Singing pianist

Simon Armitage

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Experienced piano/vocalist, comfortable with many styles of music from swing, country, jazz to 50s, 60s 70s, 80s, 90s and recent chart songs
Singing pianist
Edinburgh
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Reliable and professional entertainment for weddings, corporate events and special occasions. I can play a large variety of songs from the latest chart hits to old classics, as well as classical and modern instrumentals. The feedback of people having a good time, singing, dancing and tapping their feet gives me great pleasure, and that's what makes my job all the more enjoyable. If you are an entertainment manager or bar/restaurant owner looking to have top quality live piano with or without vocals then please get in touch.

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Simon's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Rebecca N
4 days ago
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5 out of 5

Simon was great, exactly what we had hoped for, and his singing is even better than that heard on promotional video. Music was fab, perfect for our special occasion with a range of songs great for us to dance to with the strict tempo required. Would definitely recommend and hire again 🎶🙂

Reply from Simon
4 days ago

Thanks Rebecca. It was a pleasure and I thoroughly enjoyed playing/singing to such a great crowd.

From other customers:

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Sarah F
6 months ago, for a Wedding in eh20
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5 out of 5

"Simon recently played at our wedding at the Kings Acre GC and we cannot recommend him highly enough. He captured everything we wanted and more. He played as guests arrived, during our ceremony and our first dances. He really kicked off the dancing early evening too with some brilliant tracks that really got the celebrations in full flow. Plays lots of amazing music old and new, classical through to pop/rock, swing, jazz and many more. He tailored a lot of our favorite playlists and real memorable tracks just as we asked. Not just any musician. A true professional, really knows his stuff and generally just a lovely guy. Thanks again for playing at our wedding"

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Dawn M
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Castlegate
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5 out of 5

"We wanted to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You were absolutely brilliant and everything I thought you would be. especially on a day that was so uncomfortably hot. Everyone is raving about you and said you were superb. Once again thank you so much for your amazing talent and for perseverance in such adverse conditions"

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Simon's Song list

Pianobar/Pop
A Little Respect - Erasure
A Thousand Years - Cristina Perry
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Always On My Mind - Elvis
Angels - Robbie Williams
As It Was - Harry Styles
Benny and the Jets - Elton John
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Broken Stones - Paul Weller
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Budapest - George Ezra
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Come up and see me - Steve Harley
Country Roads - John Denver
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Dakota - Stereophonics
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
Don't You Want Me - Human League
Easy - Lionel Ritchie
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme all your Lovin' - ZZ Top
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Greatest Day - Take That
Guess that's why they call it the blues
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Have I told you lately - Van Morrison
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Hey Baby - Bruce Channel
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Human - Killers
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Imagine - John Lennon
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Jessie - Joshua Kadison
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
Layla - Eric Clapton
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Let's Dance - Chris Montez
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Mr Brightside - The Killers
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
Old Time Rock n Roll - Bob Sega
One - U2
One Day Like This - Elbow
Pianoman - Billy Joel
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Proud Mary - CCR
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Riders on the storm - Doors
Rock around the Clock - Bill Haley
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Sailing - Rod Stewart
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
Shotgun - George Ezra
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Someone Like You - Adele
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
Summer - Calvin Harris
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Suspicious Minds - Elvis
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns and Roses
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers
The Joker - Steve Miller Band
The Scientist - Coldplay
Thinking Out loud - Ed Sheeran
Time Of Your Life - Green Day
Titanium - David Guetta
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Under the bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Valerie - The Zutons
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
We are the champions - Queen
What 'd I Say - Ray Charles
With a little Help From My Friends - Beatles
Woman - John Lennon
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
Your Song - Elton John
American Songbook/Standards
All of me - Dean Martin
Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Blue Moon - Billie Holiday
Come Fly with me - Sinatra
Cry me a River - Ella Fitzgerald
Don't get around much anymore
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Fly me to the moon - Sinatra
Georgia - Ray Charles
It had to be you - Harry Connick Jr
I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
I'm Beginning to See The Light - Bobby Darin
I've got you under my skin - Sinatra
King of the Swingers - Louis Prima
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
Misty - Errol Garner
Moon River - Mercer/Mancini
Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Jnr
New York New York - Sinatra
Night and Day - Cole Porter
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Singing in the Rain - Gene Kelly
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Summertime - Gershwin
Take 5 - Dave Brubeck
The Lady is a Tamp - Sinatra
The way you look tonight - Tony Bennett
They can't take that away from me - Gershwin
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
You Make Me Feel So Young - Michael Bublé
You've Got a Friend in me - Randy Newman
Classical & Contemporary Piano
Ambre - Nils Frahm
1st Gymnopedie - Eric Satie
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Clair De Lune - Debussy
I Giorni - Einuadi
Le Onde - Einuadi
Liebestraum - Lizst
Nessun Dorma - Puccini
Nocturne In E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2 - Chopin
O Mio Babbinno Caro - Puccini
Theme from "Amélie" - Yann Tiersen
River Flows in You - Yiruma
Scottish and Irish
Auld Lang Syne - Scottish Traditional
Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
Danny Boy - Irish Folk
Donald, Where's your Trousers? - Grant/Stewart
Highland Cathedral - Roever/Korb
I Love a Lassie - Harry Lauder
Loch Lomond - Scottish Folk
My Love is Like A Red Red Rose
Roamin' in the Gloamin' - Harry Lauder
The Sky Boat Song - Scottish Folk
Whiskey in the Jar - Irish Folk
Wild Mountain Thyme - Scottish Folk
Wild Rover - Irish Folk
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Versatile, plays lots of amazing music old and new, classical through to pop/rock, swing, jazz and many more. Can tailor a lot of favorite playlists for clients on request. Not just any musician - a true professional, really knows his stuff and generally just a lovely guy. Creates a great atmosphere for any event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Archerfield - East Lothian Balmoral hotel - Edinburgh Brewhemia - Edinburgh Carberry Tower - East Lothian Carlowrie castle - Edinburgh Dolder Grand Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland Gleneagles Hotel - Auchterarder. Grand Cafe Scotsman Hotel - Edinburgh Le Monde Hotel - Edinburgh Peebles Hydro The Ratpack Piano bar - Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria - Edinburgh

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Billy Joel Elton John Frank Sinatra Harry Styles Ludovico Einaudi Ray Charles The Beatles Yiruma

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

Please let me know as soon as possible and I will try to be as flexible as possible.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

I take around 30 minutes to set up and sound check

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

Yes, as long as the Piano is tuned and in reasonable working order

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

Yes, I have also have a comprehensive set list of around 400 songs that I can send on request

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I can provide my own portable Piano and PA system

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, I am happy to learn song requests in advance of your event
Musicianship
Genres:
Easy listening, Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Country, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, R&B, Soul, Vintage, Covers, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock, Classic rock, French music, Latin, Bossa nova, Scottish music, Samba
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Sound technician, Producer, Instrumental teaching
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