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About Joe

Upbeat musician from London who has played over 600 events all around the UK and abroad. Big pop songs in his own style sure to wow guests!
Kingston upon Thames
Public liability insurance of £5 million

I play upbeat, happy covers spanning from 60s to present day (with slightly more focus on songs from the 90s onwards). I play classic hit songs with unique verve and energy, featuring lots of 'live lounge' style covers which get crowds singing and dancing along! Genres include pop/rock/indie/R and B/hip hop/singer/ -songwriter/more. I'm a songwriter by trade - I write songs for other artists and sometimes for myself - I'm an originals artist under the name 'Garvie' and you can find me on an Spotify/Apple Music and everywhere else, and my music has been played on BBC Radio 6 (Tom Robinson called one of my tunes an 'irresistable earworm'), BBC Introducing, London Live, Amazing Radio and London Live amongst others. I love playing covers gigs because it's such a pleasure to be able to add something to people's big events that are so important to them. Seeing audiences of all kinds connecting with the songs and singing and dancing along makes it all worthwhile, so I try to do all I can to get the crowd involved when it's a party gig, but I'm equally happy to be more of a 'background' musician and set the mood at dinner parties, wedding receptions and corporate events when this is required. Because I'm so keen to make sure you're hearing the songs you want to hear, I'm more than happy to learn new tunes for your event to make sure I'm getting it exactly right - I leave nothing up to chance and always confirm setlists ahead of time to ensure that you're getting exactly what you want. In terms of experience, I've played covers gigs big and small all over the uk ranging from corporate parties for companies like WeWork and HSBC alongside smaller birthday parties and surprise engagements where it's just me, the bride and the groom there. I've played at Ronnie Scott's, Kensington Roof Gardens, Wilton's Music Hall and loads more - I've done international gigs all around Europe and in the US too! Because of all of this experience I'm confident playing in front of any crowd size, so however big or small your event is, I'm confident that I can handle it.

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Pop, Acoustic, Top 40, Funk, Soul, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, 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
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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, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Accompanist
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Song list

ABBA - Dancing Queen
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Bill Haley - Rock around the clock
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
Earth, Wind and Fire - September
Elvis Presley – I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond - I am, I said
Ray Charles - Shake Your Tail Feather
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Steve Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Beach Boys - Surfin USA
Beatles - Hey Jude
Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Beatles – Hard Days’ Night
Beatles – I wanna Hold Your Hand
Beatles - Twist and Shout
The Contours - Do you love me
The Monkees - I'm a Believer
The Temptations - My Girl
Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
Bob Marley - One Love
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen - Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Elton John - Crocodile Rock
Hall and Oates - You Make My Dreams
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
Prince - Kiss
Luther Van Dross - Never Too Much (or ‘A Thousand Kisses’ as it’s sometimes known!)
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Tina Turner - The Best
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Wham – Club Tropicana
Wham – Last Christmas
Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Backstreet Boys - Backstreet's Back
Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me
Blackstreet - No Diggity
Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Gala - Freed From Desire
Mike and the Mechanics - Over My Shoulder
N Sync - Bye Bye Bye
Nick Cave - Into My Arms
Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis – She’s Electric
Oasis – Wonderwall
Shanks and Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate
The La's - There She Goes
Blink 182 - All the Small Things
Blu Cantrell/Sean Paul - Breathe
Craig David - Rewind
Craig David - 7 Days
Modjo - Lady
Natalie Imbruglia - Against The Wall
Shanks and Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate
Smash Mouth - All Star
The Coral - Dreaming of You
The Killers - Mr Brightside
TLC - No Scrubs
Toploader - Dancing in the Moonlight
Train - Hey Soul Sister
U2 - Beautiful Day
Usher – U Remind Me
10s onwards
Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Treasure
Carly-Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Charlie Puth - One Call Away
Charlie Puth - Attention
Coldplay - Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Doja Cat - Say So
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Dua Lipa - Levitating
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
George Ezra - Budapest
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
George Ezra - Shotgun
George Ezra – Blame It On Me
George Ezra - Paradise
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jessie J - Price Tag
John Legend - All of Me
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
The Kooks - Naive
The Kooks - She Moves in Her own Way
Lorde - Royals
Magic – Rude
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Maroon 5 - This Love
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
Olivia Rodrigo - Good 4 U
One Direction – You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful
One Republic – Counting Stars
Outkast - Hey Ya
Owl City - Fireflies
Pharell - Happy
Plain White Ts – Hey There Delilah
Rihanna - Diamonds
Rihanna/Calvin Harris – This is What You Came For
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Stereophonics – Dakota
Taylor Swift - Shake it off
Taylor Swift - We are never getting back together
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
The Weekend – I Can’t Feel My Face
Vance Joy - Riptide
The Weekend – Blinded By the Lights
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Before a performance, clients love the attention to detail that I give them - I'm always happy to go the extra mile and ensure that everything is completely ready to go before the day. During my performances, clients love my enthusiasm, sense of humour and my talents as a singer and guitarist. It's a pleasure to do my job and I convey this on stage.

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

I'll always do my best to be flexible - so just let me know if any timings change!

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

Absolutely - let me know if you'd like me to provide this, as I can do it for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

Setting up is a very quick process - all I need is a room that I can make a bit of noise in (so that I can test the equipment) and that's about it! The process takes about half an hour, but leaving 45 minutes is ideal just in case.

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

Absolutely! You can pick whichever songs that you'd like. I am more than happy to give advice too - I've been doing this for years now which means that I often know what crowds want!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring everything possible. I also own a battery powered amp which means that I don't need power to play!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I'm more than happy to learn songs to play for an event - the most important thing is being given notice so that I have the time to learn them. I don't charge extra for this - as long as I'm not taking on too much, I'm more than happy to put in the time to learn songs to make your event the best it can be!


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Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£375
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From Encore customers:

Nicole T
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Joe for our wedding to play during the reception drinks and I am SO pleased that we did. He was amazing and created such a wonderful atmosphere for the guests. Incredibly talendated and many guests commented on how much they enjoyed him playing. Communication throughout the booking process was faultless and he was very open to try what we wanted whilst also giving his own professional opinion which was really beneficial. I would recommend Joe time and time again, hopefully we'll have another party soon where we can book him again! Thank you again Joe.

Darren B
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great set, lovely guy and real quality … would definitely recommend Joe.

Martyn C
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Great guy, very helpful and flexible, amazing voice and knocked out some cracking tunes, he added his own personality to them.

Sally L
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Joe was fantastic. Everyone at the party thought so . He learnt a few songs especially for the day too. He was always very flexible with changing times and communication was very efficient. Thanks so much!

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From other customers:

Frank T
6 years ago

'Really good'

Christopher E
5 years ago

Could not have picked a better person than Joe for our Proposal. He was very flexible when plans,locations and times kept changing. He was very easy to arrange everything with and even learned a few more songs to play for the special occasion. He was amazingly talented and showed up early. Can 100% recommend Joe for any proposal or any event without hesitation. He made us feel at ease, and he made it a very special proposal.

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