Tara Minton

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Jazz harpist and vocalist based in London. Played for Björk, Tom Walker and Eurovision's SuRie.

Tara Minton is a jazz harpist and vocalist from Melbourne, Australia. In 2011 Tara relocated to London where she has since made a name for herself as one of the leading jazz harpists in Europe. Tara and her Quartet (The TMQ) have played some of the capital’s top venues including the Pheasantry, The Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs and Le QuecumBar as well as tours abroad to Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, France, Lithuania and Australia. 2015 was a big year for Tara which included performances at the Ashtead Jazz Club, a weekly residency at the infamous Boogaloo, a sell out show at the Alchemia jazz club in Krakow, Poland, a hugely successful concert tour of Lithuania and a sold out performance and harp workshop at the Cambridge Jazz Festival to top it all off! So far this year Tara and her band finished recording their full length studio album in January, the trio sold out two headline dates at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia in February, the TMQ played a very successful week long residency at Brasserie Zedel and a concert for the Lantern Arts Centre in April, and the trio headed over to France for a series of concerts for the Harpes aux Max festival in Ancenis mid May. Tara also plays for a gypsy jazz band - Harp Bazaar who have a weekly residency at the Boogaloo in Highgate on Sundays and embark on their maiden tour of Italy in June. When not sat behind a harp, Tara is a piano bar entertainer, having held residencies at The Savoy, The Millennium Grosvenor, The Dorchester, The RAC, The Criterion and The Rosewood. Tara was the first woman to play the infamous American Bar at the Savoy.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Ambient, Folk, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Cabaret, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Musical theatre, EDM, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1960s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, Blues, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Australian music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, Actor, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Harp set list - standards including:
Autumn leaves
All of me
Singin in the rain
My heart belongs to daddy
Everybody wants to be a cat
C'est si bon
Boulevard of broken dreams
Over the rainbow
Sunny side of the street
After you've gone
There will never be another you
Blue bossa
Girl From Ipanema
Take the A train
Norwegian wood
Lullaby of birdland
Love for sale
... and many more!
Piano vocal set list:
(Including, but not limited to:)
Autumn Leaves
C’est si Bon
Funny Valentine
La Vie en Rose
Love for Sale
Moon River
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Someone like you // Adele
Let’s Stay Together // Al Green
Fallin // Alicia Keys
If I Ain't Got You // Alicia Keys
Black Velvet // Allanah Myles
Hey Jude // The Beatles
Let It Be // The Beatles
Norwegian Wood // The Beatles
Stand by Me // Ben E. King
Halo // Beyonce
Ain’t No Sunshine // Bill Withers
Piano Man // Billy Joel
Still Rock n' Roll to Me // Billy Joel
Living on a Prayer // Bon Jovi
Too Late // Carol King
Better Be Home Soon // Crowded House
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun // Cyndi Lauper
Time After Time // Cyndi Lauper
Romeo and Juliet // Dire Straits
Mercy // Duffy
Son of a Preacher Man // Dusty Springfield
Boys of Summer // Don Henley
Desperado // The Eagles
Hotel California // The Eagles
Rocket Man // Elton John
Tiny Dancer // Elton John
Your Song // Elton John
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You // Elvis
Layla // Eric Clapton
Dreams // Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way // Fleetwood Mac
Landslide // Fleetwood Mac
Rhiannon // Fleetwood Mac
Songbird // Fleetwood Mac
My Way // Frank Sinatra
New York, New York // Frank Sinatra
Wonderful Tonight // Eric Clapton
The Load out/Stay // Jackson Brown
Foolish Games // Jewel
The Weakness in Me // Joan Armatrading
Higher and Higher // Jackie Brown
The Load Out/Stay // Jackson Brown
Foolish Games // Jewel
The Weakness in Me // Joan Armatrading
I Love Rock n' Roll - Joan Jet
Imagine // John Lennon
Betty David Eyes // Kim Carnes
Sunny Afternoon // The Kinks
Chelsea Hotel #2 // Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah // Leonard Cohen
What a Wonderful World // Louis Armstrong
California Dreamin‘ // Mamas and Papas
Walkin’ in Memphis // Marc Cohen
Land Down Under // Men at Work
Blue // Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now // Joni Mitchell
Case of You // Joni Mitchell
Edith and the Kingpin // Joni Mitchell
River // Joni Mitchell
Woodstock // Joni Mitchell
Don’t Stop Believin’ // Journey
Feelin’ Good // Nina Simone
Don’t Know Why // Norah Jones
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay - Ottis Redding
Fake Plastic Trees // Radio Head
Hit the Road Jack // Ray Charles
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
Angie // The Rolling Stones
Sway // Rosemary Clooney
Mrs. Robinson // Simon and Garfunkel
The Sound of Silence // Simon and Garfunkel
I Wish // Stevie Wonder
Fragile // Sting
Fast Car // Tracy Chapman
Brown Eyed Girl // Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately? // Van Morrison


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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400
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Scott E, 7 months ago

Tara was absolutely brilliant at our wedding Everybody kept saying how good she was and what a great added touch it was to have her playing and singing to everyone as they arrived at the reception venue from the church would highly recommend.

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Edward A, 1 year ago

Tara was very professional and played well

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Jenna W, 2 years ago

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding everyone said how the music was lovely. It was the perfect touch to make our day so amazing. Thank you again

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Shirely R, 10 months ago

Tara and her band were just fantastic! All my guests commented on how brilliant they were. I couldn't have hoped for better.

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Ed B, 1 year ago

Maltby & Minton played at my annual January party. They were excellent! Really set the tone for a great evening. Great music. Good people.

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