Hiring an accordionist is a great way to create a sophisticated European atmosphere. An accordion player instantly conjures up images of French cafes, Italian gondolas, Alpine mountains and Bavarian forests. Derek has a repertoire of thousands of songs and can play a mixture of French, Italian, Bavarian, Russian and many polkas, waltzes and folk tunes from other countries. He can also dress accordingly including the striped jumper/beret for French occasions or lederhosen and feathered hat for German events etc. He is incredibly popular for mixed European weddings held in the UK, wine tasting evenings, restaurants, beer festivals, beaujolais nights and can even wander amongst guests as they dine.
Derek took up the accordion aged just 12 and later trained at the Royal Military School of music where he played professionally for 9 years. Since then he has played all over the country for weddings and events including 3 years performing for the Cafe Rouge chain. We've known Derek for many years as he's also a member of our Scottish dance band (The Highland Reelers).
We had the pleasure of recording him and your guests will be just as impressed as we were.