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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How can I book Blue Skies Ensemble?
A: Give us a call or send us an email, check availability, send a contract and deposit, and we’re booked.

Q: Do you perform with other musicians?
A: Yes, we’re happy to. We have a number of musicians we call on from time to time and can offer a variety of different ensembles. Please see our Wedding & Events page for more information on the possibilities.

Q: Will you perform with someone of our choosing, relative or friend?
A: Yes, provided they can supply us with the music they’re reading from, in the key they’re singing or playing. Rehearsal time in this case would be immediately prior to the function. We would need the music no later than three weeks before the event. If we need to arrange the music, there is a fee. Please see our Rates page for more information.

Q: Do you play outdoors?
A: The short answer is yes, we’ll play just about anywhere. The long answer – we need adequate performance space, lighting, and protection from the weather (wind, rain, snow, and yes, even sun). Though we don’t have a problem getting wet, cold or sunburned, our instruments do.

Q: Do you require amplification?
A: We don’t typically need it, but if it’s already there we’re happy to use it.

Q: Will you play selections that are not on your repertoire list?
A: Yes, provided we can find an arrangement that works well for our duo. Not all music can be arranged for two instruments, but we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests. If we need to arrange the music ourselves, there is a fee. Please see our Rates page for more information.

Q: How will you dress?
A: Unless we are requested otherwise, performance dress is all black.

 

Q: When will you arrive?
A: We aim for thirty minutes before our start time. Since we often travel by ferry, this is not always possible, but we do our best.

Q: What will you need?
A: Two straight-back, armless chairs, adequate performance space and lighting, and protection from the weather if the event is outdoors.

Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: Our preferred method of payment is by check, but cash is also fine. We accept PayPal and expect to accept credit cards in the near future.

Q: How far are you willing to travel to the event site?
A: We travel up to two hours drive from Portland Maine and the surrounding islands. Travel fees are listed on the Rates page.

 
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