James Tattington

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I'm a guitarist and singer-songwriter based in Southsea, Portsmouth. I perform originals and also have an extensive repertoire of covers.

James Tattington is a singer/songwriter and performer based in Portsmouth with a great deal of experience performing at weddings, birthday parties and celebrations of all occasions. Fusing a diverse range of styles and genres within his performance from Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Alternative and Pop, James can comfortably cater for a wide variety of tastes and events. By combining beat-boxing, vocals, guitar and live-looping techniques, James is able to create instrumental and percussive soundscapes that can range from a full-band sound with percussion, bass, guitar and vocals to a more mellow melodic accompaniment, which can be tailored to suit the occasion. Having also pursued a career within the music industry under the moniker Fugitive Orchestra, James has been featured on BBC Introducing and performed at a number of music festivals and at venues up and down the country. Priding himself on being a professional and versatile yet affordable performer, James is always happy to accommodate any song requests and discuss an appropriate fee for your event.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Jazz, Blues, Originals, Easy listening, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Top 40, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Christmas, Folk, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Sound technician, Live looping, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

40s & 50s
Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher
Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose
Elvis Presley - Blue-suede Shoes
Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beatles - All My Lovin’
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Michelle
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bob Dylan - Just Like a Woman
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
Glenn Campbell - Wichita Lineman
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
Louis Armstrong - What a wonderful world
Louis Prima - I Wanna Be Like You
The Lovin’ Spoonful - Daydream
Marvin Gaye - Heard it through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get it on
Muddy Waters - Hoochie-Coochie Man
Nina Simone – Feeling Good
Otis Redding - Sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale
Ray Charles - Drown in my own tears
Ray Charles - Hit the road Jack
Sam Cooke - A change is gonna come
Sam Cooke - You Send Me
Al Green - Let’s Stay Together
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers - Use Me
Bob Marley & the Wailers - I Shot the Sheriff
Carly Simon - Nobody Does it Better
The Clash - London Calling
David Bowie - Life on Mars
David Bowie - Starman
The Doors - People Are Strange
The Doors - Riders on the Storm
Elvis Costello - Alison
Elvis Costello/The Cure - Watching the detectives/Lovecats
James Taylor – Steamroller Blues
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix - Wind Cries Mary
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young - Out on the Weekend
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Talking Heads - Psycho killer
The Aristocats - Everybody Wants to be a Cat
Tom Waits - Ice-cream Man
Van Morrison - Moon Dance
The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
Candi Staton - You got the love
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Crowded House - Don’t Dream it’s Over
The Cure - In-Between Days
The Cure - Lovecats
Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
Fairground Attraction - Clare
Martha & the Muffins - Echo Beach
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Paul Simon - Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Blackstreet & Dr. Dre - No Diggity
Cher - Believe
Dee-Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Jeff Buckley - Lover, you Should’ve Come Over
Oasis - Don’t Look Back in Anger
Oasis - She’s Electric
Paul Weller - Wildwood
Paul Weller - You Do Something to me
Portishead - Glorybox
Radiohead - High and Dry
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Blu Cantrell/Adele - Breathe/Rolling in the Deep
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
Damien Rice - Cannonball
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River
Kate Nash/Kate Bush - Foundations/Running up that hill
LCD Soundsystem – Home
Lykke Li - Dance, Dance, Dance
Maroon 5/Britney Spears - This Love/Baby One More Time
Oasis – The importance of being idle
Razorlight - Golden touch
R Kelly - Ignition
Taylor Swift - Shake it off
The Fratellis – Whistle for the choir
The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
The White Stripes/Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (of a) Seven Nation Army


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)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£360


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Curt F, 1 month ago

James was fantastic from start to finish! His music was great and really had our wedding up dancing and singing along! Would recommend James to anyone. Amazing once again thank you.

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Hannah P, 1 month ago

James played at our Wedding in August and I can honestly say his snippets online don't do him justice. All our guests were so impressed and we had lots of compliments on how good he was. James is also very professional and organised from initial enquiry all the way through to the actual day - we can't wait to book him again!

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