UK WEDDING SEASON: REGGAE FOR THE LOVERS !

IMG_9883People get married everywhere and everytime. In England, the summer is often the best season for weddings! What i did’nt know is the fact that people here, seem to really love having live music at their big day !

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IMG_9885I love the fact that they mainly booking me after they saw me busking on the streets, and when i get to all those nice venues, i can set up and recreate the busking feel into a very intimate setting.

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IMG_8854It’s a great experience to entertain people in such a special day. They are already in a good mood, especially after the ceremony, when the pressure is gone and it’s all about celebrating with your friends over a garden bbq and a glass of cider.

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IMG_9893Sometimes the gig is outdoor, in the sunshine and i find myself playing in some fantastic natural settings…

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IMG_9236The fact that i’m a one man band and that my act is quite self contained, allows me to play in every situation.I set up in mansions, gardens, private living rooms and historical gardens, once even on a steamboat !

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IMG_9231Thanks to the lovely Mackie speaker i’m using, i’m always able to get a great sound, whether i’m playing quiet background stuff or cranking up the volume to make people dance…!

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IMG_9228I love working together professional photographers, and we often end up having conversations about cameras, gear and photography topics…!

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IMG_9223As an ex photographer, i love walking around between sets, and take snapshots of the day with my little compact camera. There’s something magic in backstage photography….the pictures that no one would take..!

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IMG_9218And one of the best things is when the drinking reception takes place outdoor, on a great sunny summer day !

IMG_9217From my point of view i often see how the party unfolds. I play some chilled out tunes when the guests arrive and they have their first drinks. Then normally voices get louder and people start feeling the music a bit more…this is when i start playing some upbeat Ska and reggae…on a sunny day, you can’t beat a bit of jamaican music !

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IMG_9214I do have a friend who owns a taxi, and so i can afford to travel all across the country to play in some remote rural areas, when some of the most amazing villas and wedding venues are waiting to be discovered !

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Nothing tastes as good as the first sip of stout after a set !!! Even though, i recently discovered the pleasures of cider !

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