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About Jools

A uniquely uplifting wedding experience!
Violinist
Coventry
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I trained young as a classical violinist for 10 years before adopting the electric guitar where throughout 20 years I learned the genres of rock, jazz, country, folk, modern pop covers and original music. For the last 17 years I have focused on the violin, 12 of which I have spent as a member of the well known Doc Brown Trio with Wes Finch, transferring my guitar skills to my existing classical background and playing as many as 180 gigs annually throughout Britain. This combination of focus on different styles and instruments has allowed me to interpret and express myself, crossing musical boundaries and delivering emotions to the listener that uniquely excel the everyday expectations of a violin. I have further referenced this freedom in my work as a solo violinist, reimagining bluegrass, classical and pop tunes into my own arrangements accessible to more audiences. My talent has been sought after by music producers and musicians alike, allowing me to add my personal touch to their productions. My contributions have been released on 24 albums over the last 10 years, plus on an additional 5 compilation albums. Highlights of my career have been membership of the Country and Western band “Honky Tonk Rose” with Horace Panter (The Specials), aswell as orchestral appearances on the X-Factor with Susan Boyle and at the Schools’ Prom at the Royal Albert Hall with Nigel Kennedy. Additionally, an appearance at the Irish Heritage Festival with Sean (The Dubliners) and Robert Cannon. Further highlights have been performances at venues such as The Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre for a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast performance celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare alongside performers such as Rufus Wainwright and Peter Knight (Steeleye Span). My clients have described my playing as “uniquely uplifting”, with “a strong connection to the audience”. “Jools has an ability to thrive in challenging musical situations”, with “an enviable ability to work quickly and effectively within a very wide range of musical styles”. I am described as “a highly flexible and talented musician with a genuine concern for the end result” and “always prepared to take a risk with his music and challenge boundaries with fine delivery”. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss booking me for your event. I’d love to hear from you.

Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Bluegrass, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Pop, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Bluegrass Tunes......
Acorn Hill Breakdown
American Hornpipe
American Rifle Team Hornpipe
And the Cat Came Back
Arkansas Traveller
Art Wooten's Hornpipe
Balkan Hornpipe
Ball and Pin Hornpipe
Banish Misfortune
The Battle of Manassas
Beautiful Suwanee River Hornpipe
Betty Liken
Big Mon
Big Sciotta
Bill Cheatum
Bill Malley's Barndance
Bitter Creek Hoedown
Black Jack Grove
Blackberry Blossom
Blackbird
Blake's March
Blue Eagle
Blue Fiddler
Blue Ridge Reel
Boatsman
Bonaparte Crossing the Alps
Bonnie Kate Reel
Boys of Blue Hill
Cairo Waltz
Camp Meeting on the 4th July
Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap
Cherokee Shuffle
Cowboy Waltz
Damon's Winder
Ducks on the Pond
Faded Love
Jimmy in the Swamp
Julia Delaney/Leavin' Rosine
Lost John
Long Cold Winter
Millenium Waltz
Nail That Catfish to a Tree
Off to California
Old Bell Cow
Old French
Pan Handle Rag
Pan Handle Swing
River Waltz
Trafalgar Hornpipe
Turkey Buzzard
Waltz for Sarah
Westphalia Waltz
Wheel Hoss
Pop tunes.....
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
Dan Fogelberg - Longer
Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up
Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Elton John - Your Song
John Legend - All of Me
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
Sting - Fields of Gold
Train - Hey, Soul Sister
Pharrell Williams - Happy
From Beauty and the Beast - Evermore
From Lava - Lava
Classical tunes...
- Minuet - Anonymous
- Musette - Anonymous
- Polonaise in G Minor - Anonmouse
- Adagio (from Oboe Concerto in F minor) - Bach
- Air (from Orchestral Suite No3) - Bach
- Arioso - Bach
- Bourrée in E minor (from Lute Suite in E minor) - Bach
- Invention #4 - Bach
- Invention #14 - Bach
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) - Bach
- Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata 208) - Bach
- Siciliano (from Flute Sonata in E-flat major) - Bach
- Sleepers Awake (Wachet Auf) - Bach
- Fur Elise - Beethoven
- Ode To Joy - Beethoven
- Habanera (from Carmen) - Bizet
- Minuet - Bocceherini
- Hungarian Dance - Brahms
- Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
- Humoreske - Dvorak
- Berceuse - Fauré
- Air (from the Water Music) - Handel
- Hornpipe (from the Water Music) - Handel
- La Rejouissance - Handel
- Trumpet Tune - Handel
- The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
- Intermezzo (from Cavelleria Rusticana) - Mascagni
- Wedding March - Mendelssohn
- Rondeau - Mouret
- Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
- Theme (from Piano Concerto No 21) - Mozart
- Barcarolle (from the Tales of Hoffmann) - Offenbach
- Canon - Pachelbel
- Minuet in G Major - Petzold
- Minuet in G Minor - Petzold
- Melody in F - Rubinstein
- The Swan - Saint-Sains
- Ave Maria - Schubert
- Sonatina Op137No1 - Schubert
- Bist Du Bei Mir - Stolzel
- Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky
- Winter (from the Four Seasons) - Vivaldi
- Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Other tunes
Amazing Grace
Bill Bailey
Daisy Bell
Danny Boy
Five Foot Two
If I Were a Rich Man
Moon River
Que Sera Sera
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Line up for solo weddings is Violin. There is the option for solo (unaccompanied) violin which can be played acoustically (unamplified) or through a PA system. Alternatively, performances can be played with backing tracks (available only with PA system)

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

I can be flexible with timings to a degree.

How much time do you need to set up?

I would recommend 45 minutes to set up with a PA system. Without a PA system I can be ready inside of 10/15 minutes.

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

If you have favourites from my set list, I am happy to try to include these in my performance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - I bring all my own equipment sufficient to perform. I would require a power source if performing through my PA system. I do not carry lighting, however.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to look at specific pieces as an addition to my set list. There is a fee of £60 for up to 3x additional pieces. Requests should be made at least 14 days prior to the performance to ensure sufficient time to prepare.

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£200
Up to 2 hours£325
Up to 3 hours£500
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Rupert B, 28 days ago

Jools played at our wedding and was great from start to finish. He learnt a couple of songs for us specially and was a great addition to a wonderful day. Thank you !

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Doug A, 11 months ago

Jools Street performed at the Playhouse sessions in Stratford between lockdowns last year. He performed after 2 strong acts which is always a tough gig. What you got was high quality music accompanied by Jools’s relaxed demeanour. Jools give a thoughtful description of each tune with humour a constant thread throughout which helped build a strong relationship with the audience. Jools is always prepared to take a risk with his music and challenge boundaries with fine delivery. Already re booked him for later this year

Rob C, 5 years ago

Just wanted to say thanks again for coming down the studio last week. Those violin parts sound brilliant. They’ve really brought the whole album in to focus. Nearly complete now!