Singing pianist

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 settled 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 became an important approach to my music. Since then I have acquired more folk influences and you will often find me jamming with other musicians at local sessions. I play how I feel and the song choices I make, usually 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 continuing my songwriting to release my own album.

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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

Tea for Two - Doris Day (1950)
Ain’t Misbehavin - Fats Waller
Cheek to Cheek - Irving Berlin/Eva Cassidy (1996)
Dream a Little Dream - Ozzie Nelson/Ella Fitzgerald (1950)
For All We Know - Sam Lewis/Billie Holiday (1958)
How Deep Is the Ocean - Irving Berlin /Billie Holiday (1954)
My Funny Valentine - Rodgers & Hart /Ella Fitzgerald (1956)
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland /Eva Cassidy (1992)
Smile - Charlie Chaplin /Nat King Cole (1954)
Summertime - Gershwin /Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1959)
The Nearness of You - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1956) /Norah Jones (2002)
There is no Greater Love - Billie Holiday (1947) /Amy Winehouse (2003)
Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy (1996)
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez
Fly Me To the Moon - Kaye Ballard /Frank Sinatra (1964)
My Favourite Things - Rodgers & Hammerstein
Take Five - Paul Desmond /Dave Brubeck
The First Time ever I saw your Face - Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger /Roberta Flack (1969)
When I Fall In Love - Doris Day /Nat King Cole (1956)
At Last - Etta James
Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Days - The Kinks
Everybody's Talkin’ - Harry Nilsson
Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
In My Life - The Beatles
I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free - Nina Simone
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles /Carole King (1971)
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt/John Prine
Annie's Song - John Denver
Be Nice To Me - Todd Rundgren/Rumer (2012)
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Goodbye Girl - David Gates / Rumer (2010)
I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Imagine - John Lennon
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac /Dixie Chicks (2002)
Let It Be - The Beatles
River - Joni Mitchell
So Far Away - Carole King
Song For You - Leon Russell /Donny Hathaway
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac /Eva Cassidy (1998)
The Rainbow Connection - The Muppets
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Where You Lead - Carole King
Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Sandy Denny /Eva Cassidy (2002)
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Your Song - Elton John
You've Got A Friend - Carole King
Alone Again - Heart /Alyssa Reid (2010)
Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman
Behind Closed Doors - Julia Fordham
Blue Eyes - Elton John
Everything Possible - Fred Small
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor /Frank Sullivan
Forever Young - Rod Stewart /Jim Cregan
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Martha's Harbour - All About Eve
Purple Rain - Prince
Sacrifice - Elton John
The Way It Is (instr.) - Bruce Hornsby
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
True Colours - Cyndi Lauper
We're In Heaven - Bryan Adams
Why Worry - Dire Straits /Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris (2006)
You Got It - Roy Orbinson
A Better Man - Thunder
A Million Miles Away - Jette Torp
All Kinds of People - Susan Ashton
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
Babylon - David Gray
Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy/Sting
Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge
Everybody Hurts - REM
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman - Bryan Adams
Here With Me - Dido
I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
I Still Believe In You - Vince Gill
I Thought It Was You - Julia Fordham
I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts
I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan/ Adele (2008)
Promise Me - Beverley Craven
Reflection - Mulan
Seasons of Love - Jonathan Larson
Somewhere Down the Road - Amy Grant /Faith Hill
Thank You - Dido
When She Loved Me - Randy Newman/Sarah McLachlan
When You Love Someone - Bryan Adams
You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins
You're Still the One - Shania Twain
Zombie - The Cranberries
A Little Bit - Madeleine Peyroux
A Thousand Years - Boyce Avenue /Christina Perri
Are You Mine - Kim Deal
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Bottom of the Barrel - Amos Lee
Caged Bird - Alicia Keys
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux
Everybody Wants the Same Thing - Scissor Sisters
Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge
Fix You - Coldplay
Giving My Heart Away - Waiting For Wednesday
Heal Over - KT Tunstall
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
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
Innocence - Avril Lavigne
May It Be - Enya
My Immortal - Evanescence
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman
Other Side of the World - KT Tunstall
Rise Up - Andra Day
Say Something - A Great Big World /Boyce Avenue (2014)
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
So Much - Newton Faulkner
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Superman (It’s not Easy) - Five For Fighting
The Scientist - Coldplay
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
To Get To My Heart - Nina Ferro
Tomorrow - Avril Lavigne
Try Everything - Shakira
Turning Tables - Adele
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Valerie - The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Yellow - Coldplay
You Raise Me Up - Secret Garden/Westlife
Auld Lang Syne
Happy Birthday
Feliz Navidad
Frosty the Snowman
Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Let It Snow
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Leap of Faith
Give Me a Reason
Is this Compassion
No Remorse
That I was Wrong
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My audiences love my song choices and renditions of well known songs. My piano playing often has a calming effect and my voice sounds unique.

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 keep me informed as soon as you know. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, just let me know and I will do my best to accommodate changes.

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

If you got a specific playlist you would like to play before and after sets, I have facility for you to plug in your device to my PA.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually setup up to 1 hour before performance time. Setup takes no more than 20-30mins depending on how much gear is required.

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. I can provide an extra mic, if it is acoustic and needs to be amplified.

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

Yes, you are very welcome to choose what songs works best for your event and venue. I carefully put set lists together to suit every occasion. I am also happy to learn new songs at your request, preferably with at least 2 weeks notice.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I always bring my own instruments to play acoustically.

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. If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. Please give as much notice as possible to take rehearsal time into account.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
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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From Encore customers:

Amelia G
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ruth made our event so special, singing and playing beautifully. It all went so smoothly thanks to all the communications prior to the event and her attention to all necessary details. She was on time, friendly and professional - I definitely recommend her to anyone! Thanks Ruth!

From other customers:

4 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.

4 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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