Afternoon Acoustics - Classical Acoustic Soloist

Afternoon Acoustics is an acoustic act, arranged by classically trained, Oliver. Oliver is an expert with the guitar, and in particular, his passion lies in classical guitar and finger-picking style. Afternoon Acoustics sets combine classical, contemporary pop, and finger-picking style to create a remarkable blend of sounds. Oliver's playing is incredibly on point and will create a feast for the ears that will have you and your guests serenaded throughout the performance.


– Acoustic guitarist based in London

– Soloist

– Acoustic guitar

– Over 70 songs in classical, Spanish & Flamenco, pop, & finger-picking style to choose from

– Grade A acoustic guitarist


About The Act

Afternoon Acoustics is a solo outfit, arranged by Oliver on the acoustic guitar. Oliver is an expert at finger-picking-style classical guitar. Having started playing the guitar at a very early age, he’s now got distinctions and first-class degrees to hang over his mantle-piece. With a passion for the acoustic guitar, Oliver can perform beautiful classical arrangements to add a touch of class and serene ambiance to your wedding day.

Oliver is an experienced performing musician with professional gear and attitude. His playing is just exceptional and will serenade you and your guests throughout the day. His performance style is perfect for a background setting and would suit a ceremony, afternoon drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Oliver comes with his own amplification and PA system.

The genres Oliver covers are classical, including Spanish and Flamenco; popular music; and hybrid picked-style of the likes of Tommy Emmanuel and Steve Howe. Popular artists which Oliver covers include The Beatles, The Eagles, Queen and Stevie Wonder. Some examples of classical, traditional and Spanish song include Cavatina, Spanish romance, Moonlight Sonata. Oliver’s favourite finger-picking style songs include Guitar Boogie, Classical Gas, Clap, Valley of Tocks, and Ram. A full list of Oliver’s repertoire can be found in the repertoire section.

Oliver is well-versed in performing for weddings, receptions, recitals, and restaurants. On booking Oliver, you can put your mind to rest knowing you’re in more than capable hands, and fingers!


Lineups & Prices

– Acoustic guitar: £250


Performance Length

– 2 x 60 mins or 3 x 40 mins



– A PA system

– Complimentary playlist music before and in between live sets if needed

– An ‘off the menu’ song request

– A tailored setlist from over 70 songs

– Arrival from midday, finish at 5pm as standard – if you’d like to book Afternoon Acoustics for different times, don’t hesitate to get in touch



Air On The G String – Johann Sebastian Bach

Ave Maria – Franz Schubert

Canarios – Gaspar Sanz

Cannon in D – Johann Pachelbel

Cavatina – Stanley Myers

Concerto in D – Vivaldi

Country Dance – Ferdinando Carulli

Estudio Study No 1 – Francisco Tárrega

Malaguena – Ernesto Lecuona

Minuet in G – Johann Sebastian Bach

Ode To Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven

Study In C Major – Fernando Sor

BVW 995 Gavvotte 1 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Bourree in Em – Johann Sebastian Bach

Capricho Arabe – Francisco Tárrega

Estudio Study No 2 – Francisco Tárrega

Für Elise – Ludwig van Beethoven

Greensleeves – Traditional

Moonlight Sonata – Ludwig van Beethoven

Scarborough Fair – Traditional

Sor Study 5 – Fernando Sor

Spanish Romance – Anonymous


Popular Songs

And I Love Her – The Beatles

Blue Moon – Richard Rodgers

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Careless Whisper – George Michael

Day Tripper – The Beatles

Dueling Banjos – Eric Weissberg

Dust In The Wind – Kansas

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

Get Back – The Beatles

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

Hey Jude – The Beatles

Hotel California – The Eagles

House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

Imagine – John Lennon

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Kiling Me Softly With His Song – Charles Fox

Kingston Town – UB40

Let It Be – The Beatles

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

Whisky in the Jar – Traditional

Wichita Lineman – Jimmy Webb



Silent Night – Franz Gruber

White Christmas – Irving Berlin


Steve Howe Guitar

Ancient – Steve Howe

Australia – Steve Howe

Bareback – Steve Howe

Beginnings – Steve Howe

Cactus Boogie – Steve Howe

Clap – Steve Howe

Diary Of A Man Who Vanished – Steve Howe

Intersection Blues – Steve Howe

Masceraide – Steve Howe

Meadow Rag – Steve Howe

Mood for a Day – Steve Howe

Ram – Steve Howe

Second Initial – Steve Howe

Sketches in the Sun – Steve Howe

Solitare – Steve Howe

To Be Over – Steve Howe

Valley Of Rocks – Steve Howe


Tommy Emmanuel

Borsalino – Tommy Emmanuel

Classical Gas – Mason Williams

Guitar Boogie – Arthur Smith

Jack Magic – Tommy Emmanuel

Mombasa – Tommy Emmanuel

Oliver is a guitar virtuoso very much in the mould of Django Reinhardt. Oliver’s a very expressive player with a style bordering on the neo-classical. His performance is something of a homage to Steve Howe, a love evidenced by his playing in a Yes tribute act Fragile. He’s the type of guitarist who makes it look too easy as he performs Yes’s ‘To Be Over’ and Howe’s ‘Sketches in the Sun’ providing faithful interpretations of hard to play classics. ‘Clap’ from ‘The Yes Album’ is handled with great dexterity and his set is rewarded with abundant applause. – Fellow colleague

I was taken away by his skill and the good flow of feeling in the music. It was magical. I felt mesmerised as his fingers rolled through a network of interconnected scales, keys, riffs, licks and melodies. Like a magician with smoke and mirrors waving the wand of a guitar. And the sounds he was making reconstructed themselves as moods as they passed from ear to brain. The ideas passing from writer to live performer to listener. Fellow colleague

When Oliver wandered onto the stage, picked up his guitar and began playing softly, the entire audience fell silent. We couldn’t quite believe what we were hearing. If you don’t know Oliver, I suggest you catch up with him while you can still afford a ticket! Recital attendee

Oliver is a super-talented guitarist; he can play anything, electric, acoustic and in any style. Fellow colleague

Technically superb with great interpretation, wonderful. – Bride

We would just like to say a massive thank you for your service on Friday. We were so happy with everything. You were fantastic! You listened to everything that we wanted and performed it so beautifully. We will definitely be recommending your services to others.Wedding
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