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About Johnny

Classical, Spanish, Latin, and Jazz guitarist available for all live events either as a solo player or as part of a small jazz group.
Spanish Guitarist
Bath
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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Based in Bath I have been earning my living as a musician playing and teaching guitar since 2002. I have played in all types of function bands across the UK and Europe in many band settings including jazz & blues groups, pit orchestras for musicals, and as a solo guitar player at all types of events. My main work is as a solo guitarist at weddings where I average around 15 weddings annually. I also play at other events and celebrations including birthdays, corporate events, hotels & restaurants and any occasion that needs live music. A few venues I regularly play at include The Theatre Royal Bath, The Royal Crescent, Orchardleigh Manor house, The Bath Priory and many more.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Blues, Latin jazz, Swing, Christmas, Easy listening, Light music, Bossa nova, Flamenco, Latin, Spanish music, Musical theatre, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composer, Composition teaching, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Spanish Romance
Cavatina
Prelude in D (1st Cello Suite)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Gran Vals (aka 'The Nokia theme')
Ave Maria
Adelita
Lagrima
Salut D'amour
Scherzino Mexicano
Dedicatoria
Here comes the sun
Blackbird
In my Life
And I love her
Don't know why (Jesse Harris, Norah Jones)
Can't help falling in love with you
It's now or never
Your Song (Elton John)
Can't take my eyes off of you
Just the two of us
Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
May you never (John Martyn)
My Best friend (Queen)
Girl from Ipanema
Plus I'm always happy to accept requests from clients.!
Customer questions

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

Timings can booked with flexibility (eg two 45-minute sets between 2pm and 5pm). If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know and I'll aim to be flexible. If there are significant changes I may need to re-write the contract so both parties know what to expect. This is relatively quick and easy to do.

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

Yes I can provide background music between sets. If you want to supply an iPod / mp3 player that's no problem. I will bring the necessary cables etc.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up in 10 minutes. I will drive to the venue so please let me know if loading is an issue - eg parking restrictions, lots of stairs.

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

Yes of course. There is a selection of well known and regularly requested songs that I have put together

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will need access to power (standard 13 amp domestic socket) and a chair without arms. I can bring a chair if this is a problem just let me know. I bring all my own equipment otherwise.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can arrange most music for solo guitar. I have arranged many popular songs for weddings. If it's an obscure piece or if sheet music isn't easily available there will be a small charge for this depending on the song.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

A range of Classical, Spanish, Jazz and Popular music makes a great range of background music. Friendly, smart and punctual.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Crescent Hotel, Orchardleigh Manor House, Theatre Royal Bath, The Priory Bath, Bath Assembly Rooms, Mansion House Bristol, Kingscote Barn, Priston Mill, Clevedon Hall

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

John Williams, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, George Benson, Andres Segovia, Franciso Tarregga, Ana Vidovic, Nile Rodgers, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Nuno Bettencourt, Slash, Van Halen

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

Glastonbury festival

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)£160
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£290
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes 30-minutes of music when guests arrive before the ceremony, as the Bride makes their entrance, during the signing of the register, as guests leave. I can arrange most music for solo guitar and am open to requests particularly for the Bridal entrance,
£190
Drinks reception
Two performances of background music up to 50 mins each during your drinks reception as your guests mingle and enjoy a drink available for weddings, birthdays or any live occasion.
£210
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 hour of live music at the drinks reception.
£260

Add-ons

Extra hour
+£50
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Catherine R
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Fab, lovely evening.

From other customers:

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Robyn S
6 months ago, for a Wedding in Long Newnton
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5 out of 5

I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful accompaniment to our wedding. Your playing was absolutely gorgeous and exactly what we were hoping for - both during the ceremony and the reception. Thank you for such a professional job!

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Natalie W
10 months ago, for a Wedding in A472
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5 out of 5

We hired Johnny for the ceremony and drinks reception at our wedding in August 2021 and could not have been happier with him. Many of the guests commented on the exceptional standard of his performance, including some who themselves play the guitar. He went to the effort of learning an entirely new classical piece to accompany my brother singing during the ceremony and also accompanied him to a jazz piece (which he was already familiar with). His pre-event communication was excellent and he sent us demos of the songs for my brother to practice to weeks before the event in preparation. He also liaised with my brother directly for voice recordings and arranged a rehearsal with him on the day. Overall, he provided a service that went above and beyond our expectations. He is a very eclectic musician - playing classical, spanish, bossa nova, jazz and contemporary pop appropriate for a relaxed musical ambience. He was reliable and is extremely talented. I would highly recommend him and suggest you take a look at the demos of him on this page and on YouTube.

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