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I am a versatile player, with French, Italian, Oompah, Klezmer and folk included in my repertoire.
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I discovered the accordion when, living on a small boat, I missed my piano. I no longer miss my piano. 15 years later, I no longer have a small boat, but still have an accordion. I now have many years experience of entertaining at wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate events, outdoor events, street parties and pub dinners. I have a large repertoire of French musette music, tangos, popular Italian songs, klezmer tunes, folk tunes from the British Isles, and tunes from many European countries. I'm also available to book as part of a duo, with saxophonist Sean McBride. Our repertoire is focussed on Klezmer, but we're versatile.

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Classical, Jazz, Folk, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1920s era music, 1950s era music, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Latin jazz, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Vintage, World music, French music, German music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Polish music, Polka, Russian music, Tango, Bavarian oompah
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Accordeon Samba
Flambee Montalbanaise
Coeur vagabond
Caprice musette
Ca gaze
Reine de musette
Le retour des hirondelles
Brise napolitaine
Music from the film Amelie
A collection of songs by Edith Piaff
Wedding tarantella
Non sei tu
Torna a sorrento
Adio a napoli
Santa lucia
Vieni sul mar
O sole mio
Ah! mari!
La mattinata
Carnival of venice
Tra veglio e sogno
Aballati aballati
Figghia di'n massaru
La palumella
Pizzicarella mia
Pizzica pizzica
Serenata amalfitana
Sonos'e memoria
A collection of tarantellas
That's amore
Godfather theme
Romagna Mia
Klezmer and Eastern European
A large selection of freylechs, bulgars, Balkan, and assorted Hungarian, Polish and Finnish dances.
A selection of Bavarian polkas and drinking songs
some country and western tunes can be added if required.


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
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4.9 out of 5
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From Encore customers:

James B
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

John was attentive and open to suggestions and tastes in conversation before our event. He understood our hopes and needs and accommodated them beautifully. He’s a wonderful musician, professional and added atmosphere and warmth that provided our guests with a delightful afternoon. Thank you.

Sorrel A
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you John for making our special day even more memorable! Great entertainment pitched at just the right level.

Nick M
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

great guy performance simply the best

Jessica B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

John created the perfect atmosphere for our wedding! He played early evening by the fire pit whilst people were having drinks/cakes. It was a magical part of the day! We were really impressed by his musicianship and wide-ranging repertoire. We mentioned that we really liked Finnish folk songs and we were delighted to find out that John had learned quite a few them especially for our day! We would definitely recommend John!

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From other customers:

Sue V
4 years ago, for a Charity event in Broadway
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5 out of 5

John created the most fantastic atmosphere on the first day of our ArtBeat demonstrations and workshops. He was able to move around the site alongstanding the audience and exhibitors, never too loud but always entertaining and looked and sounded great. He was lovely to deal with and was the perfect addition to our event. Thank you John! Sue Voysey (Broadway Arts Festival, Worcestershire) 10/10

Sian C
4 years ago, for a Corporate event in Royal Albert Hall
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4 out of 5

Testimonial – Royal Albert Hall engagement – January 2018 We were happy to engage John Slater for a private reception at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2018. On the night, Café Maestro was on time and looked great with his quirky style, which was perfect for our event. He played a one hour long set, as guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, however, was never intrusive. His choice of music and volume level were perfect for the area and setting. Many of our guests commented on his contribution to the evening and we will certainly welcome John Slater back to the Hall on another occasion. Thank you, Sian Cappucci Philanthropy Events Executive

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