At 30, Craig is a young, vibrant wedding piano entertainer, with almost 15 years professional experience as a Lancashire wedding pianist (available nationwide), and more recently in popular music with several household names. At the bottom of the page, you will hear audio of his solo playing, and his work with others.
Craig is a very popular choice for wedding ceremony music, purely because his experience as a professional session musician means he can learn almost any piece of music for entrance, exit or signing of the register music by ear in very little time at all, meaning there is no charge to learn songs. Futhermore, he will always be happy to learn special requests for cocktail reception entertainment and wedding breakfast music.
Sample Set Lists
Craig's repertoire is well over 10 hours long, so it is impossible to list every song here. However, the following examples will show you 8 songs that Craig plays within various styles to give you an idea of what to expect whether you're looking for modern wedding piano or more traditional pieces. For a more comprehensive list, please click here.
Modern Chart Music
- All of Me - John Legend
- A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
- Better Together - Jack Johnson
- Chasing Cars - Snowpatrol
- Hold Back The River - James Bay
- How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
- I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
- Someone Like You - Kings of Leon / Pixie Lott
Classic Pop & Soul Music
- Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
- Easy - Lionel Richie
- Hey Jude - The Beatles
- Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart / Stereophonics
- Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
- Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
- Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Your Song - Elton John
Musical Theatre / Disney Songs
- A Whole New World - Aladin
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight? - The Lion King
- Hopelessly Devoted - Grease
- Let it Go - Frozen
- Music of the Night - Phantom of the Opera
- Someday My Prince will Come - Snow White
- Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast
- When You Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio
Swing / Rat Pack Songs
- Come Fly with Me
- Fly Me To The Moon
- I Get a Kick Out of You
- I Got You Under My Skin
- La Mer (Beyond the Sea)
- New York, New York
- The Lady is a Tramp
- When You're Smiling
Lounge Jazz / Blues Standards
- At Last
- Autumn Leaves
- Can't Help Loving that Man
- Georgia on My Mind
- My Funny Valentine
Film / Modern Classical Music Pieces
- Bella's Lullaby
- Glasgow Love Theme
- I Giorni
- Nuvole Bianche
- River Flows in You
- Where Do I Begin?
- When I Fall in Love
Traditional Classical Music Pieces
- Bach - Air on a G String
- Bach - Prelude in C (Ave Maria)
- Debussy - La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
- Elgar - Chanson De Matin
- Elgar - Nimrod
- Pachelbel - Canon in D
- Satie - Gymnopédie No. 1
- Shostakovich - Romance from the Gadfly
Bollywood / Asian Wedding Requests
- Adhoore - Break Ke Baad
- Bole Chudiyan - K3G
- Chalka Chalka Re - Saathiya
- Radha - SOTY
- Sajan Ji Ghar Aaya - KKHH
- Sukoon Mila - Mary Kom>
- Tum Hi Ho - Aashiqui 2
- Wah Wah Ramji - K3G
Other Popular Wedding Music Requests
- Amazed - Lonestar
- Bridal March ('Here Comes the Bride')
- From this Moment - Shania Twain
- I'm Kissing You - Des'ree
- Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
- Marry You - Bruno Mars
- Stand By Me - Ben E. King
- Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Craig Smith Music offers Preston wedding piano; hear audio samples here. You'll also find Lancashire wedding band demos for rock and soul bands in Preston, Lancashire and available across the North West. 2Close acoustic music duo provide Live Lounge music for weddings; hear their sample music demos here. All the demos you need for North West wedding music ideas can be found below whether you're looking for music for wedding ceremonies or wedding reception music.
Forthcoming Gigs See the Gigs Guide for a list of Craig's forthcoming public gigs.
Craig was booked by Holmes Mill, one of the hottest new venues in the North West, for their recent Gin Festival:
The following are the three most popular requests from the 2016 wedding season: All of Me by John Legend, Wings by Birdy and Christina Perri's A Thousand Years.
Easy Listening sets
Craig is a popular and busy Lancashire wedding pianist, playing several wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions in Preston and throughout the North West each year. All styles are available: classical, swing and lounge jazz to old and new chart hits. Most enquiries are for 'easy listening', 'lounge piano' classy background music for wedding breakfasts. Contemporary classical pieces like those below are now becoming the most popular with Craig's clients and their guests, who regularly approach him to ask about the pieces' titles, composers and so on having recognised them from films and TV adverts.
Below are audio samples of pieces from a recording of one of Craig's live performances, which often form a part of his easy listening sets. The songs are 'I Giorni' by Einaudi, 'Maybe' by Yiruma, 'Nuvole Bianche', also by Einaudi, and one of Craig's own compositions 'Raymond's Song'.
Craig's Candlelight Sessions include sets of mainly modern pop, stripped-back from the standard versions he plays of the same songs. They're ideal for a really chilled-out vibe; changes to the arrangements include hints of jazz and RnB to make them more romantic and that bit more soothing. All the Candlelight Sessions songs are available in their normal arrangement too.
Jazz / Swing excerpts
Jazz and swing sets are also popular at cocktail receptions and wedding breakfasts. Below are live excerpts of 'Wonderful World, 'Misty' and 'The Lady is a Tramp'.
Classical music is particularly popular before and during wedding ceremonies. This playlist contains pieces forming part of his classical repertoire:
Performing in Acoustics By Kate
Craig performs with soulful Liverpool singer Kate Torevell for her Acoustics By Kate performances: gorgeous stripped back acoustic versions perfect for ceremonies, cocktail receptions and wedding breakfast music.