I provide entertainment and therapy for around a hundred care homes , including nursing, dementia, disability and residential. I have public liability insurance, a full DBS check and have also completed some Jackie Pool dementia and communication awareness training.
The material is very eclectic, generally dating from the 1920's to the present day although also including some older folk songs. Instruments are mainly acoustic guitar and ukulele, although I can introduce other instruments. I never work from a set list or sheet music, but according to the audience and situation.
I try to keep sessions as interactive and informal as possible, with trivia and quizzes if suitable to aid reminiscing. I can bring a selection of percussion instruments if people would like to use them, or otherwise I can just play, making it as lively or gentle as is required. I'm always happy to take on board suggestions as to how things can be tailored or improved at any given venue. I also do one to one bookings for people with special needs or who are bedridden.
Please contact me for prices, bookings and other enquiries.
Live bookings can be performances of original material or more general music for pubs, clubs, restaurants or parties. Unless otherwise stated, all these will be solo and of varying regularity because there seems to be a shortage of hours in the week, but please contact me for availability if any of it's something you might like.
I cover a fairly wide range of material and circumstances and can play material from most of the last hundred years, but selections from the last 20 years or so are, to be honest, rarer. That's not to say they don't exist, but they're more likely to have been written by me or Tom Petty than Ed Sheeran and I apologise for that, but make the point to avoid anyone wasting their time booking, as it were, a cat, when they want something that barks. It is always worth asking though because I'll cover whatever I reasonably can.
A definitive list of things isn't easy to remember when typing, but to give some idea, it can include Paul Simon, The Beatles, Elvis, The Pogues, Bob Dylan, The Waterboys, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, The Stones, Tom Petty, Travis, Madness, Dexys, and all number of random singles from all sorts of people from the 50's to quite recent. I can even play a couple of Oasis songs but don't tell anyone.