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Bands & Singers
Bands & Singers
OK so we are not an agency, but having worked with hundreds of singers and bands over the years - we know a few and would recommend the acts below. We are happy to contact them and get quotes on your behalf. Wherever possible the pictures below are at actual gigs we've done. We would normally supply the sound and lighting for them as well as DJ between their "sets" as most acts will perform 2 x 45 minute sets.
International soul singer Fil Straughan
This passionate performer bounces between New York and London making music and wowing audiences. FiL picks up where soul legends like Luther, Teddy & Marvin left off then adds a modern twist. FiL has performed with the Drifters, Hot Chocolate & Alexandra Burke - has released several CD?s to critical acclaim and is a super talented vocalist, fantastic entertainer and prolific songwriter.
the Real Swing Band is a 13 piece band from South Essex who perform classic songs from the Rat Pack and other top swing artists. Here is their showreel and a clip of them recorded live at the Rayleigh Mill Theatre in December 2017 is here.
The band deliver the songs with the energy and enthusiasm of modern performers like Michael Buble and Robbie Williams, with a healthy nod to the original “Rat Pack” performers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr to keep the big band swing sound alive and kicking.
The Real Swing has previously performed at The Excel Centre, Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre, Southend amongst many others and is widely considered the top swing band in Essex.
Just Jovi are a fantastic tribute band to the New Jersey stadium rockers Bon Jovi.
Just Jovi are a collection of professional musicians with a lifelong love of all things Bon Jovi who will amaze you with their dedication to accurately portraying the sounds and experience of the real thing. They faithfully re-create all the hits like ‘Living On A Prayer’, It’s My Life, Wanted Dead or Alive, ‘Bad Medicine’, ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ in one brilliant stage show which include all these huge numbers and many, many more.
Martin Bell and Johnny Spurling have two very soulful and powerful voices which has enabled them to carve out a great career within the music and television industries. They have a large celebrity following and have performed at parties for the likes of Manchester United footballers to pop bands and stars such as Steps and Robbie Williams. With an image that can only be described as chalk and cheese they have also forged a career in comedy with their quick wit and quality stage presence. They are most famous for their two appearances on Top of the Pops performing their hit singles “Sven Sven Sven” and “Golden Balls”, the two footie anthems written about the England manager and of course David Beckham, which gained cult status and sold over 300,000 singles, keeping them in the top 40 for over eight weeks. They are regular guests on various radio shows from Talksport to Capital and have made numerous other TV appearances. The boys also continue to travel all over the world performing their live show. Pictured here Martin is performing with Ed Barker on sax and Simply Red's Guitarist Mark Jaimes at "Bells Ball". Here is a video of Martin, Ed & Dave Ital on guitar at another of Bells Balls.
Craig Neil has been seen by millions on TV, has worked with the Drifters, Alexander O’Neal and has just supported the Osmonds on their last UK tour. Craig is perfect for any event with a very wide repertoire of songs ranging from Neil Diamond to Razorlight and all points inbetween. Click here for his website and showreel
Seen here at The Dunmow Carnival, the Jersey Guys are a fantastic tribute to the original Jersey Boys Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
The music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has been given a new lease of life thanks to the huge success of the smash hit stage musical ‘Jersey Boys’. Simply put, the Jersey Guys are the UK’s original, most reputable and esteemed premier tribute act to the multi-award winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys and legendary rock ‘n’ roll hall of famers – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons!
With their slick moves and tight four-part harmonies the Jersey Guys deliver their very own tribute to the 'Jersey Boys', performing classics from the show such as 'Sherry', 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', 'Beggin', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Bye Bye Baby', 'December 63' and more…
Marshall King is one of the best impersonators of the “King” in the UK and to prove it he was the winner of ITV “This Morning Show “Best UK Elvis in 2007. To ensure the right look, all of his authentic outfits are made in the US exclusively for him. Marshall has the voice, the looks, the right moves and is a great entertainer on a mission to ensure the Elvis phenomenon lives on.
Haifa Kayali is a superb party singer and is available with a band or to backing tracks.
YouTube video of her singing "Uptown Funk at one of our events
The Brothers of Soul are an amazing four piece, all male, tribute to those Legends of Motown. These 4 very talented handsome male vocalists who all hail from the West Midlands & sound as good as they look!. Their individual vocal styles and intricate harmonies combine to deliver a contemporary "up to date" feel on the Motown classics
With all the moves, the smooth vocals and the toe-tapping tunes these guys steal the show every time with tracks from The Temptations, Four Tops, The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder and many others.
One Step Behind the Masters of Madness is the UK's premier MADNESS tribute band. The band was formed in 1993 and has achieved widespread recognition.
