Singing guitarist

Lisa Kowalski

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Singing guitarist
Paisley
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Singer Songwriter with a charming range of covers and original material to make you smile, cry or feel something!

Since teaching herself to play guitar aged 13, Lisa has been writing songs and gigging all over Scotland. From festivals to football stadiums, busking to beer festivals and even promoting her own gigs and hiring other artists, Lisa has grabbed every opportunity to entertain and develop as a performer. 2017 was a breakthrough year in which Lisa released her debut EP and music video funded by Paisley 2021. The EP has received lots of radio play, appearances on STV, BBC radio, the BBC at the Fringe, and comments from many music people that she has immense talent and is one to watch. During 2017, her songs were selected for the Fatea UK Acoustic showcase compilation album, helped her win the Renfrewshire Live and Unsigned competition and be nominated for Female Artist of the Year by Radio Wigwam. Lisa also beat off significant competition to make it to the finals of the new Salute Music UK competition and the Radio Clyde Cash for Kids Jim Diamond Award. Lisa has been a proactive backer of the Paisley UK City of Culture Bid and was recently invited by the Provost to attend a “women of influence” award at the Town Hall. Lisa was referenced at the SAY awards ceremony as one of Paisley’s “new kids on the block” following in the footsteps of Paisley musical alumni such as Paolo Nutini. Lisa is currently working on her second EP, with the song “I do” which gained her a place in the Salute UK Finals scheduled as the first single release later in 2018. Long frustrated that she hasn’t been old enough to attend the gigs of some of her favourite bands, Lisa was super excited about playing King Tuts on 6th February, the day she turned 18! In April, Lisa was invited by the Scottish American Foundation to perform at New York Tartan Week to VIPs at concerts in Bryant Park and for the parade crowds on 6th Avenue. July and August saw her performing in London for the Mayor of London Gigs Big Busk competition.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Tribute, Top 40, Christmas, Folk, Country, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
Singing guitarist, Singer
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night
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Song list

1000 years
Any Taylor Swift
Any Ed Sheeran
Stay with me, Sam Smith
Any Train
Walking on Sunshine
Caledonia
Wild Mountain Thyme
Dancing in the Dark
Riptide
Ready or not
One more time
Jolene
Bette Davis Eyes
Cant hurry love
I want to dance with somebody
Heart of Glass
Wild, Troye Sivan
Starving, Hailee Steinfield
Free, Ryn Weaver
Girls just wanna have fun
Time after Time
Flower of Scotland
Last Request, Paolo Nutini
Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
Yeah Boy, Kelsea Ballerini
Customer questions

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

This shouldnt be a problem if you give me a few days notice.

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

No I am afraid I do not offer this service.

How much time do you need to set up?

10 minutes is all it takes.

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

Yes of course and add your own choices.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring a mic, stand and amp.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I am very adaptable and love to learn a song specially for a customer.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My set has something for everyone and my vocals are very well suited for delivering the emotion in a song.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

King Tuts, Dougie McLean's Perthshire Amber Fest, The Admiral, The Clutha, Glasgow Convert Hall for Celtic Connections, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Paisley Arts Centre and Town Hall, New York Tartan Week, The Sage Newcastle and many others.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Bruce Springsteen, Orla Gartland.

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

New York Tartan Week 2018, VIP Opening Ceremony and 6th Avenue Parade.

Prices

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£325
Up to 3 hours£400
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+£165

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Jahan K, 2 months ago

Beautiful voice great for our event! just great to work with.

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Theresa M, 2 years ago

2017 has already been a year full of musical milestones for young Lisa Kowalski, and the future is looking bright for this free spirit. We are looking forward to seeing her in New York soon!”

Rock T, 2 years ago

So what of the EP? Titled Free Spirits, it’s a confident, buoyant offering. With years of experience playing live it’s no surprise that Kowalski’s own performance is top notch, but she’s also created a powerful group of songs with a bright folk/pop sound, all based on her own experiences. Opener Hearts Of Gold harkens back to the great atmosphere she found busking, with the chorus lyric explaining ‘The streets are paved with hearts of gold.’ The track – and indeed the whole EP – are slickly produced, with a professional sheen that allows you to fully absorb the songs. Kowalski has a lovely voice – soft and smooth, but capable of jumping up a gear and an octave at will, as she does on the lead in to the chorus of that first song. While the music is undoubtedly reminiscent of mellow tracks by Scottish songwriters such as KT Tunstall and Amy McDonald, there’s also small hints of country and Americana, and strong melodies throughout, not least in the final track where Kowalski is joined by a full band for a driving pop/rock number. . It reminds me of that song by Sixpence None The Richer… take from that what you will!