Singing guitarist

Laura Benjamin

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Singing guitarist
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Laura is a singer-songwriter from South Wales who primarily plays cover gigs, with an extensive repertoire from classics to modern day hits!

Laura began gigging in 2017, and quickly became incredibly busy and in demand around Swansea, Cardiff and surrounding areas. For years prior, Laura was a classical violinist, pianist and flute player, teaching privately alongside her studies and then full time job. She recently left full time work to pursue her musical career and has never looked back. It quickly became a regular occurrence that her weekends were fully booked with local gigs, weddings, events, and parties and she remains incredibly in demand on the local music scene. She began writing her own music towards the end of 2017 and released her first single 'Leave Me Be' that November. Laura is also the host of Jam Night at The Bucket List in Swansea, where musicians from around the area show up to play and sing together on a Thursday night. Laura's friendly demeanour and lively music alongside her professional attitude, reliability and flexibility make her the perfect musician for any event. Laura also performs in a duo with Marcus Gumms, as Marcus & Laura Duo. Marcus & Laura sing a wide variety of songs from the 50’s up to present day with a country/pop twist. Their influences range from the era of Dolly Parton & Johnny Cash through the decades to Ed Sheeran & Coldplay. Their great vocals and musicianship make Marcus & Laura Duo a unique and memorable pair. For information about the duo's availability, get in touch!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Below is a selection of songs Laura sings regularly, but she takes requests and any specified song can be added prior to event.
Rolling in the deep- Adele
Ho Hey- The Lumineers
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
Jolene- Dolly Parton
This is the life- Amy Macdonald
The A Team- Ed Sheeran
Castle on the hill- Ed Sheeran
Shape of you- Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl- Ed Sheeran
Perfect- Ed Sheeran
Black horse and the cherry tree- KT Tunstall
Ironic- Alanis Morisette
Teenage Dirtbag- Wheatus
Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
The Chain- Fleetwood Mac
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
Don't Stop- Fleetwood Mac
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Oops I did it again- Britney Spears
Toxic- Britney Spears
Wake me up- Avicii
Still into you- Paramore
This love- Maroon 5
Man in the Mirror- Michael Jackson
Blame it on the boogie- Jackson 5
Billy Jean- Michael Jackson
Yellow- Coldplay
Viva la vida- coldplay
Fix you- Coldplay
Thousand years- Christina Perri
Survivor- Destiny's child
Cake by the ocean- DNCE
Shut up and dance- Walk the Moon
Mr Brightside- The Killers
Pencil full of lead- Paolo Nutini
Last request- Paolo Nutini
Halo- Beyonce
Irreplaceable- Beyonce
Shoutout to my ex- Little mix
Black magic- Little mix
Where is the love- Black Eyed Peas
Zombie- The Cranberries
That don't impress me much- Shania Twain
Man I feel like a woman- Shania Twain
Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars
Put your records on- Corrine Bailey Ray
Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker
Ring of fire- Johnny Cash
New Rules- Dua Lipa
What's up- Four non blondes
Wonderwall- Oasis
Don't look back in anger- Oasis
Sex on fire- Kings of Leon
Proud Mary- Tina Turner
Shotgun- George Ezra
Paradise- George Ezra
2002- Anne Marie
Take me home country roads- John Denver
Pompeii- Bastille
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to accommodate and will be as flexible as I can, as long as you let me know as soon as you're aware that timings have changed to give me time to work around you!

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

Absolutely, this is a really popular request, which I regularly carry out with no additional cost. If you would like a DJ service after my set, there is an additional charge, which can be discussed should you wish to add this to your booking

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually only take about 15-20 minutes to set up so I can do this just before I start playing so as not to disrupt your event

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

My set list is incredibly flexible and I take requests at most events. If you have songs you'd specifically like, you can ask me in advance (no less than 2 weeks before the event) and I'll be sure to include them!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I do indeed! All I need is access to one plug point!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I can! As long as you give me reasonable notice, I can learn special songs for you. If this song is a first dance there is a £30 charge on top of the fee but other than that, just ask!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am incredibly flexible! I can provide chilled out acoustic music or upbeat sets to get the crowd going. I will always go above and beyond to ensure you get everything you want from your booking with me

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Some of the most popular venues I've played at include Llanerch Vineyard, Margam Orangery, Bryngarw House, Oxwich Bay, Oldwalls, The Towers Hotel and many of the most popular live music venues in Swansea and Cardiff.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Tough choice! But I'd have to say Stevie Nicks, Ed Sheeran and Dolly Parton

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

I sung really loudly at a Fleetwood Mac gig once... does that count?

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£500

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Kate C, 3 months ago

She was amazing and our guests loved her!

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Owen M, 5 months ago

A super professional talent - beautiful voice and an awesome addition to any wedding! Laura was professional from start to finish. She was polite and friendly to all the guest at the wedding, staff at the venue and chatty with the photographers. But when she started singing it was something else, her voice and the overall sound was terrific and stirring. She held the whole room without being overpowering. Afterwards the Bride and Groom were raving about her and were still talking about how good she was way into the evening. If you're looking for beautiful music played by a lovely person, book Laura for your wedding or event. You won't regret it!

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Kirsty F, 6 months ago

What a fantastic performance you gave at our wedding on Saturday! Everyone loved your music and really loved your voice! It was perfect for when all the guests were arriving and having a few drinks and nibbles. I can't thank you enough for standing in at such short notice and being so professional and reliable! I will definitely be recommending you to other friends and will be booking you for any future parties/ events I have! Thank you!

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