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Virtuoso guitar player performing Jazz, Classical and Latin Styles on 8 string guitar. Huge repertoire of music for any occasion.
Waltham Cross
Public liability insurance of £10 million

OJ Staines is a highly experienced guitarist who can capture the romantic strains of the traditional Spanish guitar as well as he can weave smooth Jazz improvisations or deliver soulful interpretations of Pop classics. He is frequently required to provide a musical accompaniment to all manner of settings and functions from large scale corporate clients such as Nokia and Marks and Spencer to the intimate and private such as Wedding Ceremonies and Barmitzvahs. He has performed extensively around the UK in venues including the South Bank Centre and Pizza Express as well in Europe and shared the stage or studio with the likes of sought after Saxophonist Christian Brewer and Keyboard Ace Robert Mitchel. Oliver graduated with an honors degree from Middlesex University's highly respected Jazz department in 2001 under the tutelage of Stuart Hall and Phil Robson and pursued Classical studies with Therese Saba in London. He values each engagement as equally important and sets himself the highest professional standards in every aspect of the performance and booking process whatever the event or size of the audience. He is available as a solo guitarist or as a member of a wide number of ensembles. Please get in touch regarding the requirements for your event.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
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, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, 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, Ibiza club, Ceilidh, Welsh folk
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist, Community music worker
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Song list

Jazz and Latin
There Will Never Be Another You
How Insensitive
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
It’s Only a Paper Moon
God Bless The Child
Fly Me To The Moon
How High The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
Manha De Carnival
There Is No Greater Love
Once I Loved
On Green Dolphin Street
One Note Samba
I’m Confessing
Little Suede Shoes
Blue Bossa
Some Day My Prince Will Come
All The Things You Are
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
The Girl From Ipanema
Like Someone In Love
But Not for Me
Joy Spring
Satin Doll
Beautiful Love
Willow Weep For Me
Here's That Rainy Day
The Song Is You
Just Friends
It Could Happen to You
St. Thomas
Tenor Madness
A New One (Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Aphex Twin - Avril 14
The Power of Love – Gabriella Aplin
Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkle
Here There And Everywhere – The Beatles
Lets Stay Together – Al Green
Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
In My Life – The Beatles
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
It Must Be Love – Madness
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Strange Brew - Cream
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Just The Two of Us – Bill Withers
Don’t Know Why – Nora Jones
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Hotel California – The Eagles
You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Close to You - The Carpenters
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
September - Earth Wind and Fire
L.O.V.E. - Joss Stone
It's Too Late - Carole King
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
JS Bach - Air on the G String
Johann Pachelbell - Canon in D
Schubert - Ava Maria
Couperin - Les Barricades Mysterious
Piccinini - Chaconne
De Murcia - Grave
Weiss - Presto in G
JS Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No 1.
Gaspar Sanz – Canarios
Traditional – Romanza
Traditional – Scarborough Fair
Traditional – Greensleeves
Stanley Myers – Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter)
Francisco Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Sor – Estudio 6
Sor – Andantino in E Minor
Sate - Gymnopedie No.1


From customers:

Heather P, 5 years ago

Oliver was booked to play background music for a fairly large private garden party. A very warm Saturday night and Oliver was perfect. Wasted as a background musician - we could have listened to him all night just playing. Seriously accomplished and talented, he also did an impromptu duet with a very good lady sax player we had also hired which went down a storm! His repertoire is huge and varied. His first set which I chose for the beginning of the evening as guests arrived, was pleasant classical guitar with improvisation. His second set, probably his favourite, was superb jazz. He just fitted everything perfectly to the mood of the evening and guests were thrilled. There were a fair few musicians amongst my guests who were seriously impressed. A really affable, but completely professional young man. Enormously talented. I would recommend him to anyone for anything and I personally will certainly be keeping him in mind for other things in the future.

Cambridge S, 4 years ago

Oliver played two sets of solo background music at our Orientation event for MBA students. We were extremely impressed with his performance and will definitely be asking for his help again in the future. Thank you Oliver! Laura Connor  

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