Why acoustic music brings timeless magic to a wedding.

Just think about the success of Radio 1's Live Lounge, or MTV's incredible Unplugged concerts.

There is always something engaging and fascinating about acoustic arrangements of classic and contemporary songs. And of course, they don't have to be originally written for guitar and voice. In fact, some of the most popular songs I perform in my sets are very much band arrangements - Stevie Wonder's Superstition for example, or Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.

The invention of the modern loop pedal a decade ago meant that now guitarists could layer up live 'bands' without any of the nastiness or inflexibility of recorded backing tracks. Its a technique I was exploring way back in my busking days, where many of my favourite looped arrangements found their origins. Many artists including Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance and Damien Rice use loop pedals to bring an incredible visual element and range to their performances.

Of course, it's not just old songs. Great contemporary tracks can be given the acoustic makeover, just like my loop pedal version of Pharrell's Happy:

Acoustic versions like this always have a timeless quality, and the loop pedal means that the song can be as long or as short as I like, and I can build the track as I go, in front of the audience.

Between these loop-pedal 'band' versions and traditional one man and a guitar covers, live acoustic music brings magic to a wedding, creating an unforgettable atmosphere, from laid back afternoon sessions to floor-filling dance sets.

Tristan Macay