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Roger - Wedding & Event guitarist

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About Roger

I am an experienced classical, spanish, jazz & pop guitarist. My sole aim is to create a wonderful romantic ambience for your special event.
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Manchester
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I am an experienced guitarist having played at venues large and small. I play at weddings, bars and restaurants, aiming always to create a beautiful and romantic ambience with my music. I play renditions of classical, spanish/latin, jazz and modern pop arrangements. I love to improvise (e.g. over a flamenco-style backing) and am very happy to take requests. I sometimes use a loop pedal to help facilitate improvisation. Though based in Manchester I have played in the Midlands and as far afield as Ireland! I am very happy to travel to play for weddings and other special occasions.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Christmas, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, Folk, Country, Traditional Irish folk, Blues, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Americana, Rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician
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Song list

includes:
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Somewhere over the rainbow (Arlen)
Beneath you're beautiful Labyrinth/Sanders)
Lets Stay Together (Al Green)
A thousand years (Perri)
Cavatina (Theme from 'the Deer Hunter') (Myers)
Chasing cars (Snow Patrol)
Half a world away (Oasis)
How deep is your love (Bee Gees)
Prelude in C (Bach)
Thinking out loud (Ed Sheehan)
The way you look tonight (Kern/Parker)
Romance (trad)
Gymnopedie (Satie)
Oh Danny Boy (trad)
Here comes the sun (Lennon & McCartney)
Here, there & everywhere (Lennon & McCartney)
All the things you are (Kern/Hammerstein)
Moon River (Mancini)
The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
Misty (Errol Garner)
Not nineteen forever (The Courteeners)
Half the world away (Oasis)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma)
Europa (Santana)
Many Blues tunes and improvisations
You Must Believe in Spring (Michel Legrand)
Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa)
Karen (R Gamon) and other self-penned tunes
Londonderry Air (Oh Danny Boy) (Trad)
Many Blues tunes and improvisations (Often using a loop pedal to facilitate this)
Improvisations on Spanish and Flamenco themes
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know

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

Absolutely. I did this at a recent wedding and offer this service for free - please note I have a small amplification system, but this can work well at small to medium venues.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 before the performance time. As soon as my amplification system is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere.

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

My set list is crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument, usually with small discreet amplification system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The feedback I get is that my music sets a lovely backdrop to their event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played at many venues including weddings in England, Wales and Ireland: from small venues to large ones for example in function rooms at Manchester United's Old Trafford and Lancashire Cricket Club. Last year I played at a beautiful rooftop hotel terrace in central London and also a terrace overlooking the sea in a beautiful Welsh seaside village.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Many - including the Beatles of course. In terms of guitarist, Julian Bream, Baden Power de Aquino, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, George Harrison - and many others.

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

I really don't rank my gigs in terms of importance - all are equally special from my point of view and I prepare equally for each one.

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450

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Jo B, 2 years ago

Roger was excellent in every possible way. He literally played a part in what we can only describe as one of the happiest and special days of our lives. He even went to the effort of learning Rita Ora's Anywhere which was playing when Vic proposed to me. He was charming as well as being incredibly talented. We hope to have reason to invite back to a future occasion. Thank you so much Roger! Jo & Vic x x

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Bella S, 2 years ago

Great guitarist. Roger's style was well suited to the event and he was gracious and amenable to last minute changes and requests. Very happy.

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, 2 years ago

Roger played at the Green Walk Arts and Craft Weekend and was superb! Beautiful music and he was good humoured, punctual and a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely book him again and would highly recommend him to others.

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Michele D, 1 year ago

Simply outstanding and beautiful music performed, which was so very much appreciated by all. We were so very impressed and so happy with your beautiful guitar performance Roger. Thank you for such an accomplished and thoughtful performance at Askham Hall Barn for the wedding ceremony and on the lawn of Askham Hall for the drinks reception. All the guests commented on the lovely guitar music and the selected arrangements. Best wishes and thank you so very much for the outstanding beautiful music and a thorough organised service and saving the day with your last minute availability. Kind regards, Michele, Ian, Juliane and Oliver.

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Matt O, 1 year ago

We would like to say a huge thanks to Roger for playing during our ceremony and drinks reception at our wedding. The tone and feel was perfect for the occasion, with guests commenting it was one of their highlights of the day. The communication with Roger was prompt and easy and he obliged us to learn an arrangement of a favourite song of ours. We would recommend him to play at any event of our friends and family. Many thanks again.

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