Joni Tuson

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Soulful, infectious grooves that’ll take your party by storm

What you need to know about our music: Papa Soul are a groovy 9 piece band who all share a professional but fun approach and a love of soul, funk, disco and reggae. We come together to create a versatile and exciting act who will take your party by storm. We play soulful music with infectious grooves that you can’t help but boogie to. We’re perfect for any wedding, birthday party or corporate event that needs a truly immersive soul experience. As well as playing records from timeless soul record labels (like Stax, Chess, Motown, Atlantic, Cadet, Fame, Josie, Argo, King and Federal to name a few), we write original material. We have huge combined musical experience. We can learn any tune you request, although we add our own cool twist! Who we are: We are highly flexible and can appear as a 9 piece with massive sound, or can negotiate a smaller band to match your budget. We are 2 female vocalists, 1 male vocalist (who's also the drummer!), bass, guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, trumpet. Groovy huh? We can also appear as an: 8 piece (2 brass), 7 piece (1 brass), 6 piece (no brass - wait what?!!), 5 piece (no keyboard), and then a 4 piece (2 x vocals, drums, bass and guitar) How much we cost: We are £180 per musician per gig. So for the full 9 piece we cost £1800. A five piece is £900. This includes two 45 - 50 min sets, a ll our gear & sound engineer. Travel costs are negotiable over and above this depending on where you are in the WORLD! Herewith a list of songs from our set list: 1. Rocksteady - Aretha Franklin 2. Just kissed my baby - The Meters 3. Get back - The Beatles 4. Each day - Anne Cole 5. Sunshine of your love - Spanky Wilson 6. 7 nation - The White Stripes 7. Ain't no sunshine - Bill Withers 8. The snake - Al Wilson 9. 7 day fool - Etta James 10. Signed, sealed, delivered - Stevie Wonder 11. Tainted love - Gloria Jones 12. I got you - James Brown Set 2: 1. Something's got a hold - Etta James 2. Harlem shuffle - Bob & Earl 3. Hold on - Sam and Dave 4.Begging - Frankie Vallie 5. Dreaming of you - The Coral 6. Tell mama - Etta James 7. Come together - The Beatles 8. Long train running - Doobie Brothers 9. Just dropped in - Sharon Jones 10. Toxic - Britney Spears 11. Mercy - Third Degree 12. Hahahaha yeah - White Denim 13. Mamas on the run - Papa Soul 14. Lifting me Higher - Jackie Wilson Set 3: 1. Satisfaction - Rolling Stones 2. Hanging on - Monophonics 3. Can't get you out of my head - Third Degree 4. Atomic - Blondie 5. I got my mojo workin - Jimi Smith 6. Mamas on the run - Papa Soul 7. Chain of Fools - Aretha 8. I just wanna make love to you - Etta James 9. The best thin you ever had - Candi Staton 10. I can't stand the rain - Ann Peebles 11. Upside Down - Diana Ross 12. In the basement - Etta James

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
Motown, Funk, Funk rock, Disco, Covers, R&B, Soul, Vintage, Blues, Swing, Acoustic, Karaoke
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Lyricist, Perfect pitch
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From customers:

Rob W, 2 years ago

“Basically, you were bloody brilliant! All the logistics, setup, getting to the awkward venue, not forgetting the bass player etc was spot on so we didn’t have to worry about it.”

Simon P, 1 year ago

“Everyone I spoke to about the wedding said that the band was fantastic- young and old.

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