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Joe Woods

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About Joe

Folk singer and guitarist. Lead singer with Jay Sunaway and guitarist with Panic at the Ceilidh.
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Singing guitarist
London

I'm a folk singer, guitarist and songwriter currently based in London. I play in a 5 piece alt-folk band called Jay Sunaway, a ceilidh band called Panic at the Ceilidh, and play solo shows combining traditional and original songs. With Jay Sunaway, I have played in many weird and wonderful venues around the UK, including the Golden Hinde Galleon and the Oxford Natural History Museum. As a solo act, I recently undertook a tour of the South of France with the British Embassy.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, MC
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Song list

Traditional songs include:
False True Love
New York Girls
Irish Rover
Wild Rover
Barbara Allen
Molly Malone
Hares on a Mountain
Freedom Come A' Ye
The False Bride
Lowlands
Star of the County Down
John Ball
Polly Vaughan
Cruel Mother
The Snow it Melts the Soonest
Auld Lang Syne
The Bonambuie
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day
Seven Yellow Gypsies
Thorneymore Woods
The Golden Vanity
The Daemon Lover
False Lover John
Customer questions

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

I can normally be flexible, just give me as much notice as possible.

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

More than happy to play tunes between sets, just let me know in advance.

How much time do you need to set up?

Hardly any

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

Yes!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

For unplugged gigs, I can provide everything. For plugged in gigs, I have microphones, stands, and mixer, but would require a PA.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, for a negotiable extra fee

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients frequently comment on my energy on stage, and ability to build up rapport with an audience.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Festivals, galleons, warehouses, barns, pubs, clubs, corporate events...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My guitar style is very influenced by Alasdair Roberts, Martin Carthy and Kris Drever. As a singer, I'm influenced by James Yorkston, King Creosote, Anne Briggs, and traditional singers.

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

As a folk singer, high profile gigs are few and far between, but I run a very successful bi-monthly night on the Golden Hinde galleon in London Bridge.

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)£70
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£300

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Sofia A, 1 year ago

Joe was punctual, very professional and easy to work with. He’s got a great energy and connected well with our audience as well as with the staff. A polite and talented musician makes any event better and stress free..!

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Wing S, 2 years ago

Joe is great to work with, he’s a good communicator, friendly and has a positive attitude. He’s responsive with marketing and generally his gigs do well on tickets sales or they sell out. We are happy to continue working with him.

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From other musicians:

16th November 2018

The most talented musician I have been lucky enough to work with, and an absolute pleasure to work with to boot. I cannot recommend him highly enough.