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Marcus - Wedding & Party Singer. Jazz/Swing & Ratpack through to Soul and Pop classics for dancing.
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Welcome to my page. I'm Marcus - singer and musician from the Hampshire/ Surrey borders - performing Swing/Ratpack/Soul/Pop and Classic songs perfect for any occasion. With a live performing background going back over 25 years, I am very experienced in getting a rapport going with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. I have a very wide repertoire and can always adapt the music to suit your event and your audience. Past clients have been kind enough to say that I have a 'lovely singing voice' and an 'infectious enthusiasm for the music which soon spreads to the audience'. I sing and play a nice mix of popular tunes from Frank Sinatra songs, through Motown, Soul and Pop numbers from the 60s, classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s all the way to contemporary numbers by Bruno Mars – either in the background or for dancing, depending on the nature of your event. I can always find the right choice for Wedding Drinks Receptions, Special Birthdays/ Anniversaries or Dinner and Dance events. When the ambience is right - for example at a summer Garden party - I also play atmospheric jazz trumpet. For your event, you can choose particular songs you like from my repertoire list, or you can tell me the ambience you want and I’ll do the rest. I enjoy the musical challenge of learning new songs, so I am happy to learn an 'our song' for a first dance at a wedding or anniversary to make the occasion extra special. I offer a number of different packages when I perform, and typically play during one of the following options... Anniversaries/ Special Birthdays - One hour set of swinging classics performed in a cabaret style to get your guests in the party mood without drowning out the conversation, often before or after a sit down meal. Dinner and Dance - Two live one hour sets, the first set- vintage classics to get the atmosphere going, the second set up-tempo for dancing. Weddings - 1) Drinks Reception - I will create the perfect atmosphere with live music for your Drinks Reception. Before and during the photographs, I entertain your guests with some swing and infectious classic songs. I often perform outside – (depending on the great British weather of course!) 2) Wedding Breakfast - non obtrusive, romantic ballads and tasteful background music for you and your guests to enjoy. 3) Evening Reception - I will learn your special song for you as a ‘First dance’ and then play one or two up-tempo live sets for you and your guests to dance to. (Additional DJ service available after the live sets to keep the dancing going. Please let me know in advance if you require this service).

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Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Barbershop, Gospel, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, Recording session, New Year's Eve, Church service, Cruise, Concert
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Other skills:
MC, Singing teaching, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Swing/ Ratpack Jazz & Classic songs:
Come fly with me - Frank Sinatra
That's Amore - Dean Martin
Volare - Dean Martin
Fly me to the moon - Sinatra
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
I’ve got you under my skin - Frank Sinatra
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
New York New York - Sinatra
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
King Of The Road - Roger Miller
Strangers In The Night - Sinatra
Ain’t love a kick in the head - Dean Martin
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Let's Face The Music and Dance - Frank Sinatra
Have You Met Miss Jones - Frank Sinatra/ Robbie Williams
Something Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps - Doris Day
Feeling Good - Nina Simone/Michael Buble
The Lady is a tramp - Ella Fitzgerald
On The Street Where You Live - Dean Martin
Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong
Nice and Easy Does It - Frank Sinatra
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Sway - Dean Martin
The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck
Hallelujah I love her so - Ray Charles
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
Life is a Cabaret - Louis Armstrong
Something's Gotta Give - Sammy Davis Jnr.
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
Delilah - Tom Jones
Green, green grass of home - Tom Jones
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Take Me Home Country Road - John Denver
Wake Up Little Susie - Everley Brothers
Dream - Everley Brothers
Bye Bye Love - Everley Brothers
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong
Accentuate the Positive - Bing Crosby
You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
More - Bobby Darin
Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Button Up Your Overcoat - Standard
Jingle Bells - Sinatra
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Songs for Dancing:
You Can't Hurry Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
I Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
This Old Heart of Mine - The Isley Brothers
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Oh What A Night - Franki Valli & the 4 seasons
Footloose - Kenny Logins
I’m a Believer - Monkees
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Brown eyed girl - Van Morrison
Something Good - Herman's Hermits
Shake a Tailfeather - Ray Charles/ Blues Brothers
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel/Westlife
One Love - Bob Marley
New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Doo Wah Diddy - Mannfred Mann
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley
Twisting the Night away - Sam Cooke
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
I saw her standing there - The Beatles
Love Me Do - The Beatles
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Sprinfield
Red Red Wine - UB40
One Love - Bob Marley
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Franki Valli & The 4 Seasons
Oh what A Night - Franki Valli & The 4 Seasons
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Gimme Some Lovin' - Stevie Winwood/Blues Brothers
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Brothers
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Just Wanna Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Happy Birthday To You - Stevie Wonder
La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Pencil Full of Lead - Paulo Nutini
Hi Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
Bad Moon Rising - Credence Clearwater Revival
Don't Be Cruel -Elvis Presley
Wake up little Susie - Everley Brothers
Bye Bye Love - Everley Brothers
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
I Can't Help Myself - The Isley Brothers
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell (From Pulp Fiction) - Chuck Berry
Shake Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley & The Comets
I Saw Her Standing There
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Beatles
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Moondance - Van Morrison/Michael Buble
Bright Side Of The Road - Van Morrison
Xmas songs
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Santa Claus is coming to Town - Michael Buble
Ding Dong Merrily On High - Standard
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Once In Royal David's City - Standard
We 3 Kings - Standard
I wish it could be Xmas every day - Wizzard
Soulful Ballads:
My Girl - Temptations
What a wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Commodores
To Love Somebody - Michael Buble
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Love Is All Around - The Troggs
I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You - Savage Garden
When I fall in Love - Nat King Cole
At Last - Etta James
All the Way - Frank Sinatra
Dream a little dream of me - Ella Fitzgerald
Georgia on my mind - Ray Charles
L.O.V.E. Love - Nat King Cole
Love Changes Everything - Michael Ball
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Under The Boardwalk - Drifters
On Broadway - Drifters
Up on the roof - Drifters
All I have To Do Is Dream - Everley Brothers
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Fly me to the moon - Sinatra
You'll Never Walk Alone
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
O Sole Mio - Standard
Georgia on my mind - Ray Charles
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Make you feel my love - Adele
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for a small additional fee (Probably in the region of £40/50 depending on how late you want to continue).

