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Pianist South Wales, South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Swansea, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and other areas of the UK are all covered. 

 Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire, South Wales

 

Pianists, like many other musicians, are in great demand in the area There are a lot of weddings and events in South Wales which keeps so many of them in full time employment. I am very lucky in that I am hired as a pianist in Wales on a fairly regular basis and it is not uncommon for me to do several events ountry every  month.

I have provided music for product launches, private parties, corporate events, anniversaries and music festivals,but it is as a wedding pianist that I  am most frequently booked. Being involved in a lot of weddings means that I have to be versatile and I do play many styles of music including: pop, jazz, swing, blues, latin, rock and even sing-along. I am often required to play different styles of music for the different parts of the wedding day. For example this can consist of classical music for the ceremony, up-tempo jazz for the drinks reception followed by a mixture of rock ballads, mellow jazz and blues for the wedding breakfast.

There has been a recent trend to book me as a singalong pianist for Cockney themed events. This is something that I really enjoy and I often dress as a Cockney i.e Bowler hat, hobnail boot's,  Albert watch chain, neckerchief, waistcoat, grandad shirt etc. I provide all song sheets and I am willing to create a song sheet to match other themed events. I have played for many Welsh themed parties and it isn't a problem to play music that fits this theme. Please see the sing-a-long page for more information.

As already mentioned I can play piano music form many genres, but it is music from the jazz and swing era that I specialise in. My style of jazz is easy to listen to and consists of tunes that are well known and well liked. My influences are wide and varied, but my main ones are pianists such as Erroll Garner, Hank Jones, Dudley Moore, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson. I try to make my music above all entertaining and fit into any social occasion.

More and more I am called upon to perform as a solo classical pianist, and I have to say that it is something I really do enjoy. Most of the time this consists of me playing a few piano pieces for a ceremony, but occasionally I am asked to provide one to two hours of classical music.

 

 I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.

 

I am available as a solo classical pianist in South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Swansea, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, and other areas of the UK.

 

 

 

Recent Gigs Include:

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

Last night I played the piano for a 1920s party at Pembroke House which is the Royal Naval...

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

I’ve just got back home from doing a wedding in the Orangery at Whittlebury Park Golf and...

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

Yesterday I played the piano at a wedding at the Starr Restaurant in Dunmow, Essex and it turned...

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

Yesterday turned out to be quite a surprising day for me; and a very special day for both...

  • 9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:10
  • 3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:39
  • 26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

    26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow,...

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:47
  • 14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    Monday, 16 June 2014 12:53
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I can bring a digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. Please note that there is no additional cost for this. See image above.

 

Baby Grand Piano Shell

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 A baby grand piano shell is now available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn't look right. It only costs an additional £80 to hire this which is a small fraction of what it would cost to hire the real thing. Click HERE or on the image for more ingormation


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Baby Grand Piano Shell Hire

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A baby grand piano shell is available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn’t look quite right. This can be set up in about 45 minutes and it holds a conventional digital piano. A lot of people think that it is a real grand piano when they see it and are surprised when they find out that it is just a shell with a keyboard inside.It only costs an additional £80 for Eugene to bring this piece of equipment with him to an event. That is a small fraction of what it would be to hire a grand piano from a supplier.

There are a few limitations on where Eugene can offer this service, but it is fine for most situations. There are restrictions in Central Hertfordshire and other major cities due to parking problems. Please contact Eugene and he will try and get around any obstacles.

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There are limitations on where I'm able to offer the use of this digital baby grand piano. There are definitely restrictions in Central London and other major cities due to parking problems, but please contact me and I will try and get around any obstacles.

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I will carry on offering the Yamaha P155 digital piano at no additional extra cost. This instrument is very smart looking and is perfect for most events. See image below.

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You Can Contact Me and Get a Quote Here:

You Can Contact Me Here

 

You can get an online quote by just filling in the form below. You may not have all the information to fill in the complete form, but please make sure that you give me the following items of information:

a) The line-up you require i.e solo piano, duo with piano and vocals or trio etc.

b) An approximate start and finish time or how long you will need me for

c) The location of the venue - if you don't have a venue booked then a area or county will do.


