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Pop and Rock Solo acoustic or party singer and guitarist! Beatles, Take That, ABBA, Killers, Wham! Bryan Adams and many others!
Singing guitarist
Bracknell
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I am a singer and guitarist with 20+ years experience. I can provide acoustic music for wedding ceremonies, restaurants, and bars through to full evening party entertainment for wedding receptions, parties, pubs, venues and corporate events. Please check out my video and music demos and get in touch with your requirements. I have over 400+ acoustic, pop, rock, reggae and dance songs in my repertoire (See below) so can easily cater for any occasion! Look forward to hearing from you!

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
Lightning fast responses
3rd Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 25 Encore gigs!
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Ska, Reggae, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1950s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music
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Event types:
Birthday party, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician
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Song list

Set out below are sample Party Sets. These are fully adaptable for your event as I have a 400+ song repertoire (see below) and you can pick your own set list to suit your requirement / event accordingly.
Take it Easy - The Eagles
Please Please me - Beatles
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Shape of you - Ed Sheeran
That's the way I like it - KC and the sunshine band
Club Tropicana - Wham!
Girls on Film - Duran Duran
Does your mother know - ABBA
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
You can’t hurry Love - Phil Collins
Together in Electric Dreams - Human League
Enola Gay - OMD
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
She loves you - Beatles
Twist and Shout - Beatles
Go your own way - Fleetwood Mac
Parklife - Blur
Don’t look back in anger - Oasis
All the small things - Blink 182
Year 3000 - Busted
Sweet child o' mine - Guns 'n' Roses
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Typical Party Set list (Part 2)
Food for Thought - UB40
I wanna hold your hand - Beatles
Castles in the Sky - Ian Van Dahl
Wake me up before you go go - Wham!
Rio - Duran Duran
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Shine - Take that
I'm a Believer - Monkees
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
I don’t feel like dancing – Scissor Sisters
Love machine – Girls Aloud
Making your mind up – Bucks Fizz
Spice up your life – Spice Girls
I’m still Standing – Elton John
Disco 2000 – Pulp
Mr Brightside – Killers
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
500 Miles – Proclaimers
It must be Love - Madness
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Complete Repertoire - I am always adding new songs so please let me know if you can't see your favourite artist or band!
ABBA Dancing Queen
ABBA Does your mother know
ABBA Ring Ring
Adam and the ants Antmusic
Adam and the ants Goody Two Shoes
Adam and the ants Dog Eat Dog
A-HA Take on Me
A-HA The Living Daylights
A-HA Cry Wolf
A-HA Hunting High and Low
A-HA The Sun Always Shines on T.V
A-HA You are the one
Alice Deejay Better off Alone
Artic Monkeys I bet that you look good on dancefloor
ATB Don't Stop
Automatic Monster
B*witched Blame it on the weatherman
B*witched C'est la vie
B*witched Rollercoaster
Baltimore Tarzan Boy
Bananarama  Cruel Summer
Bananarama  Venus
Band Aid Do they know it's Christmas
Bangles Hazy Shade of Winter
Beach boys And then I kissed her
Beach boys Do you wanna dance
Beach boys Help me Rhonda
Beach boys I get around
Beach boys Sloop John B
Beach boys Surfin' USA
Band Aid Do they know it's Christmas
Beatles All my loving
Beatles From me to you
Beatles Help
Beatles Hey Jude
Beatles I wanna hold your hand
Beatles I saw her standing there
Beatles Let it be
Beatles Love me do
Beatles Norwegian Wood
Beatles Paperback Writer
Beatles Please Please Me
Beatles She Loves You
Beatles Twist and Shout
Bee Gees You win again
Big Country In a Big Country
Bill Haley and the Comets Rock around the Clock
Bill Withers / Club Nouveau - Lean on me
Billy Ocean - When the going gets tough
Black Lace Agadoo
Blink 182 All the small things
Blondie Call Me
Blondie Heart of Glass
Blondie The tide is high
Blur Girls and Boys
Blur Parklife
Bob Marley Three little Birds
Bon Jovi Born to be my baby (acoustic)
Bon Jovi Keep the faith
Bon Jovi Livin' on a prayer
Boney M No woman no cry
Boney M Rivers of Babylon
Boney M Rasputin
Britney Spears Circus
Britney Spears Hit me baby one more time
Brother Beyond He Ain't no competition
Bruno Mars Just the way you are
Bruno Mars Uptown funk
Bryan Adams Everything I do, I do it for you
Bryan Adams Run To You
Bryan Adams Summer of 69
Bucks Fizz Land of make believe
Bucks Fizz Making your mind up
Bucks Fizz My camera never lies
Buggles Video killed the radio star
Busted What I go to school for
Busted Year 3000
Busted Sleeping with the light on
Charlatans The only one I know
Charlie Puth (ft. Meghan Trainor) Marvin Gaye
Christina Perri A Thousand Years
Corrs So Young
Cranberries Zombie
Cranberries Dreams
Crowded House Weather with you
Culture Club Everything I own
Culture Club Karma Chameleon
Cutting crew I've been in love before
David Bowie Modern Love
Deep Blue Something Breakfast at Tiffany's
Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence
Depeche Mode Everything Counts
Depeche Mode It's no good
Depeche Mode People are People
Depeche Mode Personal Jesus
Dollar O L'mour
Dollar Mirror Mirror
Doctor and the medics Spririt in the Sky
Dr Hook When you’re in love with a beautiful woman
Dodgy Good Enough
Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf
Duran Duran Girls on Film
Duran Duran Is there something I should know
