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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 Francis is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist based in the North East of England. She specialises in a variety of genres such as traditional folk, traditional and contemporary jazz and soul. Instruments include Clarsach (celtic harp), piano and guitar. After graduating Newcastle University’s Contemporary and Popular Music degree. She specialises in playing solo functions such as weddings and private parties with her harp. With 17 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, Ada is a perfect fit for any function, big or small.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Traditional Scottish folk, Acoustic, Pop, Covers, Folk, Jazz
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Recording session, Burns night, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Examples of Popular songs:
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
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
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Loving You - Paolo Nutini
Example of Scottish Folk: songs
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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Laura R, 1 month ago

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.

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Kirsty M, 1 month ago

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

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Laura B, 2 months ago

Ada was amazing during our wedding ceremony and reception- we got lots of compliments about her from our guests! She learnt, and played my aisle song perfectly!

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Rebecca J, 11 months ago

Ada was perfect for our intimate woodland ceremony. Everyone commented on how beautifully she played. It was always a dream of mine to have a harpist play at my wedding. Thank you for making that come true & for just going with the flow when things didn’t quite go as planned. Thank you so much.

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Imogen B, 2 years ago

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.

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Jackie M, 2 years ago

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 ❤️