Singing guitarist

Ant Barnes

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Acoustic Artist & Cover Musician - The perfect acoustic artist for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
Singing guitarist
High Wycombe
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Ant Barnes has been performing live for over 15 years, and offers a wide range of services for weddings, private parties, and corporate events. With an ever growing and eclectic repertoire, ranging from 60s & 70s rock and roll, soul, and Motown, through to modern day indie and pop classics; he can tailor his set to perfectly suit your event. Whether it be background music for a drinks reception, slow ballads for a first dance, or upbeat party songs to get people dancing; Ant has a wide range of styles and his flexibility will ensure the music is the perfect accompaniment to your day. Gigs Ant has played in the past include weddings, private parties, corporate events, festivals & pubs. With a flexible approach, extensive range of songs, and the ability to adapt to an audience; you will be in a safe pair of hands.

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Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Motown, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Originals
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Songwriter, Audio engineer, Sound technician, Lyricist, Arranger, Producer, Composer
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Ant's Song list

(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You - UB40
(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
20th Century Boy - T. Rex
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All About You - McFly
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
All Right Now - Free
Alright - Supergrass
Back for Good - Take That
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
Becoming More Like Alfie - The Divine Comedy
Beggin' - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Bird On A Wire - Johnny Cash
Blinded By The Sun - The Seahorses
Bliss - Muse
Blizzard of '77 - Nada Surf
Books From Boxes - Maximo Park
Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
Breaking the Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Budapest - George Ezra
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Caught By The River - Doves
Chandelier - Sia
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Clocks - Coldplay
Closing Time - Semisonic
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Crazy Love - - Van Morrison
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Dreaming of You - The Coral
Driftwood - Travis
Easy - Commodores
Electric Feel - MGMT
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson
Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
Faith - George Michael
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Fields Of Gold - Sting
First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
Flowers In The Window - Travis
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Fugitive Motel - Elbow
Go With The Flow - Queens of the Stone Age
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Good Souls - Starsailor
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Handbags And Gladrags - Stereophonics
Happier Times - Joe Bonamassa
Happy Together - The Turtles
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Hello - Lionel Richie
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Hold Back The River - James Bay
Hotel California - Eagles
Hush - Kula Shaker
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
I Really Need Love - The Bees
I Want To Break Free - Queen
I Was Made For Lovin' You - KISS
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
If Love Is The Law - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
It Must Be Love - Madness
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Just - Radiohead
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire
Last Nite - The Strokes
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Layla - Eric Clapton
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Light My Fire - The Doors
Listen to the Music - The Doobie Brothers
Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) - Led Zeppelin
Lola - The Kinks
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean
Lucky Man - The Verve
Magnificent (She Says) - Elbow
Make Me Smile (Come up and See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon
Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
Molly's Chambers - Kings of Leon
Moondance - Van Morrison
Moving - Supergrass
Mr. Bojangles - Single Version - Sammy Davis Jr.
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
My Hero - Foo Fighters
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Mystify - INXS
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Over My Shoulder - Mike & The Mechanics
Pain Killer (Summer Rain) - Turin Brakes
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Perfect Lovesong - The Divine Comedy
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Pick A Part That's New - Stereophonics
Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin
Pink Lemonade - James Bay
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
Purple Rain - Prince
R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys
Red - Daniel Merriweather
Run - Stephen Fretwell
Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
She Bangs the Drums - The Stone Roses
She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks
She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
Sit Down - James
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - John Mayer
Someone New - Hozier
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Songs of Love - The Divine Comedy
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
Stand By Me - Oasis
Starlight (Radio Edit) - The Supermen Lovers
Staying Out For The Summer - Dodgy
Stop Me - Mark Ronson
Substitute - The Who
Such A Simple Thing - Ray LaMontagne
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters
Tender - Blur
Thank You - Led Zeppelin
Thank You For The Music - ABBA
That's Entertainment - The Jam
The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
The Boy with the Thorn in His Side - The Smiths
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - The Walker Brothers
This Life - Vampire Weekend
To Be With You - Mr. Big
To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) - Ryan Adams
To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
Tribute - Tenacious D
Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
Twistin' the Night Away - Sam Cooke
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Walking After You - Foo Fighters
Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
Whiskey In The Jar - Thin Lizzy
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? - Travis
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Wild Wood - Paul Weller
Wild World - Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Winter Winds - Mumford & Sons
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Yellow - Coldplay
You And Me - Lifehouse
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
You've Got The Love - Florence + The Machine
Your Song - Elton John
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem at all - I am very flexible and once I have a date in the diary, I keep the whole day booked out. Let me know the new times and we can make it work.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely - If you want to provide your own playlist, I can plug in any phone or iPod into my PA. Otherwise let me know the type of music you want and I can put together a suitable playlist. If you'd like an additional DJ set after the live music, I can provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

My usual set up time is about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

No problem! Have a look through my repertoire and cherry pick whatever you like.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will provide all the necessary equipment for the performance. I just need a suitable power supply nearby.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am more than happy to learn one song for the event free of charge. If you would like me to learn more it's not a problem, just let me know and I can provide you with a quote.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I offer a huge range of styles, all the way from pop, rock and indie, through to motown and soul. I am also very flexible, and happy to work with you to ensure the event is a success.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in many different venues in the past, from churches, barns, outdoor festivals, pubs, shopping centres and breweries,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have a hugely eclectic music taste, but particular favourites include Led Zeppelin, Doves, Scott Matthews, and The Divine Comedy.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Earlier this year, I performed at our local Armed Forces Day, which was attended by 10,000 visitors.

Ant's Prices

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450
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Ant's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Poppy P
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Ant is a wonderful singer and really brought some beautiful music to our wedding drinks reception. Ant had great communication throughout and has an extensive song repertoire for you to choose from to make your own set playlist for him to follow. So many guests commented on how brilliant he was 😃. This really made our day!

Robyn U
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ant was amazing, so professional and talented and truly made our day. Thank you so much!

Sophie F
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely thrilled with Ants performance! Fantastic choice of songs, So friendly and accommodating. Would highly recommend him!

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Lavinia O
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Oxford Rd
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5 out of 5

We literally have no words, WOW - the music was beyond all our expectations. Ant was just incredible and completely perfect for our intimate, small wedding day! THANK YOU for providing us with memories we will treasure forever and just being a lovely, warm person to have on our wedding day. Ant is extremely talented 🦋

Sarah H
2 years ago, for a Wedding in High St
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5 out of 5

After seeing Ant at a friends party, we were really impressed and took his card. After seeing him again at a later date at The Ship in Marlow and we thought it must have been meant to be, and hired him to play at our wedding! Little did we know a global pandemic would get in the way but two years later he was still available and happy to play for us. He had a great repertoire and managed to learn two songs for us (one literally two weeks before the big day!) Ant played for us at our reception and our first set in the evening so everyone got to enjoy some live music and also hear some chilled music as well as some more evening/upbeat songs in the evening. We can't wait to see him play again!

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