Rob is based in Manchester, regularly plays across the North West, and is happy to travel nationwide.
Rob Shaw offers well crafted instrumental guitar arrangements of classic and modern songs . Instead of performing the traditional classical repertoire, Rob focuses on romantic and feel good songs by contemporary acts such as Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynn, John Legend, McFly, The Beatles, Elton John and many more.
Guitar arrangements set a beautiful romantic backdrop to your event using songs that guests will recognize and are ideally suited to weddings. Rob can play during the ceremony as the bride enters and the happy couple sign the register, during the drinks reception as guests mingle with a glass of bubbly, and also in the wedding breakfast. However the act is equally suited to other events such as dinner parties, charity events and funerals.
Rob's set up consists of just him, an acoustic guitar and a speaker on a stand. This guarantees the guitar will be heard clearly whilst sitting in the background and not overpowering conversations. The set up is easy to transport and Rob is happy to move to different rooms or venues between sets. He has years of experience as a live musician. As well as playing solo he has played many weddings and events as part of a jazz duo and in function bands. He has a BA(Hons) degree in Popular Music and Recording and has spent over 10 years working as a guitar tutor privately and in schools.
If you have a special song that you would like played at your event that is not in his repertoire, then Rob is happy to learn and perform it for you free of charge.
Testimonials from previous happy clients:
"Rob is exceptionally talented , very professional, and set the mood perfectly for our ceremony and drinks reception. He learned our favourite song and even sent over a nice preview recording ahead of time. Would highly recommend! "
Hazel and Angus - Ross Priory, Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
Saturday 15th June 2019
"We booked Rob for our wedding in the Lake District and asked him to play at both the church and the reception afterwards. Rob did an excellent job and we were told by all our guests how impressed they were with his playing. Rob made the booking process very easy and was extremely professional and friendly all the way through. We would highly recommend Rob! Thank you again from Chris and Emily!"
Emily and Chris
Saturday 8th June 2019
“Rob recently played at a pre lunch reception for 40 guests in Manchester’s ‘Restaurant MCR’ before we celebrated a birthday lunch.
He impressed to say the least. He arrived early, set up his equipment and did his sound check long before guests began to arrive.
He is a talented musician and added a lot of atmosphere to the start of the lunch, his music choices were spot on for what was a very happy occasion, discreet volume but a definite presence.
He was smart, happy and we would definitely invite him to play at future functions”
Stephen Leahy, TV Producer - Event at Restaurant MCR, Spinningfields, Manchester
Sunday 2nd June 2019
"Rob played our wedding in May and we couldn't of asked for more. He set the tone beautifully for our ceremony. He's a genuine, lovely guy and also a fantastic guitarist. Communication was brilliant and he learnt a requested song with no complaints at all. If you are needing a guitarist for your wedding, then look no further as Rob is your man"
Lisa and Ben
Alcumlow Hall Farm
Sunday 26th May 2019
“Rob played acoustic guitar, with a choice of songs we were allowed to pick, at our daughter's wedding. It made our daughter's day more special. He was absolutely brilliant and we highly recommend him. An excellent musician, professional and his fee was extremely reasonable in comparison to other musicians we searched the internet for. His service was enhanced by his friendly, professional and helpful manner. We would definitely book him for other special events. ”
Dwight Cunningham (Father of the Bride)
Rivington Hall Barn
Saturday 18th May 2019
“Rob was a fantastic guitarist and really worked well for our event. He was flexible given a tricky venue and our guests commented on the lovely music. Would thoroughly recommend!”
Knowlege Transfer Network Global Innovation Summit held at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Wednesday 15th May 2019
"Rob played at our wedding (ceremony & drinks reception) in April and was the consummate professional throughout - easy to work with, great communication. He travelled quite a distance to be with us, which we were very grateful for - it's difficult to find a purely acoustic guitarist! Rob played beautifully, learning 'A Million Dreams' for the register signing and generally dazzling our guests with a variety of carefully chosen songs. Several guests commented on how good the music was - Rob really added something very special to our day. We would highly recommend Rob!"
