Spanish Guitarist

Johnny Diver

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Classical, Spanish, Latin, and Jazz guitarist available for all live events either as a solo player or as part of a small jazz group.
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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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Johnny's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Justin J
3 days ago
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5 out of 5

I would highly recommend Johnny Diver - his music was excellent - beautiful and struck the right tone - and he was professional, warm, subtle and we felt he was part of the occasion. Really made the day.

Patrick R
2 months ago
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5 out of 5


Natasha M
9 months ago
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4.5 out of 5

Very good

Debbie S
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Johnny was brilliant, provided the perfect backdrop to the start of the wedding reception . Would definitely book again for a future event .

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From other customers:

Isabelle Z
1 month ago, for a Wedding in Priston Mill
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5 out of 5

Will & I want to thank you again for playing on the day. The music was just perfect. We loved every minute!

Joachim T
1 month ago, for a Wedding in Dod Ln
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5 out of 5

John is absolutely fabulous. A true master of his instrument, he creates a beautifully enchanted atmosphere the moment he begins to pluck the strings. His dedication and attentiveness to individual requests are remarkable. For our event, he went to great lengths to practice a piece with one of our guests who wished to sing along with him. His commitment to ensuring everything was perfect added a personal touch that was deeply appreciated by everyone in attendance. John's exceptional talent and willingness to go the extra mile made our event unforgettable.

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Johnny's Song list

Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Spanish Romance
Prelude in D (1st Cello Suite)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Gran Vals (aka 'The Nokia theme')
Ave Maria
Salut D'amour
Scherzino Mexicano
Here comes the sun
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.!

Johnny's 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
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,
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.
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.


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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
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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