Singing guitarist

Stuart McLean

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Stuart plays both acoustic guitar and piano to accompany his vocals. Covers most genres and therefore able to adapt to his audience.
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Stuart is 42 and has played the guitar, piano, and sang for many years. He has a real passion and love for acoustic music so much so that he has never owned and does not have any interest in playing electric guitar. Stuart loves to put his own acoustic spin on songs and does not play with backing tracks. He plays both guitar and piano to accompany his wide ranging voice and has a reputation for being a bit of a human jukebox with over 700 songs in his set list. Stuart can adapt his style from playing chilled out piano ballads by the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, John Legend to a more upbeat Indie, Rock, Pop and Country on guitar. His influences are also pretty varied including Stereophonics, Oasis, Johnny Cash, Paolo Nutini, The Beatles, James Taylor. Stuarts personality allows him to adapt his set accordingly, he plays regularly in bustling bars and likes to get a crowd going but he’s also very much at home providing some quiet acoustic background sets for restaurants and functions. Stuart has played all over the UK including St James Palace in London and also successfully sold out 4 shows at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2018 and 2019.

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Acoustic, Pop, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Americana, Soul, Tribute, Motown
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Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Cruise, Concert
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Stuart's Song list

500 miles - Proclaimers
A different Corner - George Michael
A Little respect - Erasure
Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
Ae fond kiss - Robert Burns
Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City - Whitesnake
All I ask - Adele
All I want - Kodaline
All my loving - Beatles
All of me John - Legend
All Shook Up - Elvis
All you need is love - Beatles
Always on my mind - Elvis
Always the last to Know - Del Amitri
American Pie - Don Maclean
Angels - Robbie Williams
Annies Song - John Denver
At Last - Ella Fitzgerald
Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns
Autumn - Paolo Nutini
Babylon - David Gray
Bad Moon Rising - Creed acne
Beggin - Madcon
Belter - Gerry Cinnamon
Better Man - Robbie Williams
Better Man - Paolo Nutini
Big River - Johnny Cash
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Black is the colour - Christy Moore
Blame it on me - George Ezra
Breakfast at Tiffanys - Deep blue something
Bright side of the road - Van Morrison
Caledonia - Dougie Maclean
Candy - Paolo Nutini
Cant buy me love - Beatles
Cant Help Falling In love - Elvis
Cant take my eyes off you - Frankie Valli
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Chasing Rainbows - Shed 7
Chemical Courage - Jack Savoretti
Close your Eyes - Michael Buble
Cloud Number Nine - Bryan Adams
Country Roads - Glen Campbell
Coward of the county - Kenny Rogers
Crash land - Twin Atlantic
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Creep - Radio head
Dakota - Stereophonics
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Dancing on my own - Calum Scott
The day we caught the train - Ocean Colour Scene
Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones
Dignity - Deacon Blue
Dirty Old Town - Pogues
Doctor my eyes - Jackson Browne
Don t Let Me Down - Beatles
Don't Live Life Nine to Five - Stuart McLean
Dont Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Drugs dont work - Verve
The Dying of the light - Noel Gallagher
The Edge of glory - Lady Gaga
Elvis medley - Elvis
Enolagay - OMD
Eternity - Robbie Williams
Every Breath You Take - Sting
Every Rose has its thorn - Poison
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
Feel Like Making Love - Bad Company
Fisherman Blues - waterboys
Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
For the First Time - The Script
For What It's Worth - Liam Gallagher
Forever in Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Forever Love - Gary Barlow
Forever Young - Bob Dylan
Free fallin - Tom Petty
Galway Girl - Steve Earle
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Girl Crush - Harry Styles
Give a little respct - Erasure
God and Satan - Biffy Clyro
Goodbye Girl - Squeeze
Greatest day - Take That
Greatest Love Story - LANCO
Green fields of France - Eric Bogle
Green green grass of home - Tom Jones
Ground control to major tom - David Bowie
Grow old with me - Tom oDell
Half the World Away - Oasis
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Have a nice day - Stereophonics
Have you ever seen the rain - CCR
He aint heavy, hes my brother - The Hollies
Hit me baby one more time - Britney Spears
Hold my Hand - Hootie & the blowfish
Home - Michael Buble
Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones
Hotel California - Eagles
House of the rising sun - The Animals
How long will I love you - Ellie Goulding
Human - The Killers
Human - Rag n Bone Man
I Can Feel It - Silencers
I still havent found what Im looking for - U2
I wanna get lost with you - Stereophonics
If I had a gun - Noel Gallagher
If it hadnt been for love - Adele
If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw
Im not the only one - Sam Smith
Im on my way - Proclaimers
Im Yours - Jason Mraz
The importance of being idle - Oasis
Impossible - Charlatans
In my Life - Beatles
In the Ghetto - Elvis
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Is that Love - Squeeze
Its My Life - Bon Jovi
Its raining men - Weather Girls
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
The kids are alright - The Who
Killing me softly - Roberta Flack
Knocking on Heavens Door - Led Zeplin
La La - Naughty Boy
Labelled with love - Squeeze
The Lady in Red - Chris DeBurgh
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Last train to Clarksville - Monkeys
Layla - Eric Clapton
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
Leave a light on - Tom Walker
Leaving on a jet plane - John Denver
Lets get Married - Proclaimers
Lifes for the living - Passenger
Little Ole Wine Drinker - Dean Martin
Live Forever - Oasis
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
Living on a prayer - Bon Jovi
Loch Lomond - Runrig
Long As I Can See The Light - CCR
Long May You Run - Neil Young
Losing my religion - REM
Love is all around - Wet Wet Wet
Love Me Do - Beatles
Lucky Man - Verve
Lullaby - Gerry Cinnamon
Lyin eyes - Eagles
Made of Stone - Stone Roses
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Make you feel my love - Bob Dylan
The man who cant be moved - The Script
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Massacre of Glencoe - Corries
Masterplan - Oasis
Matchstalk Men - Brian and Michael
Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
More than words - Extreme
Morning Glory - Oasis
Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Junior
Mr Brightside - Van Morrison
Mum - Garth Brookes
My Hero - Foo Fighters
My love is like a red red rose - Robert Burns
Night Changes - One Direction
The night we met - Lord Huran
Nightshift - The Commodores
Nothing Compares - Sinead O Connor
Nothing Ever Happens - Delamitri
Oblivious - Aztec Camera
Oh La La - Naughty Boy
Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
Olivers Army - Elvis Costello
One day like this - Elbow
Over and over again - Nathan Sykes
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Please Please Please - The Smiths
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Purple - Rain Prince
Ready for the Storm - Dougie Maclean
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Rewind - Paolo Nutini
Rhinestone Cowboy chords - Glen Campbell
Ride On - Christy Moore
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rule The World - Take That
Run - Snow Patrol
Sail Away - David Gray
Sally Cinnamon - Stone Roses
Same Jeans - The View
Saturday Night At The Movies - The Drifters
Scars - James Bay
Scotlands Story - The Proclaimers
Sex is on fire - Kings of Leon
Shang a lang - Bay City Rollers
She loves you - The Beatles
She Will be Loved - Maroon 5
Shes electric - Oasis
Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles
Sit Down - James
Skinny Love - Birdy
Somewhere in my heart - Aztec camera
Somewhere only we know - Keane
Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Stand By Me - Oasis
Steal my girl - One Direction
Stop crying your heart out - Oasis
Streets of London - Ralph McTell
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers wheel
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Sunday Morning coming Down - Kris Kristofferson
Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers
Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Talk Tonight - Oasis
Thats entertainment - The Jam
Thats Life - Frank Sinatra
There Goes My Life - Kenny Chesney
These Boots are made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra
These Streets - Paolo Nutini
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran
This is the first day of my life - Bright Eyes
Times like these - Foo Fighters
To be someone - The Jam
To Love somebody - Bee Gees
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Tricks of the Trade - Paolo Nutini
Trouble - Ray Lamontagne
Two Ghosts - Harry Styles
Valerie - Amy Whinehouse
Vincent - Don MaClean
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Way back home - Rod Stewart
The way you look tonight - Fred Astaire
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Wayfaring Stranger - Johnny Cash
The Weight - The Band
When the right one comes along - Nashville
When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
Whiskey and You - Chris Stapleton
Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
Whistle for the Choir - The Fratellis
Why does it always rain on me - Travis,
Wild Mountain Thyme - Eddie Reader
Wild Mountainside - Eddie Reader
Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
The Wonder of You - Elvis
Wonderwall - Oasis
Working class hero - John Lennon
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
Yesterday - The Beatles
You Can Talk to Me - Chris Helme
You do something to me - Paul Weller
You shook me all night long - ACDC
Youre in love with a Psycho - Kasabian
Youve got a friend in me - Randy Newman
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am an sociable person and like to engage with my audience. I rarely come with a fixed set list and tend to try and play what the audience or client requests.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Far too many to choose from but I have played in homes for 5 people and I have also played in St James Palace to 500 people. I have played lots of weddings and pub venues over many years

