This solo recording features arrangements of great melodies by some of the most influential song writers and lyricists including Richard Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern. I have grown up with these songs and in their day some were pop tunes such as Alfie and What A Wonderful World, the latter being a song I performed on the guitar at school my first gig! The opening track, With A Song In My Heart, became famous in the UK as the theme tune for the long-running BBC radio show, Family Favourites, which I clearly remember hearing most Sunday evenings!
Two For The Road by Henry Mancini, which I heard on a Pat Metheny album a few years back and more recently on a recording by Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes, is relatively new to me. I was delighted at having the opportunity of recording this song with Martin on my album. He has been a huge influence for me over many years, in particularly his sense of jazz harmony and rhythm and yet staying true to both the song and melody.
I considered calling this album “Melody Matters” as melody is important to me and my music. Harmonically I have always been drawn to chordal arrangements whether it be in the context of a big band or smaller ensembles and soloists such as Oscar Petersen Joe Pass or Pat Metheny. One of the less well known songs on this recording is “Evening In Paris” by Quincy Jones. I originally heard this as a big band number but have always been impressed by the haunting melody and the original big band arrangement.
I do hope you enjoy my interpretations of these classic tunes.
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Acoustic guitarist Marcus Ford, has been performing across the UK for the past two decades and is a well known face on the Scottish music scene.
As well as playing in a number of ensembles including the Ritz Trio, Marcus regularly performs as a solo guitarist for
- Wedding Ceremonies & Drinks Receptions
- Corporate Events
- Solo Recitals
Whilst his influences come from the jazz genre, he has a broad spectrum of music interests. This can be seen in his repertoire of arrangements which include everything from the Beatles, Sting and Adele to Louis Armstrong, Gershwin and Carpenters!
If you are looking for an acoustic wedding guitarist in Scotland, then consider have one of most accomplished solo guitarists Marcus Ford to perform his specially selected repertoire, which is sure to help to make your event unique and memorable.
He has played at some of the most prestigious venues in Scotland including Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, Hopetoun House, One Devonshire Gardens, Balbirnie House, Former Royal Yacht Britannia, The Balmoral and Gleneagles Hotel. Internationally he has performed in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and China.
The popularity of the guitar makes it the perfect wedding ceremony and reception instrument. Being atmospheric and romantic it creates the perfect ambiance for a wedding in Scotland. The equipment used is discreet and highly flexible meaning Marcus is able to switch between rooms, for example following on from the ceremony within no time at all he can be set up and playing over the drinks reception if required.
A typical booking scenario for a wedding ceremony can involve music before the vows, drinks afterwards and/or the breakfast. Even music for the walk down the aisle can be included. Marcus will be happy to discuss this with clients to ensure that personal tastes and wishes are catered for in planning stages.
Guitar & Violin For Wedding Ceremonies
Marcus sometimes works with a violinist for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions. The Duo are able to play the most often asked for wedding ceremony pieces such as Thousand Years, (C.Perri), Air on a G String, Ave Maria and Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
He is happy to discuss arranging music specifically for each wedding, so please do ask if there is something special you want played.
A SET LIST WITH VARIETY SURE TO PLEASE MOST TASTES!
Take a look at this set list which highlights just a few of the many songs Marcus Ford is able to play. If there is something that you would especially like played please ask as this may be something Marcus can perform for you and your guests with notice.
MARCUS FORD ACOUSTIC GUITARIST AUDIO SAMPLES
Ritz Trio Audio Samples
Marcus Ford also writes his own music, here is a tune called “Strange Times” which was written during the COVID pandemic in 2020.
Gtr – Marcus Ford – Keyboard – Steve Hamilton Double Bass – Andy Mitchell
Marcus Ford Original Composition
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