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About David

"One of the best in the business" - Musician Magazine
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Highly experienced & critically acclaimed singer, described as "The spirit of Sinatra" - The Times * Performs all styles from Tony Bennett to Michael Buble * His debut album was 'CD of the Week' in The Guardian. * Larger line-ups also available (please see booking options). * Requests accepted free of charge for first dance / special occasion. * Background music provided in between breaks to your individual requirements. * Can provide DJ music if required. "The epitome of cool" **** The Guardian "The Spirit of Sinatra" **** The Times The Times, The Guardian and The Observer have compared David’s vocal style to that of Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Chet Baker. Although his roots are firmly planted in the tradition of the classic Jazz singer, David delights in finding new ways to explore the Great American Songbook which results in a sound that is fresh, innovative and fun. “His light voice and crisp diction are ideally suited to fast tempos and witty lyrics both of which he handles with tremendous aplomb” The Observer With his Jazz trio, David has performed in clubs and theatres in New York, London, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin and Vienna. He weaves a soulful thread of Pop into his classic Jazz repertoire which – combined with his distinctive use of loops, harmony, beat boxing and comedy – makes him unique amongst his contemporaries. “Sinatra’s phrasing and a delivery all his own” Jim Santella – All About Jazz His debut Jazz album Just in Time was ‘record of the week’ in The Guardian, and his follow-up album with the Jim Mullen Organ Trio – Builders Brew – was described by Times Jazz critic, Clive Davis, as possessing “the spirit of Sinatra”. David’s albums have been favourably reviewed in The Times, The Guardian, Jazzwise, The Jazz Journal, Jazz UK, Crescendo & Jazz Magazine, Musician Magazine, UK and All About Jazz. "One of the best in the business" Brian Blain – Musician Magazine Since training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, David has performed in a wide variety of settings and is equally at home singing with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, as he is performing with his trio at Ronnie Scott's. David has sung with Jazz stars Claire Martin, John Wilson, Jim Mullen and Kirk Leightsy in venues as varied as Bristol Old Vic, 59E 59th St Theatre New York, Voorout Theatre Belgium, Soho Theatre London, The Royal Opera House, 606, Pizza Express Soho, the London Jazz Festival, the Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival, the Ritz, the Waldorf and the Dorchester. “A rising star – a cross between Mel Torme and Chet Baker” Crescendo & Jazz Magazine David has also appeared with the John Wilson Big Band, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Skelton Skinner All Stars Big Band. He was interviewed on the Russell Davies Show on BBC Radio 2, as well as receiving airplay from Jonathan Ross, Humphrey Lyttleton, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Martin OBE, David Jacobs, Desmond Carrington, Helen Mayhew, and Campbell Burnap. For more information please visit: www.davidtughan.co.uk

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
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Cabaret
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Singing teaching
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Song list

Cheek to cheek
Come fly with me
Fly Me To The Moon
For once in my life
I could have danced all night
I get a kick out of you
Lady is a tramp
Love & marriage
My way
New York ,New York
One for my baby
That’s life
The summer wind
The way you look tonight
They can't take that away from me
Under my skin
You make me feel so young
Sammy Davis Jr
Mr Bojangles
Michael Buble
A foggy day
All of me
Cry me a river
Me & Mrs Jones
The best is yet to come
Call Me Irresponsible
Jamie Cullum
Singin' in the rain
These are the days
High and Dry
Nat King Cole
Let there be love
Let’s face the music & dance
Orange coloured sky
Route 66
When I fall in love
Harry Connick Jr.
It had to be you
I Could Write A Book
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
We Are In Love
Recipie For Love
It’s Alright by me
Paul Anka
The way you make me feel (swing version)
Walking in Memphis (swing version)
Wonderful tonight
Wonderwall (swing version)
Robbie Williams
Ain't that a kick in the head
Have You Met Miss Jones
Bobby Darrin
Beyond the sea
Mack the knife
As Long As I'm Living
Tony Bennett
I left my heart in San Francisco
There'll Be Some Changes
A Foggy Day
All the things you are
Almost like being in love
Alright OK you win
Always on my mind
As time goes by
At last
Autumn leaves
Blue Moon
Can’t take my eyes off you
Dream a little dream
Georgia On My Mind
Get here
Girl from Ipanema
Have You Met Miss Jones
Is you is, or is you ain't my baby
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love
Mr Bojangles
My baby just cares for me
My Funny Valentine
Secret Love
Somewhere over the rainbow
Steppin' out with my baby
Strangers in the night
SummertimeTry a little tenderness
What a wonderful world
World on a string
You are the sunshine of my life
Customer questions

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

I'm aware how events work so I work to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible by being very flexible.

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

Of course. I supply iPod/DJ service as standard whenever I do any event.

How much time do you need to set up?

About an hour.

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

Yes. Though some backing track are better than others, I do my best to make sure the backing is of the finest quality. Some tracks I blend together with the original so that it sounds as authentic asbv

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring all the equipment I need for my performance.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. Most of the time this is very easy to do as its mostly in my repertoire so it's all included in the price. For something more complex or lengthy we can discuss details and negotiate a fee when necessary.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My passion for the songs and a sense of fun in delivery. I also remain true to the original style of the songs as they were sung by the classic crooners of the day - i.e. Sinatra, Bennet, Martin, Sammy Davis..

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club, The National Concert Hall Dublin, The Soho Theatre, The 606, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho. The Grand Hyatt Doha, Qatar, The Royal Opera House London, The Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 59E 59th St Theatre New York, The Waldorf Hotel, Grosvenor House, The Dorchester, The Royal Garden Hotel, Grand Hotel Brighton.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra, nat Ling Cole, Chet Baker, Mel Torme, Jack Jones..

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

Ronnie Scott's Jazz club London


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£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£450
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
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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Ronnie S, 2 years ago

I recently saw David Tughan Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts and he blew me away. Very inventive and charismatic. Funk and Jazz was in da house that night.

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Amy C, 2 years ago

10 months ago- David is an amazing performer with a stunning voice. I've seen him perform at Ronnie Scott's on a number of occasions and he never disappoints. His vocal range is outstanding plus his charm and wit make for an unforgettable evening.

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