25 years' performing experience and a fine old violin my
only equipment, I bring warmth and spirit to your special
occasion without overpowering it.
play solo and with no sound system, I have the
flexibility to move anywhere you like within your venue:
on the balcony or terrace of a country inn, in the choir
loft of a church, in a hotel lobby as guests arrive for a
reception, or strolling from table to table during dinner.
you plan the musical accents of a unique event--playing
for the ceremony, reception, or for the entire affair as
a cost-effective alternative to a band. DETAILS FOLLOW:
Often I'm asked to play for about
20 minutes as a prelude to the wedding ceremony, while
guests are arriving. During this time I usually
play some slow, touching airs, then heighten the sense of
expectation with a livelier tune like "Haste to the
Wedding" or one of the traditional trumpet
voluntaries--which sound great on violin!
For the bride's processional I
play the "Bridal Chorus" (better known as
"Here Comes the Bride") or a tune of your
choice. Often a couple will ask me to play an
additional piece during the ceremony--for example, the
ancient Irish air "Gentle Maiden." To
close, I play the recessional "Wedding March"
or another tune of your choice. If you're unsure
what pieces might go well in your service, I'm always
happy to offer suggestions.
Even when a couple hires a band or
DJ for the wedding party, I'm often asked to play during
the reception or cocktail hour immediately following the
ceremony. This provides a spirited accompaniment to
your congratulations and a bridge to the rest of the
affair. Here I play a sparkling set of Celtic jigs
and reels, American fiddle tunes and Gypsy dances.
When a couple doesn't need a band
or DJ for dancing but wants some stylish music which won't
drown out conversation during their celebratory dinner, I
offer the perfect solution. I'll play sets of my
carefully selected tunes, moving from table to table or
room to room. Typically I'll play two or three sets
of about 40 minutes each, with 20-minute breaks between
sets. And I play some special old waltzes to which
newlyweds have been known to get up and dance!