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Guitarist Julian Catford

Seattle , WA
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LOCATION

132 NW 175th
Seattle, WA US 98177 (map)

PHONE

206-546-5487

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ABOUT US

One of the region’s top guitarists with years of experience. Spanish & Flamenco guitar, Classical, Brazilian, Tango, Gypsy swing, and Flamenco jazz (solo and small groups).
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One of the region’s top guitarists with years of experience. Spanish & Flamenco guitar, Classical, Brazilian, Tango, Gypsy swing, and Flamenco jazz (solo and small groups).
EXPERIENCE

Classical guitar studies with Guillermo Fierens (a student of Segovia), years of performing experience, including four years at the Hyatt Regency, the Columbia Tower Club, Hollywood Schoolhouse, the Willows, and on CD recordings. Julian has performed at hundreds of weddings and events. Recently selected for City of Seattle "music on hold".

PERSONALIZED AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Julian has earned a distinguished reputation for his quality presentations, dependability, and willingness to go the extra mile for a worry-free event. Surprisingly affordable.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Hiring Julian to play guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception was one of the best decisions that we made in planning our wedding. He was exceptionally professional, and his music set the mood for our wedding. Several guests and my parents commented that he was a highlight of the evening. We met with Julian before the wedding, and he played several options ranging from traditional to contemporary for the ceremony and the reception. We chose traditional music for the wedding processional, and I asked him to play what he enjoyed and was best at for the reception. It turned out wonderfully! I highly recommend Julian Catford.
- Sarah Spilseth , July 3rd 2010

Julian was stellar. His talent so evident and his demeanor so easy. It was the perfect fit for our event [son's wedding]. I had no doubt that our choice was the right one. Our family and guests were so impressed. The mood was relaxed and fun and the music just elevated the whole ambience to an even higher level. We thank Julian for his professionalism and his gift of music. He is forever part of the memories made on this special day.
—Julie W., Seattle, Washington. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What is your usual attire?
Dark Jacket and pants, white shirt and silk tie.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
I have my CD Sonoroso - all Spanish/Latin/Brazilian, and a Christmas Cd.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
How much space do you usually require?
I usually have a chair, my music stand and music bag. Depending on the situation I bring a small amplifier or small high quality pa system. Sometimes I put the speaker on a tripod.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I do charge a bit extra for travel beyond the metro Seattle area - varies.

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William
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Julian was our musician for both the wedding ceremony and the reception afterwards. He was a pleasure to work with and also sounded great!

We had an initial consultation where we worked out what types of music we wanted to hear at the reception and what songs should be played during the processionals and recessional. We had some ideas for what we wanted played but didn't know if they would work out with guitar. Thankfully, Julian was able to make those pieces work and even provided other suggestions for similar types of songs for other parts of the ceremony and reception.

On the day of the wedding, Julian was very professional. He worked with the venue staff to get set up and started right on time. Of course, the music was perfect as well. The only regret that we have is that we had to step out for a while to do some photos so we were not able to enjoy more of his music!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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TEAM
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Julian is very talented and professional. His playing is simply beautiful (music to my ears, literally). He was even willing to learn and play two songs of our choosing that are not typical for a wedding ceremony. We highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have beautiful music at their wedding.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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J.Cole
Wedding:
12/27/2013
5.0/5.0
If you don't at least take the time to meet with Julian and chat about your vision for live music at your wedding - you are losing an opportunity my friend.

One of Seattle's top guitarists, with years of experience - Mr. Catford offers musical stylings in jazz, Latin, classical, swing, and Brazilian. He is simply amazing and kind. We hired him for our cocktail hour and part of our reception. I was delighted to know that he would be open to playing some Christmas tunes throughout the evening. I also asked him to play the Christmas Song during the father/daughter dance and he did! It was remarkable.

His music absolutely added to our warm, cozy, Christmas wedding. I just love that his music is woven in what I remember to be an amazing day/evening. Having him there only added to the overall wedding experience. Heck, I have two of his CDs in my car. I cannot get enough. You are awesome Julian Catford!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Linda
Wedding:
10/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Julian and his music was absolutely amazing at our wedding! From our initial contact discussing our musical taste through the conclusion of our ceremony (including sequencing the music with our officiant for perfect timing) he was delightful to work with in every aspect. He worked closely with us to pick just the right songs before, during, and after our ceremony - his delightful range of songs from his wonderful version of Canon in D, to bossa nova and classic jazz tunes certainly set the stage for our fall wedding at the Seattle Arboretum. Thank you again Julian! xoxox Linda and Monica
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Julian Catford was exceptional and easy to work with. He was very interested in making sure that the music selected matched with our personal requirements - spending time in advance with us by phone, email, and personal meetings. He arrived at our event on time, and played throughout the evening. Not only was his music wonderful - but he also was clearly happy during his performance, thus bringing joy to our guests. He also was happy to interact with our guests - some of whom were musicians as well. So they very much enjoyed his performance. And lastly, his music was not intrusive to the veening - and instead blended with the evening and added to the ambiance. What a wonderful experience! Thank you Julian!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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John
Wedding:
9/8/2013
4.8/5.0
Julian was the guitarist for our wedding ceremony and reception. He played a nice mix of Spanish, classical, and popular music. He was a pleasure to work with, very professional and accommodating. I recommend him without reservation or hesitation!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Justin
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Julian, he listened to our needs and then was able to choose and perform exactly the music we wanted for our wedding. We also asked him to find and partner with an accordion player who was amazing, it showed us that Julian will go to whatever length necessary to provide highly quality service and the most beautiful music possible.

