Having performed in function bands from an early age, Jon has a wealth of experience to draw on. He has played in swing bands, sung in choirs, fronted wedding function bands and still regularly composes music for a range of purposes.
After graduating with a BA in Creative Music Technology Jon began to merge this fantastic skill-set and eclectic taste in music into the smokey, soulful sound that can now be heard at weddings and private parties across the UK. With Jon’s act becoming more popular each year, Jon simply aims to continue delivering fantastic, high quality entertainment.
Jon has been playing at weddings for almost a decade and is highly experienced in all aspects of wedding music performance. This experience includes the Pre-Wedding Ceremony, the Wedding Ceremony itself, Drinks Receptions, Wedding Breakfast, Evening Drinks (pre party), the First Dance, as well as the Evening Party (usually for more low key weddings). If you have a special song that you would like for the ceremony or the first dance, then Jon would happily learn it as part of a normal package.
As your guests enter the ceremony room, Jon can perform a selection of songs to set the tone for your special moment. These songs can be just the piano, or include vocals too. When the time finally arrives, Jon can then perform a song of your choice as you walk down the aisle, take your time and make the moment last! Aisle walk suggestions: ‘The One’ – Kodaline, ‘Tenerife Sea’ – Ed Sheeran, ‘At Last’ – Etta James. Next Jon will perform some music whilst the register is signed, and then play you out with a bang as you walk out as the new couple! Couple exit ideas: ‘Marry You’ – Bruno Mars, ‘The Greatest Day of Our Lives’ – Take That, ‘Come Fly With Me’ – Sinatra, ‘For once in My Life’ – Stevie Wonder.
The drinks reception after the ceremony is where the celebrations begin; why not start them off with some live music to help warm up the crowd? Jon can set up for outside drinks, or inside romance. There is nothing like listening to some Sinatra whilst sipping that summer champagne, or instead how about a modern live-lounge vibe to give your reception a classy touch? Perhaps as guests arrive and pick up their first drinks, Jon can carry on the romance of the ceremony with some nice background-feel songs. Then once people have had a few drinks, we can start to pick up the tempo and fun towards the end of the set. This can all be tailored to your own personal taste!
Cocktail hour and the first dance
Hire a white baby grand piano (optional idea!) and entertain your wedding party with a jazzy cocktail hour whilst the evening guests arrive! Then top the cocktail hour off with the most romantic moment, the first dance, performed and sung live at the grand piano!! First dance ideas: ‘The One’ – Kodaline, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran, ‘All of Me’- John Legend, ‘Have I Told you Lately’ – Van Morrison.
For those of you who are planning a more low-key party for your evening, there is still plenty of dancing to be had by the piano! If you have a small venue that doesn’t cater for loud music, or a smaller crowd, or maybe you simply want a garden party-styled reception, Jon can play upbeat numbers to dance to, or simply fill the air with smooth vibes whilst guests enjoy their drinks and company. Jon can play a few songs to warm up the night, and can then perform your first dance early on in the set. Or perhaps if your evening reception is outside, how about a first dance under the night sky! What could be more romantic!