If for any reason you believe that the above form hasn't submitted properly, please use the following contact details.

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Phone: 01342 835394

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Hire Me as a Sing-a-long Pianist

 

Cockney Singalong Pianist

 

Good Old Fashioned Pub Entertainment - The Way it Used to Be

A fairly recent trend has been to hire me for events as a sing-along pianist. A London pub was the first to hire me for this sort of thing - this was quickly followed by venues in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. At first I wasn't that enthusiastic about doing sing-alongs, but after doing my first Cockney theme night in London I was hooked. It does require a different type of skill to my normal playing and I really have to try and help the singers come in at the right places and in the right key (if possible!). It would be useles just to bring a book of songs along and play from that - as most of them were published in keys which are difficult for the average person to sing. I've had to change the keys of nearly every song in my sing-along repertoire and I have really noticed that the singing now sounds more mellifluous and I hear a lot less screeching!

 

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Sing-a-long Pianists in the Past

There was a day when nearly every pub had a piano (or  'Joanna') in it and everyone would get around it and sing all the old Cockney favourites. London pub pianists were renowned throughout the country and the East End was

considered the Mecca for this style of entertainment. Although London seemed to have more pubs with pianists per square mile, the rest of the country also had their fair share of  places where you could go and have a good sing-song. At one time sing-a-long pianists could be heard on the the radio and entertainers such as Mrs Mills and Russ Conway were very successful in their day. Many people had a piano in their homes and before the days of TV everyone used to sing and play musical instruments. Yes, 'they used to make their own entertainment then' as you've probably heard many times.

 

 Things Move On

These days we play with computers, game consoles and watch telly, but there is still an angel in all of us that is just dying to get out and sing - especially when we've had a few drinks. Just look how many people are watching XFactor, and even Karaokes are still popular - especially in the north of England. The only problem with Karaokes is that the only person singing is the one on the microphone and usually that person is the only one enjoying it. An old fasioned sing-a-long allows everyone to sing at the same time and there is nothing like that sound of an honky-tonk pianist churning out those old songs. It doesn't matter whether it's Christmas or someones birthday - people like to have a sing-song especially with a pianist.

 

Hiring Me as a Sing-a-long Pianist

A pianist playing the old Cockney songs will always goes down really well at a private party and it wont take much organising. I can bring along some song sheets and we can just take it from there. My song sheets cover lots of genres besides all the Cockney favourites. I also play songs from the musicals, The Beatles, The Kinks, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and many other popular artists.

Please don't think that you have to have a piano to hire a pianist, as I can bring a portable electronic piano with me on the day. I  also have a setting on my keyyboard that gives an authentic honky tonk pub piano sound which can be heard on the music on this page. Another option that I can offer is to dress as a typical old time cokney pub pianist. This would include: bowler hat, waistcoat, red neckerchief, grandad shirt etc.

 

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The Song Sheets

Here are the songs that are on the song sheets, but the number of sing-a-long songs that I am playing is increasing all the time and I have to keep amending the song sheets.

Medley No. 1

The Lambeth Walk
Down at the Old Bull and Bush
Daisy
Let's All Go Down the Strand
Maybe it's Because I'm a Londoner
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep
Underneath the Arches
Don't Dilly Dally on the Way
Roll Out the Barrel
Any Old Iron
Knees Up Mother Brown

Medley No. 2

I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
My Old Man's a Dustman
Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
Tulips from Amsterdam
How Much is that Doggie in the Window
Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
Heart of My Heart
For Me and My Gal
Side by Side
Show Me the Way to go Home

Medley No. 3

Hello Dolly
I could Have Danced All Night
Wouldn't It Be Loverly
Get Me to the Church on Time
Consider Yourself
Super-cali-fragilistic-expiali-docious
I'd Do Anything
Oom Pah Pah