Lilly and David
National Brewery Centre
Burton On Trent
Saturday 6th April 2019
"I booked Rob for a product launch. Booking was easy and Rob was very professional and great to work with. He listened to the set-up of the event and followed my lead to ensure the music and ambiance was perfect. I would definitely recommend Rob."
Angel Meadows FEC Limited
Meadowside Sales & Marketing Suite
Thursday 6th December 2018
"Rob performed during the drinks reception at my wedding three weeks ago. My wife & I couldn't be happier with his service. Not only is he a great guitarist, but he has a beautiful selection of tunes to choose from. Plus, he learned an excellent version of High and Dry by Radiohead for us. Thanks again Rob!"
Stuart and Andrea Glover
Haigh Hall Hall
Saturday 24th November 2018
"We wanted to start by saying thank you so much for playing at our wedding and coming from Manchester! Everybody loved your music and lots of our guests came and complimented us on choosing you to play at our ceremony. Our personally selected song was played perfectly and created such raw emotion. Will definitely be booking again if a future event calls for it and definitely recommend!."
Molly and Owen
Pittville Pump Room
Saturday 27th October 2018
"Thank you for helping to create the relaxed and laid back atmosphere we had hoped for.
About two weeks before our wedding we had decided we wanted an acoustic guitarist to perform at our ceremony and drinks reception! Nothing like leaving things to the last minute!! At such short notice, Rob helped us plan out what we wanted and when with no issues at all. He was every bit the professional on the day and really made the relaxed and romantic atmosphere we were after. So many guests commented on how great Rob was. A huge thanks for everything and we definitely wouldn't hesitate recommending Rob!"
Deborah and Anthony
Saturday 13th October 2018
"The whole process of booking, and pre-event communications with Rob, were excellent. In particular Rob was very proactive is making sure we selected the right kind of music for the event, and sorting out all the details. And on the night he was punctual, & had everything sorted out well before the start of the event. And his performance was great. We were really pleased that I had chosen Rob, and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anybody planning a similar event."
Greenway Hotel and Spa
Saturday 29th September 2018
"We could not recommend Rob strongly enough. He played before, during and after our wedding ceremony with over 90 guests in attendance and kindly learnt and played a piece of our choice as the Bride walked down the aisle. Our guests enjoyed Rob's relaxed and fun set list (which he was happy to tailor to our taste) which was played to an excellent and professional standard. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rob for your wedding."
Tom and Erin Broughton
Saturday 8th September 2018
"On behalf of Marie and myself, we just want to say how fantastic we thought you were at the wedding, really impressive and you created the perfect atmosphere kicking things off. We were really impressed. It really made the atmosphere magical. Thank you so much!"
Neil & Marie Jarvis
Fell Foot Wood Ulverston
Saturday 21st July 2018
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
The Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
One Day Like This - Elbow
All of Me - John Legend
Umbrella - Rihanna
All About You - McFly
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
One Kiss - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Hold My Hand - Jess Glynn
Greatest Day - Take That
Bang Bang - Jessie J
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Something Just Like This - Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
Counting Stars - One Republic
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Time After Time - Cyndie Lauper
It Must be Love - Madness
You're My Best Friend - Queen
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Your Song - Elton John
When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Endless Love - Luther Vandross ft. Mariah Carey
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
All My Loving - The Beatles
Sally Cinnamon - The Stone Roses
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
Close to You - The Carpenters
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
Never Had a Dream Come True - S Club 7
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Mmm Bop - Hanson
Mr Blue Sky - E.L.O
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
Film, TV & Musicals
A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman/Toy Story
Pure Imagination - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I'll Be There For You - Friends/The Rembrandts
Let It Go - Idina Menzel/ Frozen
Harry Potter Theme
Peppa Pig Theme
Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time)
I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
Vintage & Classical
Pachelbel's Cannon in D
At Last - Etta James
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
Bring Me Sunshine - Morecomb and Wise
As Time Goes By - Frank Sinatra/ Casablanca