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Percussionist based in London, graduated Guildhall School of Music. Experienced performer in world, classical and theatre disciplines.
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Based in Central London. Experienced in theatre, orchestral, solo, chamber and teaching work. Specialise in World/Hand/Commercial Percussion. Performed and taught across Europe and the US. Have performed in venues including Olympic Stadium, London, Wembley, The O2 Arena, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Lichfield Festival and The Key Theatre Peterborough. Extensive Orchestral Repetoire. Over 30 musical theatre shows played. Also play Hammered Dulcimer, Piano and Organ, alongside exotic percussion such as Tabla, Congas, Arabic Hand Percussion and Bodhrán. Enjoy very much meeting and working with new people and very adaptable to different genres and situations!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Ambient, Folk, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Experimental, Easy listening, Avant garde, Light music, Marching, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Drum technician, Transcription, Live looping, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Any song can be learnt on request, alternatively, can groove on any song on hand/world percussion on the day (in the example of playing with a DJ for example!)
Customer questions

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

So long as there is notice up until 48 hours before, I will be 100% flexible (up to 2 hours difference)! If there is less notice, I will always do my best to be flexible, often this won’t be an issue due to extended travel time necessary for percussionists so there’ll always be extra time allowed!

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

I am able to do this yes! I am able to perform live percussion over all your favourite songs to add to the atmosphere while DJing or over an existing playlist provided by the client (a few days notice is preferable! This can be done for an extra £100!

How much time do you need to set up?

It’s always safest to leave 1.5 hours to set up with Commercial set up. In the way of theatre set ups at least 2 hours. World Music anywhere between 30 mins to 1.5 hours depending on the situation!

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

I am happy to play percussion to any track/song. If you have a request, just let me know and I can adapt to what you would like!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

All equipment will be provided by myself at every gig/concert/event I do unless I am told gear is being provided by another percussionist or organiser!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely! Any special requests can be learnt and performed with notice! Depending on instrumentation, I would ask that 2 weeks notice be given for any specific requests!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The energy of having live percussion alongside a DJ! It’s fun having a DJ at a party, but adding percussion just lifts the visual and acoustic energy! I also love letting any kids at events jump up and have a go! (One at a time please!!)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Olympic Stadium, The O2 Arena, Wembley Stadium, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The WGI world championships, Dayton and multiple theatres and festivals across the UK.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My main influences are traditional musics from around the globe! Traditional Irish, Arabic, Cuban, Carnatic and Balkan styles with artists such as Itamar Doari, Avi Avital, Le Trio Joubran, Tito Puente, John Joe Kelly and countless others!

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

In regards to audience size, certainly the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London 2012!


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)£80
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Tom C, 2 years ago

Phenomenal! Incredibly talented musicians who had no problems getting the crowd going. The music was fantastic and everyone had a blast. The group are a really lovely bunch of people too. Hope to see you again soon!

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Felicity C, 2 years ago

“The UnSwung Heroes are a joy to watch. Their seamless swing arrangements of modern-day tunes, combined with fabulous renditions of swing classics, are impeccably executed.

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From other musicians:

7th April 2016

Amazingly versatile percussionist, exceptional professionalism. Can cope with anything thrown at him.