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Session Musician, Recordings and Gigs
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In recent years Sarah's been active mostly in reggae music. As a musician playing mainly saxophones, flute, and clarinet. As an overdubs engineer recording herself and others on horns, vocals, and voiceovers. Over the past few years she has played live shows with artists including Big Youth, U Roy, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Susan Cadogan, Tippa Irie, Johnny Osbourne, The Pioneers, The Aces, Glen Washington, Derrick Morgan, The Cimarons, Dave and Ansel Collins, Owen Gray, Rhoda Dakar, Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (ex Specials), Levi Roots, Lloyd Brown, and with Christopher Ellis supporting Damien Marley. She’s played in party bands Havana Nights and Motown Nights, and also as a solo performer. She played live on Kool FM radio in Kingston Jamaica with Dennis Alcapone and Winston Reedy, on BBC London Robert Elms show with Susan Cadogan, and on David Rodigan's BBC 1Xtra show with Lloyd Brown. She's mainly been busy recording horns in her home mini - studio, for many artists and producers including Sanchez, Luciano, Dave Barker, Ansel Collins, Carroll Thompson, Mafia and Fluxy... She has played many styles including salsa, son, ska, reggae, merengue, hi-life, hip hop, house, lounge, rock, orchestral pop... She also dabbled in various other musical tools (bass, percussion, vocals). She also has several production and co-production credits under her belt. She's played in her current hometown London, at venues including The Jazz Cafe, The O2, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, The Scala, Hammersmith Apollo, Hackney Empire, The British Film Institute, Fabric, Barbican, Ocean, the V & A, The 100 Club, Ronnie Scott's, Ministry of Sound, and was the first live musician to play the Miniscule of Sound... English events she has played at include Glastonbury, Boomtown, Latitude, The Big Chill, Notting Hill Carnival, Boss Sounds, The London International Ska Festival, One Love Festival, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Skamouth, British Independent Film Awards, Bestival... She has played in Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, Louisiana, Texas, Bahrain, Ghana, Gambia, Jamaica, the Caribbean Sea and Russia. As well as the traditional stage settings, and with DJ's on the dance floor, Sarah has played in art galleries, in street bands, in shop windows, on boats, cruise ships, and buses, on a steam-powered merry-go-round, in the middle of a lake, under the trees, on hilltops, strapped in a chair up in the air, as a party walkabout as pop up sax in a bin, and at all kinds of special events and ceremonies...

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
I own a PA system
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Reggae, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Hip Hop, Motown, Ambient, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Garage, House, Jungle, Electronic, Breakbeat, Electro-Swing, Electronica, IDM, Ibiza club, Industrial, Techno, Triphop, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Baroque, Classical crossover, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, 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, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Karaoke, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Contemporary classical, Early music, Classical, Renaissance, Military
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Audio engineer, Musical comedy, MC, Perfect pitch, Composer, Transcription, Producer, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Arranger, Actor, Accompanist, Lyricist
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Song list

I have a large selection of backing tracks including reggae, r'n'b, afrobeat, pop, and Bollywood favourites.
I can also jam to tracks chosen by you or a DJ.
I can learn any special requests in advance, and if I know a tune can do on the spot requests.
As well as covers I have original tunes.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I know a big variety of tunes and I have many unusual tunes in my repertoire as well as the more expected ones. So people are often surprised with what I can come out with.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Jazz Cafe, The O2, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, The Scala, Hammersmith Apollo etc. As well as the traditional stage settings, and with DJ's on the dance floor, I have played in art galleries, in street bands, in shop windows, on boats, cruise ships, and buses, on a steam-powered merry-go-round, in the middle of a lake etc...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Working recently with lots of top reggae artists and musicians who are a great influence.

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

I played sax and flute with the legendary Big Youth and Daddy U-Roy at Rototom Sunsplash which was the biggest crowd I ever played to, flying straight from a lovely gig in Liverpool the night before and no sleep. Yeah!

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

If there's any changes to timings after booking just let me know.

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

I can play some background music before and between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally I like to have 30 minutes to set up and warm-up.

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

You are welcome to look at my playlists and pick out songs you would like.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I usually go through the DJ's setup or in house PA system. However I have my own mic and effects, and for a small space indoors or outdoors I have my own little amp which I can bring. I have a good selection of backing tracks to play along to. I can also play along to tracks chosen by you or the DJ.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I can learn song requests before the event.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£220
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Tim W, 1 year ago

Sarah was absolutely wonderful, I couldnt have asked for more. I asked if she could play music outside of her normal routine, which she did and was brilliant! hugely recommend her, made my wife's day.

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Remote C, 5 years ago

Love it....You're a legend

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