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World, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Reggae, Latin, Calypso and the rest. I’m Dabs, Singer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ & frontman of the New Town Kings.
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Hey guys. I'm Dabs. I'm a singer songwriter and I front an Internationally recognised Reggae/Ska band which get regular Airplays on BBC radio1 & 1extra. I've had funk bands, blues bands, rap projects and jungle. I've various musical interests including Bossa Nova, samba, gyspy Jazz and various Latin styles all of which I have learnt whilst living, learning and gigging in 7 different countries to date. My solo set is as much a journey around the world as it is the story of my life in song. I have a good grasp of many standards and have the stories to go with them. Am interested in all kindsa gigs and have the crew around me to play all sorts of sets of music. I’ve played everything up to 5000 capacity venues, weddings, festivals, pubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels, charities, proposals, canal boats, naming ceremonies, anniversaries and probably others I’ve forgotten about! Happy to send demo vids for ceremony songs if shortlisted. Have PA can travel One love

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
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Lightning fast responses
3rd Encoreversary
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Booked for 25 Encore gigs!
1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, World music, Argentinian, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Flamenco, French music, Latin, Reggae, Ska, Samba, Spanish music, Pop, Acoustic, Soul, R&B, Motown, Hip Hop, Australian music, Salsa
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Event types:
New Year's Eve, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial 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
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, MC, Community music worker
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Song list

Hi guys, this in no way an exhaustive list. I study every day and any time I’m booked I endeavour to learn songs for my clients so feel free to let me know what you’re after and I’ll get them learned.
Songs organised in loose genres:
(The Beatles):
Money can’t buy me love
Hard days night
(Rolling Stones):
Paint it Black
Sympathy for the devil
(Janis Joplin):
Mercedes Benz
(The Who): My Generation
(The Kinks): Sunny afternoon
(Sting): English man in NY
(Steppenwolfe): Born to be wild
(Wham/George Michael):
Wake me up
(Culture club):
Karma chameleon
(Michael Jackson):
Beat it
Billie Jean
Liberian girl
Man in the mirror
Song 2
(Green day):Basket case
Smells like teen spirit
(Al Green): So in love with you
(Otis Reading):
Sitting on the dock...
(Lionel Richie): Hello
(Stevie Wonder):
Isn’t she lovely
You are the sunshine of my life
(Ray Charles):
Hit the road jack
Mess around
(Marvin Gaye):
Heard it through the grapevine
Sexual healing
(Curtis Mayfield):
Super fly
Pusher man
(Aretha Franklin): Respect
Tina Turner:
(Bill Withers): Lovely day
(Ed Sheeran):
Thinking out loud
Shape of you
(Luis fonzi): Despacito
(George Ezra): Shotgun
(Jack Johnson):
Upside down
Better together
(Pharrell Williams): Happy
(Bruno Mars): Uptown Funk
(Amy Winehouse): Valerie
(Paulo Nutini):
Pencil full of lead
(Blackstreet): No diggity
(TLC): Waterfalls
(Eminem): Stan
(Arrested development):
People everyday
(Bob Marley):
Redemption Song
One love
Burning and a looting
(Gregory Issacs):
Night nurse
Loving Pauper
Hush Darling
(Denis Brown):
Have you ever been in love
(Jimmy Cliff):
Many river to cross
I can see clearly
Food for thought
Kingston town
Rat in ma kitchen
Nightboat to Cairo
(Sizzla): Dry cry
(Barrington Levy); Too experienced
(Lord Burgess): Jamaica farewell
(Harry Belafonte):
Banana boat song
Coconut woman
(Lord Flea):
Where did the naughty little flea go
(Lord Kitchener):
Take your meat out mi rice
(Lord invader): Rum and coco cola
(King Radio): Matilda
(Mighty Sparrow): Big Bamboo 🤗
(Louis & Ella):
Cheek to Cheek
Autumn leaves
St James Infirmary
What a wonderful world
(Peggy lee):
He’s a tramp
Why don’t you do right
A foggy day in London Town
Let’s call the whole thing off
(Chet Baker):
My funny Valentine
But not for me
(Buena Vista Social Club):
El cuarto de Tula
El carretero
Viente Años
Chan Chan
Dos Gardenias
Lágrimas negra
(Fania Allstars):
(Celia Cruz): Quimbara
(Chao Feliciano): El Raton
(Chico Trujillo): Loca
(Orquesta Tabaca y Ron):
Guajira son te llamas
(Eddie Palmineri):
Vamonos Pal Monte
(Manu Chao):
Bongo Bon
Mr Bobby
Je ne t’aime plus
(Mattiew Chedid):
Les triplettes de Belleville
Je Mal o mains
Swing du nul
(Antônio Carlos Jobin/
Jõao Gilberto):
Girl from Ipanaema
Samba de uma nota
Chega de Saudade
(Consuelo Velázquez):
Besame mucho
Customer questions

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

I’m totally flexible in the event of unexpected changes. In a nutshell let me know as early as possible if you need to change dates or times and provided I have no attachments the bookings I’m happy to accommodate.

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

I’m happy to DJ between sets and can bring a full sound system, mix desk and the like for between £100-£300 depending on how long is required. I actually run several live/DJ nights and get really really good feedback.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally I like to be set up an hour ahead of performance time. Am happy to provide a free playlist to help create the desired atmosphere.

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

I’m totally open to discussion regarding setlist and always happy to take requests. Client satisfaction is really my motivating factor here so I always appreciate a more detailed gig spec. Once booked I’m inclined to study for every show so feel free to get them requests in early and within reason I’m happy to learn them free of charge.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I’ve a variety of PA options depending on the gig.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I will always happily learn ceremony and first dance songs for your wedding free of charge. I’ll even send you a Demo before you book (just shortlist me and I’ll get you a video sent over the next day)


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Callum K, 1 year ago

What an Awesome experience this gig was booked at short notice, and Dabs was 1 of the first to contact me and i am so pleased he did. His professionalism and personality filled the room. Song list given was and delivered on the night. I cannot recommend Dabs enough i will be booking him again as i have a few more functions this year! Thanks again A* all round.

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General M, 1 year ago

excellent musician Daniel was great all our guests had a great time intend to re-book in the future

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Fox H, 1 year ago

Dan was lovely and friendly and very proffesional,would certainly book him again

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Katie M, 1 year ago

Dabs was fantastic, we can't recommend him enough. He sensed what our guests would like to hear so well and played an amazing mix of genres. We had a mix of ages at our event and he catered to all of them. We had so many comments about how much people enjoyed his set. We intend to book him again and recommend him very highly!

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From other customers:

David E, 4 years ago

Best of UK Reggae

Welsh I, 3 years ago

Bea World Music