The Midsummer Music Blog
This page features news, reviews, ramblings and information on a selection of our ceilidh bands, barn dances bands, jazz bands, string quartets, function bands and harpists!
If you would like a quotation for your wedding or event then search for musicians in your area here.
A smooth, relaxed jazz duo
The SJ Duo are based in Nottinghamshire but are willing to travel nationwide. They consist of Susie (vocals) and Andy (keyboard, saxophone, harmonica, bongos) and they use a piano track to provide a full, but not loud, sound.
With a repertoire covering jazz standards by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole as well as some more modern pieces, they are the perfect act for your drinks reception, cocktail hour or during dinner.
Check out their audio and video samples!
Jazz pianist/vocalist in Leeds
George is a talented jazz pianist and vocalist, who studied at the Leeds Conservatoire. He has a passion for jazz music but is also classically trained, with an Associate Diploma from Trinity College London.
As well as playing solo piano he is a founder member of a piano, bass and drums trio, who are also available to hire.
His repertoire specialises in music from the Great American Songbook, influenced by Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Dean Martin and Jamie Cullum.
The SS Flute and Harp duo offer a wide ranging repertoire suitable for weddings, events, birthday parties and recitals! Their range includes classical pieces, folk music and lighter pieces such as Fly me to the moon.
This review is from a lady who booked the duo for a very special birthday party;
"Thank you so much for playing yesterday at my aunt's birthday party. We all agreed that it was a perfect accompaniment to the afternoon and I know she enjoyed watching you both play."
Nigel - a Bedfordshire pianist
Nigel is a pianist who has played many gigs for Midsummer Music as part of a ceilidh band, but he is avaiable for solo piano bookings too! He is based in Bedfordshire but is happy to travel.
His repertoire spans traditional classical music, pop and Disney themes, seasonal favourites and many more, so he'd be pefect for a wedding, drinks reception, garden party or festive dinner night.
Check out his audio page for sample tracks including Don't cry for me Argentina, Pachelbel's Canon in D, Game of Thrones, White Christmas and Beauty and the Beast.
Sunny summer days!
It feels like summer has arrived, and just in time for half term!
This beautiful weather conjures up images of afternoons on the beach, village fetes and garden parties with barbecues, and jazz would be the perfect accompaniment.
Jazz music spans a wide range of styles and genres - Dixieland, blues, Trad jazz, swing, The Great American Songbook and Latin to name a few, so there's something for everyone's ears!
The vast range of choice for wedding music
What do you think of when you hear the phrase 'wedding music'? Do you think of a classical string quartet, playing as the guests gather in the church, a traditional jazz band accompanying your drinks reception, or an upbeat function band playing the lastest chart hits late into the evening?
Here at Midsummer Music we have all these and more, from solo saxophonists to harpists playing Disney music, from folk duos perfect for an outdoor gathering to brass bands and rock ceilidh bands. Not only that, we have many many years experience both of being musicians and providing the perfect musicians for your event.
Options for smaller classical groups!
Did you know that many of our string quartets can provide smaller groups; maybe your venue is a little tight for space, or you are planning and small intimate wedding and only want a couple of musicians?
We recently had an enquiry from a client who loves Pachelbel's Canon in D, and although it was originally written for four musicians, we were able to offer a range of groups from duos to quartets with this in their repertoire.
Click here to search for string quartets in your area , and if you can't see exactly what you're looking for then drop us a line through our contact form and we would be delighted to liaise with musicians on your behalf!
What do musicians do in lockdown?
Many of our bands and musicians are using this quiet lockdown time to work on new pieces of music!
Alan is a guitarist who is based in London but covers a radius of over 100 miles. He has a huge repertoire of pieces from Bach and Rodrigo to Elton John and Coldplay, including new additions by Dire Straits, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Guns n Roses.
Is space or budget a consideration for your wedding? Have you considered a classical duo for your ceremony or party? With a wide range of instrument combinations and repertoire, these small groups could be the perfect choice.
How about the SS String Duo? They are a violin and cello duo based in Berkshire (but willing to travel), with a vast repertoire covering classical, light, jazz and modern music.
Or possibly the slightly more unusual combination of guitar and cello? The PS String Duo can offer music from Pachelbel’s Canon to 1000 Years and easy listening pieces such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Find these, and other groups in your area, here.
Lockdown and home schooling
Here at Midsummer Music, we run a true bespoke service. We don't produce automated quotes - instead we look at your requirements and consider our roster of known and trusted musicians before suggesting them to you.
What this means at the moment, now that we're in the middle of another national lockdown, is that both of us who run Midsummer Music (Rob and Janet) have become somewhat busy with home-schooling, Zoom, remote meetings with teachers and all the other necessities of keeping our kids occupied.
With that in mind, please bear with us if it takes a day or two longer for us to respond to your enquiry. We promise that we will get to you as soon as we can, and we reply to every enquiry that we receive. Why not check out our roster of smaller ensembles - ideal for parties and get-togethers in the time of Coronavirus (Government advice permitting)...
The BA Band - three musicians but a lot of instruments!
The BA Band are a three piece (or four piece with a second fiddle player if a larger band is required) band based in the Forest of Dean. They are multi-instrumentalists, as well as composers and performers of their own music and will do their best to tailor their performance to your specifications.
Over the years they have played many, many successful bookings for Midsummer Music, and people have said that they “pitched things perfectly”, they “went down a storm” and they were ‘perfect, just what we wanted”!
Find more information and request a price for this band here.