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About Gus

Gus Carmichael B.Mus and P.G.C.E is a very experienced pianist/keyboard player based in Edinburgh.

Gus Carmichael studied piano with Audrey Innes from St Mary's Music School and David Parkhouse from London. Although trained in classical music, he is able to play in a wide range of different styles. He currently plays in a jazz quartet and with various singing groups and solo singers. He also does accompanying work for students at Edinburgh college and teaches piano privately. Over the years he has worked with various singers and bands including the folk singer Mary Sandeman, the associates singer Billy Mackenzie, Rowan Atkinson at private engagements, Boxing Clever band, Red 2 red reggae band and The Singing Waiters vocal ensemble. For many years he worked for the entertainment agency as resident pianist in the Sheraton and at various hotels and special occasions in Scotland. Gus also plays in a jazz/swing duet called Honeysuckle Swing with the singer Diana Saunderson and have played at many weddings before and during the ceremony. Equipment: Yamaha cp 33 stage piano, casio px360 stage piano, casio mz-x300 arranger station keyboard yamaha mox6 workstation, casio cdp200r, ensoniq esq1, galanti accordion, roland kc110 keyboard amp and yamaha PA system.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker, Composer, Arranger, Transcription, Repetiteur, Fluent sight-reader, Accompanist
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Song list

I have a massive collection of music and can play any style. Jazz, classical, musicals, pop/rock you name it:))
Simon and Garfunkel- greatest hits.
Elton John- your song
Beatles- greatest hits.
Abba-greatest hits.
Sinatra- greatest hits.
Jazz classics-tons.
Rock 'n' roll- Elvis etc.
60's pop/rock.
70's pop/rock.
80's pop/rock.
90's pop/rock
2000 pop/rock
2010's pop/rock.
Classical- Chopin.
Classical- Mozart.
Classical- Bach.
Classical- popular hits- Beethoven.
Accordion- Scottish songs.
Accordion- Scottish/Irish reels etc.
Country- Country Roads.
Country- Stand by your man.
Country- Patsy Kline etc
Customer questions

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

I have no problem being flexible.

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

Yes if required.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

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

Yes but will always bring my own equipment just in case.

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

I have a very large set list in all different styles. Best to just ask what you require and will play it.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes have many keyboards and amplifiers for different situations.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes not a problem.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I like to think that I am very professional in terms of punctuality, reliability and ability.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Venues all over Scotland. Edinburgh fringe and theatres throughout Scotland. Churches and nursing homes, pubs, restaurants and more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to name:))

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

I performed at the Music Hall, George Street Edinburgh and Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh with Mary Sandeman. Various theaters with the show, Call Mr Robeson and Just an Ordinary lawyer with writer.actor Tayo Aluko. I have accompanied Rowan Atkinson and friends. I have played with Billy Mackenzie from the associates in Glasgow. Beach ballroom Aberdeen.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300




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Lisa W, 2 years ago

You really made our night fantastic! You were the entertainment, thank you so much.

Liverpool V, 5 years ago

Mr. Aluko may have only been performing this particular play for the first few times whilst in Edinburgh but the greatness of the man, both in the portrayal and in the actor himself, stands out, it radiates a welcome of cool, of respect that comes from the audience to both Mr. Aluko and his pianist Gus Carmichael as they entertain with absolute authority in this gripping monologue, punctuated with the absorbing singing voice that the actor displays with outstanding gravitas. Just an Ordinary Lawyer is a superb play; a memoir of dedication from one great and inspiring man from another, Tayo Aluko always reaches out beyond the ordinary.

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