Coeur Vagabond

Accordion soloist Coeur Vagabond can play a full repertoire of Parisian Waltzes and Javas from the 1930's and 40's, popular Italian songs and tarantellas, Tango, Oompah Polkas, or eastern European and Klezmer tunes.

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Set List / Repertoire

Accordeon Samba
Flambee Montalbanaise
Coeur vagabond
Caprice musette
Ca gaze
Reine de musette
Le retour des hirondelles
Brise napolitaine
Music from the film Amelie
A collection of songs by Edith Piaff


Wedding tarantella
Non sei tu
Torna a sorrento
Adio a napoli
Santa lucia
O sole mio
Ah! mari!
La mattinata
Carnival of venice
Tra veglio e sogno
Vieni sul mar
Aballati aballati
Figghia di'n massaru
La palumella
Pizzicarella mia
Pizzica pizzica
Serenata amalfitana
Sonos'e memoria
That's Amore
Godfather theme
Romagna Mia
A collection of tarantellas

Cherry Polka
Redwing Polka
Sauerkraut Polka
Dance Hall Polka
Drunten im Unterland
Es Burebuebli inid
Freut euch des Lebens
Clarinet Polka
Ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit
Du, du liegst mir im herzen
Beer Barrel Polka

Klezmer and Eastern European
A large selection of Russian, freylechs, bulgars, Balkan, and assorted Hungarian, Polish and Finnish dances.

Boys of Bluehill
Gravel Walk
Kemps Jig
Belles of St Louis
Hunter's Purse
Imelda Rolands
Larel Bush
Lightning Flash
The Stone in the Field
Dingle Regatta
The Acrobat
The Bee's Wing

A mix of English, Irish and Scottish dance music.

Full Biography

* Accordion soloist with a wealth of experience!
* Repertoire includes a mixture of musette, Italian, Oompah, tango, klezmer & eastern European tunes!

Accordion soloist Coeur Vagabond plays a mixture of musette, Oompah, tango, Italian and eastern European and klezmer tunes, and has been entertaining at weddings, garden fetes, birthday parties and corporate events for many years.
His musical training began at the tender age of 5, on the piano. Later in life, living on a small canal boat, he missed his piano, but found a battered old accordion at a stall in Halifax market. It set him on a long journey. After some years of teaching himself, he was taught by Yorkshire based Nigel Waterhouse, one of the finest accordionists in the UK. 
The canal boat is now gone, as Coeur Vagabond has married and settled down in a house in Bristol. His little car gets him to gigs a lot faster than the little boat ever could.
His earliest repertoire was mainly klezmer, his tunes gleaned from an inspired collection of musicians, jewish fiddlers, accordionists and singers that met in a local Heptonstall pub. He took this music from town to town as he traveled the country, embellishing the tunes with his own improvisations.
Later, inspired by the golden age of musette from the 1930’s, he learned a large repertoire of tunes from such greats as Gus Viseur and Jo Privat, who played at the height of the bal musette scene in Paris.


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10 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Lovely atmospheric addition to our event

5 stars - Coeur Vagabond are Highly Recommended
booked Coeur Vagabond for their event in Gloucestershire July 2023

“John was very contentious and professional, and played beautifully.”

Set the perfect ambience for an amazing afternoon

5 stars - Coeur Vagabond are Highly Recommended
booked Coeur Vagabond for their Wedding in Bristol

“We left our wedding service with Coeur Vagabond playing Edith Piaf, La Foule whilst friends were literally exploding confetti over us - it was totally brilliant. He played beautiful music that was at the perfect level and just made a wonderful atmosphere for chatting and meeting people. Coeur Vagabond was immaculately dressed, friendly but very professional. We had spoken a few times over the phone before our wedding day to talk about the music and timings. After that he dealt with the venue directly and we didn't need to do anything on the day, he just got on with it.”

Drinks reception at Royal Albert Hall

5 stars - Coeur Vagabond are Highly Recommended
booked Coeur Vagabond for their event

“We were happy to engage Coeur Vagabond for a private reception at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2018. On the night, Café Maestro was on time and looked great with his quirky style, which was perfect for our event. He played a one hour long set, as guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, however, was never intrusive. His choice of music and volume level were perfect for the area and setting. Many of our guests commented on his contribution to the evening and we will certainly welcome John Slater back to the Hall on another occasion. Thank you, Sian Cappucci Philanthropy Events Executive”

He was thoroughly professional and very accommodating.

5 stars - Coeur Vagabond are Highly Recommended
booked Coeur Vagabond for their event

“Coeur Vagabond performed at my daughter's wedding in September. He was thoroughly professional and very accommodating and we recommend him to others unhesitatingly!”

A great addition to our perfect day

5 stars - Coeur Vagabond are Highly Recommended
booked Coeur Vagabond for their Wedding at Brimpsfield Village Hall in Gloucestershire

“Coeur Vagabond was a great addition to our perfect day - he was well presented, on time and guests loved having some music for ambience. He was super friendly and fitted right in!”

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