Derek Herbert - Vintage Tribute Singer

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About Derek

Take a trip down Memory Lane with Derek's Variety Show /George Formby Tribute-plays Ukulelele Banjo & Ukulele-engages with audience.

An accomplished singer, ukulele banjo player and actor having studied music and drama at the renowned Liverpool Crane Studios, Derek has a wealth of Musical Theatre, Variety, Music Hall and entertainment experience. Derek regularly performs a George Formby Tribute singing and playing his ukulele banjo not only as a 1940s Wartime Entertainer in 1940s shows but also in Music Hall Shows and at corporate and private functions. In addition to performing as a George Formby Tribute and 1940s Wartime Entertainer Derek is also a convincing Winston Churchill Lookalike and Sound-alike and gives an amusing Life Talk on Tommy Cooper which includes impersonation when telling jokes and performing magic tricks.

Derek's Reviews

From customers:


“Just a short note to say how much everyone enjoyed Derek's wonderful "George Formby" Tribute. Everyone joined in the singing and laughed at his jokes, so can't be bad.” Staffordshire Country Markets


Well done,Derek, on your “George Formby Tribute” contribution to our "Salute to the 1940s" show”. Gary Birtles - Groovy Gazza Productions / Salute to the 1940s

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Customer questions

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

Can usually accommodate

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


How much time do you need to set up?

60-90 mins if using own sound equipment

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

With advance notice

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes,if no system & sound engineer at function/event

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

Play in unique George Formby style. Engage with my audience-work from the floor and walk amongst them when I have a humorous banter with them.Encourage participation-singing and dancing when appropriate. Not a background performer.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Leeds City Varieties Theatre Blackpool Opera House Gunton Hall Padiham on Parade Sheraton Hotel,Blackpool Peace Gardens,Sheffield City Centre Empire Theatre ,Liverpool

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

George Formby
1940s era music, Light music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Vintage
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Event types:
Private event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, MC
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