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Alex Cumming

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About Alex

Professional Accordionist, Singer, Pianist, Folk Dance Caller and experienced Online Musician. *Currently only taking Online gigs*
Accordionist
Ilminster

Alex Cumming is a traditional Singer, Accordionist, Pianist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England, now living in Greater Boston, MA, USA. He performs songs and tunes from around the United Kingdom and America with a great depth of knowledge of the tradition. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic dance-able accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence. Along with solo performances and calling work, Alex is a member of award winning a Capella quartet The Teacups, Fiddle and Accordion duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley, transatlantic trio Bellwether and various dance bands including Reelation, The Four Idiots, Trip The Light Fantastic and The Alex Cumming Dance Band. ​ As well as performing live, Alex has starred in prime time TV shows including BBCs Edwardian Farm and played live sessions for BBC Radio. In 2014, Alex obtained a BMus Hons. in Folk & Traditional Music from Newcastle University, the only degree program of its type in England. Alex is also an experienced teacher and workshop leader. He has run group workshops in Dance, song and music for many schools and some of the top folk festivals and organizations including CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society of America), Sidmouth Folk Week, EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society), Towersey Festival, Folk Arts Center of New England and Folk South West. Alex is co-founder of Virtual Accordion Camp along with Rachel Bell and Jeremiah McLane, and is currently Program Director for CDSS English Dance Week at Pinewoods. Alex was also Music and Choir Director for Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford from 2017 to 2020. "Stunning musician, fun and inspiring teacher" - Anna Patton (Elixir) "Cumming’s accordion gives it a real sense of warmth" - Bright Young Folk "Alex has a great stage presence and captivates his audience with his charming personality" - Brownington Ceilidh Club "grossly unremarkable" - Alex's Rheumatologist after an MRI

Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Folk rock, Irish rock, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Covers, World music, French music, Italian music, Scottish music, Bavarian oompah
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Event types:
Virtual event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Burns night, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Church service, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Cruise
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Transcription, Audio engineer, Actor, Dancer, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Traditional Folk Songs
Traditional Folk Tunes
Hymn Repertoire - Please Enquire
Covers available upon Request
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Fun and engaging performer.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Sage Gateshead, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Whitby Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Faustus, Bellowhead, Kate Rusby, Megson, Seth Lakeman, Peter Bellamy, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, John Kirkpatrick, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Take That.

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

BBC's Edwardian Farm Royal Albert Hall Sidmouth Folk Festival - Ham Marquee (main stage)

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

If a minor change, please let me know 48hrs before. If a more major change occurs, please let me know up to 5 days ahead.

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

Yes, there is an add on for a DJ service. Can be negotiable.

How much time do you need to set up?

Live performance c. 1hr 30mins minimum. Online performances need minimal set up your end, but it is always good to check. min 10mins.

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

My set list is flexible and I am able to take a couple of requests without an extra charge. If I know the songs already then of course we can add them, if I need to arrange a piece new to myself then there may be an additional charge. Lets talk.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

My set list is flexible and I am able to take a couple of requests without an extra charge. If I know the songs already then of course we can add them, if I need to arrange a piece new to myself then there may be an additional charge. Lets talk.

Prices

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£190
Up to 3 hours£220
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15
Bespoke music video
I'll produce a unique folk music video of with professional recording equipment. I can customise the video with your own branding and lyrics! Requests taken. Lets chat!
£70
Zoom bomb
I'll jump into your Zoom call and surprise your friends and colleagues with a unique song on everyone's favourite instrument, the Accordion!
£50
1hr Virtual Ceilidh!
Want a ceilidh or barndance but can't because of social distancing? Well never fear, I have perfected the 'Zoom Ceilidh'. As a professional caller and dance musician I will guide you through fun dances that can be adapted to any situation and any number of people. And much like a regular ceilidh this is suitable for all ages and abilities. I will provide the calling as well as live music from my home studio straight to your Zoom (or similar).
£150
30min Kids Show
With many years experience of music with children at folk festivals around the UK and US, plus also having my own cute little ones, I can provide a fun a captivating half hour of songs for everyone to sing, dance and play along too. I am able to broadcast live from my studio (complete with green screen for extra fun) straight into your Zoom meeting, Facebook group or many other platforms.
£100

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£90
DJ set
+£130

Reviews

From customers:

Carol C, 2 years ago

Alan was just fantastic singing and playing for ten children and their parents. He was warm, engaging and fun. The kids loved it. He sang 3 year old favorites and had the children dancing and spinning by the end. I would highly recommend Alex! 5 Star Rating https://www.gigsalad.com/alex_cumming_medford/review/185227

Shane O, 2 years ago

Alex was fanatic He showed up on time, was professional, funny and extremely talented..made our St Patty's day celebration a lot of fun. Highly recommend. https://www.gigsalad.com/alex_cumming_medford/review/182188

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