Singing guitarist

Chris Hobart

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Armed with his Acoustic Guitar and soulful vocals Chris is a great choice, with over 15 years live experience performing at over 500 events
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Chris Hobart is a great choice when booking some live entertainment for your event. Chris is available for a range of different occasions including but not limited to weddings, parties and corporate events. Winner of Essex FM's Sing it to Win competition and has previously Performed and supported artists: Joan Armatrading, Lee Ryan (Blue) and Gabrielle Aplin. Chris is also a member of the successful band "Carousel" who have toured the UK and had over 100,000 streams on Spotify. Here are Chris' two most popular packages, please note these can be customised to fit your requirements. Acoustic Package (ideal for afternoon sets, wedding breakfasts or reception drinks) Includes: 2 x 45 Minutes live performance sets A variety of Acoustic Live Lounge style songs Background music for before, between and after live sets Professional Sound and Lighting System Arrival 1 hour prior to performance time for set up Customised playlist and song requests (if suited to my style) Platinum Party Package (ideal for evening entertainment) Includes: Professional Sound and Lighting 2 x 1 hour live performance sets A variety of lively upbeat songs (some with backing tracks) to get the audience partying into the night Arrival 1 hour prior to performance time for set up

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Folk, Country, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Rock 'n' Roll, Rock, Originals
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Lyricist, Instrumental teaching
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Chris' Song list

Chris Hobart Set List / Repertoire
2000's to present
1975- Chocolate
Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Arctic Monkeys – Scummy Man
Artic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Bastille – Pompeii
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bruno Mars – The Lazy song
Bon Iver / Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me 
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Clean Bandit /Jess Glynne - Rather be
Coldplay - Fix You
Coldplay - The Scientist
Coldplay – In My Place
Coldplay – Yellow
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Daniel Merriweather - Red
Disclosure / Sam smith - Latch (acoustic)
Drake - One Dance
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Elbow - One Day Like This
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Emeli Sande - Heaven
Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Foo Fighters - Times like these
George Ezra - Blame it on Me
George Ezra - Budapest
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Basket case
Green Day - Good Ridence (Time of your life)
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go
James Morrison - You Make It Real
Jamie Lawson- I Wasn't Expecting That 
Jason Mraz - I Wont Give Up
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jessie J – Price Tag
John Legend - Ordinary People
John Legend – All Of Me
John Mayer - XO
Jonas Blue/JP Cooper - Perfect Strangers
Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a riot
Kasabian - Club foot
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kings of leon - Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Labrinth/Emeli Sande - Beneath you're Beautiful 
Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way
Lifehouse - You And Me
Magic - Rude
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Maroon 5 - This Love
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Neyo – Closer
Omi - Cheerleader
One Republic - Apologise
One Republic - Stop And Stare
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Razor light - In the morning
Rag N Bone Man. - Human
Razorlight - America
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - By the way
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dani California
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sam Smith Feat. Disclosure - Latch
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Snow Patrol - Run
Snow Patrol – Your All I Have
Stereophonics – Dakota
The Automatic – Monster
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Calling - Wherever you Will Go
The Killers – Mr Brightside
The Killers – When you were young
The Kooks – Naive
The Kooks – She moves in her own way
The Script - Break Even
The Script - The Man Who Cant Be Moved
The Script – For The First Time
The Strokes - Last night
Train - Drops Of Jupiter
Train - Hey Soul Sister
Vance Joy - Riptide
Blink 182 - All the small things
Blur - Song 2
Bryan Adams - Heaven 
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Oasis - Champagne Supernova 
Oasis - Half the world away
Oasis - Songbird
Oasis - Wonderwall
Oasis – She’s Electric
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
Radiohead – Creep
REM - Losing My Religion 
Sinead O Connor - Nothing Compares To you 
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Sting - Fields Of Gold
The Verve - Bittersweet symphony
The Verve – Lucky Man
Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer 
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Elton John - Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah 
Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise 
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car 
Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'bout A Revolution 
U2 - With Or Without You 
Beatles - Let It Be
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine 
Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us 
Bob Marley - Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright 
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry 
Don Mclean - American Pie
Don Mclean - Vincent
Elton John - Your Song
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight 
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back 
James Taylor - You Got A Friend 
John Denver - Country Roads
John Lennon - Imagine
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the middle with you
Stevie Wonder - I Wish / Superstition / Isn't She Lovely
Van Morrisson - Moondance 
Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends 
Ben E King - Stand By Me 
Cat Stevens - The First Cut Is The Deepest 
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
Elvis – Blue suede Shoes
Elvis – Hound Dog
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through the Grapevine 
Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately 
Steppenwolf - Born to be wild
The Beatles - All my loving
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl
Customer questions

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

I am very flexible and can adjust timings if given enough notice.

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

Yes, I have a laptop with most popular songs on it that I bring to every gig and can provide a DJ/playlist service for between and after live sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally an hour for set up with reasonable access for bringing in my equipment.

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

Yes certainly you can even provide me with song requests that aren't on my list (within reason if suited to my style etc..)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I provide a top of the range sound system and lighting for my performances.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes if suited to my style and given enough notice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My energetic and passionate performances that get the crowd partying and singing along into the night.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bush Hall, London, Shepards bush empire London, Beautiful Days Music Festival, The Pheonix, Exeter, Chinnery;s Southend On Sea

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bryan Adams, RHCP, Foo Fighters, Don Mclean, James Taylor, Bon Iver, Chris Stapleton

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

I performed at Beautiful Days Music festival with an originals band called Carousel alongside bands such as the Manic Street Preachers, Feeder, and The Levellers to name a few. I also supported well known artist Joan Armatrading on part of her UK tour at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend and The Towngate Theatre in Basildon.

Chris' 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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£450
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Chris' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Zoe S
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great Performance

Felicity W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Chris was absolutely fantastic. Not only did he step in at the last minute when another supplier pulled out on the morning of my event, but he turned up early, cracked on with getting set up with no supervision, made the entire set really personable and was super friendly. All of my guests commented on how amazing he was and how much of an amazing night he provided us with. Thanks so much Chris for everything!

Reply from Chris
1 year ago

Thanks Felicity and gang! Was a great night! really enjoyed myself thanks again for having me 😁

Ross B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

It was great to have Chris play at our Halloween party this weekend. Prior to the booking Chris communicated well and asked for song requests, on the evening he set up early and was organised for his set. All of our guests really complemented Chris for the quality of his music and he really got the party going. We were really pleased to have him play at the party and would definitely book him again. Thank you for everything!!!

Reply from Chris
1 year ago

Thanks for having me was a pleasure! Really enjoyed it 😊

Natalia P
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Chris was fantastic and we would happily book him again! He was on time, had a friendly manner, was flexible with our timings for his sets and above all has a great voice! Our guests loved him. Thank you!

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From other customers:

Geoff H
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Buckinghamshire
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5 out of 5 band, top guys. Really good sound, lovely to liaise with. They seemed to really enjoy playing for us and weren't too phased by our inebriated guests! (Who I might add were dancing in an array of random fancy dress!) We're die hard Glastonbury fans and these guys allowed us to achieve our own mini festival wedding experience. Loved them!!!

Mark G
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Essex
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5 out of 5

We could not be happier with Canon. They made our wedding reception exactly how we envisioned it. Sore feet and lack of voices from all guests in the morning told the story of the night! I'm even writing this with a smile on my face remembering the fun we all had! Thank you!

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