Violinist

Mia Bleach

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About Mia

Violinist
Salisbury
Classically trained from age 4, I fell in love with folk in all its forms while studying music at university, & enjoy blending the styles.

Solo violinist with an emphasis on improvisation, adept at playing with bands, orchestras & string groups live, in the studio and on camera. Sight-reading not a problem providing sheet music is posted in advance. Also proficient in vocal harmonies. QUALIFICATIONS Grade 8 violin with distinction | 2005 BA in English literature | 2009 MA in journalism | 2010 BANDS Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Ottersgear Seacoles Inti Rowland ORCHESTRAS Lancashire Youth Orchestra | 2004 Lancaster University Orchestra | 2006-2009 FESTIVALS Dent Folk Festival with Ottersgear Holmfirth Folk Festival with Ottersgear How the Light Gets In with Inti Rowland Cambridge Folk Festival with Inti Rowland Get it Loud in Libraries with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Two Thousand Trees with Inti Rowland Sofar Sounds with Inti Rowland SUPPORT Trembling Bells with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Diane Cluck with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks The Lovely Eggs with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks The Unthanks with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks The John Langan Band with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks A Hawk & a Hacksaw with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Nancy Elizabeth with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Josephine Foster with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks The Tallest Man on Earth with Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Patch and the Giant with Inti Rowland The Young’uns with Inti Rowland VENUES King Tut’s Òran Mór Sneaky Pete’s The 13th Note The Dukes Theatre The Storey The Yorkshire House The Gregson Dulcimer Bar Royal Northern College of Music The Met Cafe Oto Carousel London Union Chapel The Slaughtered Lamb The Lexington The Good Ship The Sebright Arms The Gallery Cafe XOYO Jamboree London Hippodrome National Portrait Gallery St Bartholomew’s Church Brighton RECORDINGS With Dan Haywood’s New Hawks With Inti Rowland With Sam Green and the Midnight Heist With Jordan Francis (vox)

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Opera, Fanfare, Musical theatre, Early music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Rockabilly, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Dixieland, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Originals, Easy listening, Avant garde, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Motown, Karaoke, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Pop rock, Indie, Heavy metal, Hardcore, Hard rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Ska, Scottish music, Spanish music, Tango, Skiffle, Latin, Mariachi, Salsa, Reggae, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Greek music, German music, French music, Flamenco, Caribbean music, Calypso, Cuban music, Cumbia, Brazilian music, World music, Armenian, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Australian music, Asian music, Balkan, Argentinian, Arabic, Afrobeat, African music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

You name it, I'll play it! Alternatively, I can make suggestions for the occasion.
Bach
Bartók
Beethoven
Brahms
Chopin
Corelli
Debussy
Dvořák
Elgar
Fauré
Percy Grainger
Handel
Haydn
Kreisler
Edward McGuire
Mahler
Mendelssohn
Mozart
Pachelbel
Poulenc
Prokofiev
Ravel
Satie
Schubert
Schumann
Stravinsky
Steven Spielberg
Tchaikovsky
John Williams
Vaughan Williams
Verdi
Vivaldi
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I am performing as a soloist at the moment.

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

If timings change in the run-up to the event it's not a problem, just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

No time at all if it's an acoustic set, around half an hour if it's plugged in.

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

Of course! I enjoy being assigned pieces/songs to play or making suggestions for music based on the occasion.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

If it's an acoustic set, all I need is my fiddle. If it's plugged in, I'll need to be provided with a PA system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Enthusiasm, tone & flexibility.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Northern College of Music, Cafe Oto, Union Chapel, XOYO & the National Portrait Gallery to name a few. Check out my bio to see more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Marika Hackman, Julia Jacklin, Bill Jones, The Unthanks, Led Zeppelin, Fairport Convention, Ravel, Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, Jefferson Airplane, Laura Marling.

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

Cambridge Folk Festival.

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)£160
Up to 1 hour£170
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£190
Packages
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15

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Robert C, 6 months ago

Absolutely fab, spectacular skills

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Jack B, 10 months ago

Mia did a great job playing fiddle at our open day, the kids were dancing and everyone enjoyed it.

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