOD TIME
HEART UPON THE OCEAN
VERDA
KISS MY LIPS
OUT OF RANGE
LOCK DOWN
HANG MY HEAD IN SHAME
COVERS:
POOR BLACK MATTIE – RL Burnside
PRAGUE – Gareth Rees
RING OF FIRE – Jonny Cash
SMOKO – The Chats
RIDERS ON THE STORM – The Doors
PEOPLE ARE STRANGE – The Doors
ROAD HOUSE BLUES – The Doors
THE END – The Doors
SPANISH CARAVAN - The Doors
BREAK ON THROUGH – The Doors
LIGHT MY FIRE – The Doors
LOVE HER MADLY – The Doors
WAITING FOR THE WORLD TO CHANGE – John Mayer
SEVEN NATION ARMY – The White Stripes
TAINTED LOVE – Ed Cobb, Gloria Jones
JOLENE – Dolly Parton
BORN TO BE WILD – Steppin Wolf
BE YOUR DOG - The Stooges
WILD THING – The Troggs
A DAY IN THE LIFE – The Beatles
TWIST & SHOUT – The Beatles
NORWEGIAN WOOD – The Beatles
YELLOW SUBMARINE – The Beatles
DEAR PRUDENCE – The Beatles
COME TOGETHER – The Beatles
HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY – The Beatles
DAY TRIPPER – The Beatles
LA BAMBA – Lou Diamond Philips
SUSPICIOUS MINDS – Elvis Presley
JAILHOUSE ROCK – Elvis Presley
BLUE SUED SHOES – Elvis Presley
HOUND DOG - Elvis Presley
IN THE GHETTO – Elvis Presley
BIG YELLOW TAXI – Joni Mitchel
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN – The Animals
SUMMERTIME BLUES
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL – Pink Floyd
ALL ALONG THE WATCH TOWER – Bob Dylan
SPIRIT IN THE SKY – Dr & The Medics
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR – Mr Buggles
CREEP – Radio Head
PAINT IT BLACK – Rolling Stones
THE LAST TIME – Rolling Stones
JUMPIN JACK FLASH – Rolling Stones
SATISFACTION – Rolling Stones
AINT NO TRUST – The Black Keys
THICKFREAKNESS – The Black Keys
I GOTTA FEELING – Black Eyed Peas
HEART SHAPED BOX – Nirvana
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT – Nirvana
POLLY – Nirvana
ABOUT A GIRL – Nirvana
ON A PLAIN – Nirvana
ALL APOLOGIES – Nirvana
ANEURISM – Nirvana
WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT – Nirvana/Led Belly.
COME AS YOU ARE – Nirvana
RAPE ME – Nirvana
PENNY ROYAL TEA – Nirvana
DONT FEAR THE REAPER – Blue Oyster Cult
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – The Police
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE – Cream
THE JOKER – Steve Miller Band
ALRIGHT NOW – Free
KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR – Guns & Roses
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO – The Clash
DOWN IN A HOLE – Alice in Chains
ROOSTER – Alice in Chains
BONES – Alice in Chains
PURPLE HAZE – Jimmy Hendrix
HEY JOE - Jimmy Hendrix
FOXY JOE - Jimmy Hendrix
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU - Stealers Wheel
WHERE IS MY MIND – The Pixies
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD – David Bowie
MRS ROBINSON – Simon & Garfunkel
LOLA – The Kinks
Customer questions

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

If any changes arise please let me know

How much time do you need to set up?

Shouldn't take more than ten minutes to set up

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

Yes you may, in fact that would make my life a lot easier if Im playing songs people like to hear.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Depending on the gig, I can bring the basics of a PA but it would only be Cube Amp and a Mic stand, which is adequate for small venues. For a larger venue I would expect the organisers to supply a PA, which is kinda standard, if they are putting on regular entertainment. Saying that I do have access to larger PA gear but this pushes the price up.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can try but it depends. If Im expected to learn Joe Satriani or Van Halen thats probably not gonna happen but if its something simple, if should be ok. My speciality however is improvisation, which means you can suggest three random ideas and I can combine them into a song. Eg: 1) A Famous Person 2) An Object 3) A Scenario

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Pre-Improv song request
My speciality is improvisations which I usually perform on the spot. But for an additional fee I can compose something before the show. For pre-improvisations song requests, I usually ask for three ideas: 1) A famous Person, 2) An object 3) A Scenario And I make a song from that.
£70
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CREATIVE XCHANGE
I will perform improvisatons online for a whole hour!
£50

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Sarthak P, 11 days ago

Jay is an amazing performer and has charmed audience across the globe on CreativeXchange.io Livestreams. His improv acts have won many accolades and hearts and people flock to see the act live. In my interactions with Jay he comes out as a gentleman and a team player and can pull off an act with any band. Sarthak Patnaik CEO - Creative Xchange Inc. Rotterdam 3012 CC

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Lorenzo G, 1 month ago

I've seen Jay Groovara (and his band) at various venues around Portsmouth including Victorious Festival and always try and catch him when I can. I love his original stuff especially and when he gets creative, making songs up from audience suggestions which I find amazing. Fantastic performer, looking forward to seeing him again!

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