Where do I start? I just have to blog about this lovely person!
First, the coordinates:
I met Pamela at a wedding at Roman Camp, in Callandar last year. She was singing before, during and after the ceremony of Gordon and Lindsay’s wedding on the banks of the River Teith. It had been raining heavily all week, and no-one was expecting to have a ceremony outside, but Gordon and Lindsay were lucky! Lindsay walked down the red carpet to the romantic little area, beside the river, in the gardens of the Roman Camp Hotel.
Pamela was actually looking for a photographer to take photographs for her own portfolio, website and leaflets. She had contacted me just a week or so before the wedding. Pamela had come across my name a few times, and then she realised that her own clients – and mine – would use our services for their wedding. We didn’t have much time to talk during the wedding celebrations, but we quickly met up after and talked through her requirements.
Pamela’s voice is just amazing, and I would describe her songs as contemporary, with a celtic style – if that makes sense 😉 So she is very much perfect for any romantic Scottish wedding! Her songs can fill the air while the couple are signing the register, for example, or when the bride walks down the aisle. Even for afternoon background music, Pamela will always find the right song.
However, she doesn’t just sing at weddings, but you can also hear her songs at private or corporate events. Pamela has travelled pretty much the lenght and breadth of Scotland.
“I have had the pleasure in performing in some of Scotland’s most beautiful venues including St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh, St Aloysius Church Glasgow, Chapel of Garioch, Prestonfield House Edinburgh, Stonefield Castle Tarbert, Cameron House Loch Lomond, plus many others.”
“My style of singing has been likened to Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Bliss & Sarah McLachlan.”
“I sing with an accomplished acoustic guitarist, but I am more than happy to work with backing tracks, a pianist, harpist or musician of your choice.” But she forgets to mention, that the accomplished guitarist is her lovely husband Pete, who is also an experienced musician!
“My vocal range allows me to draw from an extensive repertoire which includes ballads and traditional hymns, classical and contemporary pop and rock songs, tastefully arranged to suit the venue and type of ceremony.
I am more than happy to learn any songs at your request.”
Music and singing has been with Pamela, who is originally from Ireland, all her life. And becoming a wedding singer happened very naturally for her.
Pamela started singing at school, and she performed in a church choir too, but she abandoned church singing for a few years and set up a function band with my boyfriend (now hubby) called “The Wrong Band.”
At the same time, they were writing and recording their own original material.
“We set up the band Tongue with the cream of musical talent in Co. Kildare and set about putting a set together which we would perform live and record. We were signed to a small label in Galway where we played quite a few live gigs and were fortunate to be featured on regional and national radio stations for a number of months. Throughout this time I would sing for at least two family or friends weddings every year or so which I would really enjoy.”
They stopped the band for a few years, and after a lot of soul searching during this time to work out what type of performance she enjoyed the most, she realised that her days with the school choirs and weddings triggered something inside. That’s when Pamela decided she wanted to specialise in singing during wedding ceremonies & she has never looked back.
“I can hand on heart say it is by far the most enjoyable music platform for me.
I am fortunate enough to see all the pieces come together on the big day that many of the wedding suppliers don’t get to see. It’s fabulous!”
“I love the great feedback I receive from people after I have performed inspires me, the smiles on their faces when I sing. I love being asked to perform songs that mean something special to the couple or their family on the day, especially songs that remind them of loved ones that cannot be with them on their big day.”
The video from the wedding – with music by Pamela Kavanagh