Ben Harpwood

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Ben is a fantastic singer and entertainer. As comfortable fronting a jazz band as hosting a cabaret evening.
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Ben sings and swings with jazz and swing group The Debonairs, established in 2013. They perform a wide repertoire of jazz and swing standards, from the 1920s to the 1970s. Available with 2-5 members (adding bass, percussion and sax). Ben also performs songs in a similar style by himself (as One Man Frank) and as a guest performer with the "Swindon All Stars" 20-piece big band and Great Gatsby style "Stableyard Jazz Band" Ben is part of the duo Acoustic Sunset. They have been performing handpicked pop classics since 2015 at weddings and festivals across the country. From The Beatles to The Bangles, Buddy Holly to Blur, Bowie to Beyonce, and even some artists that don't begin with a B! Available with 2-4 members (adding drums and bass).

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Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Easy listening, Vintage
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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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Lyricist, Songwriter, Musical comedy
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Ben's Song list

Below songs are available as solo, other songs may be available with live musicians as The Debonairs (jazz), Dino & Gigi (vintage), Acoustic Sunset (acoustic covers) and Kings of Neon (function band)
A Foggy Day in London Town - Michael Buble
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Harry Connick Jr
Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong
Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Dean Martin
All of Me - Frank Sinatra
All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra
All The Way - Frank Sinatra
Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
And I Love You So - Perry Como
Aqua Marina - Stingray
As Time Goes By - Frank Sinatra
Auld Lang Syne - traditional
Bad Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
Bare Necessities (Jungle Book) - Louis Prima
Bermuda Triangle - Barry Manilow
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Blue Moon - Dean Martin
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Body and Soul - Tony Bennett
Born Free - Matt Munro
Buona Sera - Michael Buble
Bye Bye Blackbird - Dean Martin
C'est Si Bon- Dean Martin
Call Me Irresponsible - Bobby Darin
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Cheek to Cheek - Frank Sinatra
Chicago - Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me - Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Copacabana - Barry Manilow
Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton
Danny Boy - Elvis Presley
Day In, Day Out - Frank Sinatra
Don't Bring Lulu - Billy Morgan
Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby
Don't Get Around Much Any More - Duke Ellington
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Dream A Little Dream - Michael Buble
Edelweiss - The Sound Of Music
Embraceable You - Frank Sinatra
Every Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
Fever - Michael Buble
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue - Lewis Henderson
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
For Once In My Life - Frank Sinatra
Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
French Foreign Legion - Frank Sinatra
From Russia With Love - Matt Monro
Frosty The Snowman - Michael Buble
Georgia On My Mind - Michael Buble
Get Happy - Frank Sinatra
Girl From Ipanema - Frank Sinatra
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
High Hopes - Frank Sinatra
I Am, I Said - Neil Diamond
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
I Could Have Danced All Night - Frank Sinatra
I Could Write A Book - Harry Connick Jr
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frank Sinatra
I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book) - Louis Prima
I Won't Dance - Michael Buble
I'll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter - Frank Sinatra
I'm In The Mood For Love - Frank Sinatra
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Frank Sinatra
I've Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Frank Sinatra
Is You Is You Ain't My Baby - Louis Jordan
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jr
It Happened In Monterey - Frank Sinatra
It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra
It's All Right With Me - Harry Connick Jr
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
Just A Gigolo - Louis Prima
Just In Time - Frank Sinatra
Just One Of Those Things - Frank Sinatra
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
La Mer (in French) - Charles Trenet
La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
Last Christmas - Postmodern Jukebox
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dean Martin
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Let's Face The Music and Dance - Nat King Cole
Let's Get Away From It All - Frank Sinatra
Little Old Wine Drinker Me - Dean Martin
Livin' On A Prayer - Postmodern Jukebox
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Love Letters - Nat King Cole
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
Moondance - Michael Buble
Moonlight In Vermont - Frank Sinatra
More - Bobby Darin
My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
My Kind Of Town - Frank Sinatra
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Nice n Easy - Frank Sinatra
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra
No Diggity - Postmodern Jukebox
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (in French!) - Edith Piaf
Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Howard Keel
Ol Man River - Paul Robeson
On Days Like These - Matt Monro
On The Street Where You Live - Nat King Cole
One For My Baby - Frank Sinatra
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Harry Connick Jr
Pennies From Heaven - Frank Sinatra
Please Release Me - Engelbert Humperdink
Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer - traditional
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bing Crosby
Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week - Frank Sinatra
Singin In The Rain - Gene Kelly
Sittin' On the Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Smile - Nat King Cole
Some Enchanted Evening - Howard Keel
Something Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
St James Infirmary - Hugh Laurie
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Straighten Up and Fly Right - Nat King Cole
Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Summertime - Sarah Vaughan
Sunny Side Of The Street - Frank Sinatra
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Sway - Dean Martin
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Lorraine - Nat King Cole
Taking A Chance On Love - Frank Sinatra
That's Amore - Dean Martin
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
The Best Is Yet To Come - Frank Sinatra
The Continental - Fred Astaire
The Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
The Nearness of You - Norah Jones
The Tender Trap - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Frank Sinatra
Things - Bobby Darin
This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
Too Marvellous For Words - Frank Sinatra
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Top Hat, White Tie, & Tails - Fred Astaire
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Walk Like A Panther - Tony Christie
We Are In Love - Harry Connick Jr
We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
When You're Smiling - Louis Armstrong
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Winter Wonderland - Michael Buble
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
Wonderwall - Mike Flowers Pops
You Do Something To Me - Frank Sinatra
You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Frank Sinatra
You're The Cream In My Coffee - Nat King Cole
Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I bring an authentic rat pack sound to any event and people love that I mingle with the crowd while performing. I can also mix in a few jazz versions of more modern songs such as Living On A Prayer and Wonderwall for a bit of fun.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many, many wedding venues... I have also sung in one of Gareth Malone's choirs on BBC 2 and in front of the Queen at the opening of Birmingham's revamped New St Station!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr, Ray Charles...

