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Lela Mai - Violinist
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Lela Mai Violinist Lela Mai started playing violin at 7yrs.old and soon joined her brothers and sisters to form the family 'orchestra' performing at local festivals and events (she was part of a numerous and musical family). Music was her first and only love and she used to bunk off school in order to find a place where she could practice her violin undisturbed. She started studying a BA(Hons) in Music and Drama at Music College but left before completing the course in order to immerse herself more fully in Folk Music and folk, for which her course did not allow. She spent a few years in London and then travelled in Europe and in Asia discovering and immersing herself in various musical cultures around the world. She then settled in a musical community in Italy where she immersed herself in Italian folk music including Tarantella and Pizzica. She has a keen interest in African rhythm and Dance which she has enriched on her various visits to West Africa. Traditional and contempory Irish Folk music also figure largely as influences to her musical style. She now lives in Glastonbury ,Somerset where she works teaching and performing music.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Merengue, Polka, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
New Year's Eve, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Pam M, 2 years ago

Thank you so much for Saturday! It was absolutely marvellous. I haven’t stopped telling people what a wonderful set you put on. It was a fantastic mix of folk/gypsy/Balkan sounds (I think that’s how I can describe it!). Thank you, you really ended the stage on such a high! I hope you are booked for bigger gigs as you really know how to get the crowd going. X

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Gerry B, 3 years ago

I saw In Visible Gem at a packed anti-fracking benefit gig in Glastonbury, supporting Seize the Day in 2017.Even though they were the first band on and it was pretty early in the evening they had the whole audience dancing !They play an exciting mixture of full tilt Irish tunes, Gypsy melodies, and original material tinged with Afro- Brazilian rhythms.Bold soaring fiddle,(Lela can play anything!) tight complex acoustic guitar,formidable cajon and soulful vocals created a rousing musical feast!I wholeheartedly reccomend them!