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.


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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.

Find his page here, and guitarists covering other parts of the country here.


Small ensembles

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 Keeners - one of our top Irish bands

The Keeners 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.