Ken Cooke is a solo acoustic 'instrumental' guitarist.
He has been a professional musician playing at weddings & corporate events around Adelaide for over 15 years.
During this time, he has performed regularly at such venues as :
- The Adelaide Convention Centre,
- Festival Theatre,
- The Hyatt Regency,
- The Hilton International Hotel,
- The Stamford Plaza,
- Glen Ewin Estate
- Carrick Hill
- Tapestry Winery
- Wirra Wirra Winery
Ken performs a wide variety of music, ranging from timeless classics to jazz, classical, latin and beyond.(See attached song-list)
His performances are all-acoustic, using nylon and steel-string guitars, and Ken can perform both amplified and unamplified.
Ken is a reliable, professional and experienced musician, providing quality entertainment for his listening audience.
- Lizzie Scott (Sydney jazz vocalist – 6 month residency at Stamford Plaza, Glenelg, 1999)
- Backbeat (classic rock cover band, played from 1998-2007 – including 6 year residency at P.J. O’Brien’s, city)
- The Australian Neil Diamond Show (Sydney) (2005)
- The Hicksatomics (country/rockabilly) (played at “Wintersun Festival” , Brisbane, 2005, & supported Beccy Cole, Chubby Checker - 2004)
- Chesterfield Brass ( 2006 - present)
- Musicians I've played with include Phil Emmanuel, Damien Steele-Scott, Paul Stubbings, Max Fredericks, Susan Farrance, Bill Rankine, Peter Miler to name but a few......
“Ken came highly recommended from 3 different people when I was put in charge of music at an important family wedding recently, and we were not disappointed. He was perfect, professional and played brilliantly. Everyone was impressed and I wouldn’t hesitate to encourage others to book him for their special occasions."
Faye Muldoon 2008
"Venessa and I have just returned from our Honeymoon and we felt that we should send you a letter of thanks for your outstanding performance you gave at our recent Wedding.
When trying to select a suitable musician for our wedding, we were keen to find someone who could discreetly entertain our guests with a wide repertoire of music. This was particularly important to us given the wide range of our guests' ages. From our research on the internet, we felt that you "fitted the bill" but you never really know until you actually meet the person.
Well, once we met you and started to listen to your musical style, our minds were put to rest. You blended in really well with the crowd and you helped form a great atmosphere for our wedding. Several people voluntarily commented to us quite positively about your performance. We really don't know how to describe it but there is such a great ambience created by hearing a great live acoustic guitarist.
Once again, you really helped seal what was a great day for both of us and we would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who was thinking about booking you for any event."
Mark & Venessa Tiddy 2010
Ken peforms before, during and after your wedding ceremony. (Choose as many songs as you like from Ken's extensive list)
Your booking price also includes a specially labelled CD of your ceremony songs.
FAQ answered by Ken:
What is an 'instrumental' guitarist?
In short, a guitarist who doesn't sing! I have found over the years that the sound of a live acoustic guitar provides the perfect backdrop
for almost any event. No vocals means you and your guests can still talk and hear each other too!
Can you play outdoors ?
Yes, I play outdoors, using portable amplification.
Where else do you play, so we can see you live?
I currently play every fortnight at the National Wine Centre ('Uncorked') - free entry, 5-8 p.m.
When do you play at my wedding?
I play up to 20-30 minutes before your ceremony starts. I then play your 'processional' (arrival) song, and during the register signing.
I also play 15 minutes of 'post-ceremony' music.
Can you also play at our 'pre-dinner/cocktail' drinks?
Yes - I'm happy to play a different mix of upbeat music for you and your guests.
Do you play requests?
Yes, I can write/arrange your favourite song for solo guitar (for a small cost) to cover my time involved.
Songs Ken regularly perform include:
Eternal Flame (The Bangles) **
You Are So Beautiful To Me - Joe Cocker **
From This Moment On ** - Shania Twain
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You) – Van Morrison, Rod Stewart**
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams **
Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters And Collectors**
Angels – Robbie Williams
Can’t Help Falling In Love, Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley) **
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating **
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
I Swear – Boyz II Men
The Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
Amazed - LoneStar
Canon (trad.) **
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley **
Fields Of Gold – Sting, Eva Cassidy
Cavatina (trad) **
Here Comes The Bride (trad.)
