What they say
“such sensitive fiddle playing: nothing missing nor any excess”
— Music journalist Iain Campbell on SeaFall
“perfectly placed accents… simply entrancing”
— Reviewer Tim Carroll on Davy Cartwright’s album ‘I Didn’t Get Where I Am Today’
“made me cry the first 3 times I listened to it. Thank you, you’re a genius and an absolute marvel”
— Singer-songwriter Davy Cartwright
Xenia is available as a soloist, session musician or with her bands (below). She has a large repertoire in various musical styles and is an excellent performer whether sight reading or improvising live. She’s based in South Wales and travels around the UK.
Xenia picked up the violin at an early age. She grew up with classical music and played in numerous orchestras and chamber music groups including the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She has branched out into other styles, following where her heart takes her.
Xenia currently plays in:
*Hot Club Gallois (gypsy jazz)
*Aderyn String Quartet (classical and light classics)
*SeaFall (folk-jazz trio)
*James Clode Band (8-piece contemporary)
ABRSM disploma in violin performance (aged 18)
Grade 8 (aged 12)
To hire Xenia for gigs or recordings please contact her.
All fiddle parts written and performed by Xenia. If you want violin on your album – wherever you are – please get in touch.
BarlowCree’s 2011 album ‘Holystone’Listen to The Quay
One Gentle MomentFolk
Paul R. Duggan, 2013 ITV feature ‘Atlantic Dash’Watch One Gentle Moment
Pumpkin ManRock improvisation
Davy Cartwright’s 2012 album ‘I didn’t get where I am today’Listen to Pumpkin Man
The DancerFolk harmonies
Davy Cartwright’s 2012 album ‘I didn’t get where I am today’Listen to The Dancer
SeaFall 2012, unreleasedWatch Burn
Xenia is available for
- ceilidhs and twmpaths – with folk band Mabon or as a session player
- weddings and functions – with folk-jazz band SeaFall or solo. Solo engagements have varied from church music to jamming with a rock band!
- orchestras – session player for several groups including Mumbles Symphony Orchestra and Aberystwyth Choral Society
- celtic folk, country, bluegrass – with folk band Talgarth or as a session player
Call or email to discuss your requirements.
Jazz-tinged acoustic trio founded in 2012. Creating gorgeous new songs and original versions of classic covers. First EP was released June 2013. www.seafall.netWatch SeaFall
Guest spot with Demoliendo Tangos (on tour from Argentina). This one is “Peliculas” By Federico MizrahiWatch Tango
Clips from Matt and Laura’s ceremony: Wedding Fanfare (written by Xenia) and Chi Mai (with backing track)Watch Wedding
Beautifully transcribed scores and instrument parts created from audio recordings. Arranged to suit your instrumentation requirements.
Tango de los Asesinos
Orchestral score by John Powell from the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, arranged for tango quartet Gitango
String quartet by Quartango, arranged for tango band Gitango.View Androgyne
Tiger Bay Woman
Folk song by Hank Hillman, transcribed for Hank HillmanListen to Tiger Bay Woman View Tiger Bay Woman