Michael McLernon

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BA(Hons) Newcastle Uni, Accordion & Drums/Percussion. Experienced in Irish, Scottish, English, French, Scandinavian & Bulkan folk music.
Newcastle upon Tyne

Here are my current job titles - HR Assistant, Workshop Facilitator for Live Music Now (focus in community work in North East England; specialist schools & care homes), Performer/Instrumentalist (Piano Accordion, Cajon/Percussion/Drums, Tin Whistle), Ceilidh Caller/Host/Announcer (Rabbit Foot Club), Composer (Classical, Film/TV/Games, Folk & Traditional), Producer, Arranger. As well as a soloist, I'm part of two amazing collectives - Rabbit Foot Club (Scottish Ceilidh & Irish Traditional Music) & Shillelagh Sessions (Video Game music cover band). Background: I grew up in Glasgow competing in the Irish Fleadh nationally with Piano Accordion, Whistle & Percussion with the St. Roch's Irish Music organisation for 10 years. I then joined an alt-rock collective for 6 years playing drums & piano. I then gained experience as a ceilidh caller in my early 20's and have since graduated from the Classical Music degree at Newcastle University in 2020 BA (Hons). I enjoy performing/composing/arranging traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Scandinavia, France & Ukraine. I'm also a huge nerd when it comes to scoring/arranging music & sound for film/TV/video games. LGBTQ+ friendly! If you have any specific requests/enquiries don't hesitate to get in touch :) Michael McLernon xoxo

Michael's Reviews

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Merle H
6 years ago

Having listened to and played alongside Michael for the past year I cannot express how much of an accomplished, talented and professional performer he is, not to mention his incredible ability on the piano accordion. Michael resonates an appealing stage persona and has performed at venues such as the Sage Gateshead, supporting finalist musicians in their final recitals- a performance of paramount importance to the upcoming music scene.

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Michael's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£25
Up to 1 hour£70
Up to 2 hours£125
Up to 3 hours£190
Performance for Funeral/Memorial Service
Up to 2 hours performance on Piano Accordion, Tin Whistle.
Drinks Reception for Wedding
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I ensure to engage with my environment whilst performing, but also before & after the performance. I love meeting & speaking to new groups of people, as a HR assistant & workshop facilitator it's my comfort zone! I'm incredibly friendly & approachable and will cater for any type of event!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glasgow: Royal Concert Hall, Old Fruit Market, Glasgow University, Royal Academy of Music & Drama Newcastle: Newcastle University, The Points Gateshead: Sage Gateshead

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Yann Tiersen, Phil Cunningham, Damien Mullane, Dreamers Circus, Flook, Guilhem Desq, Adam Sutherland, Alastair Fraser, Sufjan Stevens, Ramin Djawadi, John Williams

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

Sage Gateshead, Hall 1, June 2021 w/ Holly Clarke

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

This is not a problem at all, always happy to amend any changes post-booking!

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

I'm primarily an acoustic performer, if you require these services I have multiple contacts that would provide a great DJ service for your event, just get in touch and I can arrange something for you!

How much time do you need to set up?

I'm an acoustic performer so no time at all!

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

You can either pick pieces or I can do this for you, as long as you let me know what styles you'd be interested in me performing for you!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I do, I just need my instruments!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I absolutely can! See price cards for more detail.
Traditional Irish folk, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Light music, Marching, World music, Balkan, French music, Polka, Scottish music, Early music, Renaissance, Ceilidh, Welsh folk, Easy listening, Originals, Greek music, Italian music, Klezmer, Jewish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Cruise
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Audio engineer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker, Musicologist, Orchestrator, Producer, Accompanist
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