Medley No. 4

Who's Sorry Now
It Had to be you
Oh You Beautiful Doll
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
Always
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
When You're Smiling
Shine on Harvest Moon
A' You're Adorable
Walkin' My Baby Back Home

Medley No.5

All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor
K-K-K-Katy
Tavern in the Town (A)
The Lily of Laguna
If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Nellie Dean
What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For
I'm Leaning on a Lamp Post
Where Did You Get That Hat
Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

Medley No.6

Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
Swanee
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
Carolina in the Morning
My Mammy
Baby Face
Sonny Boy
April Showers
By the light of the silvery moon
California, Here I Come
Me and My Shadow

Medley No.7

If You Knew Suzie
Carolina Moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Pretty Baby
Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me!
When the Red, Red Robin
Yes Sir! Thats My Baby
You Made Me Love You

Medley No. 8

Fly Me to the Moon
Strangers in the Night
Something Stupid
The Lady is a tramp
My Way
New York, New York

Medley No. 9

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Goodby-ee
Lili Marlene
It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
The White Cliffs of Dover
Sally
Now is the hour
We'll Meet Again

Medley No. 10

I Vow To Thee My Country
Rule Britannia
Jerusalem
There'll Always Be an England
Land Of Hope and Glory

Sing-along Medley No. 11

Beyond the Sea
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Volare
Arrivercerdi Roma
Memories Are Made of This
Little 'Ol Wine Drinker Me
You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You
That's Amore

Sing-along Medley No. 12

Sweet Caroline
Amarillo
I'm a Believer
Daydream Believer
Hi Ho Silver Lining

Sing-along Medley No. 13

Can't Take My eyes off of You
Please Release Me
Delilah
Spanish Eyes
Green Grass of Home
It's Not Unusual
The Last Waltz

Sing-along Medley No. 14

Can't Buy Me Love
When I'm Sixty four
Yesterday
Let it Be
Lady Madonna
All My Loving
Hey Jude

Sing-along Medley No. 15

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Those Were The Days
Jack in the Box
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
Puppet on a String
Save All Your Kisses For Me

Sing-along Medley No. 16

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
Georgy Girl
Living Doll
We're All Goling On a Summer Holiday
Congratulations

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 1

Away in a Manger
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
I Saw Three Ships
Hark the Herald Angels
O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 2

The First Noel
While Shepherds Watched
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David's City
Good King Wenceslas
Ding Dong Merrily on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 3

Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
The Holly and the Ivy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 4

Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas


If you hire me as a sing-a-long pianist for your party I will make sure that I bring all the words to the above sing-a-long songs on the day.

 

 

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Looking for a Wedding Pianist?

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I can provide different types of music for different parts of your wedding day. You can have classical music for the ceremony followed by solo jazz piano for the drinks reception. You can then have mellow dinner music during the wedding breakfast followed by a jazz trio for the evening. You can even have a Cockney sing-a-long  as part of your day. Just let me know your preferences and I'll try and accomodate. 

Whatever your requirements are - I'm sure that I can help you out. I always provide recorded music while I take my breaks and I can also supply a radio microphone for the speeches.


If you would like help with ceremony music then please visit this page

 

 

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I can be booked as a pianist for any Christmas party

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Christmas is upon us again and lots of parties and other festivities have to be planned. I am often hiredas a pianist for Christmas parties - especially in London. Pianists are plentiful in South East England but there are so many parties happening that there is more than enough work for most of them. I am often asked to provide background dinner music, but Christmas often demands music of a more lively nature, and people often like to have a sing song. I  play lots of Christmas songs, but here are just two Christmas song medleys that I can provide song sheets for: 

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 1

Away in a Manger
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
I Saw Three Ships
Hark the Herald Angels
O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 2

The First Noel
While Shepherds Watched
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David's City
Good King Wenceslas
Ding Dong Merrily on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 3

Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
The Holly and the Ivy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 4

Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas

 

Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have. 

 

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Contact Info

Eugene Portman
Email: mail@eugeneportman.co.uk 
Phone: 07391 472474

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