Function band

Palavah

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About Palavah

Unique and versatile, we play upbeat fun music that crosses the genres and spans the decades.
Function band
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million

Palavah is a 5 piece function band (6 with a clarinet added for the icing on the cake...). Since 2014 we have been in constant demand playing at parties, weddings, pubs and venues. We don't sound and look like a standard corporate band, instead we have our own unique sound. We play all the songs and tunes everyone knows and loves but in our own style. Imagine the romance of the violin, the French sound of the accordion, the jazz sound of the double bass and mix it all up with rhythm and percussion ad lush vocal harmonies. As a band with a huge repertoire we are loved by all age groups and we tailor each set list for every event. We have a full upbeat sound to get your toes tapping and you can expect to hear all your favourites songs performed on many instruments. We have our own PA sound system which can make quite a bit of noise and we also have portable battery amps which are good for outdoors where no power supply is available. We are also happy to play with and without amplification - old school!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Folk, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Swing, Gypsy jazz, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Rock, Alternative rock, World music, Balkan, French music, Greek music, German music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Tango, Ska, Russian music, Reggae, Folk rock
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Types:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Sunny Afternoon
Top of the World
Mr Tambourine Man
Those Were the Days
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
All of Me
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
La Vie en Rose
Jambalaya
Moondance
The Model
Love Will Tear us Apart
Bei Mir Bist
Bella Ciou
We'll Meet Again
Valerie
Where do you go to my lovely
Da Da Da
My Boy Lollipop
Tide is High
Minnie the Moocher
Jolene
Stuck in the Middle with You
Echo Beach
Caroline
Brown Eyed Girl
Bring Me Sunshine
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Maggie Mae
Misirlou (Pulp Fiction)
Hey Good Looking
Autumn Leaves
Falling in Love Again
Istanbul
Light My Fire
Wedding Tarantellas
Polka's
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People love the fact that we have something for all age groups. We literally play songs and tunes that span the decades and cross the genres. It's all good fun upbeat stuff that get your toes tapping and plenty of people end up singing along. We also have quiet subtler numbers so it's all about communicating your ideas to us so we can make your event work.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Black Barn, Livestock festival, Sandbanks Jazz Café, Chelsea Old Town Hall and plenty of pubs, clubs, restaurants, weddings, parties, farmers markets, Christmas lights switch on's, schools, bandstands, everything from small art galleries to main stages...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Edith Piaf, Bob Dylan, Blondie, Patsy Cline, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Johnny Cash, Pogues, Peter Starsted, Doors, Carpenters, Kinks, Andrews Sisters, Italian, French, Irish folk, Trio, Doris Day, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Morecambe and Wise, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Hopkins, Stealers Wheel

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

Sandbanks Jazz Cafe´

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We aim to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night but we also have regular 'stand in' musicians who play with us on a regular basis who step in if a band member is unavailable, that way we can still perform as a great band and can avoid disappointment.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. Our regular 5 piece line-up is male and female vocals, violin, accordion, drums and percussion, double bass, ukulele, banjo and guitar. However, for the icing on the cake we have an amazing clarinet player who joins us for our 6 piece line-up depending on budget.

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

Everything is fine. We can work with you around what you need and what we are able to do. We are usually very easy going and flexible so communication is the key.

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

Yes, we have a full mixing desk that takes ipods, ipads and computers.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually require 1 hour to set up. This of course depends on whether we are using our own pa. For events and festivals where the pa is provided we can work with a tighter turnaround time.

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

Yes, we have over 100 songs in our repertoire so we are happy to work with you in your choices which will hopefully give you the best balance of material for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes. We are able to play both with and without amplification.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes that's no problem. We have performed at many weddings where the bride and groom would like to choose the first song. We understand that sometimes you would really like to hear something in particular and we are happy to learn something new and add it to our every expanding set-list.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Available services
early set up fee (more than one hour before event)
+£100

Reviews

From customers:

Northumberlan A, 3 years ago

A very versatile and Fun Band for any occasion, they brought the house down!

Natalie W, 2 years ago

They played at our wedding reception in our garden and were fantastic. There was a song for every age group.

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