The Bridal Waltz (trad.)
Your Song – Elton John **
We’ve Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
Endless Love - Lionel Ritchie
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jnr. **
More Than Words – Extreme **
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
Hotel California – Eagles **
Yellow – Coldplay **
American Pie, Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) – Don Mclean
Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees, Roberta Flack
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Better Be Home Soon, Weather With You – Crowded House
Take Me Back – Noiseworks
Tip Of My Tongue - Diesel
Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
You Are Not Alone, Human Nature – Michael Jackson
Runaway – The Corrs
True – Spandau Ballet
Band On The Run, Live & Let Die - Wings
Freefalling – Tom Petty
Change The World, Layla, Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton **
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel **
Every Breath You Take, Message In A Bottle - Police
Reckless – Australian Crawl
California Dreaming – Mamas & Papas
Classical Gas – Tommy Emmanuel, Mason Williams
Stand By Me – Ben E. King **
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, All I Want Is You – U2 **
April Sun In Cuba – Dragon
Flame Trees – Cold Chisel
Under The Milky Way – The Church
Against All Odds – Phil Collins
From A Distance – Bette Midler
Say You, Say Me – Lionel Ritchie
Hero – Mariah Carey
In My Life - All You Need Is Love **- Across The Universe - Imagine
(John Lennon) ** - Saltwater (Julian Lennon) - Let It Be - Hey Jude
And I Love Her - The Long And Winding road - Norwegian Wood
Michelle - You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Are You Lonesome Tonight - Can’t Help Falling In Love
Crying In The Chapel - In The Ghetto - It’s Now Or Never
Love Me Tender – Memories - My Way
JAZZ / LATIN
Blue Moon – Georgia On My Mind – Fly Me To The Moon
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Corcovado How Insensitive
Girl From Ipanema - Moondance –When I Fall In Love –
Blue Bossa - Chitlins Con Carne – All Of Me – Come Fly With Me
In A Mellow Tone – It’s Only A Paper Moon – Nature Boy
Tennessee Waltz - various
Could I Have This Dance? – Anne Murray
Crazy – Patsy Cline
King Of The Road – Roger Miller
Windy ‘n’ Warm – Chet Atkins
He’ll Have To Go - Jim Reeves
Green, Green Grass Of Home – Johnny Cash, Tom Jones
Guitar Boogie – Arthur Smith
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Glen Campbell
LOUNGE / TIMELESS CLASSICS
Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin **
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mamas & Papas
Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
Music To Watch Girls Go By – Andy Williams
God Only Knows, Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Sway, That’s Amore! – Dean Martin, Michael Buble **
Just The Way You Are, Piano Man – Billy Joel
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers, Deni Hines
My Cherie Amour, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones **
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Apache – The Shadows
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
Summertime – Billie Holiday
Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland **
Twighlight Time – The Platters
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong **
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley **
Blowing’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Rainy Days & Mondays – The Carpenters
Caro Mio Ben
Mexican / Spanish
The Golden Wedding (La Cinquantine)
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves
As Time Goes By – Casablanca
I Have A Dream – Mamma Mia
Unchained Melody – Ghost
Smile, Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches
My Heart Will Go On – Titanic
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King
How Deep Is Your Love – Saturday Night Fever
Hopelessly Devoted To You – Grease
My Favourite Things – The Sound Of Music
Beauty And The Beast (title song)
Makin’ Whoopee, When I Fall In Love (Sleepless In Seattle)
Mrs. Robinson – The Graduate
Where Do I Begin – Love Story
The Godfather Theme
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – The Wizard Of Oz
Forrest Gump Theme
Say A Little Prayer – My Best Friend’s Wedding
Love Is All Around – Four Weddings & A Funeral, Love Actually
** = denotes popular choices for wedding songs
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