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Finlay Balfour

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Solo performer with over 10 years of professional experience. 200+ satisfied audiences internationally! Don't stress, book the best!
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With over 10 years of professional performing experience, a unique musical style, and a broad repertoire spanning 7 decades of tunes; Finlay is sure to make any occasion entertaining and memorable! He has carefully built a reputation across the UK for dynamic and exciting performances at a wide range of venues from small, intimate private gatherings to packed city-centre pubs and clubs; so he is very confident that he can be exactly what your event needs! Starting his training as a musical theatre performer where he gained Grade 8 qualifications in Singing and Music Theatre, he steadily transitioned into playing acoustic music, before becoming a full-time solo performer entertaining audiences worldwide! Finlay distinguishes himself from other entertainers by putting professionalism, authenticity, and warmth at the heart of his music. This extends from his performances with set-lists and musical styles which are fully tailored to each event, to his business conduct where he emphasises timeliness, efficiency, and honesty. From the first message to the final chorus, he is dedicated to showing every client that he represents the very best live music has to offer. Get in touch now for more information or to secure your booking!

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Finlay Balfour's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Heather H
17 days ago
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5 out of 5

Finlay was amazing at our wedding! So flexible with everything we asked of him! The dance floor always had the guests on it! And I was on it all night! Thank you Finlay for making our wedding the best!

Reply from Finlay Balfour
16 days ago

Thanks Heather! It was a privilege to be a part of your special day, and I couldn't have had more fun! All the best to you both!

Francesca G
28 days ago
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5 out of 5

Finlay did a brilliant job as the evening entertainment at our wedding. His taste in music lined up perfectly with our own and the combination of live music interspersed with DJ sets kept all our guests entertained right up until the end of the night. Highly recommended!

Reply from Finlay Balfour
27 days ago

Thank you so much Francesca! I had an amazing time at your wedding, and I wish you both the very best!

Victoria C
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Our guests thoroughly enjoyed watching, listening and dancing to Finlay at our wedding drinks reception. He absolutely lit up what was an already glorious sunny day with great songs and amazing skills. Thank you Finlay!! We’d 100% recommend!!

Reply from Finlay Balfour
9 months ago

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your day Victoria!

Jonny J
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Would highly recommend Finlay. Everyone thought he was great!

Reply from Finlay Balfour
9 months ago

Thanks again Jonny! It was a pleasure to play for you!

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Iona J
6 months ago, for a Private event in Edinburgh
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5 out of 5

Finlay came along and played at a retirement party I was throwing and he sure knows how to get the party going! Lovely and approachable guy whose replies are amazing and speedy (very helpful!). This is my second time using Finlay and I couldn't recommend him anymore, the best! Thanks for a great night and having everyone up on the dance floor all night long.

Faye O
1 year ago, for a Private event in Edinburgh
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5 out of 5

We booked Finlay for a hen party and cannot reccommend him more highly. He was happy to take requests and absolutely nailed the set based on the few songs that were asked for. 10/10 very happy hens :)

