Performing as a Pianist in Gretna Green
My name is Eugene Portman and my travels around the Gretna Green area as a pianist have given me some really good memories. Musicians and Gretna Green generally have a close working relationship and I certainly receive plenty of work from the area. It isn’t surprising that all of the bookings I take in this area are for weddings. This is obviously because Gretna Green is famous the world over and people travel from all over to marry here.
The main venues that I play the piano at are The Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Hall Hotel, and Smiths at Gretna Green.
A lot of the work I receive from Gretna Green is for me as a solo classical pianist for ceremonies. However, I can provide different styles of music for the various parts of your special day. To clarify, very often I am required to provide a different style of music for each part of the day. For instance, classical music is the number one choice for ceremonies, while jazz is very popular for drinks receptions. Also, the wedding breakfast would need a different style of music to the evening reception. Luckily, I play music from many different genres and I am willing to learn any specific pieces that you may require.
The music I play ranges from Debussy and Chopin to Gary Barlow and Elton John, but my main passion is music from the jazz era. In particular, I love the music from the jazz and swing era and I enjoy playing all the old jazz standards. My piano style has developed through to pianists like Dudley Moore, Erroll Garner, Ralph Sharon, and George Shearing.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Gretna Green
Besides playing jazz, classical, and pop, I am also occasionally requested to perform as a singalong pianist around the Gretna Green area. This has very quickly become something I really enjoy and I always look forward to my next sing-along event. When I perform for a sing-along event I can provide song sheets and I dress like a typical old fashioned pub pianist.
Also, please don’t just stay on this page. The rest of the site contains loads of different styles of piano music and does explain the different services that I can offer.
To hear examples of the different styles of music that I play, please visit the following pages:
If you would like help with your ceremony music then please visit the ceremony music page.
Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
As a pianist I cover all the following areas in Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway:
Moffat, Wigtown, Lockerbie, Eastriggs, Thornhill, Langholm, Dumfries, Stranraer, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dalbeattie, Ross, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Portpatrick, Gretna Green, Beeswing, Newton Stewart, Glenluce and Annan.