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CruiseMas 2014 – The Final Night Onboard

As a performing musician I’ve come to accept that every set I play is going to be different. When you’re  onstage by yourself it can be quite a daunting task. With only a microphone and a guitar, the song selections and delivery must be on point to keep the crowd interacting. Especially when it comes to the cruise ship gigs.

Every week we come across new passengers from all over the world. Some weeks the majority of passengers are seeking a place to drink wine, read, and listen to music quietly on the sidelines. These folks are generally very easy to please as long as I don’t “turn up the volume” during my sets. Some Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, with the occasional Tom Petty usually does the trick.

Other weeks our passengers are more interactive. One moment you will be playing for a bar of empty stools, and then BAM. They arrive in large groups out of nowhere. The quest to sing loudly, yell out requests, and dance drunkenly without a care in the world is shown in their faces. These passengers are a bit more challenging but also more fun for me as a soloist. It takes a lot of specific songs in a row to keep the party crowd’s attention for more than five minutes.

I came across a group of passengers who by far were some of the most fun people I’ve met in my travels onboard ships. These guys were loud, boisterous, and down to wake up all of the sleeping guests with their out of tune singing.  But it’s like a snowball effect… If you can keep going from one song to another without awkward pauses – the crowd can expand and slowly start to sing louder, dance harder, and grow.

And that’s exactly what happened here:

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It’s people like this that make me love my job. Sometimes as solo artists we are there to be “background music”. Easy listening to the people who just want to enjoy some quiet music while they chat, read, and relax.

But when a group of music lovers show you this kind of support, it’s a breath of fresh air.

So – If you find yourself performing onboard a cruise ship, keep your eyes peeled for these two guys. Meet Wyatt and Mike:


If these two guys aren’t on your ship for CruiseMas 2015 – Then you are probably going to be stuck sipping wine and reading while they bring the party elsewhere.




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