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About Slater&McBride

Our duo specialises in Klezmer music, but also has a great set of easy listening, jazz, latin and gypsy jazz.
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John Slater has been playing accordion professionally for many years, specializing in Klezmer music as well as other traditional forms such as Tango, French and Italian music. Sean McBride has also been a professional musician for many years, playing and teaching saxophone in a variety of styles and places (Disco music in Morocco? Calypso on TV? Folk music with singer-songwriters?). Slater and McBride have joined forces to offer you traditional Klezmer instrumental music played with skill and passion, creating the perfect atmosphere for your Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Party or Corporate Event. We can also offer German Polkas and waltzes for you Oompah or Oktoberfest event. We would delight in bringing our experience and love of this music to you.

Slater&McBride's Reviews

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7 years ago

We hired Slater and McBride to play Klezmer music at our wedding in May 2017. Booking and dealing with John was easy beforehand over email and phone. They arrived in plenty of time and were ready to go come their cue. They played a long set of background music outside while our guests circulated in the garden. The volume was just right, not intrusive, easy to have conversations, but clearly audible from a good distance. The music choices and quality of playing were excellent and provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding (non religious, but with Jewish heritage). We had many compliments about the music from our guests and we were thrilled at our choice, it genuinely gave the reception atmosphere and a party feel. I have no hesitation recommending wholeheartedly. Dave

7 years ago

We hired these guys for our murder mystery event and they were incredible, both in terms of dedication and organsiaiton and in terms of music. John met up with us in advance to discuss exactly what we wanted in terms of music, style and dress. They even offered to modify their outfits to fit around our theme. As part of the mystery we had asked them to play in a few different spaces and they co-ordinated this with ease, providing the perfect backdrop to our event. They were not fazed by the weirdness of our night nor by the fact that neither myself of my fellow organiser had done any event like this before. They were helpful, interested and above all an absolute pleasure to work with. Most importantly, the music was wonderful. They played a wide range of klezmer music to incorporate the different parts of our mystery and many of the guests commented on the band and how impressed they were with them. In summary, working with Slater & McBride was an absolute pleasure. Would love the opportunity to see them play or work with them again. Oli

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Slater&McBride's Song list

Swing Jazz examples; Five foot two eyes of Blue, Charleston, Hey Good Looking, Blue Moon, Anything Goes
Latin examples; Besame Mucho, Sway, La Cumparsita, El Choclo, Por una Cabeza, Jealousy
French and Gypsy Jazz examples; Swing 39, Swing Valse, Indifference, Accordion Samba.
Italian examples; Godfather, Volare, That's Amore, O Sole Mio, Wedding Tarantella.
Klezmer examples; Misirlou, Hava Nagila, Freylekh Zain, Bai Mir Bist du Shen.
1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Easy listening, World music, Bavarian oompah, French music, German music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Polka, Russian music, Tango
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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