Singer (soprano)

Elena Piras

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About Elena

Award winning folk singer and musician! Specialising in Gaelic Scots and Irish Folk songs.
Singer (soprano)
Oxford
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Sardinian-born Elena inherited her father’s love of singing, particularly folk music, from a very early age, singing in church choirs and even appearing on Italian TV. By her teens, Elena was an experienced artist performing for large audiences and was singing and playing guitar professionally. Since moving to the UK at the age of 18, Elena has lived in London where she co-founded and toured with the successful London Bulgarian choir.  In 2006 she moved to Scotland where her work at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art gave her the opportunity to become fully immersed in the local music scene. She has won many awards during her career such as the Girvan Folk Festival Open Stage Competition in 2009 and the Margot Campbell Trophy at the Royal National Mòd in 2012. Following the success of her 2010 debut album, "Journey", she toured the UK where she became a popular personality at festivals  such as the Edinburgh Fringe. More recently she has performed  at Bing-anee Festival in Pitlochry and the Kinross-shire Music Festival and in 2019 she had the privilege to play live on Radio BBC Oxford, with radio host Dave Gilyeat. 

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Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Wild Mountain's Thyme - Francis McPeake
Soraidh leis an áit - Màiri Mhòr, Scottish Trad.
Fields of Gold - Sting
An tèid thu leam gu Tir á mhurainn - Scottish Trad arr. Elena Piras
Yellow on the Broom - Adam McNaughtan
The Bleacher Lass o' Kelvinhaugh - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Fill-iù oro hù o - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
The Last Thing on my Mind - Tom Paxton
Da Fetlar Lullaby - Sinclair Shewan, Scottish Trad.
Ae fond kiss - Robert Burns, Scottish Trad.
A' phiuthrag 's a phiuthar - Trad. arr. Elena Piras
The Parting Glass - Trad. arr. Elena Piras
The Burnin' of Auchendoon - Scottish Trad arr. Elena Piras
Jock Stewart - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Puirt-a-beul: Bodach innse ohrò, Innis dhòmhsa cà'il thu cadal, Nighean ruadh bhàn - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Song for Ireland - Phil and June Colclough
No potto reposare - Sardinian Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Izgreyala Yasna Zvezda - Bulgarian Trad.
Will Ye No Come Back Again? - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Gràdh geal mo chridh' - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
The Plooman Laddies - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Aide Momi Na Megdano (Bulgarian Trad.)
Puirt-a-beul: Faca sibh Màiri nigh'n Alasdair, Sutors of Selkirk, Bodchan A' Mhirein (Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
Jock O Hazeldean - Scottish Trad. arr. Elena Piras
The Tinker's Wedding - Trad.
The Berryfields O Blair - Belle Steward
The Parting Glass II - Scottish Trad.
An Cluinn Thu, Iain? - Trad.
The Summer Walkers - Runrig
The Lea-Rig - Robert Burns
The Shearin's No For You - Trad.
Gur Moch Rinn mu dùsgadh - Iain MacLachlainn
Leezie Lindsay - Trad.
Ye Jacobites by Name - Trad.
Ay waukin O' - Robert Burns
I'm a Rover - Trad.
Fine Flowers in the Valley - Trad.
The Freedom Come-All-Ye - Hamish Henderson
Baloo Balilli - Trad.
Cruel Brithir - Trad.
Deus ti salvet Maria - Sardinian Trad.
Green Grow the Rashes, O! - Robert Burns
Farewell tae Tarwathie - Trad.
Ille Bhàin bith do làmh air a chuile maighdinn - Trad.
Tha bidag aig MacThòmais - Trad.
Siud an rud a thogadh fonn - Trad.
Hùg air a' Bhonaid Mhòir - Trad.
Da Thàbh air an Fharaidh - Trad.
A Pheigi a Ghràidh - Trad.
Tha mi sgith - Trad.
Nunn do Mhuile - Trad.
Crodh Chailein - Trad.
Leòdhas nan Cruinneag - Trad.
Ailean mochrìdh' - Trad.
òran an gaoil rinneadh taorh - Trad.
Hó ró hùg o hug o - Trad.
Sgeir 'n òr - Trad.
Anna Bheag - Trad.
Cànan nan Gaidheal - Trad.
Fhir a bhata - Trad.
Na hù o hi - Trad.
's i nighean mo ghaoil an nighean donn og - Trad.
A Man's a Man (For a' that and a' that) - Robert Burns
Auid Lang Syne - Trad.
Birks O Aberfreldy - Trad.
Blue Murder - Alistair Hulett
The Braes O' Balquhidder - Robert Tannahill
The Brisk Young Lad - Trad.
The Fisherman's Lassie - Trad.
Follow the Heron - Trad.
Padstow Farewell Shanty - Trad.
Rantin', rovin', Robin! - Robert Burns
The Goodnight-Loving Trail - Utah Phillips
The Rose - Amanda McBroom
To the Weaver's gin ye go - Robert Burns
Farewell to Sicily - Hamish Henderson
Brochan Llown - Trad.
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Kinross-shire Destival Bing anee Festival Leeds University

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

"The first-rate bill I witnessed was utterly inspiring and professional yet comfortably informal, from start to finish. A musical, cultural and all-round educational event." Amy Flynn, University of Leeds, 2015

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

Scottish Parliament Event with the former First Minister Alex Salmond. Supported Eddi Reader, Scottish Singer-Songwriter

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

We always try 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 us know

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

No.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

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

Yes. I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

It would easier for me if there was a PA system in place beforehand. Dependent on distance I can bring my own equipment.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

This depends on how long I have to learn the pieces. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

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)£125
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450

Reviews

From customers:

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Customer

“Journey is an eclectic collection of folk songs from different countries including Scotland, Sardinia, Bulgaria and Ireland … [Elena’s] Gaelic is very convincing, moreover it’s pitch perfect, rhythmic and emotive. It sounds like a blue print for how Gaelic should always be sung.” Angela Sutherland, Shetland Times, 12th April 2013

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Amy L
7 years ago

With hints of Joni Mitchell and allusions to Shepherd sighs, Elena successfully drew together these unrelated musical connotations in a refreshingly organic, personal one-hour set, which constituted the second part of the evening. … The first-rate bill I witnessed was utterly inspiring and professional yet comfortably informal, from start to finish. A musical, cultural and all-round educational evening and a credible publicity for why everybody should visit Sardinia – if this taster were anything to go by.

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