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Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

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Personal Description:

I'm an experienced performer specialising in folk and traditional music. Predominantly Irish Fiddle or Scottish Fiddle playing, but also English folk music as well.

I teach the fiddle from a beginner up to a more intermediate and advanced standard. So whether you’re new to the instrument / would like to expand your repertoire of tunes to have more to play in session / or are a classic player looking to learn and perfect traditional ornamentation and techniques, get in touch now.

As a performer my TV appearances include: E4’s Made In Chelsea (twice), ITV Sanditon, BBC1’s This Week, ITV’s TOWIE, BBC2’s Great British Menu. I've played fiddle for celebrities including David Mitchell, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Clarkson, Emma Watson, Charlie Boorman, Trinny Woodall, Noel Gallagher, Kirsty Alsop and Theo Wallcot. Performed across the world in counties including Malta, Florida, Salt Lake City, Italy, Portugal, Majorca, Sweden, and France, and as a fiddler and singer I have appeared at many festivals including Sidmouth Folkweek, Bromyard Folk Festival, Banbury Folk Festival, Enfield Town Show, Chippenham Folk Festival, Alexandra Park Summerfest, Wimborne Folk Festival, Crediton Folk Weekend and Beachbreak Live.

I run the award winning band "Licence to Ceilidh" as well as performing solo and as a duo with my husband Philippe . I also a regular on the London Irish session scene, performing in pubs every week across the city.

Tutoring Experience:

As a traditional music specialist most of my experience is with private teaching and I end up working predominantly with adults. However I also have experience of teaching group children's workshops at folk festivals.

Tutoring Approach:

For traditional tunes it's most ideal to learn by ear, particularly if your aim is to one day play in an Irish music session. I'll send you home with a recording of myself playing the tune slow & to speed for you to work along with after each lesson. However, I can also provide and send you home with sheet music too.

If you're more of a beginner and would like to learn the basics it can be beneficial to work through a workbook of exercises and work on scales in addition to learning some simple tunes. We can tailor how we work based on what you're looking to achieve from the lessons or learning the fiddle.

I teach virtually over Skype/Zoom but also offer in person lessons from my home in South East London.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Middlesex University (2011) - BcsHons (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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