The sounds of classical guitar, the perfect music for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, or brunch – solo acoustic guitar by George Sawyn. His instrument is the traditional classical guitar, gently amplified to cover a room with an elegant musical atmosphere, without interfering with conversation.
Sawyn’s musical repertoire covers a wide spectrum including many original works, diverse and yet familiar. He draws from the classical composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Dvorak; the “Standards” as sung by Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett; and popular songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s by such stars as Nora Jones, The Beatles, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and George Benson. In addition, special requests from you or your guests are welcome.
DesignWise Studios Fine Art Photography and Videography features the work of George Sawyn in a forthcoming full-length production on the wedding of Hongling and Kyle at Bjorklunden this summer. Here’s a short clip from the film that includes Sawyn’s “Night of the White Rainbow,” an original.
The performer is a 38-year veteran of the Chicago music scene, guitarist George Sawyn. Over the years, George has worked with many of Chicago’s finest musicians and bands, playing many styles of music including rock, disco, country, jazz, and classical, and has acquired a wealth of musical repertoire and experience. But, his specialty is the solo acoustic guitar …soft, gentle, unobtrusive.
Since relocating to Door County, Wisconsin in 2010, George has entertained thousands of Door County residents and vacationers at local venues such as The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, Thorpe House Inn in Fish Creek, Pasta Vino in Ellison Bay and Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay. He provides ceremony and dinner music for dozens of weddings and other private events each year.
Tammy Naze is a classically trained, internationally known harpist who has been performing on the instrument for 25 years.
Classical music is Tammy’s most popular request, but pop-rock, show tunes, standards, Celtic, Latin music and hymns are also in her musical range. An Illinois native, she graduated from DePaul University and has been teaching students and bookings concerts out of her home and studio near Algoma for the past 16 years. Tammy Naze also recorded and co-produced the CD series “Watercolor Harps” with fellow harpist Cheryl Murphy, available at watercolorharps.com.
Cheryl and Tammy live in northeast Wisconsin near the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. They perform widely in the area both as a duo and individually doing orchestral work, playing for weddings, and playing at various local events and festivals. Tammy teaches both harp and piano. Cheryl plays with the Irish band Celtic Consort and Civic Symphony of Green Bay.
It’s time to revive a real classic Door County wedding tradition…
Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents have been performing for almost fifty years. The band has played in the Midwest, Russia, China, Mexico, Europe, Hawaii and on a number of cruises. The five-piece band plays a variety of styles including Czech, German polkas and waltzes, and modern jitterbug and polka masses.
“Our crowd is old and getting older,” says Jerry Voelker, who has led Jerry Voelker & the Jolly Gents for almost five decades. “I doubt I’ll ever see it come back the way it was. We used to play weddings all the time. The last wedding we played for was in Oshkosh. That must be seven or eight years ago. He was 76 and she was 74.” – from Polka Dotage: Jerry Voelker Is Getting Less Calls to Play Polka by Jim Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse, September 18, 2015.
A mile of sand beach, flower gardens, and a towering pine forest offer many options for a picturesque ceremony setting and gorgeous wedding photo opportunities.
Elizabeth Borsodi has provided music of the harp at more than one hundred weddings. She is married to wedding officiant and Administrative Law Judge Gary Wolkstein. Together they help couples create meaningful ceremonies both traditional and non-traditional at their wedding venue, Music of the Lake. In case of rain, an inside space by one of the Lake Michigan stone fireplaces will accommodate smaller weddings.
Best described as the “new vintage,” WiFEE and the HUZz BAND is sure to rock your socks off!
Vocalists Ruby James and Stephen Cooper front this ten piece powerhouse, leading the listener through their emotional love story with the reinforcement of a full horn section and a smokin’ rhythm section that will take you back to the glory days of Motown while being on the forefront of today’s cutting edge.
Even if you have no idea what songs to have sung at your wedding, Ben with sit with you, sing you samples and find songs that mean something to both of you!
Ben always encourages couples to let him know of any songs that are special to them, and it is possible that he can learn them! Ben provides a sound system for himself, as well as for the officiant, and anyone doing readings.
