Saturday 1 December 2012

Shellac Sound

Thinking about music for your vintage wedding? What about hiring a Gramophone DJ? 

Matt Jones and Kate Wright are Bristol based gramophone enthusiasts, playing music from the 1920's, 30's and 40's on original wind-up gramophones.  They’ve played at art galleries, art deco hotels, music concerts, cinemas, birthday parties in church halls and tea parties in the park as well as some fabulous wedding receptions.  Drawing on their large collection of 78rpm records, they play a varied mixture of dance bands, popular vocal, jazz, chanson and latin, but are happy to tailor a set to completely suit your tastes.

Using two 1930's His Masters Voice 102 gramophones (widely regarded as one of the best sounding portable gramophones) and one horn gramophone, these are surprisingly loud and clear, but can easily be amplified using microphones if necessary.  With a daytime guide rate of is £150 for the first hour and £50 per additional hour, there are additional charges for travelling further afield and for evening events, so best to talk through your event with them in detail. 

They've been gramophoning since 2003 and are passionate about bringing the machines and the music to gatherings and celebrations.  Their website is delightfully retro and you can be inspired by samples of the fantastic music on their ‘listen’ section. 

You can contact Shellac Sound by email at or call them on 07582 472 073.

Last year we had Matt at the Fair, but this year we’re lucky enough to have Kate too. They’ll be playing records in between the live music. Did you know you have to change a gramophone needle every three minutes?  Catch them in between and get lost in the magic of true vintage music.

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