Wedding Fayres

Liverpool Red Piano & Vocals at Liverpool Wedding Show

Last weekend, I finally unveiled my new Liverpool RED piano. Yay! BLISS had very kindly invited me to perform in the VIP Lounge at the Liverpool Wedding Show. The piano looked amazing (see above) and guests really loved this new addition to the portable baby grand collection. I’ve had my other white baby grand piano for 15 years now. But this Liverpool red piano is very RED and very SHINY!

We can set the piano up practically anywhere. We transport it on its side with the legs off so it can fit through a single door. It is actually a mahogany piano body which houses a Nord Stage 2 keyboard. Once on site, set-up takes about 20 minutes. It is connected up to a Mackie PA system which we can also use for playing iPod music during performance breaks.

Repertoire can be anything from background (John Legend, Rat Pack, Bublé, current charts) to full-on party and singalong! There are thousand of songs in my playlists. For evening events, I also set up appropriate stage lighting. In addition, I always carry a spare mic or 2 and an iPad with a ton of lyrics ready for guest singers. Or how about some Live Karaoke?

So imagine:
a) you’re having a red colour scheme (maybe a ruby wedding),
b) you support the Reds,
c) you’re planning a Christmas party with red and white
d) you just want something original and different

How about a guy in a hat singing and playing your favourite songs on a red piano? x

Wirral Wedding Fayre at Thornton Hall and Thornton Manor

Welcome to Wirral wedding fayre season! Following my busiest year yet in 2012, I’m now looking forward to Wirral wedding fayre season 2013. Let’s get this show on the road!

I really enjoy meeting all the new brides and grooms who have recently become engaged. In addition, we see some couples returning year after year as they plan their wedding over time! I’m always interested to listen to their ideas and offer tips or advice to add to their special day. I love it!

Nowadays, different venues hold wedding fayres or bridal fayres on the same day. On 13th January, Thornton Hall put on yet another very successful wedding fayre. I met lots of brides and grooms on the day. It is definitely one of the best wedding fayres on the Wirral for quality of exhibitors and organisation on the day.

Last Sunday 20th January, County Brides organised the first fayre at Thornton Manor in 5 years. The exhibitors were certainly of a very high standard and many of the visitors seemed very keen to proceed with bookings.

Clearly, when exhibiting I want to engage with visitors but without being pushy or overbearing. I find it easier to begin a conversation from behind the piano. I’ll play a few bars from what I think might be a visitor’s favourite song. If I’m unsure, I’ll play the riff from A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton) – a hit with pretty much everyone…

I like to include a little bit of humour too. It can be quite daunting when you have so many options at once. A light-hearted but professional approach always helps the brides and grooms relax. It doesn’t have to be just about entertainment. I think it’s good to discuss all aspects of your wedding day with people who are working full time in the industry. We are all happy to share our experience. This may consist of recommending other suppliers, discussing the running order or just reminding you to breathe and savour the moment on the day! x

Evening Entertainment at Jerry & Jo’s Inglewood Manor Wedding

 

Evening entertainment at Inglewood Manor It was great to return to Inglewood Manor last Saturday providing the evening entertainment at Jo & Jerry’s wedding reception.

I had met the couple at Inglewood Manor wedding fayre in early March. At the time I already had a booking with my band elsewhere for their date.

However, at the end of March, the other couple sadly had to cancel their wedding. So, I got back in touch with Jerry and Jo who happily confirmed their own booking with me.

I was to play sets for the early evening including their first dance “Everything” (Michael Bublé). After that, I was to keep guests on the floor before handing over to resident DJ Ian around 10pm. He would then take things up to half-past midnight.

I ended up playing a mixture of Rat Pack, classic rock, disco, pop and current cover versions. That way, the evening entertainment offered something for everyone. Between myself and Ian, we covered all of the bride and groom’s requests and the dancers did not disappoint… Oh what a night!!