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James E Barr

Saint Helena Island , SC
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LOCATION

2 Front Street
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920 US (map)

PHONE

828-545-4286

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ABOUT US

James takes great delight in playing for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate events and similar occasions. He has performed in most major venues for... Read more
James takes great delight in playing for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate events and similar occasions. He has performed in most major venues for weddings in NC, SC, GA, FL, and Eastern TN, including state museums, concert halls, and attractions. He is on the A+ list for BILTMORE ESTATE, Grove Park Inn, Old Edwards Inn, etc.

He currently focuses on the areas of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Savannah, Charleston and Beaufort, SC.

James has played professionally since his early teen years, in styles ranging from swing, classical, folk, jazz, rock, theater, blues and even square dance.

After two years with a rock group, James settled in Manhattan for 21 years, where he first played in avant-garde groups and finally came full circle to compose and play on dozens of TV/radio commercials, records, corporate films and documentaries. During this time, he was musical director for LIFE magazine's 50th birthday gala at Radio City Music Hall.

James has played with diverse recording personalities such as Luther Van Dross and Gil Evans, as well as on many cabaret, folk and rock recordings. Paul Bley, Hal Overton, and Gerard Saulter were among his coaches. His film scores, as well as his compositions, were performed by New York's top studio and classical musicians. He has also worked in Copenhagan, Paris, Seville and London.

After a foray into film making, advertising, and marketing in Florida, James returned to music, focusing on classical guitar repertoire, as well as pop music played in his unique style, influenced by his jazz, classical and Indian studies.

James is a member of the The New York Classical Guitar Society, and a past or current member of AFM#802 NYC, SAG, AFTRA and other professional associations. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Viola, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music

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Sarah
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Wonderful classical music (with a lovely modern touch) for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Low maintenance - I provided a very few details on our preferences and James chose the perfect music. We are very pleased with his services!
Wonderful classical music (with a lovely modern touch) for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Low maintenance - Read more...
Wonderful classical music (with a lovely modern touch) for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Low maintenance - I provided a very few details on our preferences and James chose the perfect music. We are very pleased with his services! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sharon
Wedding:
4/14/2014
5.0/5.0
James exceeded every expectation that I had for my wedding day music. He is a masterful classical guitarist - I loved the more formal pieces he played, as well as the more upbeat contemporary songs! My guests LOVED James. We had such a fun time at the reception. We even had an impromptu first dance to a song that James played! I recommend James without hesitation -- I am 100% confident that you will be as happy as we were! Thank you so much, James!
James exceeded every expectation that I had for my wedding day music. He is a masterful classical guitarist - I loved the Read more...
James exceeded every expectation that I had for my wedding day music. He is a masterful classical guitarist - I loved the more formal pieces he played, as well as the more upbeat contemporary songs! My guests LOVED James. We had such a fun time at the reception. We even had an impromptu first dance to a song that James played! I recommend James without hesitation -- I am 100% confident that you will be as happy as we were! Thank you so much, James! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Pamela
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
James played for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was made even more beautiful with his music. All of our guests were raving about him. He was very responsive with planning and made it very simple to organize how we wanted our ceremony music to be. Highly recommend James.
James played for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was made even more beautiful with his music. All of our Read more...
James played for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The ceremony was made even more beautiful with his music. All of our guests were raving about him. He was very responsive with planning and made it very simple to organize how we wanted our ceremony music to be. Highly recommend James. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Bill
Wedding:
10/11/2013
4.9/5.0
James was excellent added a unique dimension to the wedding
James was excellent added a unique dimension to the wedding
James was excellent added a unique dimension to the wedding Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Beautiful music and such a pleasure to work with. He learned additional songs for me and my vocalists, he did an AMAZING job!!!
Beautiful music and such a pleasure to work with. He learned additional songs for me and my vocalists, he did an AMAZING Read more...
Beautiful music and such a pleasure to work with. He learned additional songs for me and my vocalists, he did an AMAZING job!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tirzah
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
James did an amazing job at our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and then he played inside at the cocktail hour. The music was perfect and he was a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him as a nice alternative to a string quartet. He was able to play all the classics I requested and even made suggestions for me. I would highly recommend James!!!
James did an amazing job at our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and then he played inside at the cocktail hour. The Read more...
James did an amazing job at our wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony and then he played inside at the cocktail hour. The music was perfect and he was a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him as a nice alternative to a string quartet. He was able to play all the classics I requested and even made suggestions for me. I would highly recommend James!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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erin
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
James is a kind and wonderful guitarist! We feel so lucky to have found him to play our wedding ceremony and dinner. We really enjoyed choosing songs from his eclectic repertoire, which he then executed great skill. Highly recommended.
James is a kind and wonderful guitarist! We feel so lucky to have found him to play our wedding ceremony and dinner. We Read more...
James is a kind and wonderful guitarist! We feel so lucky to have found him to play our wedding ceremony and dinner. We really enjoyed choosing songs from his eclectic repertoire, which he then executed great skill. Highly recommended. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kristal
Wedding:
10/21/2011
5.0/5.0
For our wedding, we were looking for ceremony music that would fit the atmosphere of our elegant mountain wedding. James Barr fit the bill to a T. He is a very talented classical guitarest that captured the mood of our wedding so well.