Duran Duran Notorious
Duran Duran Ordinary World
Duran Duran Planet Earth
Duran Duran Rio
Duran Duran Save a Prayer
Duran Duran The Reflex
Duran Duran View to a kill
Eagles Desperado
Eagles Hotel California
Eagles Take it easy
Eagles Take it to the limit
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon
Ed Sheeran Lego House
Ed Sheeran Perfect
Ed Sheeran Shape of You
Elbow One Day like this
ELO Don't bring me down
ELO Hold on Tight
ELO Mr Blue Sky
Elton John I'm Still Standing
Elton John  I guess that's why they call it the blues
Elton John Sad Songs
Elvis Presley Hound Dog
Elvis Presley  Jailhouse Rock
EMF Unbelievable
Enrique Iglesias Hero
Enrique Iglesias Bailamios
Eric Clapton I Shot the Sheriff
Eric Clapton Wonderful tonight
Evanescence Bring me to life
Extreme More than Words
Fleetwood Mac Big love (looking out for love)
Fleetwood Mac Everywhere
Fleetwood Mac Go your own way
Fleetwood Mac Little lies
Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon
Fleetwood Mac The Chain
Foo Fighters Learn to Fly
Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
Fray How to save a life
Free Alright now
Garbage Stupid girl
Girls Aloud Call the Shots
Girls Aloud Love Machine
Girls Aloud Somethin' kinda ooh
Grease You're the one that I want
Green Day Basket Case
Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day Holiday
Green Day Wake me up when Sep ends
Green Day Time of your life
Green Day Know your enemy
Guns 'n' Roses Patience
Guns 'n' Roses Sweet Child o’ mine
Haircut 100 Love plus one
Hanson Mmmn Bop
Happy Mondays Kinky Affro
Happy Mondays Step On
Human League Don't you want me
Human League Mirror man
Human League Together in electric dreams
Ian Van Dahl Castles in the Sky
Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera
Jackson 5 Shake your body down to the ground
Jam Town Called Malice
Jam Start
James Blunt You're Beautiful
JLS Beat again
John Lennon Happy Christmas (war is over)
Justin Timberlake Can't stop the feeling
Kaiser Chiefs I predict a riot
Kajagoogoo Too Shy
Kajagoogoo Big Apple
Katrina and the waves Walking on Sunshine
KC and the sunshine band Give it up
KC and the sunshine band That's the way (I like it)
Keane Bad dream
Keane Everybody’s Changing
Keane This is the last time
Keane Nothing in my way
Keane On a day like today
Keane Silenced by the night
Keane Somewhere only we know
Kenny Chesney Me and You
Killers Mr Brightside
Killers Somebody told me
Kim Wilde Kids in America
Kings of Leon Sex on Fire
Kinks You really got me
Kraftwerk The Model
Kula Shaker Hush
Kylie Minogue Kids 
Kylie Minogue Especially for You
Kylie Minogue Hand on your heart
Kylie Minogue Never Too Late
Kylie Minogue Red blooded woman
Kylie Minogue Wouldn't change a thing
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven
Lenny Kravitz Are you gonna go my way
Lighthouse Family Lifted
Limahl Never Ending Story
Madness Baggy Trousers
Madness Our House
Madness House of Fun
Madness Tomorrows just another day
Madness My Girl
Madness Tarzans' Nuts
Madness It must be love
Madness Wings of a dove
Madonna Holiday
Madonna Hung Up
Madonna La Isla Bonita
Mamas and Papas Californa dreamin'
Manic Street Preachers If you tolerate this
Manic Street Preachers Motorcycle Emptiness
Maroon 5 Harder to Breathe
Maroon 5 Moves like Jagger
Maroon 5 Payphone
Matt Cardle First time ever I saw your face
McBusted - Air Guitar
McFly All About You
McFly Obviously
McFly The Heart Never lies
Men at Work Down under
Metallica Nothing else matters
Metallica The Unforgiven
Michael Jackson Another part of me
Michael Jackson Bad
Michael Jackson Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Black or White
Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror
Michael Jackson Thriller
Michael Jackson Wanna be startin' somethin'
Mike and the mechanics Living years
Modern Romance Best years of our lives
Moody Blues Question
Monkees Daydream Believer
Monkees I’m a believer
Monkees Last Train to Clarkesville
Monkees Shades of Gray
Monkees Theme from the monkees
Muse Uprising
Musical Youth Pass the dutchie
Natalie Imbruglia Torn
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
Nik Kershaw I won't let the sun go down on me
Nik Kershaw The Riddle
Nirvana About a girl
Nirvana In bloom
Nirvana Lithium
Nirvana Smells like teen spirit
Oasis Champagne Supernova
Oasis Don’t look back in anger
Oasis Live Forever
Oasis Rock and Roll star
Oasis Roll with it
Oasis Wonderwall
Olly Murs Dance with me tonight
Olly Murs Heart skips a beat
One Direction What makes you beautiful
One Night Only Just for tonight
Ottawan D.I.S.C.O
Ottawan Hands Up
Paul McCartney Pipes of Peace
Paul McCartney Wonderful Christmas Time
Pearl Jam Alive
Pearl Jam Black
Pet Shop Boys It’s a Sin
Pet Shop Boys Always on my mind
Pet Shop Boys West End Girls
Phil Collins You can’t hurry love
Pink Floyd Another Brick in the wall
Planet Perfecto Bullet in the gun
Police De do do do de da da da
Police Don't stand so close to me
Police Every Breath you take
Police Every little thing she does is magic
Primal Scream Country Girl
Proclaimers 500 Miles
Puddle of Mudd Blurry
Pulp Common People
Pulp Disco 2000
Queen Crazy little thing called love
Queen Don't stop me now
Queen Radio Ga Ga
Queen We will rock you
R.E.M Drive
R.E.M Everybody Hurts
R.E.M Losing my religion
Radiohead Creep
Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rage against the machine Bombtrack
Rage against the machine Bulls on Parade
Rasmus In the shadows
Razorlight America
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Red Hot Chili Peppers  By the Way
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Give it Away
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Under the bridge
Republica Ready to go
Rick Astley Never gonna give you up
Ricky Martin Livin la vida loca
Robbie Williams Angels
Robbie Williams Feel
Robbie Williams Let me entertain you
Rolling Stones As tears go by
Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
Rolling Stones Paint it Black
Rolling Stones Satisfaction
Roxette The Look
Sash! Raindrops
Scissor Sisters I don't feel like Dancing
Script The man who can’t be moved
Script Hall of Fame
Seahorses Blinded by the sun
Seahorses Love is the law
Shakin Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
Shakin Stevens Oh Julie
Shed Seven Chasing Rainbows
Simple Minds Belfast Child
Simple Minds Waterfront
Sixpence none the richer Kiss me
Sky Tocatta
Slade Merry Christmas Everybody
Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
Soul Asylum Runaway train
Spandau Ballet Gold
Spandau Ballet True
Spice Girls Spice up your life
Spice Girls Stop
Spice Girls Viva Forever
Spice Girls Who do you think you are
Spin Doctors Two Princes
Squeeze Cool for Cats
Squeeze Take me I'm Yours
Squeeze Up the Junction
Starship We Built This City
Status Quo Burning Bridges
Status Quo Rockin' all over the world
Status Quo Whatever you want
Stereophonics - Dakota
Stone Roses Fool’s Gold
Stone Roses I am the Resurrection
Stone Roses I wanna be adored
Stone Roses Love Spreads
Stone Roses She bangs the drums
Stone Temple Pilots Plush
Stranglers Always the sun
Stranglers Golden Brown
Sugarbabes About you now
Supergrass Alright
Take that Patience
Take that Rule the World
Take that Shine
Take that The Flood
Tears for Fears Change
Tears for Fears Everybody wants to rule the World
Tears for Fears Mad World
Tears for Fears Shout
Tempole Tudor Swords of a thousand men
TenCC Dreadlock holiday
TenCC I'm not in Love
Thompson Twins Hold me Now
Thompson Twins Doctor Doctor
Tiffany I think we're alone now
Tom Petty Free Fallin'
Tom Petty I won't back down
Toto Africa
Toto Hold the line
Travis Sing
Travis Writing to reach you
U2 All I want is You
U2 Angel of Harlem
U2 Beautiful day
U2 Gloria
U2 Desire
U2 Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me
U2 I will follow
U2 I still haven't found what I'm looking for
U2 Lady with the spinning head
U2 One
U2 Pride (in the name of love)
U2 So Cruel
U2 The Fly
U2 Where the streets have no name
U2 With or without you
UB40 Food for thought
UB40 I can't help falling in love with you
UB40 I got you babe
UB40 Red Red Wine
Ultravox Dancing with tears in my eyes
Ultravox Vienna
Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony
Verve Drugs don't work
Walk the Moon Shut up and Dance!
Westlife Flying without wings
Wet Wet Wet Love is all around
Wham! Bad Boys
Wham! Careless Whisper
Wham! Edge of Heaven
Wham! Freedom
Wham! I'm your man
Wham! Last Christmas
Wham! Club Tropicana
Wham! Everything She Wants
Wham! Wake me up before you go go
Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag
Wonderstuff Dizzy
Acoustic Songs
Below is a selection of the songs I can perform, but there are more so please ask if you can't see your favourite artist or band!
Losing my Religion - R.E.M
Take it Easy - The Eagles
Patience - Take That
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Red Red Wine – UB40
Help - The Beatles
Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton
All about you – McFly
As Tears go By – The Rolling Stones
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
More than Words - Extreme
Wonderwall - Oasis
Question - Moody Blues
Run - Snow Patrol
A thousand Years - Christina Perri
Side - Travis
Drive - R.E.M
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
America - Razorlight
Cannonball - Damien Rice
I'm a believer - The Monkees
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Rule The World - Take That
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Last train to Clarkesville - The Monkees
Weather with you - Crowded House
Don't look back in anger - Oasis
Everybody's Changing – Keane
Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
Diane - Fleetwood Mac
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
She loves you - The Beatles
Kiss Me - Sixpence none the richer
Everything I do, I do it for you - Bryan Adams
Obviously - McFly
Free Fallin - Tom Petty
Lean on me - Bill Withers
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Hotel California – The Eagles
Crazy little thing called love – Queen
Only You – Yazoo
Slight Return – The Bluetones
Time of your life – Green Day
Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Everybody Hurts – R.E.M
Love is the Law – The Seahorses
She bangs the Drums – The Stone Roses
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
One – U2
Mad World – Tears for Fears
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Sad Songs – Elton John
About a Girl – Nirvana
Good Enough – Dodgy
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
Roll with it – Oasis
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
What I go to School for – Busted
Careless Whisper – George Michael
Last Christmas – Wham!
Do they know its Christmas – Band Aid
Black – Pearl Jam
I am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
When you’re gone – Bryan Adams + Mel C
Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
Hungry like the Wolf – Duran Duran
When you say nothing at all – Ronan Keating
Writing to reach you – Travis
With or Without You – U2
Obviously – McFly
The only one I know – The Charlatans
Hold me now – The Thompson Twins
Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
The Unforgiven – Metallica
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Lifted – The Lighthouse Family
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Do you wanna Dance – The Beach Boys
All of Me – John Legend
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
Faith – George Michael
Every Breath you take – The Police
Paperback writer – The Beatles
High – James Blunt
Does your Mother Know – ABBA
Live Forever – Oasis
Go your own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Hunting High and Low - A-HA
Where the streets have no name – U2
C’est la Vie – B*Witched
Run to You – Bryan Adams
Customer questions

