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Jim Kelleher

Music

Overview

  • Solo classical guitarist
  • Excellent repertoire of pieces from classical, Spanish, Celtic and pop
  • Performs with both standard 6 string guitar and ten string

Location

Based in Surrey, he performs across the South of England.

Standard Set Times

  • 1, 2 or 3 x 60 minute sets with short breaks between

About this Act

Jim Kelleher is a Surrey based professional guitarist with over 20 years’ performance experience. His extensive repertoire, played on 10-string classical guitar, can be tailored to perfectly suit your wedding ceremony, reception or banquet. With over 500 years of music to choose from, he can guarantee to create a beautiful, sensitive and balanced musical ambience, drawing from early traditional and Celtic styles, through Renaissance and Baroque, to Spanish and contemporary classical music.

Choosing wedding music can be daunting when faced with a large repertoire, so he is always happy to offer assistance and advice in selecting the perfect music for the occasion.

Classical guitar is a very quiet instrument, so he uses subtle amplification to gently lift the sound. Battery operated equipment is used for outdoor performances.

Venues he has performed at in London include The Dorchester, The Langham, Mandarin Oriental, The Hilton Group, The Four Seasons Group, The Great Eastern and the Commonwealth Club, as well as wedding venues throughout the south including Hampton Court, The Lainston, Pennyhill Park, Goodwood, Runnymede, Northbrook Park, Farnham Castle and Wiston House.

TESTIMONIALS

“Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. From your first email we knew we were in safe hands. Thank you for your patience with us as we worked out our ceremony music. Of course it’s normal that guests are complimentary about everything on a wedding day, but everyone enthused about you, the music and what a magical atmosphere it created. People are still talking about you and we have already had a request for your details regarding a wedding next year. It has made such a memorable contribution to our wedding day. We wish you much good luck and success in the future and we hope that our wedding will not have been the last time we hear you play.”

Wedding – West Sussex

“Thank you so much. We left the choice of music completely up to you and yet we could not fault it, let alone improved it. It was the ideal music for our small intimate wedding and it enhanced the atmosphere so much. We had a perfect day, thank you.”

Wedding - Surrey

"When we first heard the music that we wanted in our ceremony it gave us both butterflies. The sound from the 10-string guitar was so delicate and beautiful. When I walked into the room the music was so romantic and was just magical. A perfect level of sound to enhance the occasion. Lots of people commented on how wonderful the music was. We watched our ceremony again recently and it's so lovely to hear the atmosphere. It really made a difference compared to recorded music. I like the fact we tailored the music to suit our ceremony and to make our day so special. I would highly recommend him."

Wedding - West Sussex

"Having you as our guitarist was wonderful. We met beforehand so that everything was individually tailored to our tastes. The ceremonial music was beautiful and timed to the service which took away a lot of worry on the day and the mix of Spanish, classical and contemporary repertoire created a warm ambience which we felt made the occasion even more unique and special. We would definitely highly recommend him."

Wedding - Surrey

Set List

RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE
Adagio - Albinoni
Air (Orch. Suite #3) - Bach
Bianco Fiore - Negri
Bist du Bei Mir - Stölzel / Bach
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Greensleeves - Trad. English
Largo (Lute Concerto in D) – Vivaldi
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Preludes 846, 998, 999 & 1007 - Bach
Rondeau (from Abdelazar) – Purcell
Siciliano (BWV1001) - Bach
Toccata Arpeggiata - Kapsberger
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem) - Handel

CLASSICAL: 19th-21st CENTURY
By Candlelight - York
Cavatina - Myers
Clair de Lune (excerpt) - Debussy
Divenire - Einaudi
Downton Abbey Theme – Lunn
The Mission (Nella Fantasia) - Morricone
Gymnopedie #1 - Satie
I Giorni – Einaudi
Julia Florida – Barrios
Squares Suspended – York
Willow - York

SPANISH
Cancion - Pena
Canco del Lladre - Trad. Catalan
Capricho Arabe – Tarrega
Etude in E minor – Tarrega
Lagrima - Tarrega
Romanza - Anonymous
Soleares - Trad. flamenco
Tiento Antiguo - Rodrigo

CELTIC & TRADITIONAL
Athair ar Neamh - Enya
Harry’s Game - Clannad
Horses Brawl - Trad. French
Joy to the Person - Trad. Scottish
Lothlorien – Enya
May It Be - Enya
Scarborough Fair - Trad. English
She Moved Through the Fair - Trad. Irish
Si Bheag Si Mhor – O’Carolan
The Memory of Trees - Enya
The Skye Boat Song – Trad. Scottish
Watermark - Enya
Wild Mountain Thyme - Trad. Scottish

CONTEMPORARY
Classical Gas - Williams
Fields of Gold - Sting
Here Comes the Sun - Harrison
Imagine - Lennon
Over the Rainbow - Arlen / Harburg
Saltwater - Lennon
Wind of Change - Acoustic Alchemy

Lineup

  • Solo classical guitarist playing 6 and 10 string guitar

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