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Homegrown in cute old Saltburn-by-Sea, I started playing in York, 1999 at the now International 'El Piano' Chain, Gallery Night Club (VIP Lounge), Royal Assembly Rooms, Churchill Hotel (***) and more while arranging Horns/gigging as Tenor Sax in Giles Bailey's Ska Band 'The Soots' [2nd Place, Battle of the Bands, York, 1999]. Played at MacDonald Holyrood Hotel (****), the better known Palm Court, Balmoral Hotel (*****), Edinburgh, taught singing for Stagecoach Theatre Arts, the world class MGA Academy and accompanied for National Youth Choir of Scotland. Landmark Hotel, LDN while studying my Post Grad Certificate in Education (Music + Music Technology: 11 - 18) and my MA Education Independent Study - 'Improving Singing through Recording'. Raithwaite Hall, Whitby, 2014, Volunteer Music / Choir Director, Producer & International Promotion for Charitable Sales at The Olive Branch for Children (NGO), Mbeya, Tanzania, 2014. 'JeCMziki' label created - Unsigned and Charitable International Productions. Piano & Bvs, Suzi France's 'Cherry Bomb,' 2015. Manor House, Stockton-on-Tees, NYE, 2015/16. Recording with Bianca Robinson (BVs) & Benjamin Woodrow (Lead Guitar) on 'Somewhere New' [BBC Introducing Teesside] from upcoming 'Debut Knot' EP (2018). Dinner & Lounge Pianist, MacDonald Leeming House, Penrith, NYE, 2017/18.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Glam rock, Pop rock, Indie, Post rock, Progressive rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Bossa nova, French music, Flamenco, Latin, Ska, Reggae, Salsa, Scottish music, Samba, Tango, Spanish music, Cuban music, Russian music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, Ambient, Electronic, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Country, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Gospel, Ragtime, Barbershop, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Jazz fusion, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Noise music, Originals, Punk rock, Arabic, Calypso, Caribbean music, Hard rock, Power rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Actor, Musical comedy, Dancer, Fluent improviser, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Examiner, Community music worker, Musicologist, Accompanist
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Song list

Gravity (Martin, Chris)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (Simone, Nina)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (John, Elton)
When I Fall in Love (Young and Heyman)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ellington/Waller)
Someone to Watch over me (Gershwin)
Prelude 1 (Gershwin)
Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin)
They all Laughed (Gershwin)
Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin)
Embraceable you (Gershwin)
The Man I Love (Gershwin)
But not for me (Gershwin)
Summertime (Gershwin)
I Love a piano (Berlin)
You’re the Top (Porter)
Tea for two (Youmans)
I’m still standing (John)
Yellow Brick Road (John)
All I want for Christmas is you (Carey & Afanasieff)
You belong to me (Price, King and Stewart)
Every time we say goodbye (Porter)
I got plenty of Nothin (Gershwin)
Take Five (Brubeck)
Blue Bayou / Lago Azul (Orbison)
It must be love (Madness)
Universal (Blur)
We are Young (Supergrass)
Quien Sera / Sway
Girl from Ipanema
Songs of Love (Divine Comedy)
I don’t know what it is (R. Wainwright)
Can't Take my Eyes of You
Music To Watch Girls By
What a difference a Day Made
My romance
Mas Que Nada
Customer questions

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

I will always try to accommodate these as long as no other gigs are impacted so I kindly request an additional 25% for every change of timing greater than an hour. If timings of less than an hour need to take place please just let me know.

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

“Absolutely. IPod service via PA is free. If you would like DJ service after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional €100 / Hr.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service pre performance!

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it! If you are booking me as a singer / pianist I will call to check if the Piano is Acoustic or Digital so I can bring the right amplification.

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what guests enjoy best at a variety of different themed events. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. I kindly request €30 per song or piece of performing with your own musicians and that this sheet music is sent to me 30 days prior.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically or digitally to suit your event!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my repertoire there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of €30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


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£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£440
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Bianca R, 2 years ago

John is an exceptional pianist, with a seemingly unending repertoire delivered with energy and flair. I booked John to play at my best friend’s 50th party and he really did deliver a wonderful suite of songs, from classical to jazz and blues and even pop. Highly recommend.

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Jo S, 3 years ago

‘John played at our wedding and was absolutely fantastic, highly recommended, the music was perfect and everybody enjoyed the ambiance he created, thank you so much for playing a part in our perfect day’ (Mr & Mrs Smith, 2017)

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