Acoustic duo

Appleby Stone

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Acoustic duo
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Acoustic duo, guitar, flute, saxophones and voices, very experienced performers since 2010. Folk, jazz, pop, classical.

As a duo, Appleby Stone continue the music of the four-piece group Appleby Kinsey which formed in 2010, performing a rich mix of genres, including a large repertoire of beautiful original songs written by Catherine Kinsey. Appleby Stone produce a glorious, classy sound covering pop, R&B, classic and contemporary jazz, swing, Latin, folk, and even some classical instrumentals from all modern musical eras. Frequently they are joined by the hugely talented and experienced Paul Smith on double bass. Ken Appleby began playing guitar in his early teens using an instrument his older brother brought back from a school trip to Spain. After years trying to play like John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and on the advice of Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band who he met in McCabe's guitar shop in Santa Monica, he switched to trying to play like himself and got better results. With many years of experience performing and arranging he now has very much his own style and is the band's principle music arranger. He has co-written and arranged many songs with Catherine Kinsey as part of Appleby Kinsey. A naturally gifted musician, Emma Stone has been playing flute since the age of 8 and saxophone since the age of 14. She is a virtuosic improviser, a talented and sensitive interpreter of songs and a superb vocalist. She also has a wonderful ability to bring together and nurture musical ideas from the musicians she works with. She has hundreds of performances under her belt including the main stage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Emma was educated at Dartington College from where she received a degree in Music Performance. On double bass and bass guitar Paul Smith brings a mountain of experience and considerable talent to the ensemble. His superb technical and musical skills give his playing a beautiful fluency and openness, and his feel for the music is apparent from the opening bars of every song on which he plays. In rehearsal he also contributes a wealth of creative ideas and herbal tea. Paul has been playing bass for around 40 years, which works out at 10 years per string. His 60th birthday present was a vintage bass roughly twice his age. The bass has played behind the likes of Humphrey Lyttleton, Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan and even, on one occasion, Ella Fitzgerald.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Folk, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Originals, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, R&B, Soul
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

You Don't Know What Love  Is
Baby I'm A Fool
Feel Like Making Love
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Just The Way You Are
Throw It Away
Shy Boy
When We Were Young
Stronger Than Me
In My Bed
Your Song
Right As Rain
Time After Time
Sailing to Philadelphia
Baker Street
In These Shoes
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Snap A Little Owl
Y me Enamore un Aire
La Feria
Burning Whispers
Under Your Feet
Let Me Live (Let This Die)
Begin Again
Is This Love?
Regular Guy
Second Fiddle
Hard Times
Built To Last
Drama Queen
The Harvest Fields
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we perform as a duo (guitar, flute, saxophones, voices) and as a trio with the addition of (a very talented) double bass player.

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

Usually no problem.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

Preferable 2 hours.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Not much.

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

Of course. You can also request other songs that we don't list.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

The gentle sophistication of our arrangements and playing, Emma Stone's lovely vocals, our original songs.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Ale House, Colwall; Sir Edward Elgar riverboat; Priddy Folk Festival; many hotels and restaurants, West Fest; Pershore Plum Fest; Worcester music festival ...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Catherine Kinsey, Pentangle, Sinatra, Eva Cassidy, Amy Winehouse, Sandy Denny ...

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

Priddy Folk Festival


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£320
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£440


From customers:

Ed L, 1 year ago

Thank you for last night. You sounded great and there was a lovely atmosphere.

Jed A, 1 year ago

Brilliant. Great music. We’ll certainly have you back.

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