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Jim Higgins

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About Jim

Jim Higgins is an experienced, versatile pianist/keyboard player willing to play at all events throughout Scotland and the north of England.
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Glasgow

I studied music as part of my B.A. (hons) degree at Queen's University, Belfast in the 1970's. Since then I have played the piano in a number of different settings - musicals, radio adverts dance schools, concerts, pop and rock bands. For the past 5 years I have elected to lead a solo existence playing at weddings, corporate events, private parties etc. Over the decades I have acquired a large repertoire covering a wide range of genres like Modern and Traditional Pop, Classical, Jazz, Stage and Screen, Scottish/Irish and Latin/Italian. Since I can both read music and play by ear I can respond to any individual request not currently in my repertoire. I can also provide top of the range musical equipment to ensure that the quality of the sound is first class,

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Traditional Irish folk, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Blues, Ragtime, Swing, Covers, Top 40, Rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scottish music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Christmas party
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Song list

SAMPLING THE RANGE OF STYLES
2000-PRESENT
All of Me (John Legend)
Someone Like You (Adele)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Mr Brightside (The Killers)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
POP/ROCK CLASSICS
Abba Medley
A Million Love Songs (Take That)
Beatles Medley
Carpenters' Medley
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkle)
Your Song (Elton John)
EASY LISTENING JAZZ
Cry Me A River (Julie London)
Misty (Ella Fitzgerald)
Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller)
New York, New York
That Ol' Devil Called Love (Billie Holiday)
CLASSICAL/INSTRUMENTAL
Air on the G String (J.. Bach)
Ballade Pour Adelaine (Richard Clayderman)
Fur Elise (Beethoven)
I Giorni (Einaudi)
Nocturne in Eb (Chopin)
STAGE AND SCREEN
As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
Everything I Do I Do It For You (Robin Hood)
Let It Go (Frozen)
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)
SCOTTISH/TRADITIONAL
Ae Fond Kiss (Robert Burns)
Caledonia (Dougie McLean)
Highland Cathedral (Roever and Korb)
Marnie Swanson and the Grey Coast (Andy Thorburn)
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose (Robert Burns)
LATIN/ITALIAN
That's Amore (Dean Martin)
Come Back To Sorrento (Joseph Locke)
Girl From Ipanema (Frank Sinatra)
Qundo Quando Quando (Pat Boone)
Sway (Dean Martin)
Customer questions

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

No problem. I'll adjust to suit. If it's shorter I'll make the appropriate deduction. If it's longer there may be a pro rata increase.

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

Yes, on request if made in advance.

How much time do you need to set up?

45 minutes. This is a very important preparation towards a good performance.

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

Yes, as long it's in tune.

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

Of course.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. A minimum of 2 weeks notice is preferred.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My extensive repertoire is often commented on as is the quality of the sound system.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've probably played in every region of Scotland.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love jazz and am heavily influenced by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Nina Simone.

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

I was the keyboard player in a band called The Affordables who once played supporting act to the Ivy League, a top British vocal band.

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)£60
Up to 1 hour£125
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

Reviews

From customers:

Julie, 4 years ago

Beautiful music, beautifully played...

Peter, 3 years ago

What a repertoire. Music to suit all ages...