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Ruth Nielsen

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About Ruth Nielsen

Delicate, soulful and sweet Danish singer will take you on a piano journey with improvised songs across popular genres.
Singing pianist
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I was brought up in Denmark and settled in the UK in 2003. I am now a British Citizen with dual nationality and feel at home in West Yorkshire. I completed my music degree at Leeds College of Music in 2008 studying jazz. Until then I was influenced by other styles, namely country, pop/rock, acoustic and gospel. Studying jazz opened up so many new paths and ways to explore music. I learnt to improvise and this is very much part of my playing and approach to music. I play how I feel. And the song choices I make, usually without exception, have a personal connection to me or my life. Since summer 2017 I embarked on my solo career as piano vocalist and restarted my songwriting. I released my Unicorn EP 2020 and now working on my first album.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Easy listening, Christmas, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Pop rock
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Charity event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Lyricist, Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

A Better Man - Thunder
A Little Bit - Madeleine Peyroux
A Million Miles Away - Jette Torp
A Thousand Years - Boyce Avenue/Christina Perri
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All Kinds of People - Susan Ashton
Alone Again - Heart/Alyssa Reid
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt/John Prine
Annie's Song - John Denver
Are You Mine - Kim Deal
At Last - Etta James
Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy
Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman
Babylon - David Gray
Be Nice To Me - Rumer/Todd Rundgren
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
Behind Closed Doors - Julia Fordham
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Blue Eyes - Elton John
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Bottom of the Barrel - Amos Lee
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Caged Bird - Alicia Keys
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Days - The Kinks
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux
Dream a Little Dream - Doris Day
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Everybody Hurts - REM
Everybody Wants the Same Thing - Scissor Sisters
Everybody's Talking - Harry Nilsson
Everything Possible - Fred Small
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor/Frank Sullivan
Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge
Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy/Sting
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Fix You - Coldplay
Fly Me To the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Forever Young - Rod Stewart/Jim Cregan
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Give Me A Reason (original) - Ruth Nielsen
Giving My Heart Away - Waiting For Wednesday
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys/Brian D Wilson
Goodbye Girl - Rumer/David Gates
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman - Bryan Adams
Heal Over - KT Tunstall
Here With Me - Dido
Hey Jude - The Beatles
How Deep Is the Ocean - Billie Holiday/Irving Berlin
I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
I Still Believe In You - Vince Gill
I Thought It Was You - Julia Fordham
I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free - Nina Simone
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
I'll Be There For You - F.R.I.E.N.D.S
I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
I'll See You Again - Westlife
I'm Alright - Madeleine Peyroux
I'm Not Giving Up Yet - Newton Faulkner
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Imagine - John Lennon
In My Life - The Beatles
Innocence - Avril Lavigne
Is This Compassion (original) - Ruth Nielsen
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac/Dixie Chicks
Leap of Faith (original) - Ruth Nielsen
Let It Be - The Beatles
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan/Adele
Martha's Harbour - All About Eve
May It Be - Enya
My Favourite Things - Sound of Music
My Funny Valentine - Ella Fitzgerald/Rodgers & Hart
My Immortal - Evanescence
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman
No Remorse (original) - Ruth Nielsen
Other Side of the World - KT Tunstall
Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Promise Me - Beverley Craven
Purple Rain - Prince
Reflection - Mulan
Rise Up - Andra Day
River - Joni Mitchell
Sacrifice - Elton John
Say Something - A Great Big World
Seasons of Love - Rent/Jonathan Larson
She - Jen Foster
She Keeps Me Warm - Mary Lambert
She Used To Be Mine - Sara Bareilles
Skipping Under the Rainbow - Julia Fordham
Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
Smile - Nat King Cole
So Far Away - Carole King
So Much - Newton Faulkner
Somewhere Down the Road - Faith Hill/Amy Grant
Song For You - Donny Hathaway/Leon Russell
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Stand By Me - Ben King
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald/Gershwin
Superman - Five For Fighting
Thank You - Dido
That I Was Wrong (original) - Ruth Nielsen
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
The Nearness of You - Ella Fitzgerald/Norah Jones
The Rainbow Connection - The Muppets
The Scientist - Coldplay
The Way It Is (instrumental) - Bruce Hornsby
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
To Get To My Heart - Nina Ferro
Tomorrow - Avril Lavigne
True Colours - Cyndi Lauper
Try Everything - Shakira
Turning Tables - Adele
Unicorn (original) - Ruth Nielsen
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
We're In Heaven - Bryan Adams
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole/Doris Day
When She Loved Me - Toy Story/Sarah McLachlan
When You Love Someone - Bryan Adams
Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Eva Cassidy
Why Worry - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Carole King
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Yellow - Coldplay
You Got It - Roy Orbinson
You Raise Me Up - Secret Garden/Westlife
You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan/Phil Collins
Your Song - Elton John
You're Still the One - Shania Twain
You've Got A Friend - Carole King
Zombie - The Cranberries
Auld Lang Syne
Happy Birthday
Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Let It Snow
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love the calming effect of my music, sound and personality. They also love the great variety of songs that I do, many genres yet in my own personal style. Most of all they love my voice and are amazed by the musical talent.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Mill, Walsden Three Wise Monkeys, Todmorden The Fox, Shipley Murgatroyd Arms, Halifax Kings Arms, Haworth The Exchange, Keighley Quinta Bar & Grill, Ilkley Carer's Link, Accrington Hope Chapel, Hebden Bridge Lemon Tree Cafe & Bistro, Keighley Cobbles and Clay Haworth Northern Quarter Huddersfield The Goat's Head Steeton Al's Star Bar Saltaire & many more

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Elton John Annie Lennox Madeleine Peyroux KT Tunstall Avril Lavigne Alicia Keys Newton Faulkner James Taylor Carole King Joni Mitchell Julia Fordham Beverley Craven Eva Cassidy

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

L Fest Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno 2019

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

Please let me know as soon as possible. I can be flexible and provided the date stays the same, it is likely that a change in timings won't affect much. Please check in advance.

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

Sorry, I do not provide this but I have contact to local DJ's to recommend for you.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually setup about 1 hour before performance time. Setup takes about 30mins

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

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

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

Yes, you are welcome to choose what songs works best for your event and venue.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I always bring my own instruments and PA

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I really enjoy learning new material and expanding my repertoire. If there is a special song or two you'd like me to learn, I am happy to do this for you. There is a max of 3 songs included with bookings. Additional requests may increase the fee.


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)£60
Up to 1 hour£125
Up to 2 hours£150
Up to 3 hours£175
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.
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Zoom Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned


From customers:

Frank, 2 years ago

Your voice and playing never fails to inspire me Ruth. I love it and I told the landlord to give you lots more bookings.

Frank, 2 years ago

Incredibly talented pianist/vocalist with a huge repertoire of uplifting contemporary songs and music, guaranteed to provide a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere for any venue or occasion. I can't speak highly enough of Ruth, she's simply amazing. Don't miss her, she will take your breath away.

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