Singing guitarist

Dave Nicholls

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I am a Professional Musician from Coventry, performing in a number of guises from Vintage to popular dance songs, to suit all occasions.
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I have played thousands of gigs in many countries, over the years, both in larger bands and smaller groups, from Function Event Bands to Rock Groups. I now offer a number of varied 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, depending 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! 😊

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From customers:

Ian F
4 years ago, for a Recording session in CV4
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5 out of 5

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.

Trish B
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Unit 15/Abbey Retail Park/South Way
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5 out of 5

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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Dave's Song list

500 Miles - The Proclaimers
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley vs JLX
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Dean Martin
All Time Love - Will Young
Angels - Robbie Williams
As Time Goes By - From Casablanca
At Home Again Happily - Gilbert O'Sullivan/Dave Nicholls
Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole
Bad Habits - Ed Sheeran
Blackbird - The Beatles
Pretty Much Anything By 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 Clapton
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
Close To You - The Carpenters
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Don't Panic - Coldplay
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
Free Me - Emma Bunton
Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairman Of The Board
Give Me Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group
Happy Together - The Turtles
Hard Days Night - The Beatles
Hard To Handle - Ottis Reading
Have You Met Miss Jones - Robbie Williams
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
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
Late Night Talking - Harry Styles
Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire
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
Mack The Knife- Bobby Darin
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - Cockney Rebel
Mary - Scissor Sisters
Me And My Shadow - Frank Sinatra
Misty - Johnny Mathis
Moon River - Andy Williams
Moondance - Van Morrison
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Mustang Sally - The Commitments
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
My Girl - The Temptations
My Valentine - Paul McCartney
National Express - Devine Comedy
Never Let Her Slip Away - Andrew Gold
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
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
Send In The Clowns - Stephen Sondheim
September Earth Wind & Fire
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
She Bangs - Ricky Martin
She Loves You - The Beatles
She's The One - Robbie Williams\World Party
Smile - Charlie Chaplain
Smooth - Santana
Some Enchanted Evening - Andy Williams
Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Stand By Keep Us Alive - Ben E King & The Eagles (Mashup)
Stand By Me - Ben E King
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 - George Gershwin
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
That’s The Way I Like It - KC & The Sunshine Band
The Age Of The Innocence - Don Henley
The Girl From Ipanema - Frank Sinatra
The Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World - Prince
The Way You Look Tonight - Michael Bublé
This Masquerade - The Carpenters
Three Times A Lady - The Commodores
Time - Pink Floyd
Things - Bobby Darin
To Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan (Adele)
Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart
True - Spandau Ballet
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
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
What Becomes of The Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin
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

Dave'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)£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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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
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