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I am a Professional Musician from Coventry, performing in a number of guises from Vintage to up to date Dance. Music to suit all occasions
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I offer a number of performances including fabulous sets of Guitar-based songs and tunes. My vintage solo act, covers everything from the Great American & British Songbooks and more if you like! This performance is for your more laid back requirements where you don't need or want the entertainment in ya face! Although if you want a more up-tempo swing set, I can provide that too! If you are looking for sets of well know beautifully crafted songs, then my Vintage Set is for you! My Dance Sets are full-on well known classic tunes that everyone knows and loves and that they can all sing along and dance to, both old and new. My Acoustic Set is ideal for the quieter venue, where I play a combination of songs on acoustic with or without backing tracks. In addition to all of the above I can also offer a full DJ service, stand-alone, or in combination with any of the above acts and all of the acts can expand to a full band line-up, dependant on your preference. I can cater from, and we have played in, Living Rooms and Back Gardens, to Clubs and Large Auditoriums, with any combination of the above, just let me know your requirements! ;-)

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Britpop, Progressive rock, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, Vintage, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Christmas
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, MC
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Song list

500 Miles The Proclaimers
A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley vs JLX
A Year Ago Kenny G
All Time Love Will Young
Alone Kenny G
Angela Theme From TV Series "Taxi"
Angels Robbie Williams
As Time Goes By Casablanca
At Home Again Happily Gilbert O'Sullivan/Dave Nicholls
Autumn Leaves Nat King Cole
Birdland Weather Report
Blackbird The Beatles
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
Can't Get Used To Losing You Andy Williams
Can't Take My Eyes Off You Andy Williams
Careless Whisper George Michael
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Change The World Eric Claptop
Close To You The Carpenters
Dance The Night Away The Mavericks
Desafinado Antonio Carlos Jobin
Diamonds Are Forever From "Diamonds Are Forever"
Disco Inferno The Trammps
Don't Look Back in Anger Oasis
Don't Panic Coldplay
End Of The Night Kenny G
Equinox John Coltrane
Everlasting Love Love Affair
Everybody's Changing Keane
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime The Korgis
Fairground Simply Red
Feel Robbie Williams
Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra
Food Glorious Food From "Oliver"
Forever In Love Kenny G
Free Me Emma Bunton
Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Give Me Just A Little More Time Chairman Of The Board
Give Me Some Lovin' The Spencer Davis Group
Going Home Kenny G
Happy Together The Turtles
Hard Days Night The Beatles
Hard To Handle Ottis Reading
Harlem Nocturne Earle Hagan
Havana Kenny G
Hello Lionel Richie
Here, There And Everywhere The Beatles
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder
Hold Back The Night The Trammps
Holding Back The Years Simply Red
Hopelessly Devoted To You From "Grease"
I'll Be There For You The Rembrandts
I'm A Believer The Monkeys
I'm Still Standing Elton John
Imagine John Lennon
In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
Innocence Kenny G
Is This The Way To Amarillo Tony Christie
Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder
Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry
La Bamba Ritchie Valens
Ladie's Night Kool & The Gang
Lady Madonna The Beatles
Lady Marmalade Patti LaBelle
Let's Groove Earth Wind & Fire
Lily Was Here Dave Stewart And Candy Dulfer
Locked Inside My Mind Nicholls/Madden
Look Of Love Burt Bacharach
Love John Lennon
Love Grows Edison Lighthouse
Love Is a Losing Game Amy Winehouse
Love Train The O'Jays
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) Cockney Rebel
Mary Scissor Sisters
Misty Johnny Mathis
Moonriver Andy Williams
Morning Dance Kenny G
Morning Dance Spyro Gyra
Mr Brightside The Killers
Mustang Sally The Commitments
My Favourite Things John Coltrane
My First, My Last, My Everything Barry White
My Funny Valentine Chet Baker
My Girl The Temptations
My Heart Will Go On From "Titanic"
My Valentine Paul McCartney
National Express Devine Comedy
Need You Tonight INXS
Never Let Her Slip Away Andrew Gold
Night Train Jimmy Forrest
Nights In White satin The Moody Blues
No Particular Place To Go Chuck Berry
Nothin' About Me Sting
Nothing Like This Omar
On The Beach Chris Rea
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) Dean Martin
Open Arms Journey
Penny Lane The Beatles
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Pure Imagination Willy Wonka
Real Gone Kid Deacon Blue
Reelin' & Rockin' Chuck Berry
Rocky Raccoon The Beatles
Rollercoaster Ronan Keating
Runaway Train Soul Asylum
Saltwater Julian Lennon
San Tropez Pink Floyd
Sentimental Kenny G
September Earth Wind & Fire
Sex On Fire Kings of Leon
She Bangs Ricky Martin
She Loves You The Beatles
She's The One World Party
