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Billy Thompson plays Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Billy Thompson Gypsy Style - The Eberle Sessions Sampler
Classically trained, professional improvising violinist. Own 5-piece band. Available solo. Own PA. Own studio. All styles of music. Long CV.
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Public liability insurance of £10 million
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Rockabilly, Irish rock, Folk rock, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gypsy jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, Welsh folk
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
Queen of Sheba
Spiegel im Spiegel
Bach's Prelude (Played on a baritone violin)
The Flower Duet
Time to Say Goodbye
The Swan (Played on a baritone violin)
Air on a G String
More Bach and more...
Hours and hours of popular jazz and gypsy jazz
Viva la Vida
All You Need is Love
For the Love of God (Steve Vai)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
What a Wonderful World
True Love Ways
You'll Never Walk Alone
Dacw 'Nghariad i lawr yn y Berllan
Merch o'r Ffatri Wlan
Italian Songs played on violin or mandolin:
Come Back to Sorrento (Torna a Surriento)
O Mio Babbino Caro
O Sole Mio
Dream on my Eyes
With some notice practically any tune required is possible...
What do your clients love most about your performances?
Please take a look at my reviews or my promotion video for some comments made about my performances... Being as experienced as I am, I like to make sure the client feels confident in their choice of musician. I play a varied mix of music and am able to read the room and decide what tune would go down well next out of the huge choice that I bring along.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Ronnie Scott's London. Live DVD recorded at the Theatrhaus, Stuttgart Home in Moscow with Mike Westbrook Sweet Basil in Japan Press launch for St David's Hotel, Cardiff. Book launches for Clare Mackintosh Brecon Jazz Festival St David's Hall with Jools Holland Noson Lawen many times Numerous music festivals Many weddings Many many other functions
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Stephane Grappelli Django Reinhardt The Hot Club de Paris Nigel Kennedy Stuff Smith David Oistrakh Russell Thompson (my uncle) Snow Patrol Stereophonics Steve Vai Queens of the Stone Age
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
Supporting Tom Jones at his home coming concert in Pontypridd in front of 25,000 with a Gypsy Jazz line-up. Before we went on we were playing in the hospitality tent backstage to some VIPs - and afterwards we went to the Macdonalds Hotel in Cardiff to play at a wedding!
Do you have different line-up options?
Solo, I bring high quality backing tracks. As a duo/trio I play high end Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The full Billy Thompson Gypsy Style line-up is as follows: Violin/mandolin, two guitars, double bass and harmonica. Generally we bring 5 musicians... More available...
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
Not a problem at all. Once there I/we always try my/our best 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 me/us know.
How much time do you need to set up?
Around an hour is ideal. I/we don't require extensive sound checking being highly experienced in performing live. As soon as my/our PA is set up I/we can provide a free playlist to help set the atmosphere...
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Certainly. Anything specific you would like to hear (or not like to hear!) do let me/us know... As mentioned in my profile, any specific tunes you might like are feasible given some notice...
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Sound wise we are fully self sufficient. I can also bring some floor/stage lights should they be required.
Can you learn specific pieces before the event?
No problem. As long as I am able to find a backing track - or have time to create one then then practically nothing is off the table!
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