Fiddle & Flute Contemporary Rock Folk Irish Scottish

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* "Stunning instrumental performance to professional backing tracks - just like having a Band but without the lyrics!" *

Irish, Scottish, 'Celtic', Contemporary Rock, Po...

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15 Reviews

Mike and Katrina

5 Dec 2016

(Wedding Venue Garden wedding) ...The weather was perfect and she played outside for three hours while guests walked around the gardens and sat eating canepes. Her music finished the setting off and we had such great comments from our guests about how amazing her music was. J was very helpful and professional before in the plann...

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John and Lisa

29 Sep 2017

Dear J. From initial contact you were very professional and always answered any queries in a swift and factual manner. Your performance at a 5 Star hotel in Hertfordshire was really amazing and we look forward to you performing on another occasion. Many thanks John and Lisa and family xx

John and Lisa


Siobhan F

28 Dec 2016

Fantastic and so professional. From the 1st email we exchanged up until the day before the wedding, all final details were in place so I didn't have worry about anything on my big day. All my guest loved the music played ... a wide variety of genres and styles. I will be recommending you to all my friends with the confidence tha...

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19 May 2018

Thank you very much for last Saturday, people had a great time and really enjoyed the music!


Chris and Steve

1 Dec 2017

How many words can we use to describe you apart from being a fantastic fiddler with a comprehensive repertoire of music. You made the party very memorable not just for mum of 90 years but also for ages down to 3 years The elderly were foot tapping and the others dancing and singing along Great time had by all and would recommend...

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Can you perform just Rock and Pop?
Absolutely! Rock sets will typically be a mixture of 80's / Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Folk Rock, 'Celtic' Rock and Country Rock styles. Pop is chosen that will fit in well with the rest.
What sort of Irish music do you perform?
All sorts - a mixture of old and contemporary Irish music, and music that is not Irish but popular with Irish people (based on personal experience and requests history!) e.g … Cranberries, U2, Waterboys, Saw Doctors, Pogues, Van Morrison, Corrs, Thin Lizzy, Christy Moore, Enya, Cara Dillon, Sinéad O’Connor, Fureys, Dubliners, Brian Kennedy, Mary Black, Goats Don't Shave, Aslan, Kodaline, The Script, Damien Rice, Snow Patrol PLUS - Old / Traditional song melodies / dance Tunes (jigs / reels) ALSO - e.g Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Nathan Carter, Steve Earle, Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan, Oasis, Killers, Mumford & Sons
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
You will see that there is a really extensive repertoire list. If you have a special request that I do not already perform, I can probably do this for you - however, I would need to research, find / purchase / edit a suitable backing track for the song, and learn it. Therefore, much depends upon availability of a suitable backing track and whether enough notice is given (which will depend upon how busy I am so notice needed might change from time to time). This is an optional add-on of +£50 to cover all the time this takes to research and prepare.
What time would you arrive?
I aim to arrive at least 2 hours prior to start time to allow plenty of time to assess performance area, sort out any issues (such as lack of power sockets - does happen!), unload, set up, sound check, eat and/or get changed if necessary (due to time of day / weather / type of event / venue) etc. Please ensure access to venue and performance area minimum 2 hours prior
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes, main PA system is a fantastic, elegant and unobtrusive BOSE L1 1S B1 PA system, Digital mixer, effects pedals etc. Alternative: For outdoors events / other situations where no outdoor-safe power is available, a smaller PA system can be used which is battery operated. Still excellent sound quality / power / projection, although not quite that of the BOSE. Don't have Lighting at the mo - no booker has ever asked for it with the type of events / venues / music I tend to get booked for, - however, I am considering getting a small Lighting set up... so check back later
Can you perform in the afternoons for Care Homes / Residential Homes?
Absolutely! I have a Masters Degree in Music Therapy and am a trained facilitator in the use of the Creative Arts in Dementia Care - so this is a setting I am happy to perform in
Do you only perform for Irish events?
No, all sorts. I have a huge repertoire of Irish, Scottish and 'Celtic' music but also have plenty of music from other genres ranging from the 50's to present day. I have a wide range of music from the 1950's through to very recent - including music from movies, tv etc (see main profile description for details). There is also some very old music that far pre-dates the 20th century. "Celtic & Medieval" Christmas set also available.
Are all musical instruments used for all bookings?
Basic quote is for Fiddle (Violin) only. A small additional fee of +£25 is payable for addition of Flute and Whistle due to extra equipment needed and additional set up / sound check
Can you perform outdoors?
Often, yes, no problem. However, for outdoor bookings a gazebo / marquee with 3 sides is a requirement due to health/safety and insurance reasons. Even light drizzle and normal summer sunlight can be damaging to electrical equipment / expensive musical instruments. If rain starts, it would not be possible to move everything before extensive damage occurs / possibility of electrical equipment becoming unsafe. Also, being outdoors makes it extremely hard to see / properly use the iPad / backing track app, another reason cover is needed. So. this is not negotiable. The cover provided needs to be absolute minimum of 9 square foot and a minimum ceiling clearance height of 6 foot 3 inches.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Small breaks of 10 minutes are sometimes, but not always taken, to get a drink or use the bathroom facilities. Depends upon length of booking etc. It is usually only once per booking if it is needed. Background music via iPod can be provided through PA during any break
How much space do you require?
A absolute minimum of 9 square foot equivalent (and for the BOSE L1 1S, a minimum ceiling clearance height of 6 foot 3 inches due to it's tall tower 'line array design). For outdoor bookings a gazebo / marquee with 3 sides is also a requirement (same size requirements) due to health/safety and insurance reasons. Enquire for further info on this if required
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes, all relevant electrical equipment is PAT tested annually. Public Liability Insurance current and renewed annually. Public Liability Insurance provided through professional membership of ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians). Both certs are available to view upon request
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Main PA system used is the fantastic, elegant and unobtrusive BOSE L1 1S B1, with Digital mixer, effects pedals etc. Alternative: For outdoors and other situations where power is unavailable, a smaller Bose S1 Pro PA speaker can be used that is battery operated! the rest of the equipment can also be run on batteries.
How long do you play for?
Depends upon event. Anything from 30 minutes for a Proposal right through to 4 or 5 hours when booked for a Wedding to perform during Ceremony + Drinks Reception + Wedding Breakfast Meal
How can event planners pay for your services?
Deposit is payable via PopTop. Balance can be paid via internet banking - as long as funds are cleared by night before event, or, balance payment can be in cash in a sealed envelope - payable on arrival after setting up (not after event is over)
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Drinks Receptions, Events, Weddings (ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast meal), Sports Club events, Funerals / Wakes, Parties, Baby Showers, Gallery Openings, Proposals, Holy Communions, Restaurants, Meals and Parties in Private Residencies - highly diverse repertoire and sound, suitable for all sorts of settings / events
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
Huge repertoire of Irish, Scottish, 'Celtic', Folk yet with plenty of Country, Rock, Rock n Roll, Contemporary, Pop... something for everyone
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Stunning instrumental versions of songs, melodies / traditional tunes to backing tracks - the overall sound of a band but with vocalist replaced with fiddle, flute and whistle

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