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About Melanie

Melanie is an experienced violinist available for your event! I've played many events over the last 20 years and can give a good performance

I learned classical violin since the age 8 . I continued till Grade 8 ABRCM then started to learn Irish folk music. I put my first ceilidh band together 17 years ago. I have taught violin for many years and have played live gigs in the South East for 20 years. I am now based in Lewes , East Sussex and am available to play for parties, weddings, charity events etc. I am also involved in jazz and play Gypsy Jazz standards with Hot Club style guitarists in the Brighton area.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Gypsy jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, French music, Klezmer, Polka, Scottish music, Electronic, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, 1940s era music, Ambient
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church 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, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Sound technician, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Drowsey Maggie
The Tinkers Daughter
The Congress Reel
Farewell to Erin
The Gravel Walks
Carraroe Jig
Morrison’s Jig
Kesh Jig
The Mooncoin Jig
Johnny Cope hornpipe
Ballydesmond Polkas
Sean RyanS Polka
O Keefes Slides
Planxty Irwin
Paddy’s Rambles ,air.
Paddy’s Return
The Rolling Waves
Scatter the Mud
Blarney Pilgrim
Banish Misfortune
The Ashplant
Drops of Brandy
Cooleys reel
The Man of the House
The Butterfly
The Morning Dew
Kaliope House
Minor Swing
After You've Gone
Bossa Dorado
Swing 39
Douce Ambience
Swing Gitan
I Can't give you anything but love
I`ll see you in my dreams
All of Me
Customer questions

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

No problem.

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

Yes that’s fine. I have a nice selection of suitable music.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need usually 45 mins to set up.

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

Yes by all means. Anything not on the list also possible subject to approval.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I have everything in hand.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can. If there is a special song let me know.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am a relaxed and experienced performer,happy to put people at ease and fit in to the atmosphere of the event

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many Hotels,Village Halls, Pubs,Churches and private houses through England.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Paddy Glackin, Kevin Keenan, Any Irvine.

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

Glastonbury 1998.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£350


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Rebecca A, 1 year ago

Melanie played violin for us in support of a funeral held in central Brighton. There was a procession from the funeral venue to the pub afterwards, which Melanie led by playing her lovely violin whilst everyone walked through the town. Many people commented how wonderful her playing was and how this added something meaningful to the whole ceremony. Rebecca at Arka Original Funerals

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John B, 1 year ago

A great player with an in depth understanding of Irish traditional music.

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