Andy Lemaire is a guitarist who has been active in the Triad area for 10 years. He's a friendly, dedicated and reliable professional who will adapt to the needs of your event.
Andy has performed a lot over the years: from classical guitar recitals in concert halls to playing blues and funk in clubs. He's passionate about playing music and has dedicated his life to it. He is a full time musician and guitar teacher, and has studied music at UNCG.
His repertoire includes classical pieces, jazz standards, and his arrangements of popular songs. He can cater his performances in one direction or another, or put genres together to appeal to the diverse tastes of you and your guests.
Price Range: $150 - 350
What to Expect
I'll arrive at the event site reasonably early, so that I can be fully set up and ready to go slightly before the agreed upon start time.
I'll come prepared with all of the elements I need to be fully functional and self sufficient before and during the event. I understand everyone is very busy before an event, and therefore try to be as low maintenance as possible.
Once the event is underway, I'll perform at a volume (usually with a small amount of amplification) high enough to be heard, but low enough so that people can easily converse with one another. I'm very attentive to playing at an appropriate volume. I'll keep a swift pace with minimal time between songs. I'll also take up as little room as possible, and make sure that the area where I'm playing is neat and tidy, without excessive objects laying around.
Musically, I'll play a selection of music arranged for classical guitar, which usually would include traditional classical pieces, jazz standards, and some pop songs arranged for instrumental classical guitar.
For wedding ceremonies, I'll usually play traditional classical pieces for the prelude that are joyful and festive, and then play the pieces that were requested or agreed upon for the processional, recessional, and any interludes that were planned.
I originally moved to Greensboro to attend the UNCG School of Music, where I was a student in their Miles Davis Jazz Studies program. During this time I studied jazz and classical guitar, played in the UNCG Jazz Band, had solo classical recitals, and played in small jazz groups.
Before attending UNCG, I went to Appalachian State University. There, I played in the ASU Guitar Ensemble and performed frequently on the local music scene in a handful of bands.
Currently, I stay busy with a variety of musical projects:
Teaching private guitar lessons, where I maintain a studio of about 50 students
Performing and writing original music for the jazz trio Just 3
Writing and recording original, modern finger-style acoustic guitar music
Occasionally filling in with jazz groups in the area
Performing finger-style and classical guitar music for weddings and other private events
I’ve performed at weddings and events at many locations in North Carolina, including:
The Ritz Carleton (Charlotte)
Tuscany Gardens (Browns Summit)
Jolo Vineyards (Pilot Mountain)
Autumn Creek Vineyards (Mayodan)
Zimmerman Vineyards (Trinity)
Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Conover)
Wakefield Plantataion (Raleigh)
The Biltmore Estate (Asheville)
Additional Booking Notes
I don't require much. I'll bring my own equipment for amplification, as well as any cables or extension chords I might need.
I would only ask that you provide a space for me to play that is shielded from any precipitation, or harsh sunlight during the summer.
Ave Maria / Prelude No. 1 (Bach, arr. Gounod)
Prelude in Dm (Bach)
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
El Sueno de la Munequita (Barrios)
Minueto en Do (Barrios)
Studies 1 – 6 (Sor)
Preludio Endecha (Tarrega)
Romance de Espana (Traditional)
Prelude VI (Ponce)
Prelude II (Ponce)
Prelude 1 (Villa Lobos)
Etude IV (Brouwer)
Etude V (Brouwer)
Etude VI (Brouwer)
Into Dark (York)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
El Testamento de Amelia (Traditional)
Estudio en Mi Menor (Tarrega)
Fantasia V (Milan)
Bridal Chorus (R. Wagner)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
The Girl From Ipanema
The Nearness of You
What a Wonderful World
La Vie en Rose
Pop / Movie Themes
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis)
In My Life (The Beatles)
Norwegian Wood (The Beatles)
All of Me (John Legend)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
1000 Years (Christina Perri)
Cavatina (Stanley Myers, Theme from The Deer Hunter)
Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)
‘Till There was You (The Beatles)
Each Coming Night (Iron and Wine)
Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
How Great Thou Art (Traditional Hymn)
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