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Daniel McCarthy

Palmyra , VA
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Palmyra, VA US 22963 (map)

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434-962-9709

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Ceremony Music

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar

REVIEWS

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Robert
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Daniel was referred by a very good friend. At the time, my fiance and I weren't sure we wanted, or needed ceremonial music by a guitarist. After talking with Daniel at great length, and hearing what his music could add to our special day we were sure we couldn't do without it. Daniel was a joy to work with. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional and very patient with us. We had a piece in mind that we wanted included in our ceremony. Daniel knew the piece and arranged it for us and it turned out beautifully. Daniel's performance was exceptional and made our wedding day even more special. We are so thankful that Daniel was referred and participated in our wedding.
Daniel was referred by a very good friend. At the time, my fiance and I weren't sure we wanted, or needed ceremonial music Read more...
Daniel was referred by a very good friend. At the time, my fiance and I weren't sure we wanted, or needed ceremonial music by a guitarist. After talking with Daniel at great length, and hearing what his music could add to our special day we were sure we couldn't do without it. Daniel was a joy to work with. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional and very patient with us. We had a piece in mind that we wanted included in our ceremony. Daniel knew the piece and arranged it for us and it turned out beautifully. Daniel's performance was exceptional and made our wedding day even more special. We are so thankful that Daniel was referred and participated in our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.8/5.0
Daniel was recommended through our wedding planner, and he was the perfect fit for us. We had an outdoor wedding, and Daniel's classical style was exactly what we didn't know we wanted. When Daniel sent us samples of his work via email, both my fiancee and I realized what our ceremony had been missing all along. He was able to arrange one of our favorite songs within three weeks notice and send it to us to make sure we liked it. He nailed it, and also played fabulously at the cocktail hour, too. Such a great musician for a great value!
Daniel was recommended through our wedding planner, and he was the perfect fit for us. We had an outdoor wedding, and Read more...
Daniel was recommended through our wedding planner, and he was the perfect fit for us. We had an outdoor wedding, and Daniel's classical style was exactly what we didn't know we wanted. When Daniel sent us samples of his work via email, both my fiancee and I realized what our ceremony had been missing all along. He was able to arrange one of our favorite songs within three weeks notice and send it to us to make sure we liked it. He nailed it, and also played fabulously at the cocktail hour, too. Such a great musician for a great value! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Richard
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Daniel is a very good guitarist. I was somewhat confused about the requirements for our wedding music, and had to email him a lot about it. He responded well, was very patient, and everything turned out wonderfully. He agreed to arrange a hymn for us, and it sounded awesome. He brought his own amplification, and I knew the ceremony music wasn't something I'd have to worry about on the day of.
Daniel is a very good guitarist. I was somewhat confused about the requirements for our wedding music, and had to email Read more...
Daniel is a very good guitarist. I was somewhat confused about the requirements for our wedding music, and had to email him a lot about it. He responded well, was very patient, and everything turned out wonderfully. He agreed to arrange a hymn for us, and it sounded awesome. He brought his own amplification, and I knew the ceremony music wasn't something I'd have to worry about on the day of. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mike
Wedding:
5/24/2014
1.4/5.0
DO NOT HIRE. Daniel McCarthy ruined our ceremony and wedding.

Daniel McCarthy and his partner Rick LaRue were abject failures as our ceremony musicians. When my wife walked down the aisle, all anyone heard was an out of tune violin playing unidentifiable garbage along with Daniel's guitar also playing unidentifiable music. Two music professionals attended my wedding and separately provided me with unsolicited feedback as to how disappointing that "performance" was.

They were specifically hired to play the ceremony and play 4 songs. They correctly played 1 of 4. My bride walked down the aisle to two musicians not playing in sync and not playing what they were hired to play. Moreover they were very unwilling to learn modern music.

