Alan Rae

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About Alan

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Alan lives in Newick, sings/plays mandolin & guitar for Newick Folk & Keys for KitschnSync & in a duo with the Censational Cylvian

I mostly perform as the front man of Newick Folk, a quirky Folk Band from East Sussex best described as a normal folk band with a jazz orientated rhythm section. We generally play Ceilidhs or provide music for Weddings, Big number birthday parties at the one hand or support local events on the other. Repertoire ranges from down the line English, Irish and Scottish Folk to basically any old stuff with a grin factor that takes our fancy - My Old Man's a dustman, Lilly the Pink, The Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, Gi Blues etc. Basically nothing is sacred :) I sing and play mandolin, mandola or guitar dependent on the nature of the song. I have an alternative life as a piano player and have worked in several blues and soul bands locally. I'm currently playing keys in a genre free singer songwriter band - Kitsch 'n Sync. Most of the material is written by Rhiannon Hill but we do some of my songs too. I'm also playing piano in an American song book duo with the Censational Cylvian and in a four piece Jazz Band "Jazz n Dave" where we're all called Dave on the I am Spartacus principle

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Blues, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Originals, Acoustic, Americana, Motown, Soul, Classic rock, Pop rock
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Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing guitarist, Singing pianist
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Corporate event, Burns night, Birthday party
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Song list

Blues, Soul and American Songbook
Midnight Train to Georgia
Black Coffee
Nobody Knows you when you're down and out
Sweet Georgia Brown
Natural Woman
Stormy Weather
Cry me a River
Every time we say goodbye
Rock me Baby
Spider and the Fly
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Nearness of You
La Mer
Come by the hills
Galway Girl
The Galway Shawl
McFarlane of the Sprotts of Burnieboosie
My old Man's a Dustman
Leaving of Liverpool
Kelly the Boy from Killane
Streets of New York
Tell me Ma
Wild Rover
Irish Rover
Grey Funnel LIne
Mountains of Mourne
Ye Banks and Braes
The Parting Glass
etc etc
You Won't See Me
A little help from my friends
Tangled up in Blue
Kid Charlemagne
Rave on / Bye Bye Love
Lily the Pink
Tonight I'll be staying here with you
Ain't no Pleasing you
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Walking the Dog
etc etc
Own Material
November Sunday
We're in the Slow Lane Now
Blue eyed stranger
Life's been an adventure


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450


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Dave M, 11 months ago

Just a quick thankyou to you and the band for a fantastic day at our wedding on 1st September. Everyone loved your music (some won't stop talking about you!) and we couldn't have asked for better.

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Natalie G, 1 year ago

Thank you for the wonderful performance you did at our wedding. Everyone said you guys were so good and I'm just sorry I didn't get to chat to you more - you know how weddings are, they tend to be a little hectic!

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