Sister Rose Kenny G
Smile Charlie Chaplain
Smooth Santana
Songbiird Kenny G
Speed Of Sound Coldplay
Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum
Stand By Keep Us Alive Ben E King & The Eagles
Stand By Me Ben E King
Stranger On The Shore Acker Bilk
Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
Strong Robbie Williams
Stuck In The Middle Steelers Wheel
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch The Four Tops
Summer Place Andy Williams
Summertime From "Porgy And Bess"
Summertime George Gershwin
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
Take 5 Pauld Desmond
Tequila The Champs
That’s The Way I Like It KC & The Sunshine Band
The "In" Crowd Dobie Gray
The Age Of The Innocence Don Henley
The Dream David Sanborn
The Girl From Ipanema Frank Sinatra
The James Bond Theme From "Dr. No"
The Joy Of Life Kenny G
The Moment Kenny G
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Prince
The Pink Panther Henry Mancini
The Shadow Of Your Smile Johnny Mandel
The Way You Look Tonight Michael Bublé
The Wedding Song Kenny G
There Are Worse Things I Can do From "Grease"
They Can't Take That Away From Me George Gershwin And Ira Gershwin
This Masquerade The Carpenters
Three Times A Lady The Commodores
Time Pink Floyd
To Make You Feel My Love Bob Dylan
Tomorrow From "Annie"
Tonight's The Night Rod Stewart
Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke
Unforgettable Nat King Cole
Use Somebody Kings of Leon
Valerie The Zutons
Walk Away Renee The Four Tops
Walk On By Burt Bacharach
Walkin' In Memphis Mark Cohn
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks
We Go Together From "Grease"
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
What Becomes of The Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin
What The World Needs Now Dionne Warwick
When Doves Cry Prince
Work In The Morning Dave Nicholls
Wouldn't It Be Good Nik Kershaw
You Ten Sharp
You And I Stevie Wonder
You Get What You Give New Radicals
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away The Beatles
TRUE Spandau Ballet
Moonlight In Vermont Jazz Standard
Wouldn't It Be loverley From "My Fair Lady"
Over The Rainbow From "The wizard Of Oz"
If I Were A Rich Man From "Fiddler On The Roof"
Send In The Clowns From "A little Night Music"
Some Enchanted Evening Rogers And Hammerstein
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Duke Ellington
Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller
Stardust Hoagy Charmichael
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Glenn Miller
Have You Met Miss Jones Rogers And Hart
Me And My Shadow Sammy Davis Jr. And Frank Sinatra
Mack The Knife Robbie Williams
Things Bobby Darin
Aint That A Kick In The Head Dean Martin
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me Duke Ellington
Begin The Beguine Cole Porter
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps Doris Day
The Phantom Of The Opera From "Phantom Of The Opera"
Don't Get Around Much Anymore Duke Ellington
Moon River From "Breakfast At Tiffany's"
Come Fly With Me Jazz Standard
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You Jazz Standard
The Lady Is A Tramp Rogers And Hart
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we are fully self-contained with our own PA and we can also provide lighting where necessary.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to discuss this with you. There may be a small fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. but this is very much song dependant!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Nicholls & Simes are different from most acts offering Guitar/Vocals and Saxophone and we offer a large variety of songs and instrumentals that people know and love.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have done weddings, clubs and festivals and I personally have done a tour of Germany with Loose Talk.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Nicholls & Simes do quite a lot of songs that Michael Bublé has covered and some of his originals too but we also do classic songs and instrumentals that include the saxophone from a very varied selection of writers and artists.

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

We played Bannerfest in 2017 and I toured Germany with Loose Talk


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)£225
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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Ian F, 2 years ago

First, a confession, i play in a band with these guys. The reason for that is because they are exemplary musicians, great guys and totally professional. Those qualities all shone thought when i saw them play as a duet at the festival in Bannerbrook Park. Dave had some great banter with the crowd and the quality of the vocals and sax playing was superb. The PA system they use is also really good quality so whatever venue they play they have the gear to sound awesome. If their material is to your taste then you won't find a better band.

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Trish B, 2 years ago

We were very impressed with you we have not heard anything like this before. You were amazing and hopefully, you will be back at the Workers soon thank you for a great night!

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