I have the video of our wedding which I will gladly share with anyone thinking about hiring either Daniel McCarthy or his partner Rick LaRue. I will also happily share the email correspondence with them which outlines what they were supposed to play. You may contact me at mike.s.nieves@gmail.com - which I urge you to do before you hire either of them.

Do not use Daniel McCarthy of Rick LaRue.
DO NOT HIRE. Daniel McCarthy ruined our ceremony and wedding.

Daniel McCarthy and his partner Rick LaRue were Read more...
DO NOT HIRE. Daniel McCarthy ruined our ceremony and wedding.

Daniel McCarthy and his partner Rick LaRue were abject failures as our ceremony musicians. When my wife walked down the aisle, all anyone heard was an out of tune violin playing unidentifiable garbage along with Daniel's guitar also playing unidentifiable music. Two music professionals attended my wedding and separately provided me with unsolicited feedback as to how disappointing that "performance" was.

They were specifically hired to play the ceremony and play 4 songs. They correctly played 1 of 4. My bride walked down the aisle to two musicians not playing in sync and not playing what they were hired to play. Moreover they were very unwilling to learn modern music.

I have the video of our wedding which I will gladly share with anyone thinking about hiring either Daniel McCarthy or his partner Rick LaRue. I will also happily share the email correspondence with them which outlines what they were supposed to play. You may contact me at mike.s.nieves@gmail.com - which I urge you to do before you hire either of them.

Do not use Daniel McCarthy of Rick LaRue. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Daniel McCarthy responded with the following comments:

This review contains false claims and is a gross misrepresentation of what happened during the ceremony and my professionalism and reliability as a wedding musician. This particular client requested that 3 songs be played for the processional and 1 song for the recessional. On the day of the wedding I arrived 30 min. before we were to start playing to discuss the ceremony with the wedding coordinator. She assured me that we would be positioned in the back as the wedding party was entering and we would be cued, by her, as to when to begin and switch songs. The first song we played for the seating of the grandparents went smoothly. When we were finally cued, Rick, the violinist who I was playing with, began playing the 2nd song that was intended for the ring bearer/flower girl. As he began playing, I glanced up and noticed that the bride began walking down the aisle. I began frantically trying to stop Rick from playing and continue to the bridal entrance song but it was impossible given the situation. This confusion and inability to communicate resulted in what was heard which I admit was a poor performance. It must be stressed, however, that it was a miscue from the wedding coordinator that caused this and not our being unprepared or unrehearsed. This client's account that we were unwillingly to learn modern music is the most egregious claim on the review. We were willing but learning new repertoire requires that we transcribe, arrange, and rehearse the pieces which as standard practice incurs an additional fee. They did not want to pay for this to happen. As a courtesy I agreed to transcribe, arrange, rehearse, AND record not one but two arrangements of "1000 Years" for free to be used for the bridal entrance. I sent a recording to the clients for their approval. I would be happy to send this recording/arrangement to anyone who would like to hear it. The other reviews on this page more accurately reflect my professionalism and reliability.
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Becca
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I agreed classical guitar music for our ceremony would best fit the outdoor venue we selected. Daniel did not disappoint. We special requested several songs that he agreed to learn and send us recordings of them to be sure they turned out like we'd hoped. Days before he told us he wasn't able to attend the rehearsal, but the recordings really helped in his place. On the day of the wedding he was prompt, dressed appropriately, and played spectacular music for our ceremony AND our cocktail hour!
My husband and I agreed classical guitar music for our ceremony would best fit the outdoor venue we selected. Daniel did Read more...
My husband and I agreed classical guitar music for our ceremony would best fit the outdoor venue we selected. Daniel did not disappoint. We special requested several songs that he agreed to learn and send us recordings of them to be sure they turned out like we'd hoped. Days before he told us he wasn't able to attend the rehearsal, but the recordings really helped in his place. On the day of the wedding he was prompt, dressed appropriately, and played spectacular music for our ceremony AND our cocktail hour! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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