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event, You can certainly choose your favourite songs from my repertoire and I'll fit them in at a suitable point.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely. I bring my own P.A./lights etc and it's all fully insured and P.A.T. tested.

Can you learn specific pieces 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 - for example for your 'First Dance' I am more than happy to do this for you for free. If you wanted 3 or more new songs - I could still do it with sufficient notice but there would be a small additional charge (£30/40).

What do your clients love most about your performances?

From a customer review by Julia (Birthday party) Marcus arrived at the venue well in advance of the start time. His performance was really terrific. He was able to judge the mood of the guests brilliantly and they all really enjoyed his singing. I could not rate him more highly. He made all the difference to the party and I have had some great feedback.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

L'Horizon Hotel, St. Brelade's Bay, Jersey, Beaulieu Hotel, Lyndhurst, Southdowns Manor Hotel, Petersfield, Forest Lodge Hotel, New Forest, South Winchester Golf Club, Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, La Locanda Del Duca Restaurant, Eastbourne, Old Thorns Hotel, Liphook, Lasham Gliding Club The Winter Gardens Eastbourne, Farnham Rugby Club

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Vocalists - Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner Trumpeters/Jazz musicians - Louis Armstrong, Kenny Ball, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges

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

I played as support for 'Ward Thomas' who are a very popular sister act duo with a Number 1 Album - 'Cartwheels'.

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£475
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£250
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 55 mins each during your drinks reception
£375
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.
£495

Add-ons

DJ set
+£75
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Gareth T
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

He was brilliant

Reply from Marcus
1 month ago

A very cool, well run venue and a lovely, appreciative audience. Thank you to Gareth and the team. All the best, Marcus

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Christina T
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Marcus was great , thank you for an enjoyable evening of entertainment.

Reply from Marcus
1 month ago

Thanks a lot Christina, a lovely atmosphere, really enjoyed it.

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Susan P
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Marcus entertained us at our first family reunion for nearly three years. He was absolutely brilliant, very professional and great with everyone both young and elderly. He has a great repertoire of songs and we all had a marvellous evening.

Reply from Marcus
2 months ago

Dear Susan, thank you for making me so welcome (and looking after me with food and drinks!) It was great fun and I hope to see you all again at a suitable occasion. All the best, Marcus

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Carol P
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

All the songs you sang were brilliant everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performance. I would not hesitate in recommending you as you were friendly and very professional.

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Trevor P
4 years ago

We had a private dinner party at home for 16 and Marcus was the after dinner entertainment. He started with some background music as everyone drunk their coffee and chatted, but soon cranked up the music and had everyone dancing. He sang a varied list of songs that we all knew and we all had just the most fantastic evening. I was not sure that my guests were going to let Marcus finish as they kept asking for more and more songs. Would I have Marcus again at a party, without a doubt, would I recommend him to others, most certainly. (10 / 10)

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Barbara M
5 years ago

Marcus played at our son’s christening earlier this year, he was fantastic! He played gentle jazz during the afternoon and interacted with young and old alike. The children played and sang along, with the inflatable guitars, saxophones and microphones he had brought along with him. A little later in the afternoon Marcus did another set of rock and roll and feet tapping classics – everyone was up dancing and singing along. Thank you Marcus for making the whole afternoon so much fun and gauging the audience so well.

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