Blake Wedding Boutique – Opening Soon in York!

ImageLife is about grabbing opportunities and that is what a group of local wedding specialist will be doing on Valentine’s Day when they open Blake Wedding Boutique!

The twenty-five members of The Wedding Industry Network will be opening a pop-up shop in the former Blake Gallery on Blake Street, York on the 14th February. The shop will showcase all the services that members of the network offer and visitors will be able to see examples of the 25 different businesses. And will be open daily until the 4th March.

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Some songs I’ve been learning…

3106811024_a83564d462Hi folks! I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately…although I was born in the 80s, the vast majority of my music collection is firmly rooted in the 90s! A decade where admittedly we heard some terrible music (Vengaboys, Aqua and Limp Bizkit spring to mind), but where there are some true classics.

And I’ve been busy learning some of them.

Newly added to my repertoire this month are:

  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  • Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  • With Or Without You – U2
  • Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Let Her Go – Passenger

OK, OK, I know some of these aren’t technically from the 90s, but they’re still good fun to play! Keep your eyes peeled for some new live pics this weekend.

To download my full song catalogue, just head over to the ‘info’ page on www.markgilroymusic.com

Fancy a bit of horseplay…?

ImageHi folks!

Just a very quick update to say that I’ll be performing at the York Marriott Hotel every night this week for the Ebor race meeting – the highlight in York’s racing calendar!

Here are the details:

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Where: The York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road

When: 7pm-late, Wed 21st August until Saturday 24th August

What: An evening of live musical entertainment, covers ranging from Lady Gaga to Etta James (and quite a bit in between)!

Hope to see you down there!

A night of music for a great cause

1590509297As some of you know I’ve recently been performing with a band, and we have a very important gig coming up this month. It’s a charity do to help raise money for the Kendal Middleton Jessop appeal. Kendal is a 3-year-old girl from Leeds who has had her life changed forever after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which had spread to every bone in her body, leaving her with only a 40% chance of survival. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy and fighting every step of the way.

The event that has been put together is to raise money for Kendal’s appeal and ensure that her treatment continues, and her chances of relapse are greatly reduced.

Date: Friday 19th July

Venue: The Irish Centre (Leeds), York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT

Ticket price: £10

To book: Call 07540 706582 or email lk@lizkeeting.com

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5 Tips for Choosing The First Dance At Your Wedding

Originally posted on yorkweddingdeals:

These tips are brought to you by Mark Gilroy, a member of York Wedding Deals

Mark Gilroy

Selecting a great first dance song that you both love is just one of those great decisions that you get to make as a couple in the lead-up to your wedding. So many couples already have a first dance picked out, very often a special song that has a particular meaning, and one which will mark a key moment on the big day.

But what if you’re one of those couples who simply doesn’t have a track which you can call “our song”? I’m so often asked by couples who have booked me to perform at their wedding to help pick out their first dance for them, I thought I’d share my top tips, to help you pick out something that will forever become “your song”.

1) Make it personal
Choosing a…

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5 Essential Apps for Musicians & Songwriters

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When smartphones and tablets first started to dominate headlines, many commented that this would herald a new era of music creation and collaboration. Back in 2010, Blur and Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn wrote and recorded an entire album using his iPad – three years on and the list of intuitive, beautifully designed apps is growing by the day! The only problem is that with over 700,000 apps to choose from, the selection is baffling.

Here’s my pick of the must-have apps for musicians.

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My Top 5 Albums of 2012

Albums20121As we near the end of 2012, I’ve been looking back through my iTunes library and thinking about the tracks I’ve most enjoyed listening to. It’s been a terrific year for music and I’ve been spoilt for choice in choosing my five favourite albums.

In the end I went with a mixture of albums that surprised me, a couple that indulged my guilty pleasures and one that I’ve just played pretty much non-stop. I’ll leave you to guess which ones are which!

 

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This weekend: WIN a live performance from me and get your hands on some pre-Christmas treats!

This week I’m delighted to be involved in two fundraising efforts. This Friday I’ll be performing at the York Marriott Hotel for their exclusive pre-Christmas shopping evening….AND on Sunday evening I’ll be at the York Holiday Inn helping to raise funds for York High School’s amazing Team Tanzania project. Come and join us!

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