Ada Grace Francis - Singing Harpist

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Celtic harpist and vocalist specialising in contemporary songs and traditional Scottish folk music Music can be instrumental or with voice.
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Ada Grace Francis is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist based in Manchester. She specialises in a variety of genres such as traditional folk, pop and soul. Instruments include Clarsach (celtic harp), guitar and piano. Since graduating from Newcastle University’s Contemporary and Popular Music degree in 2015, Ada has been working in many different musical capacities across the country, putting her wide ranging musical skills to good use. Ada specialises in playing solo functions such as weddings and private parties with her harp. With 20 years of experience behind her and having played for functions in prestigious venues such as Edinburgh Castle, The Caledonian Hotel and The Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh. With the unique combination of Ada's smooth and soulful voice coupled with the sweet tones of the harp, Ada is sure to be a unique addition to your special occasion.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
10 gigs
Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Pop, Acoustic, Traditional Scottish folk, Covers, Folk, Jazz
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Recording session, Burns night, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Fluent improviser, Accompanist
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Song list

Examples of Popular songs:
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Wonderful World - Neil Armstrong
Moonriver - Audrey Hepburn
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Your Song - Elton John
LOVE - Nat King Cole
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkle
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
At Last - Etta James
Loving You - Paolo Nutini
Lets Stay Together – Al Green  

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse 

All of Me – John Legend  

Harvest Moon – Neil Young  

Moonriver – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Henry Mancini) 

Make You Feel My Love – Adele 

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri 

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers 

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones 

Long Day Is Over – Norah Jones  

Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones  

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles 

Hey Jude – The Beatles 

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding 

Imagine – John Lennon  

Perfect – Ed Sheeran  

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 

You’re The One I Want – Angus and Julia Stone 

Like A Star – Corrine Bailey Rae 

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars 

Yellow - Coldplay
Autumn Leaves – Eva Cassidy  

Picture in a Frame – Tom Waits 

Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae 

Feels Like Home - Randy Newman
Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin  

Last Request – Paolo Nutini 

Warwick Avenue – Duffy  

Mercy – Duffy  

Valerie – Amy Winehouse  

Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean  

Stand By Me – Ben. E. King  

Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac  

Someone To Watch Over Me  

Lean On Me – Bill Withers 

You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine 

No One Knows Me Like The Piano – Sampha  

How Deep Is Your Love - PJ Morton  

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5 

Treasure – Bruno Mars 

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne 

Best Part – H.E.R 

River – Leon Bridges  

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Lauryn Hill 

Cranes In The Sky – Solange  

My Same – Adele 

Thing’s Are Changin’ - Gary Clark Jr. 

Stormy Weather – Etta James 
The Way you Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 
Sunny Side of the Street – Billie Holiday 
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Mamas and Papas  
Over the Rainbow – Melody Gardot  
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra 
The Swan - Catriona McKay
Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns
Red Red Rose - Robert Burns
The Sleeping Tune - Gordon Duncan
Farley Bridge - Duncan Chisholm
Caledonia - Dougie Mclean
Loch Lomond
The Parting Glass
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Any time changes can be accounted for as long as enough notice is given beforehand.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?


Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. If it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I am more than happy to discuss set lists and if there are any specific requests these can nearly always be completed as long as enough time is given to learn the piece!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes absolutely - as long as enough time is given to prepare the piece. If more than 3 new pieces are wanted then a fee for £30 is added to the price.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The ambience that the harp creates at weddings and functions is unparalleled. It creates atmosphere and the perfect setting for your special day.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Edinburgh Castle Royal Scots Club Caledonian Hotel (Waldorf Astoria)


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£500
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Ceremony + Drinks reception
Music of your choice before, during and as guests leave ceremony and up to 1 hour of music during drinks reception
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From Encore customers:

Fern S
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Ada was fantastic! Great communication, friendly and professional. She has the most beautiful voice and made our wedding ceremony so special. Highly recommend!

Hubert B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Definitely recommend Ada, she was amazing. Very please.

Laura R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ada's playing and singing was truely magical. She made our day so special. Getting in touch with her was easy and she was on time and ready to go for our ceremony. Her voice is amazing and everybody was singing her praises after the wedding.

Kirsty M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ada sang and played so beautifully during our wedding breakfast last week. Voice of an angel!

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From other customers:

Imogen B
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 out of 5

Ada played recently at a family birthday party and her set was absolutely perfect. Her repertoire was combination of traditional, popular and requested material, all of which was delivered beautifully. She was punctual and brilliant at communicating throughout the booking process, making her set perfectly catered for our event, it felt like she really cared about delivering a personal service. I would recommend her for any event and we’d love to book her again in the future. She is the perfect feature to make any of your events special and memorable.

Jackie M
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Edinburgh
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5 out of 5

My husband and I enjoyed working with Ada very much to come up with the music that accompanied our wedding ceremony at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Ada is a highly talented, very professional musician and a lovely human being. We couldn’t recommend her highly enough. We asked some guests what they thought and my brother said the following "Beautifully melodic and tranquil, perfectly captured the ambience of the setting and amplified the love in the room" - we couldn’t agree more, Ada played a key role in making our day so special. Jackie & David ❤️