He is a very talented musician and tremendous person we are so glad we found Julian!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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John
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.5/5.0
Julian is a consummate professional and a wonderful guitarist. He was a pleasure to work with, offered many suggestions when we got stuck picking music. We are both glad that we has was part of our special day.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Julian played during dinner and the cake cutting at our wedding reception, and he was fantastic! Dinner and toasts ran about an hour longer than expected (yikes!), and Julian graciously stayed on with us. He was flexible, professional and good-spirited throughout the evening. His music was beautiful. I highly recommend him!
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Leigh
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Julian was great to work with and helped us work through which songs to use for the ceremony and for the cocktail hour. Highly recommend!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Margaret
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Julian was the guitarist for my 8.3.13 wedding and reception and he was amazing! We had a pre-wedding consultation with Julian where we discussed all the details. My fiancée and I are not experts on musical styles and genres, but we knew the mood/atmosphere we were trying to create. Based on our description Julian was able to make suggestions that were just what we were looking for. His music perfectly enhanced the easy elegance and casual sophistication of our summer, outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. One of the highlights of the wedding was the duet he performed at the ceremony with my friend/vocalist. I stumbled on a song I thought would be beautiful, found the sheet music and emailed it to Julian. After reviewing the piece he said he said he would be able to play the piece (the sheet music wasn't for guitar, but that didn't matter!) Weeks before the wedding he rehearsed (I did pay a small 30 min rehearsal fee) with my friend and she raved about him; said he was easily able to transpose the music into her key. Their performance during the ceremony had me (and many guests) in tears. It was truly beautiful. If you want guitar music at your wedding, Julian Catford is certainly THE guy. I recommend him without hesitation.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Julian was so professional, helpful, and flexible in helping plan the music for my wedding. I was hoping for a mix of classical, Spanish, and jazz, and he came through with flying colors. Working with Julian was effortless, and he really made the day absolutely perfect.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Brianna
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
He was amazing. Completely flawless and perfect. He is so talented and kind, and performed exactly as I hoped he would. I had a farm wedding, and he made his sound match to the venue perfectly! I heard endless compliments about our music from everyone. He was A HIT!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Becky
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Julian was the right choice for our outdoors wedding. Great music and set the perfect tone for our simple garden wedding.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Caitlin
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Julian was fantastic! He was very receptive to our ideas, had good suggestions, and is incredibly talented to boot! He's also very reasonably priced.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
We had the privilege of having Julian play at our wedding on 17 Sep 2011. We found Julian easy to stay in contact with prior to the event and open to our ideas of the musical feel we wanted for our special day. Our processional was a song that spoke so much to both of us but we were unable to locate guitar music for it anywhere in the states for some weird copyright reasons. Julian was able to transcribe the piano version, though, and saved the day. I will always remember hearing that song, Il Postino, starting up as we walked down the aisle. To be honest, I was so caught up in talking with friends and family after the ceremony and during dinner, that I tuned out everything else...but the feedback from everyone was so positive with regards to Julian. We highly recommend him for his willingness to be flexible, to travel even on the ferry, and of course his amazing talent. He added such a beautiful touch to our evening!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Shelly
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Julian! I first met him at the Seattle wedding expo about 9 months before my wedding and when I heard him play I booked him on the spot. He performed pre-ceremony and during the cocktail hour and could not have been more perfect. He's incredibly talented and will absolutely add the perfect ambiance to your wedding as well. Make sure you ask him about his "rock and roll" version of Pachelbel Canon!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jeffb
Wedding:
9/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Julian provided a great atmosphere for our wedding! We met with him in advance to plan the ceremony music. He was very helpful suggesting various songs to use. He also played during dinner and made for lovely background music.
Highly recommended!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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seattledocdude
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Julian is a superb guitarist. He played for our ceremony and played a nice mix of bossa nova and Beatles tunes as background for our reception. Highly recommended!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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margiesmelodies
Wedding:
7/27/2011
5.0/5.0
We found Julian at the last minute and he was fantastic! The bride wanted a specific piece played and Julian worked it up in the few hours he had before the ceremony. His music really made the night for us! And he has the experience to know what to do, what to ask, and how to "go with it...." so that the bride and mom could just sit back and enjoy the evening. Thanks, Julian!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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agrazer
Wedding:
3/5/2011
4.8/5.0
Julian's talents with his guitar brought such elegance and flair to our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. We are big fans of Julian's Spanish guitar format as were our guests who stopped to appreciate Julian's music throughout his performance. Julian worked with us prior to the wedding to suggest and help us select a song format that suited our style. He was extremely responsive throughout our wedding planning -- which is such a big deal for busy brides/grooms-to-be. Julian was also flexible on our wedding day, changing his performance locations to flow with the natural course our event took on. He truly helped make our wedding a tremendous memory for us.
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
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Thanh
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank you Julian for making our big day extra special with your lovely music. You delivered as promised and even went out of your way to learn a new song we requested to play at our ceremony. We are so grateful to have you there. The wonderful song you played for us will always take us back to that special day. Thank you!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Dahlia
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Julian was wonderful! Our ceremony music was beautiful and we couldn't have been happier. He even learned a song for us to play as the Bridal procession! We are incredibly happy with how beautiful he made our ceremony.
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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