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Oasis and Paolo Nutini

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

I had 4 sold out shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 and 2019.

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

As long as I am free there will be no issue changing this. On most occasions I only accept one booking per day so in most cases changing the time won't be an issue

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

I'm afraid not

How much time do you need to set up?

Approximately 30 minutes to set up.

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

I can take particular requests and always ask for an idea of genres the audience will like. I have over 800 songs in my set so I cover most genres and many popular requests.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I have a quality Bose PA system.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes Im happy to discuss particular requests.
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Stuart's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Kirsty M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Stuart was excellent in the day - everyone really enjoyed themselves. He was also a pleasure to deal with / great communication.

Billy D
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Was superb took a chance bringing him to the club as this all new to me. Done a great job, had the punters singing along with him.

Euan M
6 years ago
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5 out of 5


From other customers:

Sue H
4 years ago, for a Corporate event in Ocean Dr
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5 out of 5

Stuart is brilliant. He has a great voice and the ability to perform a fantastic range of music to suit all tastes. I’ve used him twice now for corporate events, and on both occasions we have just not wanted him to stop playing, we could have listened to him all night – lucky for us he had no hesitation in giving us an encore or two! I would highly recommend Stuart, his performances have always been faultless. He is very professional, liaised direct with the venue and kept me updated, so I knew I could relax and let him get on with the job. I would highly recommend Stuart and I look forward to him performing for us again at some stage.

Alan D
5 years ago, for a Corporate event in Stafford St
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5 out of 5

Outstanding vocalist and all round pleasure to deal with.

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