FAQ for Weddings & Events
Q: What types of events do you perform for?
A: Whether as background music or as a featured performer, I play acoustic guitar and sing for:
- Weddings (the following can be booked individually or combined for a longer booking)
- Ceremony music (typically 60-75 minutes total - 30 minutes of prelude music while guests arrive, processional, bridal march, optional mid-ceremony music, recessional song, and then a few more songs while guests exit)
- Cocktail hour music
- Dinner music
- First dance and/or parent dances
- Corporate events and functions
- St. Patrick's Day parties and celebrations (solo or with additional Irish musicians)
- Christmas events and concerts
- Birthday, anniversary, graduation, and other parties
- Memorial and funeral services
- Concerts for senior centers and assisted living homes
- Educational concerts for schools
DJ Service: For smaller weddings and events (max 75 people), I'm also happy to DJ after my performance! I'm by no means a replacement for a real DJ, but on several occasions I've stuck around after performing so a couple could rely on me for my sound system to run a playlist, field requests, and make announcements. Let me know if this is something you might be interested in when you get in touch.
Q: Do you take requests?
A: I'm happy to take 1 special request per event (2 might be possible depending on the songs and the time of year), learned and arranged just for you. Songs can even be tailored and customized! I'm also happy to accompany a friend or family member who wants to sing as part of your event.
Special requests must be submitted at least 60 days before your event. You'll get a full-length recording of your request(s) beforehand. All special requests are subject to my discretion, so I encourage clients to tell me before booking what they might have in mind. There are always exceptions, but for the most part I don't take jazz, hard rock, advanced classical or other requests that aren't easily adapted to my folky style.
Q: Do you have your own sound equipment?
A: Yes! I use a Bose tower for gatherings such as cocktail hours and parties of 100-200 people, plus I have a back-up PA that's a little larger for use with other musicians. For smaller parties and for ceremonies, I have a battery-powered guitar & voice amplifier (it can also be used in locations like beaches and parks where there is no access to power). Generally, I can handle events of up to 200 people.
Q: Can our officiant and/or speakers use your sound equipment during the ceremony?
A: Most likely, yes! For a nominal fee, I can bring along and manage an extra mic and amplifier so that your officiant or speakers can also be mic'ed. Important note: I only have corded, handheld mics - not the fancy lapel or wireless kind. If that's an issue, I recommend asking your DJ about this - they're usually better equipped.
Q: Where are you based? Do you travel?
A: I live right in Boston, but I'm happy to go just about anywhere! I don't charge extra for anything within 30 miles of home. Beyond that, I do ask a bit extra to cover gas/toll/parking costs. If it's far enough away to require flying or if booking overnight accommodations is necessary, I'd ask that you cover those costs as well.
Q: Do you perform with other musicians?
A: Yes, but really only when playing Irish music. I do not have a band for playing cover songs or classical pieces, and all bookings are considered solo unless otherwise negotiated.
If you're interested in having Irish music at your event, listen to my Irish band The Ivy Leaf's album to get a taste of our group sound. We're a great fit for St. Patrick's Day parties and events, or for anyone of Irish descent who wants to honor their heritage with traditional music at their wedding!
Q: What do you require to book?
A: To start, just send me an email or call me with details about your event - date, place, approximate time, what you're looking for - and I'll let you know if I'm available and give you a quote.
For weddings: Once we agree on the basic details and we're ready to move forward, I'll send you my questionnaire. With those answers, I'll make us an electronic contract that I'll email to you, plus an invoice for a 50% non-refundable deposit (retainer fee). No booking is confirmed until a signed contract and deposit have both been received. The balance will be due 21 days before your date. I'll provide invoices and updates to keep us on track along the way.
For corporate functions and events: Once we agree on all the basic details and we're ready to move forward, I'll send you my questionnaire so that I can make us a contract and invoice. If your company has a contract for vendors, I'm happy to use that instead. I can also provide a W9. We can work out a payment schedule that works for your accounting department.
For private parties and events: In most cases, just agreeing on all the details via email and planning for a cash payment the day of the performance is enough for me, but if you want to book me for an especially popular day (March 17th, Labor or Memorial Day weekends, the weekend before Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc.) I will make a contract and request a deposit.
Q: Do you play for LGBTQ ceremonies?
A: Of course!
Q: We're still looking for an officiant/DJ/videographer/etc. Do you have any recommendations?
A: Sure do! Here are some of the great folks I've worked with and highly recommend. Many of the photos in my wedding section come from various amazing New England wedding photographers - be sure to hover over them to see who snapped the shot!