Professional Wedding Services

I have been providing Wedding services to the public since 1978!

Rates, Fees and Booking Information

Musician rates are generally $150 per hour per musician.  That applies to solo, duo, trio, and quartet.  Larger groups are rated by bulk.  For example, Mandolin New England's base is a 9 piece and can be as large as 30 pieces depending on the event.  In general, it's best to contact me and talk about the rates for larger groups.  Fees include travel expenses (up to $200 if we have to stay over night - which we generally do if we have to travel more than 50 miles).  PA expenses are also not included.  Generally speaking, all of my ensembles are acoustic.  A sound system can be rented and provided.  A simple amplifier and mikes is an additional $75.  A larger system with a mixing board and monitors is an additional $200.  I do not EMC or DJ weddings, but have worked closely for more than two decades with someone I trust to do this and put on a great show.

To book any of the ensembles or soloists, contact me.  Generally speaking, booking requires a 50% deposit  to Sweet Music and a signed contract.  You can mail the contract back or you can take a picture of the signature page and email it to me.

Ensembles, Bands, Soloists

I specialize in music for ceremonies, whether it be solo violin, string ensembles (duo, trio, quartet, chamber orchestra).  I specialize in classical music, celtic music and bluegrass.  I can also provide Klezmer (for Jewish services), Jazz and Folk music.

Here are some examples of some of my Celtic recordings:
  • The Kilfenora Set - a set of traditional Celtic jigs including "Lark in the Morning" and the "Kilfenora Jig".  I learned these jigs while playing at the seisun at Linanne's Pub in Kilfenora, Ireland 1996.
  • A Blast O'Reels - is a set of reels I picked up while touring with Woodkerne in the Spring of 2009
  • Sidh Beag Agus Sidh Mohr - here's one of my favorite Turloch O'Carolan melodies.  Apparently this is the first piece he composed.  The word "Sidh" is Irish for "Fairy", "Beag" and "Mohr" are referencing two mountains in Ireland, and "Agus" means "and".  So the title literally means "little fairy hill and big fairy hill".  For those of us who are interested in Irish mythology, check out this post, and this, and this one about the origins of Irish music.
Here are some examples of my Bluegrass recordings:
  • Cluck Old Hen - this is a traditional bluegrass tune that is a lot of fun to play.  That's me on the mandolin, John Rough on banjo, Joe Blumenthal on bass and Terry Atkinson on guitar.
  • Maiden's Prayer - this was Joe Val's favorite tune when I played in a fiddle music contest in 1982 or 3.  He was judging that day and asked me to come up to the booth.  He was a real gentleman.  This recording was sung by Terry Atkinson and myself.  I'm playing fiddle here, also Joe Blumenthal on Bass and John Rough on banjo.
  • Brunhild's Request - an original written by a friend of Terry Atkinson's (whose name escapes me at this moment) with Terry on guitar, myself on mandolin, Joe Blumenthal on bass and John Rough on banjo

Wedding Officiant - Massachusetts

In addition to providing music for weddings, I'm a wedding officiant for the state of Massachusetts.  I love officiating weddings, and private ceremonies.  This is something I've been doing since I was in high school.  I have "married" literally dozens of same-sex couples (before the gay marriage law was passed), as well as atheists and non-believers who wanted a ceremony without the religious connotations.  I was ordained by the ULC in October 2018 so that I could get a permit from the state, so now I can officially officiate!  I have a copy of my certificate and a letter of good standing if needed.

Why I use Slack for my Studio

Typically used in the business sector for collaboration and easy communication, Slack is a messaging app that teachers are using now to communicate with each other and with their students. Teachers can send out reminders and students can use the app for group projects. I use the app to hold digital “office hours”.

I like it because you can install it on your preferred smartphone.  There is an iPhone version and an Android version.
  • Download the Android version here
  • Download the iPhone version here
There is also a desktop version which you can download to run as an independent app.  I have it, but prefer to use the website version, which runs great in Chrome, my preferred browser, as well as Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari.  All you need to do is go to http://sweetmusic.slack.com to access my studio page and create a new profile.  If you've given me your email, you should have received a link to join by now.  Log in using your the email address you gave me, and set up your profile page.  You can upload an image or use the default image and fill out the other basic information.

YOU HAVE TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO JOIN!

I've created "channels" for each of the groups (Celtic, Classical, Beginners', Bluegrass, etc).  Once you've attended (and committed to attending) any of the group classes, you will be invited to that channel.  Channels are where sheet music is shared, set lists, youtube videos, sound files and all of the related topics for discussion.  You can use the app as you would texting or messaging on Facebook.

If you'd like to know more about how to use Slack, let's talk about it in your next lesson!

I teach mandolin, fiddle and guitar!

I have been teaching mandolin, fiddle and guitar for over 30 years!  I teach out of my studio in Granby MA.  Learn about private lessons here.  Learn about group classes here.

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Celtic Group Class 2013

Ben Levy - Fiddle

Dick Chase - Fiddle

Al B - mandolin


Jami B - mandolin

Jaya Reddy - mandolin

Ben Levy - mandolin

Nancy K - mandolin

Wendy Guo - mandolin


Richard S - mandolin

Fiddle Is Fun! - Learn to Play the Fiddle Together in a Group

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the fiddle (violin), but were daunted by the cost, not able to find a good teacher, or found it inconvenient?  Now’s your chance!  Sweet Music in Granby MA is offering Fiddle is Fun!  This is a group of adults and teenagers that want to learn how to play the fiddle in a group setting.  The Fiddle is a lot of fun to play!  The group will be studying how to hold the violin and bow, how to read music, some basic theory and some fun fiddle melodies.  The group meets Mondays from 7-9pm in Granby, MA.   There are instruments for rent if you do not have one of your own.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.  Please contact us join!

Sweet Music provides private and group music lessons, events and music services for customers in the Pioneer Valley.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Adam Sweet at 413-561-2275, or email sweetmusic@protonmail.com.

Professional Wedding Services

I have been providing Wedding services to the public since 1978! Rates, Fees and Booking Information Musician rates are generally $150 p...