From our first conversation, James was helpful and informative. He has done a number of weddings in the Carolina mountains and offered a lot of great advice to me. He also has a very broad spectrum of music that he can play. My fiance and I like his work so much, that we also had him play for our cocktail hour and dinner music.

James also rolled with the punches in announcing the bridal party, and our first dance, Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances (since our wedding was small and we did not use a DJ). All in all, James and his music added a beautiful dimension to our ceremony and reception and I would definitely recommend him.
For our wedding, we were looking for ceremony music that would fit the atmosphere of our elegant mountain wedding. James Read more...
For our wedding, we were looking for ceremony music that would fit the atmosphere of our elegant mountain wedding. James Barr fit the bill to a T. He is a very talented classical guitarest that captured the mood of our wedding so well.

From our first conversation, James was helpful and informative. He has done a number of weddings in the Carolina mountains and offered a lot of great advice to me. He also has a very broad spectrum of music that he can play. My fiance and I like his work so much, that we also had him play for our cocktail hour and dinner music.

James also rolled with the punches in announcing the bridal party, and our first dance, Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances (since our wedding was small and we did not use a DJ). All in all, James and his music added a beautiful dimension to our ceremony and reception and I would definitely recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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lauren
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.7/5.0
We chose Mr Barr to play the classical guitar at our outdoor wedding in Swannanoa NC. He was fantastic! We had tons of people come to us and comment about how talented he was. He played about 30 min before the ceremony and about 4-5 songs during the ceremony. He even had to learn one of the songs just for our wedding.

He was very nice and cheerful and he was quick to respond to all of our emails. It was very obvious he loves playing music and he loves weddings and i really liked that about him.

the only negative thing I can say is that he could not arrive extremely early for the ceremony or come the night before to practice with the singer (my sis-in-law). they were able to run through their two songs before the wedding and they turned out great though.

We would def recommend Mr Barr!
We chose Mr Barr to play the classical guitar at our outdoor wedding in Swannanoa NC. He was fantastic! We had tons of Read more...
We chose Mr Barr to play the classical guitar at our outdoor wedding in Swannanoa NC. He was fantastic! We had tons of people come to us and comment about how talented he was. He played about 30 min before the ceremony and about 4-5 songs during the ceremony. He even had to learn one of the songs just for our wedding.

He was very nice and cheerful and he was quick to respond to all of our emails. It was very obvious he loves playing music and he loves weddings and i really liked that about him.

the only negative thing I can say is that he could not arrive extremely early for the ceremony or come the night before to practice with the singer (my sis-in-law). they were able to run through their two songs before the wedding and they turned out great though.

We would def recommend Mr Barr! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We loved having James play the guitar for our ceremony. The choices and variety of songs was perfect for the style of our wedding. James was easy to work with, and very professional. I was able to hear the music wafting up to the window of the Inn where I was waiting while everyone was seated, and it was so relaxing. All of our guests enjoyed the music, and Mark and I thought it was perfect!
We loved having James play the guitar for our ceremony. The choices and variety of songs was perfect for the style of our Read more...
We loved having James play the guitar for our ceremony. The choices and variety of songs was perfect for the style of our wedding. James was easy to work with, and very professional. I was able to hear the music wafting up to the window of the Inn where I was waiting while everyone was seated, and it was so relaxing. All of our guests enjoyed the music, and Mark and I thought it was perfect! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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