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Roo Geddes

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About Ruairidh

Roo has mastered a number of genres from folk to classical. He is a versatile and passionate performer ideal for any event.
Violinist
Glasgow
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Roo Geddes is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. He is fluent in a wide range of genres and is active within many musical communities. In June 2021, he graduated with 1st class honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently enrolled in post-graduate study of jazz piano. The grandchild of professors at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance, Roo has been exposed to a rich tradition of Classical music his entire life with some of his earliest memories including exploring the magic of music at the piano with his grandfather. As a soloist he gave his concerto debut with the Glasgow Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, playing the Bruch Violin Concerto before performing É. Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the Glasgow Symphony Orchestra in 2019. He is a passionate chamber musician and performs at competitions and festivals across Europe with his String Quartet and Piano Quintet. He has given concerts in venues from Buckingham Palace to the Albert Hall with several of Europe’s leading youth orchestras including the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España’, the Internationales Jugend-Sinfonieorchester Bremen, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Roo is also a dedicated composer and his work has been performed by institutions such as the Scottish Ensemble and the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd). Jazz has played a key role in Roo’s musical development in recent years. After studying with Mario Caribe and Paul Towndrow he has performed with ensembles including the Scottish jazz collective ‘Fat-Suit’ and his gypsy-jazz quintet ‘Romacaleo’. His Americana and Roots band ‘Awkward Family Portraits’ are heavily influenced by music of the Swing era and have just finished recording their second album, due to be released later this year. Roo first found his love for folk music when attending a fiddle camp on the Isle of Skye aged 11. He committed to developing this passion and has been heavily accoladed by competitions including the Glasgow Fiddle Championships (2015, 2016, 2017), the Rotary Young Musician of the Year (2016), The Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Awards (2017), and the Scottish National Fleadh (2017). His Duo ‘Roo and Neil’ combine their shared experience across Classical and traditional Scottish music to create original music for fiddle and accordion. Their compositions are inspired by landscape and people, and by how music can evoke a sense of place and community. Their music was selected as a winner of Fèis Rois’ ‘In Tune with Nature’ competition and they were honoured to receive the Danny Kyle Award in 2021. Roo is also involved in various outfits in the Bluegrass and Rock scene including the ‘Black Denims’ and ‘Jonny Mac and The Faithful’ with whom he has toured many of the largest venues in the UK including the Manchester Area and the SSE Hyrdro, playing with acts such as Rod Stewart, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. They will release their newest album with Decca Records later this year. With a Distinction at Diploma level from the ABRSM in music teaching, Roo is in high demand as an educator and is employed by ‘St Leonards International Continuum School’, ‘Fèis na h-Apainne’, and the ‘Village School of Music’ as their Violin Instructor. He also enjoys working closely with private pupils in piano and composition.

Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, 1950s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Bluegrass, Country, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Rockabilly, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Avant garde, Light music, Experimental, Originals, Pop, Covers, Americana, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Top 40, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Indie, World music, French music, Greek music, German music, Italian music, Klezmer, Latin, Jewish music, Polka, Russian music, Scottish music, Spanish music, Tango
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Virtual event, 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:
Arranger, Composer, Audio engineer, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound technician, Transcription, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Ableton Live, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Examiner, Community music worker, Musicologist, Animateur
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Song list

Classical:
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61
Samuel Barber - Violin concerto op.14
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
E. Lalo - Symphonie espagnole Op. 21
Gabriel Fauré - Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 13
Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Sonata No. 9 "Kreutzer"
Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 5 in F major, op. 24
Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
etc...
Pop:
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Luis Fonsi - Despacito
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Rihanna - We Found Love
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Prince - When Doves Cry
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
etc...
Jazz:
Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema
Charlie Parker - A Night In Tunisia
Miles Davis - Summertime
Louis Armstrong - Cheek To Cheek
Charlie Parker - Blues for Alice
Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train
Charlie Parker - Billy's Bounce
Miles Davis - Oleo
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Joe Henderson - Blue Bossa
Ella Fitzgerald - It Don't Mean a Thing
Lester Young - On the Sunny Side of the Street
Ray Brown - On Green Dolphin Street
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
Louis Armstrong -What a Wonderful World
etc...

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£130
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£400
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Reviews

From customers:

Martin S, 2 years ago

"All the way from Billy Conolly's Partick in Glasgow Roo is one of the rising stars in almost all the scenes - classical, trad and jazz. He plays with the soul of an old wisened old man with the youthful athleticism of a teenager... funny that."

Client, 1 year ago

"Thanks again for playing and calling for our wedding!! We had so much fun and hope you all did too."