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Raymond Considine

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Raymond, 36, is an experienced multi-instrumentalist folk music specialist who has been performing internationally since age 15.
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Edinburgh
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Raymond Considine (b. 1985) is a singer and multi-instrumentalist entertainer based in Edinburgh. Born and raised in Co. Cork, Ireland, he has performed extensively worldwide since his teenage years, both solo and in different groups and projects. His solo performances incorporate a wide range of genres into a select blend of vocals, piano and guitar. He has sung for many a bride walking down the aisle, many a wild Irish pub, and everything in between. A folk music specialist, he has supported some legends of the scene including the iconic Sharon Shannon, while his 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, 'For The Love of Folk', was described as 'flawless' & 'captivating' (Three Weeks Magazine ****). As well as folk music, he holds a jukebox-sized repertoire of songs from many other genres and tailors his shows accordingly to ensure a great night's entertainment no matter what the setting - weddings, corporate events, pub/club venues, all sorts!

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Raymond's Reviews

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Olivia M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Raymond was wonderful! Excellent communication, he arrived early on the day and was very easy to chat to, and what a great voice! We really enjoyed having Raymond at our wedding celebration, and would gladly recommend him for any event! Thank you so much Raymond

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Martin E
2 years ago
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Raymond was amazing in every way. He was in regular contact before the wedding to make sure he knew exactly what songs I wanted him to play and in what order. He ended up playing five songs on the day and his performance was spot on for each and every one of them! He even agreed to arrive a bit early to surprise my fiancé as she didn't know I'd booked a musician for our wedding. He hid away until the ceremony started and then played our song as we walked down the aisle. My fiancé and I were in tears by the time we got to the alter. A special moment that I will always remember and Raymond played a huge part in making that happen. Could not recommend this guy highly enough.

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Helen P
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Raymond was absolutely fantastic! He was so accommodating with a very special request that made the night unforgettable. We cannot recommend him enough. Insanely talented and truly lovely. An absolutely top bloke!

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Danny S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Raymond was an absolute star - performing a wonderful piano/voice set for our wedding reception (including helping my mother write a special song for the day!), and just generally being an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thanks again Raymond!

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Three M
10 years ago

Flawless folk was performed to perfection...delectable singing voice

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Broadway M
10 years ago

Strikes the right tone, each song fresh enough to grab one's attention anew

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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Aside from providing a professional, high quality performance, I think my clients appreciate the warm, interactive and human element experienced when working with me. It definitely helps when organising a wedding or other demanding event to be be able to rely on an assured, steady, and easy-going musician. Most clients sign off with: "It's been a pleasure".

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

So, so, so many by now - I've been performing full-time since I was 15. I've been a pianist in both luxury hotels and crazy whiskey piano bars, a guitarist at gentle folk festivals and also in rock bands, a singer at hundreds of beautiful weddings and hundreds more wild hen and stag parties... there aren't many venues and events I haven't experienced.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

John Martyn, Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Tracy Chapman, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, various traditional folk music from Ireland and Scotland, even The Prodigy, though they're difficult to cover on piano / guitar, they're certainly an influence! Clearly I'm a man of eclectic taste!

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

Most high profile event: probably at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. Biggest crowd: to a few thousand people at the Boomtown Fair festival. That said, whether I'm playing for 2 people or 2,000, every gig is a high profile gig for me. I'm always happy to play.

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

I will try to be as flexible as possible with timings, in particular for weddings and other similar events where timings may change slightly on the day.

How much time do you need to set up?

I would usually like to arrive an hour in advance of start time to setup and be ready to go. The actual setup time itself may only take a few minutes, particularly for smaller events where I only need a small amplification system. All in all, setup is usually a pretty straightforward process.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Absolutely! It helps if the piano is in decent condition and is located in a part of the venue where guests are able to hear and see it. But yes, it's certainly an option.

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

You can indeed! With a little bit of notice, you can even add songs to the setlist that aren't there yet - I can learn new material pretty quickly for a special event. You're also welcome to sit back and leave it up to me entirely. I've played a few thousand shows at this stage so you'll be in safe hands, either way.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have a really nice portable stage piano that I can bring with me when needed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely! Just give a little bit of notice to make sure I've time to learn it nicely. If it's just a few songs, there's no extra fee needed for that service. It's a pleasure to learn new music.
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Genres:
Acoustic, Folk, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Early music, Musical theatre, Medieval music, Baroque, Techno, Electronic, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Contemporary Christian, Fanfare, Opera, Renaissance, Experimental
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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:
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Instrumental teaching, Music therapy, Theory teaching, Examiner, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Musicologist, Animateur, Accompanist
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