Members of the real "Madness" including singer Suggs, sax player Lee Thompson and drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate have all joined the One Step boys on stage on a number of occasions. Perhaps the greatest tribute came from Suggs himself when at a gig at G-MEX in Manchester Suggs walked up to the microphone and said "By the way, we're MADNESS not One Step Behind!!”
Like Madness, One Step Behind is well known for their on-stage antics with which they build up an authentic 'Nutty' atmosphere.
A YouTube Video of them at one of our shows singing "Baggy Trousers"
Born and bred in Essex, Tia is beginning to fulfil her enormous potential. Her natural voice, with its soulful tones, has been turning the heads of young and old in local venues for the last 18 months. We think this is the start of an exciting singing career
Total Jam is the UK's premier tribute to the Jam, one of the UK's biggest bands ever, performing all the hits such as Going Underground, A Town Called Malice, That's Entertainment, Eaton Rifles and many more!
The Jam (Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler) set the stage for the mod revival coming out of the late 70s punk scene and achieved a string of 17 top 40 hits including 4 No.1s at a time when singles ruled, spear heading a resurgence in scooters, sharp suits and style.
Total Jam was formed in 2010 and is Chris Pete & Darren, who are not only established musicians but massive fans of the Jam and their music.
The rat Pack Tribute is an authentic tribute to the original Rat pack, Sammy Davis Jnr, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
BON GIOVI are the UK's Premier tribute To Bon Jovi, performing all the classic hit's including Livin' On
A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Bed Of Roses and more!
Established over 13 years ago, Bon Giovi are respected as being the best Bon Jovi act on the Tribute Scene today! What separates the band from other Jovi acts is their outstanding lead vocalist Andrea Oggiano who perfectly captures the range and power of Jon Bon Jovi's voice and the band's superb musicians. Bon Giovi pride themselves on perfecting all the music and vocal harmony's which has seen the band perform sell out shows in the UK and oversees.
JOHN PRESCOTT as TOM JONES. Tom Jones the “Welsh Wonder” had his first hit “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965 but is still collaborating and having hits with rock, pop and dance acts today.
Living in Wales, coming from a building trade background, the looks and the voice you could easily mistake John for the real Tom Jones "an event that happens quite often".
John is the only Tom Jones Tribute act who is a dead ringer for Tom Jones.
Katy Palmer is available as a solo singer, with Fil Straughan or with her own band the multi award winning Soulstar Party Band. Based in Dorset but travelling all over the country Katy has a superb voice and can really make a party move.
Here is a YouTube video of her warming up at one of our shows
Ken and Carley are a brilliant acoustic duo who perform as Not My Circus. Both superb musicians in their own right togather they make a brilliant team.
Their version of "Ain't Noboby" on YouTube recorded at one of our shows has to be heard and sends shivers down the spine!!
Performing the greatest hits of KOOL & THE GANG is a truly stellar line up from both the USA and UK. This unique line up have not only recorded and played live on tour with some of the top acts in the world but have also had hit records in their own right.
Vocalist Glen Goldsmith had solo hits in the 1980’s and shares duties with David Andrews who has worked with Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Barry White. The brass section, Kenny Wellington, David Baptiste and Fayyaz Virji are the original horn section and members of Beggar & Co, Light of the World and Incognito, and enjoyed top 40 national chart success in their own right. On bass is Ernie McKone who has played with many artists including Incognito and Motown great Michael Henderson and on keys is Toby Baker who has recorded with many great artists including Michael McDonald, Alexander O’Neal and Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce. Drummer Billy Osborne is the current producer for Alexander O’Neal.
Dunmow based singing star Kimberley Lynne Hilton graduated from the prestigious Vocal Tech in London. In December 2007 and was named Best Performer of the Year. Whilst at Vocal Tech she recorded her first demo album "First Hello" which she wrote and composed herself. She has recently completed her new, self written album "Awakening".
Autumn Stone is a local band based in Great Dunmow, Essex and Hertfordshire with a comprehensive repertoire covering a wide range of songs spanning from the 60s by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who, right through to modern day hits by the likes of Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs and many more.
Autumn Stone is Dom, Sam, Billy & Loz and they have been gigging since 2003. Autumn Stone are possibly the tightest covers band you may ever hear (oh, and their set list is superb!)
Queen II faithfully recreates the energy, excitement and emotion of a classic Queen concert with an
authentic four piece line up that delivers powerful vocals, driving rock anthems and the closest sounding guitarist yet! The show feature some of the UK's finest professional musicians using authentic instruments and equipment. Performing hits from every decade of Queen's musical legacy including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, It's A Kind Of Magic, Crazy Little Thing Called Love We Are The Champions and many more. Like Queen, these guys knew how to rock, with Freddie strutting and strolling around
the stage - Queen II truly are the Champions!