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Finlay Balfour's Song list

Don't Think Twice It's Alright – Bob Dylan
I'm A Believer - Monkees
Come Together - Beatles
California Dreamin' – Mamas and The Papas
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
Just the Two of Us – Bill Withers
Loch Lomond - Corries
The Weight – Band
Wild Mountain Thyme – Corries
Witchita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Yesterday - Beatles
You Can't Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
Baba O'Reilly - Who
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
Cracklin' Rosie – Neil Diamond
Dancing in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
Desperado - Eagles
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
Easy - Commodores
Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
Forever Young – Bob Dylan
Free Fallin' – Tom Petty
Gimme Gimme Gimme - ABBA
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
I'm Still Standing – Elton John
Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
Late For the Sky – Jackson Browne
Layla – Eric Clapton
Let it Be - Beatles
Magic - Pilot
Mrs Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
Night Moves – Bob Seger
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting – Elton John
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Ooh La La – Faces
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Whiskey In the jar – Thin Lizzy
Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
A Little Respect - Erasure
Africa - Toto
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg - Ramones
Caledonia – Dougie Maclean
Chocolate Girl – Deacon Blue
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Dignity – Deacon Blue
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Down Under – Men At Work
Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nixx
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Highwayman - Highwaymen
Holding Out For a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Proclaimers
I'm On My Way - Proclaimers
It Must Be Love - Madness
Life With You - Proclaimers
Livin' On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
Our House - Madness
Overkill – Men At Work
Walking in Memphis – Mark Cohn
Over and Done With - Proclaimers
Rich Girl – Hall and Oates
Rio – Duran Duran
Boys Don't Cry – The Cure
Take on Me - A-Ha
I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
The Best – Tina Turner
The Whole of the Moon - Waterboys
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Californication - RHCP
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band
Fields of Gold – Sting
Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette
I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
Laid - James
Livin' La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Sally Cinnamon – Stone Roses
Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
She's the One – Robbie Williams
Shine – Take That
Sit Down - James
There is a Life That Never Goes Out - Smiths
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Waterfall – Stone Roses
Wonderwall - Oasis
Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
All These Things That I've Done - Killers
America - Razorlights
Angels – Robbie Williams
Babylon – David Gray
Bubbles – Biffy Clyro
C’est La Vie - Stereophonics
Chelsea Dagger - Fratellis
Dakota - Stereophonics
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Don't Look Back Into the Sun - Libertines
Drops of Jupiter - Travis
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter
Hey Soul Sister - Train
Human - Killers
I Believe In a Thing Called Love - Darkness
I Don't Feel Like Dancin' – Scissor Sisters
I Predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
I'm Yours – Jason Mraz
Last Request – Paolo Nutini
Many of Horror – Biffy Clyro
Naive - Kooks
New Shoes – Paolo Nutini
Not Nineteen Forever - Courteneers
On Causewayside - Proclaimers
Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini
Same Jeans - View
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – John Mayer
Somebody Told Me - Killers
Something Like Olivia – John Mayer
Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
There's a Touch - Proclaimers
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
When You Were Young - Killers
Where is the Love – Black Eyed Peas
Year 3000 - Busted
Yellow - Coldplay
You're Beautiful – James Blunt
Belter – Gerry Cinnamon
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Canter – Gerry Cinnamon
Castle on a Hill – Ed Sheeran
Dancing on My Own - Robyn
Diamonds in the Mud – Gerry Cinnamon
Domino – Jessie J
Elvis Ain't Dead – Scouting For Girls
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay
Fascination - Alphabeat
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Good 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo
Grace Kelly - MIKA
Hypersonic Missiles – Sam Fender
I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
Lover of the Light – Mumford and Sons
Pompeii - Bastille
Price Tag – Jessie J
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Seventeen Going Under – Sam Fender
Shotgun – George Ezra
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Thinking out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Good 4 U - Olivia Rodrigo
Green Green Grass – George Ezra
Jealousy, Jealousy - Olivia Rodrigo
The Joker and The Queen – Ed Sheeran

Finlay Balfour's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)Β£100
Up to 1 hourΒ£200
Up to 2 hoursΒ£325
Up to 3 hoursΒ£400
Wedding Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception to entertain your guests and add that live-music sparkle! Set-list is customised for your event.
Wedding Ceremony + Drinks Reception
1 x up to 30 minutes performance for the Ceremony - Setlist 100% chosen by you, includes entrance/exit music for guests, aisle music, and background music during signing of register. 2 x 45 minutes performances for your drinks reception. Setlist built upon your requests and what you'd like the vibe to be. 1 x 45 minutes performance as dinner is being served. Aims to provide the ideal light entertainment to accompany the meal.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
1 x up to 30 minutes performance for the Ceremony - Setlist 100% chosen by you, includes entrance/exit music for guests, aisle music, and background music during signing of register. 2 x 45 minutes performances for your drinks reception. Setlist built upon your requests and what you'd like the vibe to be. 1 x 45 minutes performance as dinner is being served. Aims to provide the ideal light entertainment to accompany the meal.


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DJ Set
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I always love when clients tell me how much I connect with the audience during a performance! I try to tailor my setlist to the vibe of the event so if someone requests a song not on my setlist, or the mood changes, I'm ready!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've had the pleasure of working with a large number of venues, from small independent pubs to large theatres. These include Dakota and Novotel Hotels, the Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline, and The Edinburgh Fringe!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My playing style has been influenced by the likes of David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, while my singing style leans towards my training in musical theatre. I hugely admire artists such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Carole King, and I try to capture their stage presence, authenticity, and sense of fun in my performances.

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

Probably the Edinburgh Fringe.

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

I try to be as flexible as possible with clients, so don't worry if things change after you've booked! Be sure to let me know as soon as you can and I will try my best to accommodate!

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

Absolutely! All prices include supplementary music between my sets. If you'd like a DJ service after the final set, this can be purchased for an additional fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually expect to be ready to play after a 30 minute set up, but this varies by event type and location.

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

Absolutely! You and your guests are very welcome to ask me to play anything from my song list, and I try my best to accommodate requests outside of this also!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I tailor the equipment I bring to the event's requirements, so no additional equipment is required!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I'm always very happy to learn new songs for clients, but if a song isn't on my song list there's a good chance I already know it! If there's a particularly special song you'd like me to perform that I don't already know, then there is a small rehearsal fee depending on time required.
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Church service, Cruise
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Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Live looping, Ableton Live, Theory teaching, Singing teaching
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