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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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
Lightning fast responses
4th Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 10 Encore gigs!
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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Event types:
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
Vieni sul mar
Wedding tarantella
La donna e mobile
Non sei tu
Torna a sorrento
Adio a napoli
Santa lucia
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
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.


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)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Cheryl B, 6 months ago

John provided a lovely atmosphere in difficult conditions

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Leonarda M, 1 year ago

John was all of the above & even reminded me that we needed to sing happy birthday! He played all the pieces we requested & was a lovely & peaceful background at a 90th birthday party for a wonderful lady. Well done John & thank you.

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Natalie G, 1 year ago

John was absolutely fantastic and is a very talented musician! With my family being Italian, an accordionist player during the wedding breakfast was the perfect something special! John turned up early, looked very dapper & professional and played to the room just right. I am just sorry that I was unable to have a proper conversation with him. Thank-you John for making my husband & I's wedding day one to remember!

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Peter C, 2 years ago

John provided the ideal background music for our Italian themed evening.

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Sue V, 2 years ago

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

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Sian C, 3 years ago

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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