Who are we
After 15 years of experience traveling and performing in various Duelling Piano Clubs, Venues and Corporate parties abroad like the first European duelling piano bar Crazy Pianos, Club Downtown in Norway, Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises, have Dutch born Lara Olivia and Englishman Paul Scarto decided in 2017 to base themselves in London, UK.
Still traveling world-wide to perform with there modern Piano shows but now also stealing the hearts of the uk audiance.
The Duelling Pianos concept revolves around the guests requests and the performers ability to play, sing and entertain the crowd. The performers use the latest keyboards to play the bass and synth as well as the piano for that full band sound, everything is played completely live with no use of backing tracks.
Pens and requests slips will be payed out on there beautiful grand piano shells which are electronic and easily moved to any location in or outside
From Rock and Roll to the latest Chart toppers, our players can play it all , Sing-a-long and dance all night to your favourite tunes
You can find a list of the most popular requested songs and song we play to get the party started here :
Dueling Pianos History
Looking back at the history of dueling pianos, it’d be impossible not to mention ragtime music. Ragtime first grew in popularity in the late 19th century, especially as performers like Scott Joplin became famously known. He and other musicians in the same vein would combine improvised jazz elements with hasty and “ragged” piano melodies. While musicians were typically top-class talents, the true nature of ragtime was the energy it brought to the table. Shows were often performed in saloons and bars, not the conventional music halls, so players would perform quickly and nimbly to keep the rowdy crowds entertained. Players at this time would literally attempt to out-duel each other, with the “winner” usually being the pianist who could play the fastest. Ragtime’s popularity waned in the early 1900’s, particularly after Joplin died, but the spirit that the music possessed would be the driving force for the first dueling pianos bar.
Opened by B.H. O’Brien and Charlie Cantrell in New Orleans in 1933, Pat O’Brien’s is known as the first true dueling pianos bar. The same driving factors as the bars that hosted ragtime duels were present—O’Brien and Cantrell needed a loud and energetic way to entertain patrons who were drunk and rowdy, especially in the wake of prohibition. Their answer was a dedicated room complete with two copper-topped baby grand pianos where musicians would take turns entertaining crowds and competing in duels. They even took song requests on cocktail napkins!
Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans
With no mainstream way to gain attention, dueling pianos failed to catch on beyond New Orleans until 1986, when a Dallas, Texas bar called Dallas Alley (aka Alley Cats) revitalized the concept. This time, however, it was modernized beyond ragtime and folk songs. The bar would feature contemporary rock music and introduced “bits” where performers would jostle the crowd between songs, creating a more unique experience for attendees. The idea spread throughout the US, and soon you could find dueling piano bars in nearly every city.