John playing the piano at Dunblane Hydro

John playing the piano at Dunblane Hydro

John McDermott is a wedding pianist from Glasgow, available for weddings, parties and other functions. Having a piano player is the ideal background music for your event. Plus hiring a pianist gives the opportunity for a great sing a long.

Pianist-Glasgow -a pianist for all functions

John is a wedding pianist and composer from Glasgow. 

 He provides piano music for any occasion, weddings, funerals, parties and graduations.  The sound of live piano music at a wedding can create the perfect relaxed atmosphere to encourage mingling and conversation over drinks and canapés. 

At a wedding there is a mixture of ages and music types.  Thats why he can play classics like Queen, Pink Floyd, Eagles and the Beatles as well as playing new music like Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs,  Psy, Elbow, Mumford and Sons and Take That.   He can simply play the piano in the background or play the piano  to a backing track.   Along with traditional pop songs and wedding classics he can also play themes from the TV and movies including Superman, Star Wars, James Bond and the Simpsons.  He can play classical pieces of music by Chopin, Beethoven or Rachmaninov.   He can also play songs you would hear at a cocktail or jazz bar, for example Fly me to the Moon and the theme to "Taxi."  Examples can be heard on the music player below. 

He can also provide Karaoke style music where live instruments are played along with a backing track.


He loves composing, having written over 1000 pieces of music.  He can make it up as he goes along, simply pressing record on my keyboard and seeing where I go.  He can even write you a unique song in any style of music, including a hymn (track 3 on player).  He has written four musicals and three albums.  He is hoping to produce his first musical in 2016. 

He taught myself music but he has a gift when it comes to hearing music.  He can sight read music at a Grade 8 level and can improvise to any piece of music.   He has a large playlist of songs, but if a guest wanted him to play their favourite song that is not on the list, that is not a problem.   If he doesn't know a song he can simply hear it online, get the chords and he is ready to play. You could even make up your own playlist so you know he will only be playing your favourite songs.  He can also arrange a classical version of your favourite song, adding strings, horns and percussion. 

He has a full size 88 key keyboard and a smaller portable Yamaha keyboard.   

We can meet up and have a chat about your requirements making sure you are happy with what will be played.  As he has been a wedding photographer for over 7 years having done nearly 350 weddings he knows most of the venues in and around Glasgow, plus he knows the events managers so he will make sure he has a great place to play while the guests are mingling. 

So consider John to be your pianist at your wedding or event. 

John can be contacted here. 
 



"Thanks again for all your piano playing at our wedding.  Your fingers must have been sore. "  Gemma and Grant 

"Thank you so much for playing during our meal, we had a fantastic time."  Kathyrn & Stuart - 

"What a great range of pieces you played.  Amazing."  Mr and Mrs Black 



An example of his piano playing and singing can be heard on itunes with the track "Eternal Devils Angel" (track 13) or on last.fm 
 

For more info on his other projects please visit  www.jn74.com





All photos on this site copyright John McDermott Photography, www.GlasgowWeddingPhotos.com

 

All arrangements by John McDermott. 

If your venue is not big enough for a piano then you can download most of the tracks for only £1.99 so it can be played at your ceremony.  If you have any requests please let me know and I will record it and put it on my website to be downloaded.  

My favourite songs

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  1. 1 500 miles 02:47
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  2. 2 Bohemian Rhapsody 04:31
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  3. 3 Food glorious food 01:50
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  4. 4 Let it go 03:20
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  5. 5 Sweet child of mine 02:51
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  6. 6 We are the champions 02:37
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  7. 7 Hallelujah 02:38
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  8. 8 Times like these 02:11
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  9. 9 Titanium 03:38
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  10. 10 Crazy little thing called love 03:06
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  11. 11 Great gig in the sky 03:13
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  12. 12 Nothing else matters 03:08
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  13. 13 Ordinary world 03:32
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  14. 14 Champagne Supernova 04:15
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  15. 15 Kiss from the rose 04:27
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  16. 16 Star Trek theme 02:44
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  17. 17 All you need is love 03:07
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Free MP3s to download

I was asked at the weekend  at the wedding show if I could record some requests.  The first was do a classical cover of 1,000 years with the cello providing the melody.  The second was Tracy Chapman's Fast Cars.
 
In this music player I have included recent music.  I will be updating the music every few weeks.  Just now you can listen to All of me by John Legend, 1,000 years by Christina Perri and Happy by Pharell Williams.

Recent Songs

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  1. 1 1000 years 03:17 Free
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  2. 2 Hey Ho 01:40
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  3. 3 Irridescent - Linkin Park 02:50
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  4. 4 Gangnam Style 02:15
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  5. 5 Price tag 02:40
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  6. 6 All of me 04:00
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  7. 7 Happy 02:24
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  8. 8 Get lucky 02:47
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  9. 9 Titanium 03:38
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  10. 10 Heart skips a beat 04:30
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  11. 11 Grenade 02:42
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Here are some examples of me playing piano along with a backing track.  This ensures that the guests can sing along, no excuses!
In the music player below are samples of my classical repertoire.  These includes Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt and Rachmaninov.

Classical Music

In this music player are sample tracks you might hear in a cocktail bar.  These include Moon River, New York, Fly me to the moon and the Theme to Taxi.

Cocktail bar music

Joe Satriani piano cover of Always with me

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Playlist contents for the music player at the bottom of the page

Let it go     get lucky      without you         heart skips a beat
Titanium      Living on a prayer          Happy       Heart shaped box
More than words       times like these      Theme from cheers
we are the champions     Eye of the tiger/flash       Food glorious food       braveheart   
Sample playlist         Wedding March       1,000 years          Ho Hey
Can't help falling in love          Bohemian rhapsody
Skyfall               Fly me to the moon             Crawling
Rolling in the deep                Star war/Superman
Liszt        Rockstar       Han Solo          Grieg
Always with me            Midnight        Our House
New York    Chopin nocturne        Theme from taxi
where is love?      Freak on a leash     She
Everlong      Hallelujah      Perfect Day     Time of your life
It must be love    Sweet child of mine     Paganini
500 miles    Ave Maria        Can you feel the love
Clair be Lune          Daydream believer        Feel my love
Fur Eilse       gangnam style       Grenade
Grieg sample
harp sample       hotel California
Hymn1  Irridescent          Kiss from the rose
Lucy in the sky   Moonlight sonata
Piano and violin duet      Piano 1
Price tag               Skyfall
Sonata pthetique             times like these - classical
Crazy little thing                great gig
nothing else matters      ordinary world

 
I provide music for any occasion, funerals, parties, graduations and especially weddings.  The sound of live piano music at a wedding can create the perfect relaxed atmosphere to encourage mingling and conversation over drinks and canapés.