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Jonathan Vernam

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Instrumental guitar music to bring emotion and warmth to your wedding. Get goosebumps with your guests when you hear beautiful guitar music.
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Hi, my name is Jonathan and I am a full time professional guitarist specialising in wedding ceremonies but my music would be ideal for your wedding drinks reception or wedding breakfast. I provide high quality performances designed to bring real emotion and feeling to the room for you and your guests on your wedding day. My music is very heart warming and will raise the hair on the back of your neck! I perform original music and popular covers in a Fingerstyle instrumental style and I can cover any song you request, just give me some notice :) Rekindle your special day at anytime with my composition service. This is an exclusive option where I will create your very own piece of music for you based on your unique partnership which is led and influenced by you! Your own song will be performed on the day and you will also receive a professionally recorded copy for you to keep and listen back to again and again… I have been playing guitar for 30 years and my musicianship means everything to me so I take a huge amount of pride and perfection in my performance. I have performed at countless weddings for couples and have 100% positive feedback. I have performed all over the country as a solo guitarist but also as a session guitarist and with several different bands. In a nutshell I’m a confident, fun and easy going guy with a passion for making people feel the emotion I do when playing my guitar... I Hope to be a part of your special day and get to meet you soon. Jonny x Oh and I supply all equipment and I am fully insured. Any questions, at all, please just ask :)

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Jonathan Vernam's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Dan B
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Jonnys performance during our wedding ceremony was spot on and really made the atmosphere that we were looking for just right. Thank you very much!

Nathan W
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Jonathon was absolutely brilliant. Turned up on time and set up quickly. His music was perfect for the atmosphere and we had so many guests comment on how great he sounded. I would 100% recommend Jonny to everyone needing a guitarist.

From other customers:

Amy C
3 years ago

Jonathan was amazing at our drinks reception. He kept our guests entertained with the perfect background music. His guitar covers are so mesmerising.

Rob L
3 years ago

Thank you so much for making our day even more special with your fantastic guitar playing. Our guests keep mentioning how good you were and we are so happy you could learn our song request for our first dance! Thanks again x

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Jonathan Vernam's Song list

Amazing Grace
Adele - Hello
Alan Walker - Faded
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heavens Door
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Bob Marley - Is This Love
Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye
Charlie Puth - One Call Away
Charlie Puth - Attention
Charlie Puth - How Long
Charlie Puth - Dangerously
Charlie Puth - We Don't Talk Anymore
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Coldplay - Yellow
Coldplay - The Scientist
Coldplay - Fix You
The Cranberries - Zombie
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
The Eagles - Hotel California
Eminem - Love The Way You Lie
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Foo Fighters - Everlong
George Ezra - Budapest
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Johnny Nash - Walk The Line
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
John Lennon - Imagine
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow
John Legend - All Of Me
Johnny Cash Hurt
Jonathan Vernam - Snowfall In Spring
Jonathan Vernam - Quayside
Jonathan Vernam - Last Breath
Jonathan Vernam - Mother
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Nirvana - All Apologies
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
Owl City - Fireflies
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
Passenger - Let Her Go
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Prince - Purple Rain
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
The Police - Every Breath You Take
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - We Are The ChampionsRed Hot
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Radiohead - No Surprises
Radiohead - Creep
Rag'n'Bone Man - Human
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better
Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Train - Drops Of Jupiter
Will McNicol - Midsummer
Albeniz - Grenada
Anon - Romance
Bach - Cello Suit no.1 Prelude
Bach - Jesu joy of man desiring
Beethoven - 5th
Beethoven - Ode To Joy
Beethoven - Fur Elise
Chopping - Nocture no2 op9
The Nutcracker - Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
Ennio Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe
Jay Ungar - Ashokan Farewell (arr. W McNicol)
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Segovia - El noi de la mere
Tarrega - Gran Vals

Jonathan Vernam's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£275
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£425
Up to 3 hours£525
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I take a lot of pride and professionalism in my guitar playing as it’s the only thing that I am truly precise & passionate about. I’d say that my clients love this about me and also the infectious frisson that my music creates.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Countless… but for weddings I play mainly at: Careys Manor Hotel - Brockenhurst, The Montagu Arms - Beaulieu, Rhinefield House Hotel - Brockenhurst, Elmers Court - Lymington & Clock Barn - Whitchurch

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

That’s a really tricky question because I have been influenced by so many but guitarists like Clive Caroll, Will McNicol, Derek griper, Tony McManus, Chris Woods, Don Ross as well as perhaps some unexpected artists such as Biffy Clyro and the Beatles!

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

Last year I played a show with Clive Carroll & Will McNicol which was by far the best gig I’ve ever played! When I was younger I performed in lots of alternative rock bands and played some really good shows but I think the most high profile had to have been The Zutons. They were the band that wrote the song ‘Valerie’ which Amy Winehouse then later covered.

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

This shouldn’t be a problem as I generally only book one performance per day so if you’ve booked me then I’m reserved for you that day!

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

I can play music through my amplification from my phone or anyone else’s device via Bluetooth. Please note that it’s only a small amplifier so won’t be able to go really loud but it’s pretty good!

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes at most. I have 3 guitars, a small amplifier and some stands. All my equipment is battery operated so no need for a power supply! (for performances over 2 hours a power supply may be needed)

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

I have a large amount of songs to choose from but I will create a set list with you prior to the event to give me time to perfect. Unfortunately I don’t take requests on the day and I always try to finalise any special requests 4 weeks prior to the event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

All equipment is supplied.. just a small amount of room needs to be reserved for me, I don’t need you to provide anything, not even chair :)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I’m pretty confident I can play absolutely anything but please advise of any specific requests at least 4 weeks prior to the event. I also offer a separate song writing service, a professionally presented composition that I’ll perform and record at high quality for you to keep! Please feel free to find out more about this service by sending me a message.
Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Folk, Country, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Indie, Classical, Renaissance, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Pop, R&B, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Recording session, Cruise, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Accompanist, Live looping
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