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Freelance pro based in London: viola, violin, mandolin, arranger, occasional singer. Wide range of styles, skills and experience.
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Musical theatre, Opera, Early music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Baroque, Folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Country, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Light music, Originals, Easy listening, Experimental, Avant garde, Acoustic, Covers, Americana, Rock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
Viola, Violin, Fiddle, Irish Fiddle, English Fiddle, Arranger, Mandolin
Concert, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party
Arranger, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader
The Wild Rover
The Devil went Down to Georgia
Sally Gardens (ballad)
Sally Gardens (reel)
The Drunken Landlady
Miss MacLeod's Reel
The Silver Spear
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
The Tenpenny Bit
Life is all Chequered
The Dashing White Sergeant
The Rights of Man
The Trumpet Hornpipe
The Harvest Home
The Bluehill Boys
St Patrick's Day
The Merry Blacksmith
The Leaving of Liverpool
Sunday was my Wedding Day
The Blackthorn Stick
Do you have different line-up options?
This page is normally used for booking me individually. However, I am active with various groups in different genres, and have a large address book, so if you want a group, please get in touch to discuss.
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I will always try and be flexible with timing changes. The only point where it may be a problem is if I have a pre-existing booking that clashes with the new timings, so the earlier your timings are final, the more likely I can accommodate exactly what you want.
How much time do you need to set up?
Usually half an hour would be adequate. Obviously, if you don't want me tuning up, checking amplification etc around your guests / audience, please make sure that time is scheduled in before they arrive, and I know when I need to get to the venue to set up on your schedule.
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Absolutely - and the list is not comprehensive, so please let me know any requests as I may already know them. Do please ask about requests, even if they are in my repertoire, before I show up though!
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Yes. The only exception would be if you require more powerful amplification than I own (up to 150W with mains power, or 33W without), in which case I would need to connect to a PA system supplied by someone else.
Can you learn specific pieces before the event?
Given time and depending on the piece, usually yes. I will always try to accommodate specific numbers, and enjoy expanding my repertoire, so please do raise possible requests - the earlier the better!
What do your clients love most about your performances?
Lively, energetic stage presence and communication with the audience both while playing (regardless of genre) and in talking about the music. Viola as a solo / leading instrument, and playing styles on the violin lots of people don't expect!
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford HRH Prog (with Kindred Spirit) Weekend at the Asylum (with former band The Filthy Spectacula) Sofar Sounds (guesting with JohnLikeJohn) BBC South (live lounge session with Sebastian Vale) BBC Oxford (live lounge session with former band Ragdoll)
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Nigel Kennedy Dave Swarbrick Timothy Ridout Stephane Grappelli Jon Sevink / Levellers
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
Opening Saturday main stage at A New Day Festival 2017 (with Kindred Spirit)
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£100|
|Up to 1 hour||£160|
|Up to 2 hours||£200|
|Up to 3 hours||£250|