"Remarkable" - The Guardian
Jessie May Smart is a violinist and electric violinist, performing in London, across the UK, and internationally. She is available to hire for recording sessions, corporate events, live gigs, weddings, product launches and luxury events.
Classically trained, but with a flair for a plethora of styles, Jessie's live performances span jazz to house, and folk to fusion. She is a regular string quartet player, with experience that includes touring with elbow and Sophie Ellis Bextor on violin and vocals, and also with Katie Melua on her European arena tour. Jessie has a great deal of experience in playing for shows, having depped on West End hit Wicked in London, and played on countless award-winning Off West End productions.
Having improvised since she started playing at the age of 4, Jessie enjoys the freedom it allows. Her improvisation has taken her across the globe, both solo, and with countless groups and DJs
.Jessie's innovative electric string quartet Vesper, has been on the scene for a very short time, but already making waves and performing for high end clients across the globe.
Jessie has been playing with legendary folk rock band Steeleye Span since 2014. Here she plays acoustic and electric 5-string violins, sings backing and some lead vocals, and songwrites. In the last two years they have toured the USA, Canada, Europe, and the UK several times, and released their latest studio album, Dodgy Bastards, in November 2016.
Jessie is a busy session player, with credits spanning all genres. She is also known for her improvisational sessions, which led her to create the collective Creative Session Strings, comprised of a select few talented string players who come together for string sessions and creative projects.
A bit about Jessie
Jessie began learning the violin at the age of 4, training at Royal College of Music jr dept., The University of Nottingham (Music), and Trinity College of Music (postgrad training). She holds a distinction in dipABRSM performance diploma.
Jessie's acoustic violin is a 2008 Paul Collins copy of a Guanari. She aslo plays a custom made 5-string Bridge Dragon electric violin in hand dyed silver/gold that was made just for her, and an electro-acoustic 5-string violin.
Jessie is contstantly honing her signature sound, and has a large and growing selection of effects pedals to enhance her performances.