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Isla Ratcliff is a fiddle player, Scots singer, songwriter and composer, who is passionate about music's positive impact on our wellbeing.
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Scottish music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Acoustic, Covers, Pop, Rock, Indie, Russian music, Originals
Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, Transcription, Perfect pitch, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker, Musicologist
A Man's A Man For A That (Robert Burns)
Ae Fond Kiss (Robert Burns)
Billy Taylor (Scottish trad)
The Birks of Invermay (Scottish trad)
The Bonnie Earl O Moray (Scottish trad)
The Bonnie Lass O Fyvie (Scottish trad)
Both Sides The Tweed (Dick Gaughan)
Caller Herrin (Scottish trad)
Freedom Come A Ye (Hamish Henderson)
Heave Ya Ho (Scottish trad)
The Herrin's Heid (Scottish trad)
The Humble Tattie (Ian Middleton)
Jamie Foyers (Ewan McColl)
Kilkelly (Peter Jones)
The Knock Song (Christy Moore)
King of Birds (Karine Polwart)
Mad Tom of Bedlam (Scottish trad)
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose (Robert Burns)
The Pear Tree (Scottish trad)
Rantin Rovin Robin (Robert Burns)
Red Winged Blackbird (David Francie)
The Rovin Ploughboy (Scottish trad)
The Slave's Lament (Robert Burns)
Smile In Your Sleep (Jim Maclean)
They Sent A Woman (Nancy Nicholson)
A Wee Bird Cam Tae Ma Apron (Scottish trad)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Scottish trad)
Why Should I? (Scottish trad)
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I always try my best to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your timings. Just let me know if your timings change slightly in the run up to the event and I'll try my best to meet your needs.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
How much time do you need to set up?
I generally only need about 30 minutes to set up, since I am mostly booked to do solo violin or fiddle performances or solo singing with piano accompaniment.
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Yes, absolutely. Please also let me know if you have any specific requests and I will try my best to learn and perform these.
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Yes, I bring my own fiddle and my own voice! I can also provide a keyboard if need be.
Can you learn specific pieces before the event?
Yes, absolutely. Please just let me know!
What do your clients love most about your performances?
Clients love my expressive performances, my enthusiasm for my music and the excellent rapport that I establish with an audience. They appreciate my professionalism, my warm personality, my adaptability across genres and the fact that I am quick to learn new material. I have moved listeners to tears on several occasions (for the right reasons!).
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Festivals: Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek Venues: Usher Hall (Edinburgh), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Perth Concert Hall, The Queen's Hall (Edinburgh), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), Platform (Glasgow), Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tianjin Grand Theatre
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Karine Polwart, Alasdair Fraser, Shinichi Suzuki, Chilly Gonzales, Pink Floyd, RANT, Blazin Fiddles, Marit Fält & Rona Wilkie, Duncan Chisholm, Fiddler’s Bid, Hamish Napier, Louise Bichan, Rura, King Creosote, Loki, Tom Rosenthal, Johnny Cash
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
A duet performance with Nicola Benedetti to 2,900 people in Edinburgh's Usher Hall, aged 13.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£150|
|Up to 1 hour||£200|
|Up to 2 hours||£250|
|Up to 3 hours||£300|
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