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Wedding Musician: The Ultimate Gift to your Spouse


As the saying goes, “once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”. And each fairy tale should be celebrated memorably. There are a couple of ways to make a wedding memorable. But none surpasses the presence of a wedding musician on your special day. This is because live music breathes life to the event.


When planning your wedding, you want to create a perfect paradise for your spouse. A paradise where they will be the centre of attraction because it’s a big day for both of you. Bringing a DJ into your wedding is a cool idea, but not the best scenario. You do not want to settle for good in your wedding, aim for the best – absolute perfection! A live wedding musician creates an intimate, yet lively mood while keeping your spouse at the centre of it all. It is also relaxing and a romantic gesture to amplify the lifelong commitment you are just about to make to the love of your life.  Below we have listed for you some benefits of bringing a live musician to your wedding.


A Wedding Musician adds a unique touch to your Special Day.


If you want your wedding to be truly memorable, then it must differentiate from anything you’ve seen, heard, or read about, at previous weddings. The guests, and also your partner is most likely to remember the performance of a live band or a wedding musician over a backtrack of recorded music.


A Wedding Musician can interact with your Guests.

For an event to be lively and interesting, there needs to be interaction on all levels. A live band interacts with the audience, raising the excitement level as the evening turns into night. This allows your guests to feel appreciated and considered in the planning of the occasion. And such moments on the dancefloor, are the memories that will live on in your guests’ hearts, as you live ‘happily ever after’.


A Live musician can customize your Special Request

This is one feature that DJs and prerecorded music have difficulties simulating. You can request your wedding musician to play certain music that personalizes the connection that everyone will gather to celebrate. The musician can even add your names to the music which makes the song solely about you.


They bring about a level of Professionalism: 

DJ’s are commonly hired to play prerecorded songs, often hiding behind the dexterity of a USB stick! Hiring a musician injects that professional touch into your event. This is mainly because musicians are always professionally trained to immerse themselves in the audience and keep everyone entertained. Wedding DJs are limited by the pre-recorded music in their playlists, which creates an atmosphere but can be difficult to take to the next level without wearing your guests out! Remember you want your wedding to feel romantic to you and your spouse.


Live performances are Romantic

Live performances bring that romantic feature that may lack in other forms of entertainment. Cutting the cake or kissing her after putting the ring on her finger while a violin player plays a sweet sensational song. What a romantic unforgettable moment. Live wedding music can bring the ‘movie’ feeling to your wedding.


They are priced relatively cheap.

On top of all these advantages, live performers are relatively cheap, in comparison to other entertainment options. This is because many wedding musicians and bands have their own instruments and less equipment to bring, so the overall cost of hiring their services is reduced. Also, they occasionally offer incredible discounts during off-peak seasons that can competitively price their service well below a traditional wedding DJ.


Make that ultimate Musical Enquiry, for your Special Day

With these facts laid out to you, the only remaining thing is to find a qualified and professional team that will help make your day. Why don’t you contact David Delaney, a renowned violinist and all-around wedding musician who is professional and well informed when it comes to performances at weddings. Surprise your spouse by booking a wedding violinist who knows the undertones of weddings and the art of creating romantic moments and scenes. Contact David today to request a quote


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Engagement Proposal Ideas – Taking the Knee in Style

More often than often, a happy relationship usually leads to marriage. Ok, wait. Let’s stop there before we get too carried away with happy endings. Before a man can marry the love of his life, he needs pretty impressive engagement proposal ideas to convince the love of his life that she’s making a bullet-proof choice. The manner in which you propose is a defining moment and usually leaves lasting memories with your wife-to-be. In order to be romantic, you ought to choose good places where you will propose to your girl. Just remember women love romantic experiences. Your winning proposal will be the hot topic of many a fiance’s catch-up coffee discussion and the stuff of pride of legend that is destined to be shared as far down as the grandkids. Whichever way you decide to pop the question, go all out in the romance department. To make it even more special, accompany your proposal with cool and romantic songs or add a live musician to the moment. Men, we trust in you, but if you need some inspiration on how to propose the love of your life, here are some memorable engagement proposal ideas you can secretly plan, for maximum Yes effect!


1. At the Theatre of a Live Music Show

It’d be wise to contact the organizers of the show and inform them of your plans. Also, you should make contacts with a local violinist to perform while you will be proposing. So here’s how it can go down.

  • The setup might include the master of ceremony (MC) signalling you to go on the podium while the show is on its advanced stages.
  • The MC will then start a truth and dare game where he or she should ask you a question, upon failure to answer, he then dares you to hug your girlfriend.
  • Not only should you hug her, but also proceed to propose to her while musicians or actors enter the stage all seemingly unaware but blatantly in on the act.

2. Take your Partner on a coffee date at a classic hotel.

The hotel should be spacious and also located in a serene environment. While taking your coffee you will be talking and informing your girlfriend of your plans of intending to propose and randomly bringing up engagement proposal ideas to her. Teasing her may even make her more blissfully unaware that the moment is right upon her. After she is done drinking her coffee, you would then signal her to read what’s written in the cup. To her surprise, she would find the words; “I want to marry you, my angel”, or similar.’ To add extra emotion, consider adding some background music or a live violin player performing in the background.


