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About Fingal Capaldi

Travelling Troubadour, and musical raconteur, Fingal Capaldi, brings his Original and worldly feel to a collection of Originals and covers,
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Maidenhead

From humble beginnings, raised by foxes in the woods of England’s most jocular county Essex, the travelling Troubadour, and musical Raconteur, Fingal Capaldi arrived into the world thus. His journey has seen him traverse the globe, boot-footed and bardsome. He has plied his tuneful trade to audiences from Berlin to Byron Bay to Brixton for over 25 years. With a deep early love of Bob Dylan (Whom for the purposes of this tale we shall refer to as ‘His Royal Bobness’), juxtaposed against the musical and social climate of early 90’s Britain, Fingal packed up his saddlebags in pursuit of fame and fortune in the outer Antipodes; namely Australia. This occa twist of fate lead our traveling Bard through a series of perilous voyages and misadventures, eventually and inevitably landing him in the bohemian capital of this Southern outcrop, otherwise known as ‘Melbourne’. Arriving in this new and fertile pasture, a beautiful organic birth occurred and so the Pirate Gypsy cabaret Rock n’roll band, Rapskallion was born. Fingal’s time with this bunch of wonderfully musical misfits, saw him tour for more than a decade, playing at most of the major music festivals, venues, and events on the East Coast of Oz, as well as two European tours. After the eventual split of Rapskallion, Fingal formed the eclectic Fingal and the Curiosities of Essex, a heady mix of Junkyard blues, West African grooves, and Doors like poetic Rock n'roll. This outfit performed at a variety of gigs and festivals, and set dance floors alight. Since his return to the UK in 2019, Fingal has been honing his craft as songwriter, and performer, and adding an extensive collection of cover songs to his repertoire, as well as recording two new albums of original material, and incorporating loops into his live set. Not so much of a career, as a musical Odyssey, Fingal is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and composer, storyteller, and nefarious front man, who has composed several scores for theatre, cabaret, and film. He has performed in a myriad of different scenarios, spanning from a New Orleans Mardi Gras (Fingal and his Phantom Limbs) to being suspended from an oak tree at a Secret Garden Party in Ancient Britain. The tale continues. For how long no one really knows…..

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Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Traditional English folk, World music, Country, Folk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock
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Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Virtual event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Hotel / Restaurant event
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Musical comedy, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Accompanist, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist, Community music worker
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Song list

(Classic Rock Covers)
Everybody's Talkin
Blackbird
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Something
Into the Mystic
Hey Jude
Sunny Afternoon
Waterloo Sunset
Like a Rolling Stone
Hey Mr Tambourine Man
Valerie
Dreams
Imagine
The Boxer
Hotel California
All along the Watchtower
Jolene
Wild Horses
Suzanne
The Weight
Albatross
Get Back
Heroes
Space Oddity
wish you were here
Lola
Heart of Gold
old Man
Cowgirl in the Sand
Brown Eyed Girl
Mrs Robinson
Midnight Special
Wild World
Dead Flowers
Sloop John B
Everyday
My Sweet Lord
Sugar Man
Hallelujah
Bird On a Wire
Siren Song
Once I was
Tangerine
Freefallin
I won't back down
Sympathy for the Devil
Wicked Game
Maggie May
Proud Mary
Stuck In the Middle With You
Bad Moon Rising
Born to be wild
Black Magic Woman
Lay Lady Lay
Piece of My Heart
The Joker
Babe I'm gonna leave you
Harvest Moon
Angie
Redemption Song
Stir it Up
Three Little Birds
No Woman No Cry
Ramble On
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Sweet Jane
Sweet Caroline
I'm Gonna Be(500 Miles)
Ziggy Stardust
I will Survive
A Message to you Rudy
Tiny Dancer
Tangled Up in Blue
Stayin Alive
(Folk Covers)
Matty groves
May You Never
Over The Hill
Vincent Black Lightning
Blues Run The Game
Scarborough Fair
She Moved through the Fair
The Ballad of Easy Rider
(Soul Classics)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Bring it on Home
Stand by Me
My Girl
Pain in my Heart
In the Midnight Hour
Be My Baby
Dedicated
I Second That Emotion
The Sea of Love
When a Man Loves a Woman
Ain't No Sunshine
(Country)
I Walk the Line
Rambling Man
Lost Highway
Me and Bobby Mcgee
Wagon Wheel
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring of Fire
(Originals)
San Francisco Rain
Broken Beads
Can't Get No Sleep
Chicken Coop
She Lives Inside of Me
Ghosts of this Town
Bye Bye my Lady
Should of Left an Hour Ago
Rosemary For Remembrance
Painted lady
Fisherman
Cactus and Cannons
Unicorns
Dragon
Wayward Angels
Grass is Getting High
Born to Shine
Follow the Moon
Summer Sunset
Vali
Grandmother Tree
El Cuervo
Road to Calvi
Spidery Cross
Dog Days
Dreams are Comin Back
Fireside
Across the Sea
Once there was a Man
Green grows the Yarrow
Stillness around
Jack By the Hedge
Taplow Mound
Thief with no Name
The Sparrow
Returning of the Sun
Castles Made of Air

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£540
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£240
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£300
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£40

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Tom O, 9 months ago

Fingal was great. A unique and original artist, rooted in the best traditions of folk. Has played here a few times now & looking forward to hearing him again.

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Heidi F, 3 years ago

LIVE MUSIC - A ROYAL GATHERING OF THIEVES. Oct 13, 2018 Come one, come all….to a magical land where Troubadours play. While Princes and Princesses fall in love and Kings and Queens watch on from their courtly thrones and command the music and frivolous playful antics continue long into the night and through to dawn. Such was the performance of which we speak. Known to those in attendance as the ‘Royal Gathering of Theives’. So spectacular an evening it was, that it will go down in local folklore as having been an event of such eminent proportions, that it might be said that it was in fact, all but a dream….. But nonsense! Reality it was! And with a lineup worthy of any stately event. Joining the swaray of Fallen Angels & Devils on the Jukebox, a wandering music maker by the name of Fingal Capaldi serenaded a crowd of earnest and adoring onlookers. His jovial tunes did not belie the heartfelt nature of his song, nor the playful twinkling of his ebony eyes disguise the sophisticated storytelling of his verse. With a Dylanesque story to tell, and a band of raconteurs at his side, the performance was one filled with joy and jubilation for a life well lived. A folk, blues medley with an ethereal flavour that transports his audience into another time and space, Fingal’s music and performance leaves you feeling like you’ve been here before, perhaps many centuries ago. The timelessness of his stories and the transfer of winsome thoughts into beautiful, melodic song is something that bewitched the crowd into the twilight hours. A beat, a swing and a sway and far away into the night we wandered to the sound of his merry tune. And the rest is history…. The B Side Agency Oct, 2018