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Chris is an energetic performer who loves to entertain. A rock 'n' roll influenced musician with a smattering of pop music.
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Chris Tavener is a singer-songwriter known for performing over 300 gigs a year. Whether it's a wedding, a christening, a birthday, an opening ceremony - Chris has done it all. His unique voice and guitar-playing style has seen him garner attention from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Jamie Lawson, Carl Barat of The Libertines and many fans across the country. Manchester Academy selected him to perform a huge support show for Peep Show's Super Hans and he played The Lowry Lyric Theatre for Children In Need in December 2018. Also in 2018, Chris took on a European tour to The Netherlands, Germany and France. That was quickly followed by a UK Tour, visiting 14 different cities. He's now writing material for a feature film documentary and for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Chris is one of the most hard-working musicians in the North West. His cover song sets are energetic and highly engaging for an audience. The material he plays is a varied array of songs to suit all ages from 1950s rock 'n' roll right through to modern pop and indie. He's adaptable to many venues, audience sizes and varieties.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Indie, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Blues, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Musical comedy, Songwriter, Lyricist
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Song list

Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
The Beatles - Help
The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff
Billy Joel - Always A Woman
Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day
The Coral - Dreaming Of You
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Starman
Don McLean - American Pie
Ed Sheeran - A Team
The Eagles - Hotel California
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Elton John - Rocket Man
George Ezra - Budapest
George Harrison - I've Got My Mind Set On You
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Oasis - Half The World Away
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Randy Newman - You've Got A Friend In Me
Simon and Garfunkel - Mrs Robinson
Stealer's Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Customer questions

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

In most cases, timing changes are no problem at all! I understand how complicated event planning can be and I'm happy to fit in with your changes.

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

I can provide music in between my sets. We should discuss this during the booking process.

How much time do you need to set up?

My PA can be setup in 15 minutes if required

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

Yes certainly! I encourage you to pick your favourites.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I'll provide the PA so that all you need to focus on is enjoying the music.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn up to two specific song requests for special occasions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm told that my energy and stage presence are my best qualities. I can draw the attention of a crowd and get people feeling good. Reviewers have also praised my guitar-playing and unique sounding voice. Equally, if you'd like my music as atmospheric background, then I can provide that too.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at hundreds of pubs and bars in the North West including The Acoustic Lounge in Poynton, Peaky Blinders in Liverpool and Telford's Warehouse in Chester. I've also visited 15 or so UK cities on tour and played at large venues and festivals like Manchester Academy, Glastonbury Festival and Latitude Festival.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Anyone in rock 'n' roll but I'm most influenced by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Queen Arctic Monkeys and Paolo Nutini.

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

In December 2018, I performed at the 1700-capacity Lyric Theatre inside the famous Lowry Theatre, Salford. It was part of a Christmas Extravaganza for BBC's Children In Need. Peter Hook of Joy Division came on straight after me and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet also took to the stage a short time later.


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)£90
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Lisa H, 2 years ago

Hi Chris - Thank you so much for playing a magnificent set for our garden party. We knew from listening to your soundbites that you were a great match for our crowd but you were even better than we ever thought you would be! Everybody commented on how great your singing was and your song choices for the evening set were perfectly matched to the crowd. Your communication throughout the booking process was unfaultable with quick responses which made the booking such a simple transaction. We are more than happy to recommend you to anyone looking for an event singer and we hope to book you again for our next event. We wish you much success - Lisa and Ian

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Amy H, 3 years ago

This dude is awesome! He added to an already amazing wedding day and even did a last minute request! Couldn't have wished for more. Chris, your recordings don't do you justice. A true judgement of an artist is how you perform live, and Chris nailed it! :-)

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