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

I have sung at many occasions including the weddings of celebrities, the opening of Birmingham's New St Station (in front of the Queen!) and at large public events such as food and car festivals. No event is too big or small!

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

These things often happen and won't usually affect the price. Please do let me know though in case I have other commitments that day.

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

Yes. I have huge selection of background music so can tailor this to the event. I can also bring lighting rig and host a disco (run from Spotify on my laptop) after the final set until the early hours for an additional £180.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ad a solo performer I only need around 30 minutes to set up. Or around an hour if you would also like me to host a disco afterwards. If you have booked me with musicians then we usually need around an hour to set up and sound check.

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

Of course! I'm happy to discuss songs with you. Most clients let me know some songs they love so I can tailor my set to match. Please also enquire about any songs that aren't on my set list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yep! I have a wireless set up so usually roam around the room (or garden if the weather's nice!) while I sing.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. I'd be happy to learn one new song for your event, but would charge £30 for any additional new songs to cover practice time.

Ben's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£160
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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Ben's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jackie H
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was fabulous and we were more than happy with every aspect of the booking.

Reply from Ben
5 months ago

Thank you Jackie! It was lovely that you requested some of my favourite Sinatra numbers that I don't get to sing all that often, such as Summer Wind. Hope the rest of your day went well, Ben x

Keith E
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was Excellent

Reply from Ben
6 months ago

Thanks very much Keith!

Claire G
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was fantastic and really added that extra special feel to the celebration. He Was was really great interacting with the audience (they loved him). Can highly recommend Ben for your next event.

Reply from Ben
1 year ago

Thanks so much Claire! Really enjoyed meeting you and everyone

Cheryl K
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was absolutely fabulous and I have had many of my guests contact me to say how entertaining and he was and how they enjoyed listening to his lovely voice. I would definitely recommend him and I will without a doubt book him with no hesitation again.

Reply from Ben
1 year ago

Thanks so much Cheryl! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to be able to contribute to your celebration. Would love to do it again!

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From other customers:

Tom A
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Rowton Castle
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5 out of 5

The Debonairs were absolutely fantastic! We asked them to step in at the very last minute leading up to our wedding, the process for booking them was quick and simple and they provided all the necessary paperwork for us to hand over to the venue. Performance wise they did a great job at getting the crowd warmed up. They had a challenge with children running around being a bit of a distraction but they were able to keep both the children and adults entertained without affecting their show. They played a diverse mix of classic fifties swing and modern tracks with a swing influence added to them. Myself, my wife and all the guests were thoroughly impressed with the show, anybody who wasn't on the dance floor was sat right next to it so that they could enjoy the music. I can't recommend this band enough. A fantastic act that added to an already fantastic day!

Rebecca L
5 years ago, for a Corporate event in Prescott
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5 out of 5

You really did a fabulous job, a brilliant tribute to Frank, a beautiful voice and what’s more you really engaged with the audience, got stuck in, had fun and made some new fans too. You are part of the team now!

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