3. Engagement Proposal Ideas while on a vacation or on a Short Trip Away

The destination is entirely up to you, but we find it hard to see past a beach in Cape Town or Durban. While on your getaway, you would then take her to swim, photoshoot or to play water bucket relay.  In the afternoon, you would then consider sitting with her at the beach while the sun sets. At that moment, a violinist would then intervene from behind where you are sitting. As they are playing, you should seize the moment of distraction to get down on one knee and propose to her while assuring her you love her as much as she loves the musical backdrop to her surprise moment.


4. Take her to a garden setting in any South African city

Lastly, you might consider having a simple but classic proposal, and we can’t think of a more idyllic setting than in one of South Africa’s many stunning botanical gardens or parks. Here’s how it might go down. As you are entering the garden’s yard, you would find some entertaining musicians performing (preferably pre-booked so they can work with your plan) You’d then seem interested and approach the band. The band would then start approaching and presenting directly to you. One of the players will then hand your partner a note, which will contain a romantic proposal message written on it.

Say “I do”, to Unforgettable Engagement Proposal Ideas, with a dash of Violin

To ensure that your engagement proposal ideas, put into action, create a truly unforgettable moment, you need to go big or go home. Deciding to ask your partner to marry you may seem like the easiest decision you ever made. However, the moment itself can be nerve-wrangling. Call in the experts to help you. Nothing says “Yes” better than a violinist in the background performing “your special song”. David Delaney is not only an experienced wedding violinist but is also available for proposals of all manners and melodies. Contact David today to request a quote for your exciting, life-altering moment.


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Singer-Songwriter Tips – How to Succeed in the Industry (Or rather not)

This is a burning issue that’s been on my mind for quite some time. Performing songwriters, particularly those in Johannesburg, work hard and pour their heart and soul into what they do. Yet I can’t help but pick up a number of glaring similarities in how they go about their business. This has forced me to draw up a few singer-songwriter tips to help you make your big mark on the burgeoning scene. Disclaimer: if you’re an easily offended singer-songwriter, this doesn’t make for pretty reading.


Singer-Songwriter Tips #1 – Add “Riptide” to your set – every time!

Rarely a performance goes by at your local Joburg market these days without at least two performers in succession murdering the Vance Joy hit, “Riptide”. To hell with the begrudgers, just sing it! And if a few heads sway to its catchy chorus, tempt fate and sing it again to close out your set. Surely this is a song that, by now, should have been swept away in the current of whiny hipster indie songs.


Singer-Songwriter Tips #2 – Sing every Song with the Capo on the 5th/7th Fret

singer-songwriter tipsA capo is an ingenious invention – it can adapt the song to the key you’re comfortable with. However, it should come boxed with the instruction of ‘moderate use’. I’ve lost count of the number of singers that struggle to remove a capo that’s seemingly super-glued to the fifth or seventh fret of their acoustic. One loses the ‘crunch’ in the playing and there’s precious little bottom end left to balance the high vocals. If this is you, take my tip; avoid any potential back problems and invest in a ukelele instead!


Singer-Songwriter Tips #3 – Don’t accept a gig for any more than R500!

To hell with that, do it for free! The problem with a pool of singer-songwriter talent in town is that promoters and booking agents know this, and will often book their line-up according to the lowest bidder. Who cares if you spent almost R20k on a top Martin or Taylor acoustic. You’ve been chosen, your name is on a poster and you can share the ‘Facebook Live’ clip to your friends on Monday morning. You’ll also enjoy more exposure than an all-day fishing trip on the Vaal river!


Singer-Songwriter Tips #4 – Focus on your Instagram Marketing

It all seems to be about hashtagging your way to fame these days. “Follow me on Instagram” is the definitive marketing platform for up and coming songwriters. Create an engaging audience, trade one follow for another, and filter the shit out of your rooftop gig photos. Why should you even pay for your own website in this day and age? SEO ain’t no method of tuning your guitar strings so leave that to the geeks. There’s only one social media platform to become an insta-hit and everything else is just a waste of your time and data!


Singer-Songwriter Tips #5  – Give everyone the same set

DJ Train wreck is never far from the tracks when a singer-songwriter is invited to perform to a completely different demographic. Being presented with your dream audience from a random inquiry is about as common in South Africa, as glittery cupcakes in an orphanage! Be wary of rebels like Nick May, as his extra ammunition of Zulu and Xhosa songs seems to cast spells on his audiences. He’s the guy that always runs out of business cards at a gig! Stick to the same songs – dozens of adoring relatives surely can’t be wrong? If all else fails, revert to singer-songwriters tip #1!


David Delaney is an Irish fiddle and flute player, currently based in Johannesburg. Not endowed with much, in terms of songwriting talent, he prefers to rather let his fingers do the talking. You can catch him performing with his band Beukes and Delaney or book him as a solo artist, for a “Riptide-free”, ripping performance. Contact David today for a quote, or a healthy debate on more constructive singer-songwriter tips.