Harmonica

Jez Hellard

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Harmonica
Peterborough
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Potent singer, fine guitarist, and simply stunning harmonica player, with the gift of the gab...

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring Nye Parsons, one of the most captivating double-bassists you're likely to hear, and some of the finest instrumentalists on the British folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty repartee and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Folk rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Ceilidh, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Barbershop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Acoustic, Americana, Hip Hop, Motown, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Rock, Indie, World music, Flamenco, Latin, Mariachi, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Spanish music, Tango, Skiffle, Ska, Caribbean music, Bossa nova, Balkan, African music, Cumbia, Cuban music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Concert
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Other skills:
Arranger, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Musical comedy, MC, Musicologist, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

I sing hundreds of songs to suit all occasions, from ancient to modern, serious to sidesplitting, foot-tapping to tear-jerking, and as a session harmonica-player, can do pretty much anything you need, but if you're looking for someone to sing all the classic pop-covers, best to look elsewhere.
Customer questions

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

It depends how much they change, but I'm always happy to be flexible, within reason. Just get in contact asap.

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

If it fits in with my touring schedule, of course.

How much time do you need to set up?

Not long at all, depending on how many musicians you want.

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

To a certain extent.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Acoustically, yes, but if you want us to play through a PA system, it needs to be on site.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Certainly.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My passion, skill, humour and way with a crowd.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glastonbury Festival Union Chapel North Country Fair Sasquatch Festival Priddy Folk Festival Jazz Café Purbeck Folk Fest Broadstairs Folk Week Green Note And many, many more...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to mention...

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

Glastonbury, I suppose.

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£600

Reviews

From customers:

FolkRadioUK, 3 years ago

Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up!

R2, 2 years ago

Jez Hellard epitomises the hardcore troubadour.

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