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

Usually not a problem as i am flexible. :-)

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

Yes, i provide at no extra cost

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes

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

Yes, I have nearly 500 you can choose from!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, just need a small chair for PA desk

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £20 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My wide variety of songs and genres available, engaging performances,

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Everwhere! From peoples living rooms and gardens, boats, restaurants, pubs through to big arenas like Butlins 80s weekenders and the Isle of Wight Festival. I even once got asked to play in a hot air balloon!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Duran Duran, The Stone Roses, Keane, U2, Wham!, A-HA and Rage against the machine.

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

Probably Butlins 80s weekend with my Duran Duran tribute. Also O2 Acadamy in Glasgow coming up in June 2019

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£200
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£200
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.
£300

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£100
DJ set
+£125

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Chris L, 19 days ago

James was an absolute professional. Thank you so much, what a top guy. Did my Sons 18th party. Thanks James.

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Mark A, 1 month ago

Incredible Set! Made a lockdown Birthday Feel really Special! Would use again and again....

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Gini H, 2 months ago

James performed at our surprise 80’s party he was fantastic! Really professional, great to communicate with before our event, he did an incredible set and we would highly recommend him xx

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Maria L, 5 months ago

Amazing excellent voice he really made the evening . Will definatley book him again

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Tam W, 19 days ago

James sang for me at The Wishing Well pub in Reading on Bank holiday Monday. He played to the audience every genre of music . My customers loved him and WOW what a voice!! One talented musician Looking forward to having you back in the near future.

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Ann M, 1 year ago

James sang at my mum’s 90th birthday celebration. He was really helpful at selecting songs through the decades and helped me run a quiz around it which all the guests enjoyed. We were particularly impressed with the songs where he played his guitar and had many of us singing along. Thanks James for helping to make the day so special.

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