Contact Ben with your wedding date to find out his availability. A Door County local, Ben has been music in different musical configurations since 1976! He learned quickly how to play guitar in the “Heritage Ensemble” (now called the “American Folklore Theater”) and performed 2 summers in Peninsula State Park. Joining his friends Michael Raye, and Bob Starr he performed with “Fresco,” “The Johnson’s” and “The Works” and more recently with Dan Mayhew in “Ben There Dan That” from 2007-2013. He donates his time to entertain residents at Pine Crest retirement home and the Dorchester’s “Rock N’ Roll” festival where clients rock in their rocking chairs, and roll in wheel chairs! Ben’s solo performance is split between sweet love songs, and funny, quirky, and even odd songs collected over the years. His favorite’s are by Loudon Wainwright III, Keb Mo, John Prine, and of course James Taylor!
Lori Meyer is a professional performing artist. Her company, Door County Wedding Musicians can provide the services of a variety of other local musicians in northeast Wisconsin.
Lori is a gifted performer and instructor who performs solo with flute, clarinet and with string quartets in a variety of repertoire for weddings and other special events in and around Door County. Contact her today to create a custom ensemble for your event!
Well known as an Elvis impersonator, Lee Birchfield is also a charismatic singer with a style of his own.
His music shares his personal side as he sings his soulful selection of original and cover songs.
Lynn Gudmundsen and David Hatch perform a range of musical genres including classic rock, pop, country and folk.
They are even ready and willing to create a custom songfest of your favorite music for your wedding. David and Lynn perform with a wonderful blend of vocal harmonies and instruments including guitar, violin or fiddle, mandolin and ukulele.
The sound of the Highland Bagpipe will help you celebrate your big day in style. They will add a stirring, romantic atmosphere and finishing touch to your celebration. The powerful sound will make your Wedding unique and memorable. Pipers have been entertaining guests at weddings for centuries. Not only do they add great background music to the event, but a Bagpiper kitted out in full regalia turns heads in any environment. The piper is an attractive extra in photographs. Dennis Metz is more than happy to have his picture taken with any of the guests and speak to them about any aspects of the bagpipes or piping in general.
Harpist Elizabeth Borsodi performs solo as a harpist for weddings and other special events in Door County.
The music of the harp is often described as exquisite, ethereal and enchanting, It creates the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. Elizabeth Borsodi plays solo, as well as organizes the Arioso Ensemble, a group of musicians that provide a variety of elegant music in duos, trios, or larger ensembles to fit any occasion. The musicians may include harp, violin, cello, piano and flute.
An instrumental flute and piano duo from Sturgeon Bay, WI, The Gregory’s take on classic pop and jazz standards as well as traditional Celtic music that is sure to add an extra touch of class and casual elegance to your next event.
Perfect for weddings and receptions, restaurants, cocktail hours, formal dinners, social gatherings and parties, they look forward to entertaining your guests and helping to add that little something extra special to their experience.
Bio: Husband and wife Josh and Gwen Gregory came from very different musical backgrounds. Gwen is a classically trained flutist who has played for both the UW Eau Claire orchestra and Edgewood College chamber orchestra. Josh is a rock, blues, and jazz pianist who has played in local bands Little Marsh Overflow and The Off Season and who has also sat in regularly with local favorites The Nicks and The Johnson Project. In 2012, after nearly 10 years together but having never played music with each other, Josh needed to put an act together on roughly 6 hours’ notice for the set break during the Fishstock Concert Series in Fish Creek, WI. His usual musical partner had come down ill. Not wanting to cancel the gig, Gwen offered to play with him and they settled on a genre of music that they both have a love for, Celtic music. They both had a lot of fun playing music together that night and deemed that impromptu performance a success. Since then they have played throughout Door County at weddings, restaurants, special retail events, and community events such as Sturgeon Bay’s Fine Art Fair. The more they play together, the larger their repertoire has expanded from Celtic music to include pop and jazz standards with artists ranging from The Beatles and Ray Charles to John Denver and the Muppets.
Always looking for more opportunities to play music together, they are available for hire at your next event!
Kuhns is a fixture in the Door County music scene, but often performs in nationwide venues and was voted best Female Musician from Door County Magazine readers in 2008.
Kuhns books the successful Woodwalk Concert Series in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, set up in the renovated barn, Woodwalk Art Gallery. She also books concerts at Lost Moth Gallery, see gallery page!