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Traditional music on acoustic guitar, cittern, dulcimer and melodeon. James also calls for ceilidhs: "Just me and my sound system!"
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Early music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Christmas
Guitar, Ceilidh Caller, Cittern, Melodeon, Dulcimer
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Cruise
Animateur, Instrumental teaching, Actor, MC
Just as the Tide Was a-Flowing
The Fields of Athenry
The Bard of Armagh
Softly Come Morning
Wild Mountain Thyme
The Water is Wide
Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy (dulcimer)
Serving Girl's Holiday (dulcimer)
The Shores of Avalon
The Ploughboy Lads
Bread and Roses
Down in Yon Forest (cittern)
The Skye Boat Song
Ye Banks and Braes
Little Red Bird
How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?
Balance the Straw/William and Nancy (melodeon)
The Boar's Head Carol (cittern)
Martin Said to His Man (cittern)
The Chastity Belt
Tempus Adest Floridum (cittern)
Blessed Be That Maid Marie
The Bays of Harris
The Moon of Beltane
Dancing at Whitsun
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I always try to be flexible to make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible, so if timings need to change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
How much time do you need to set up?
Once I've got access to the performance space, it usually takes about 45 - 60 minutes to set everything up, partly depending on whether I'm using my sound system or just performing acoustically. It takes about the same time to pack everything away after the set.
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
You're very welcome to request specific songs (or dances) from the set lists on my Encore profile pages.
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Absolutely! I bring everything I need with me. I just need a power supply and somewhere close by the performing space to park and unload my car.
Can you learn specific pieces before the event?
If you have a favourite song or dance you'd like me to include in my performance, please let me know. If it's not already on my set lists, I may have time to learn it - there may be a small extra charge to take account of the extra rehearsal time. If it's not possible to include it, I'll let you know.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
I think you'll enjoy my song and ceilidh performances. You'll definitely encounter new and wonderful songs and dances, and you might learn some things about the traditional songs and dances of the British Isles that you didn't know already. But most of all, I pride myself on the fact that the sets are always relaxed, informal - and FUN!
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
The Tower of London!
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£90|
|Up to 1 hour||£170|
|Up to 2 hours||£200|
|Up to 3 hours||£225|
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