The UK's most authentic Bruno Mars Tribute Show! If there’s one show you catch this year, make sure it’s the latest critically acclaimed smash-hit show ‘Just the Way to Mars’.
Featuring an incredible 8 piece live band, this high energy show will dazzle you and leave you with no choice but to get up and dance along to all your favourite Bruno Mars hits such as Just the Way You Are, Grenade, Uptown Funk, 24K Magic, Runaway Baby and many more!
Please see a Youtube video of "Uptown Funk" recorded at one of our shows
Total 80's are a premium 7 piece tribute band playing your favourite hits an amazing amalgamation of talent but all fused into one 80's tribute band
Originally from New Zealand, now based in London, Rietta was recently seen on UK Channel 5‘s Freddy mercury Biopic “Who Wants To Live Forever”. Rietta has toured with “Strictly Come Dancing” Live Arena Tours and was a featured performer in Craig Revel Horwood’s acclaimed BBC spin off theatre show “Strictly Confidential” as well as being a regular vocalist on “Strictly Come Dancing” Cruises.
With a range over 4 octaves, Rietta’s vocal versatility is outstanding. As one of Australasia’s leading vocalists, she is versed in anything from Jazz, Soul and R’n’B, to Pop and Rock. Rietta has appeared on the same bill at a Bryan Adams concert in England and recorded backing vocals for Dame Shirley Bassey’s single as well as performing live with her at Glastonbury Festival. Dame Shirley's dance mix featuring Rietta's vocals went to No. 3 on the US dance charts. Rietta opened in Russia for Johnny Gill and Joe Cocker in Moscow. She was also the London support act for Jocelyn Brown.
A Vision Of Elvis is one the world’s greatest Elvis tributes and is now touring all major UK theatres.
Celebrating the music of Elvis Presley’s career from Sun Studio’s,The Movie Years through to ’68 Comeback with the finale being the Concert Years engaging audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience. The World Famous Elvis Show starring the multi award winning Rob Kingsley has the total package – the look… the sound… the charisma, together with his spectacular live Band who even play authentic instruments leaves the audience in no doubt that they are witnessing a truly authentic Live Elvis show. Robs costumes are made by Gene Doucette who is the person that created Elvis’s world famous jumpsuits. Every aspect of the A Vision of Elvis show is produced to be as close to a real Elvis concert as possible thus given the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan.
An act that wear the sexiest outfits that wouldn’t have been allowed in the 70’s and still brew up a disco storm as powerful as that of the mighty Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband!
Regularly booked for major UK festivals, in 2015 Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband headlined the Sensation Seeker’s stage at Glastonbury Festival. Their performances, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights saw record-crowds turning up to dance to their set of the greatest hits of disco!
Best known for his John Denver tribute act, Steve Cherelle appeared on Stars in Their Eyes in 1996 as Denver performing Annies Song. This is what launched his music career and he joined the Forever In Blues Jeans cast in 1998, alongside Garry Dorsey and toured the whole of the UK. He released his first album Wonderful Today's which won album of the year and its title track, written by Cherelle himself, won song of the year at the UK Country Radio Awards in1999; and Cherelle repeated this same feat with "Fallin' In, Fallin' Out" in 2000. Cherelle completed the hat trick when the song "You're My True North", inspired by the film Message in a Bottle, also won best song at the 2001 awards. The show is now hosted by Cherelle each year. In addition to his performing, Cherelle is also a radio presenter and can be heard every Sunday on BBC Essex presenting "Essex Country", which was named best country show at the UK Country Radio Awards
Joe Leader comes from a family of world class musicians and has grown up immersed in the passion of musical performance. Initially, being exposed to classical music as a young boy, Joe fast developed his interest in saxophone and Jazz. Together with his band at school, he won the “Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Awards” at the tender age of sixteen. Trained in performance by his mother, South African concert piano champion, Lucille Leader, Joe continued to develop his craft, studying privately with some of the finest teachers from the Guild Hall school of Music in London, and then at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Finally back in London, Joe completed his studies in Music Technology, receiving 1st class honors. Joe’s well rounded studies now gave him a solid grounding in music as well as in the intricacies of music recording and production.
The Wanted Direction are a brilliant tribute to boy bands "The Wanted" and "One Direction".
Featuring songs such as "Kick Starts Again", "What Makes You Beautiful" the "Best Songs Ever", "One Way or Another", "One Thing", "Live While We're Young", "Glad You Came and many more