Laura Ratcliffe

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Award winning singer pianist with requests including Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, and soulful, evocative songs requiring virtuoso vocals
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Laura is one half of folk/acoustic touring band Mia and the Moon. Dubbed “Mesmerising” by Mel B of the Spice Girls, “Visually and Artistically Beautiful” by Rush, and “Fresh New Talent” by Vintage TV, this is the story of two sisters who began singing together as toddlers at National Bluegrass Festivals alongside musical parents – their father performed with Dolly Parton while mother, Kathy wrote the song Kaleidoscopes – which became a song of much importance further down the line… After famously walking out of Simon Cowell’s ITV show ‘XFactor in 2012 (when producers asked the sisters to stage fights for cameras), Mia and the Moon vowed to self-fund and produce their own music, the fruits of which became an 11 track studio album titled ‘Fall Awake’ released two years later. Laura learned to play the piano, Mary-Anne was already nimble on an acoustic guitar, and drummer ‘Sam Winterton’ was recruited completing a UK tour line up. 'Fall Awake' steadily took momentum when ‘Moments’ was nominated for a ‘SAFTA’ in South Africa as part of the sound design for feature film/documentary ‘Alison’, ‘Midnight in London’ was used as the soundtrack for Ellen Degeneres London Documentary, ‘Seldom See Ya’ was added to the BBC Introducing repeat playlist, The Huffington Post Documented a trip out to New York and the album was received well by critics and fans. The year Culminated in a nomination for Best Folk/Country Act at the Radio 1’s Unsigned Music Awards 2016, a Fuerteventura Residency and and invitation to be part of a digital sculpture erected in Leicester, celebrating creatives within the local community. Mia and the Moon toured the 2017 Folk Festivals alongside Fairport Convention and Eddie Reader and worked on writing new material. Mia and the Moon are avid ambassadors for animal rights and have helped raise thousands of pounds for the charities including the ‘International Animal Rescue, RSPCA, PDSA, Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Wildlife Trust. The original prints from the ‘Fall Awake’ sleeve artwork were auctioned during the album launch party with all proceeds donated to Donkey Charity ‘Spana’, and in publicizing these efforts, Laura and Mary-Anne hope to support and highlight the work of animal charities and environmental organisations. Press “Favourite Album Reviewed This Year” Music in Time “Don’t Miss This Album” Acoustic UK “Harmonies You Just Don’t Hear Anymore” The Music Press “Stand Out Track on my iTunes” The Monograph “Songs that Light Up Your Day” BBC Nottingham “You Can Feel the Gospel Coming Through” Radio Cardiff “One of the Best in Leicester” Cookie Jar, Leicester “Power of a Five Part Choir!” Gary Barlow “World Class” Marbella International Arts “Supreme Vocals and Song Writing” Dusty Pop Promotions “Both, Musically and Visually Artistic” RUSH (band) “Midnight in London is Just Great!” Half Moon Run (band) “Girls Walk Away from XFactor” The Mirror

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Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Country, Folk rock, Covers, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Vintage
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
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Song list

A-team - Ed Sheeran
Absence of Fear - Jewel
Adiemus - Adiemus
Angel of Mine - Eternal
All I Need- Air
Angel- Sarah Mclachlan
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
A Change is Gona Come - Sam Cooke
And So It Goes – Billy Joel
As I Went Down – Alison Krauss
Black is the Colour - Cara Dillon
Building a Mystery – Sarah Mclachlan
Brown Eyed Girl – Billy Joel
Breathe- Sia
Burn it (original)
Blackbird- The Beatles
Bob Marley Medley
County Road - John Denver
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Casey’s Last Ride – Kris Kristofferson
Canon Ball – Damien Rice
Case of you- Joni Mitchell
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Chandelier - Sia
Domino - Jessy J
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Dirty Old Town - Pogues
Don’t Want to Know – John Martyn
Don’t leave - Fiathless
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Emotions – Destiny’s Child
Eternal Flame - Bangles
Eye of the tiger - Survivor
Eyes on You- Drake
Everybody's free- Rozalla
Fast car - Tracey Chapman
Fever- Peggy Lee
Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy/Sting
Get Here - Oleta Adams
Girl Put Your Record On – Corrine Bailey Rae
This Girl is on Fire - Alicia Keys
Girls Just Wana Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
Halo - Beyonce
Happy- Pharrell Williams
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Ho Hey – Lumineers
Happy- pharell williams
House of the Rising Sun - Animals
Humble Me –Norah Jones
I'm Yours – Jason Mraz
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Kiss me - Sixpence non the Richer
Kiss from a rose - Seal
Lady marmalade - Christina Aguilera
Love Song For a Vampire – Annie Lennox
Like a Prayer- Madonna
Lazing on A Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
M79 - Vampire Weekend
Midnight in London (original)
Never Ever - All Saints
Price Tag – Jessy Jay
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Punk Rocker - Sandi Thom
Rabbit heart - Florence + the Machine
Respect - Aretha Franklin
River (original)
Raining Men
Radio Active - Imagine Dragons
Run - Leona Lewis vers.
Read all about it - Emelie Sande
Runaway – The Corrs
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Save Tonight - Eagle Eyed Cherry
Shackles - Mary Mary
Silence – Delerium feat. Sarah Mchlachlan
Simply the Best - Tina Turner
Show me Heaven – Mariah Mckee
Snow (original)
Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy vers.
Somewhere only we know - Keane
Someone like you - Adele
Slow boat to china – Peggy Lee
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Summertime- Ella Fitzgerald
Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
To Make you Feel my Love - Bob Dylan
Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia
Time of my life- Linkin Park
Take Another Little Piece of my Heart – Janis Joplin
The days we made - Paper Aeroplanes
There’s a Hole in the World Tonight - The Eagles
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
The Empty Life of a Rich Man (original)
Underneath it all- Gwen Stefani
Will you still love me tomorrow – Shirelles
Where is the love – Black Eyed Peas
Weak – Skunk Anansie
Wisely and Slow – The Staves
White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons
What a Life – The Fleet Foxes
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
Wildest Moments - Jessie Ware
War Time Medley - trad.
Wonder Wall - Oasis
You Got The Love - Candy Stanton
You Make It Real - James Morrison
Your Song – Elton John
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Video games - Lana Del Ray
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Zombie – The Cranberries
Customer questions

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

No problem, you have me for the entire day

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

yes - for smaller events up to 40ppl

How much time do you need to set up?

an hour or so

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


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

yes, for boho, acoustic sets and music I have a PA for music and fairy lights

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?



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From Encore customers:

Angela A
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Laura is a delight. Her performance is full of quality and charm. We loved her.

From other customers:

Alison B
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Uppingham
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. Everyone loved you and it was just so good that you were able to play extra for us. We simply had the best day ever so we are chuffed that you could be a part of making that happen. I really hope we will be able to see you perform again in the future. I shall certainly be nobbling our local pub to book you for an occasion!

Music T
7 years ago

“Favourite Album Reviewed This Year” Music in Time

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