Singing guitarist

Finlay Balfour

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Solo performer with over 10 years of professional experience. 200+ satisfied audiences nationwide! #1 Finlay Balfour tribute act in UK!
Singing guitarist
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With over 10 years of professional performing experience, and a broad repertoire from Pop Punk to '60s Folk and a selection of original music, Finlay is sure to make any occasion unique and entertaining! He has carefully built a reputation for dynamic and exciting sets at a wide range of venues from quiet pubs to city-centre dance clubs and private events, so is confident he can bring something to any space. Starting his training as a musical theatre performer where he gained Grade 8 qualifications in Singing and Music Theatre, he began branching out into ensemble and solo music, before eventually becoming a full time solo performer! He has a particular focus on maximising the crowd experience through targeted setlists and tasteful exchanges, and enjoys taking requests to expand his repertoire and bring a sense of fun to a performance. He has extensive experience playing at events and venues across Scotland and is always keen to add to this. Get in touch for more information or to secure a booking!

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Pop, Christmas, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Funk rock, Disco, Covers, Hip Hop, Karaoke, R&B, Tribute, Top 40, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Glam rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Punk rock, Progressive rock, Scottish music
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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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Song list

A Little Respect
Accidentally in Love
All These Things That I've Done
Baba O'Reilly
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg
Born to Run
Both Sides Now
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Brown Eyed Girl
Build Me Up Buttercup
Castle on a Hill
Champagne Supernova
Chelsea Dagger
Chocolate Girl
Come on Eileen
Cracklin' Rosie
Crash Into Me
Dancing in the Moonlight
Diamonds in the Mud
Does Your Mother Know
Don't Look Back Into the Sun
Don't Stop Believin'
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Down Under
Drops of Jupiter
Edge of Seventeen
Elvis Ain't Dead
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Fields of Gold
Folsom Prison Blues
Forever in Blue Jeans
Forever Young
Free Fallin'
Get Lucky
Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gimme Shelter
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Go Your Own Way
Good 4 U
Grace Kelly
Hand In My Pocket
Here Comes the Sun
Hey Laura
Hey Soul Sister
Holding Out For a Hero
I Don't Feel Like Dadncin'
I Predict a Riot
I Want it That Way
I Will Wait
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
I'm On My Way
I'm Still Standing
I'm Yours
It Must Be Love
Just the Two of Us
Knowing Me Knowing You
Last Request
Late For the Sky
Let it Be
Life With You
Little Lion Man
Livin' La Vida Loca
Livin' On A Prayer
Loch Lomond
Lover of the Light
Many of Horror
Mrs Robinson
New Shoes
Not Nineteen Forever
On Causewayside
On The Road Again
Only the Good Die Young
Our House
Over and Done With
Pencil Full of Lead
Price Tag
Raise Your Glass
Rich Girl
Sally Cinnamon
Same Jeans
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Send Me On My Way
Seventeen Going Under
Sex on FIre
She's the One
Sit Down
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Somebody Told Me
Suddenly I See
Sultans of Swing
Sweet Caroline
Tainted Love
Take on Me
Take Your Mama
Tears in Heaven
The A Team
The Best
The Joker and the Queen
The Sound of Silence
The Weight
The Whole of the Moon
There is a Life That Never Goes Out
There's a Touch
Thinking out Loud
Tiny Dancer
Town Called Malice
Uptown Girl
Use Somebody
Viva La Vida
Wagon Wheel
When You Were Young
Where is the Love
Whiskey In the jar
Wild Horses
Wild Mountain Thyme
Wish You Were Here
Witchita Lineman
Wonderful Tonight
Year 3000
You Can't Always Get What You Want
You're Beautiful
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.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£325
Custom Message
A unique gift for someone on a special day e.g. birthday, anniversary, engagement, retirement etc. Price includes a 5 minute recorded video of: - A song of your choice performed by me especially for the occasion - A short message for the recipient which you can help write!
Birthday Party
All you need for the best birthday party ever! Price includes: - 2x 45 minute sets - All Equipment, PA for up to 100 guests - Set up and tear down at venue - A happy birthday rendition!
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Recorded Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Playlist can be customised. Total time = 1 hour - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


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From customers:

John D
3 months ago, for a Christmas party in Glasgow
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5 out of 5

Finlay recently played at an event we hosted for 100 dinner guests. He played a mixture of songs and really worked with the room to get everyone tapping along. He is friendly, polite and arrived prompt to ensure he was ready to begin. I would highly recommend him!

Fraser M
4 months ago, for a Birthday party in Edinburgh
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5 out of 5

Finlay is a fantastic musician and an absolutely must have at any party/event! Recently had him play at a surprise birthday party and everyone loved him! Great range of songs to suit any audience and guaranteed to get the room going! His cover of Pencil Full of Lead is absolutely brilliant!

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