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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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
Customer questions

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

1 always try to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can play iPOD/ phone music via my PA

How much time do you need to set up?

About 30 minutes as a solo artist or duo. 1 hour for a band.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it

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

You can choose which of songs on my list you would like to hear

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes - usually

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is enough time to practice I will try and accommodate your request.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I try and make them fun and remember that as a singer I'm telling stories.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Private Parties. Local venues.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Dr John Bob Dylan Miles Davies

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Himalayan Blues Festival - Kathmandu


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)£150
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450


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Mark H, 2 months ago

Many, many thanks for putting on such a great musical extravaganza on Sunday and taking the pressure off us organizing it! There were many positive comments from the visitors, and you could see that they were thoroughly enjoying your eclectic music selection throughout the day,

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Jane D, 2 months ago

Thank you so much for making my husbands 60th Birthday at the swan falmer a very special evening

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