Posts Tagged ‘wedding reception’

On Saturday last Folk Foundasian played at a wedding in Derby at a Venue called the Roundhouse.  This is a very old building with a fascinating history.  It was were locomotives were brought to be repaired and turned around to go in different directions.

They have kept a lot of the old features in place which gives a great ambiance to the venue.

Hiten provided music for the ceremony and the drinks reception during the day, and Trush and I joined him for the evening Wedding meal.

A mixture of Bollywood and Indian folk tunes plus western jazz pop and funk was the order of the day musically, and we had great fun playing it for everyone and loads of positive comments and enquiries for future musical events.


Roundhouse setup



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This is the Donington Manor Hotel, Castle Donington, where Lisa and Stuart held their Drinks Reception, Photos and Wedding breakfast.

One of the things I love about playing at Weddings is when the Bride and Groom ask me to play a tune that I have never heard of, but when you listen and learn it, it becomes an instant favourite.

This was the case with Lisa and Stuart.  The song is ‘The Last Night of the World’ and comes from the ‘Miss Saigon’ Musical.  Its a beautiful melody that sits very nicely on the Soprano Saxophone.  Lisa and Stuart both said that they were so glad that they asked me to play it as it ‘Made their day’ and it was worth my fee just for that one song.

Well Lisa and Stuart, I would like to wish you all the best for the future and thank you for asking me to be part of your big day and also a big thank you for introducing me to your favourite song.

The Hotel is very nice and the staff are helpful and friendly too.


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First of all, my apologies for the lack of posts on here.  The last few months have been hectic with both work and family events.

However, things are getting back to normal now, so here is a bit of an update of the past couple of months.

The gigs have included

Open day at Sibbertoft Manor

Solo Weddings

Folk Foundasian Weddings

Restaurants 35th Anniversary



and School concerts

I am not going to list them all individually for obvious reasons but I will include a couple of pictures for you.

A lot of new songs have and still are being added to the repertoire along with some new bookings for later on in the year and also next year.

The pictures include Weddings at:


Haslington Hall

Cattows Farm, Ashby

The Bombay Brasserie, PEterborough

Thrumpton Hall, Nottinghamshire

and Sibbertoft Manor residential home which has a putting green for the residents (how cool is that)

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This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

    Recently I have been doing some promotional work with Aspire Magazine based in Leicester.  This is a free magazine that covers the East Midlands that you can get in coffee shops and supermarkets, and is also available on line.

The advert on the left appeared in issue 400 and the editorial below, was in issue 401.


The Editorial from issue 401

The Editorial from issue 4







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This weekend I am playing at the Quorn Grange hotel for a wedding reception on Saturday evening. I have been asked to play Baker Street as a special request by the brides mum, this is the first time I have played it.  Even though it is a saxophone classic, it’s just a tune that I have never played before.

Sunday, has me joining the guys from Folk Foundasian playing at our first wedding fair.  We are at ‘The Spinney’ wedding venue in Leicester.  There is a fashion show and about 100 hundred other wedding related stalls at this event. (11am to 6pm) Why not pop down and see us?

I am really looking forward to getting kick started after the Christmas and New Year break.

Have a look at Folk Foundasian Sax Trio on youtube to see what we do.

Have a great week



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I had a very enjoyable evening last night, playing for Samantha and Luke’s wedding reception.  They chose a very nice restaurant called the Grey Goose at Gilmorton to host the event.

I played for a couple of hours in between the Wedding Breakfast and the evening disco.  The Bride and Groom had asked for a jazz flavour to the music and a special request from Luke for some Chet Baker tunes.  So, My Funny Valentine, Autumn leaves and Somewhere over the Rainbow amongst other songs covered those requests.

Thank you to everyone for their very kind comments regarding the music, I am glad that you enjoyed it. Image

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Dean and Joy found me through this website, which is nice to know  that all my wife’s hard work updating it and making it look more professional is paying off.

The wedding reception was held at the Kegworth hotel just off junction 24 of the M1.

Its a very nice hotel with very friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere.

My first session was in the bar for and hour just with some mellow background music while the guests had a drink and got to know each other/

We then all moved into the main room which is nice and spacious and can easily seat 120 without feeling overcrowded. I played until about 9pm with a break while the bride and groom cut the cake.  Once I finished the disco took over, it as great to see the groom and his make friends hit the dance floor to perform a routine to the song Cotton Eye Joe, I have a strong feeling that the bride did not know about this item? but it certainly looked good fun.


Thanks for inviting me to join you for your wedding Dean and Joy and best wishes for the future together.





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Sheila is the mum of one of my students and she had asked If I could play at her wedding reception at the Rose and Crown in Thurnby.  She also asked if her son could do a couple of numbers with me.  Lewis and I worked on ‘can you feel the love tonight’ as a solo and ‘Crazy little thing called love’ as a duet.


The wedding reception had a 1940’s feel to it and went very well.  Lewis stood up to play the solo and without his knowledge his mum and stepdad made it their first dance, No Pressure Lewis!  he did very well.  It was good to see people up dancing too.


I dont think I have seen so many cakes at a wedding before, but all looked delicious and people seemed to be tucking in very nicely.

I finished at 9 and handed over to the disco for him to keep the party atmosphere going.


Thanks for asking me Sheila and Nigel, all the best


Daverose and crown

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Wethele Manor is a beautiful place to hold a wedding reception, even better when the weather stays nice.  Richard and Julie had both on the 5th October this year.

The clouds cleared just before the event and stayed off for the rest of the day.  Guests congregated in the courtyard for drinks and to welcome the bride and groom.  This gave me a good warm up for the main event, the reception which was held in  a permanent marquee attached to one of the old out buildings.

everything was well organised and the staff were very pleasant and helpful and the evening went like clockwork


Afterwards I must have given at least 6 business cards out to interested parties, so thats always a psitive sign


I would like to say thanks to Richard and Julie for asking me to play at their wedding and wish them all the best for the future



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