Singing guitarist

Phil Richards

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Singing guitarist
Hull
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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Phil Richards is a professional acoustic musician perfect for weddings, functions, bars, and more.

Phil Richards is a professional, highly experienced, fully equipped wedding and events musician, providing music entertainment for any occasion. Everything required to put on the performance will be provided for you. Having performed at hundreds of weddings and events, Phil will perform a tailor-made setlist for your event; this could be old classics, or a more modern set of current chart hits. Phil specialises in upbeat, easy-listening style music, perfect for wedding receptions, ceremonies, restaurants and bars. If you want something a little more party/dancing vibe, please consider enquiring about the duos and bands that Phil performs in. Some previous clients/venues: Literally hundreds of wedding venues across the UK, Hull City Hall, Craven Park Stadium, Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium, Walkabout chain (nationwide), Village Hotel Entertainment Provision, Ladies Day Leconfield, Potting Shed (nationwide) and many more. A word from Phil: Thank you for checking out my page! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to message me or request a call, and I'll reply personally as soon as possible!

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Motown, Top 40, Rock, Pop rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

If the song you are looking for isn’t on this list, please get in touch as it may have recently been added. This repertoire expands frequently. There are also several Christmas songs that are not listed.
Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Aerosmith - Don't Wanna Miss a Thing
A-ha - Take on Me
Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar
American Pie - Don Mclean
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Avicii - Hey Brother
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Bastille - Pompeii
Beautiful South - Don’t Marry Her
Ben E. King - Stand by Me
Beyoncé - Halo
Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love
Blink 182 - All the Small Things
Blur - Parklife
Blur - Song 2
Bobby Darin - Beyond the Sea
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Bryan Adams - I’ll Always Be Right There
Bryan Adams - Summer of ‘69
Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together
Busted - Glad I Crashed the Wedding
Busted - Year 3000
Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
CeeLo Green - Forget You
Chainsmokers - Closer
Chainsmokers - Paris
Cher - Believe
Christina Perry - A Thousand Years
Christina Perry - Jar of Hearts
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Coldplay - Yellow
Colin Haye - Overkill
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Daniel Powter - Had A Bad Day
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Don McLean - American Pie
Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr Blue Sky
Ella Fitzgerald - Dream a Little Dream of Me
Ella Henderson - Yours
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Elton John - Rocket Man
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Feeder - Buck Rogers
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fountains of Wayne - Stacey's Mom
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Turner - The Way I Tend to Be
Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
George Ezra - Blame it on Me
George Ezra - Budapest
George Ezra - Paradise
George Ezra - Shotgun
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Gotye - Somebody that I Used to Know
Green Day - Time of Your Life
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
Guns 'n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin' at Me
Here Comes the Bride (Guitar Arrangement)
Hunter Hayes - Wanted
Imagine Dragons - Walking the Wire
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
Jack Savoretti - Apologies
Jack Savoretti - Written in Scars
Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Jackson 5 - Blame it on the Boogie
James - Sit Down
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
James Bay - Hold Back the River
James Bay - Let it Go
James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
James Blunt - I’ll Be Your Man
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jason Mraz - I Won’t Give Up
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Jessie J - Domino
Jessie J - Pricetag
John Legend - All of Me
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
Katy Perry - Firework
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Lady Gaga - Pokerface
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Lonestar - Amazed
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Magic - Rude
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 - This Love
Marvin Gaye - Heard it Through the Grapevine
McFly - All About You
McFly - Obviously
Men at Work - Land Down Under
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Michael Bublé - Have I Told You Lately
Mika - Big Girls
Mika - Grace Kelly
Mumford and Sons - I Will Wait
Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime
Muse - Starlight
Neil Diamond - I Am I Said
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Newton Faulkner - Feels Like Home
Nickelback - Rockstar
Nizlopi - JCB Song
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger
Oasis - Half the World Away
Oasis - She’s Electric
Oasis - Wonderwall
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Otis Redding - Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Passenger - Let Her Go
Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman
Pink - Raise Your Glass
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Plain White Tees - Hey There Delilah
Queen - I Want to Break Free
Radiohead - Creep
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man - Human
Razorlight - America
Razorlight - Before I Fall to Pieces
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the Bridge
Rhianna - We Found Love
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robbie Williams - Feel
Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing at All
Sam Cooke - What a Wonderful World
Sam Smith - Money on My Mind
Sam Smith - Stay with Me
Scouting for Girls - Heartbeat
Sia - Titanium
Simon and Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Steve Earle - Galway Girl
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stone Sour - Zzyzx Road
Stone Sour/Corey Taylor - Bother
Survivor - Eye of The Tiger
System of a Down - Roulette
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Take That - A Million Love Songs
Take That - Back for Good
Take That - Patience
Take That - Rule the World
Take That - Shine
Take That - Up All Night
Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
Tenacious D - Tribute
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
The Beach Boys - Sloop John B
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - Hard Day's Night
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles - I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
The Commitments - Mustang Sally
The Dubliners - I’ll Tell Me Ma
The Dubliners - Whiskey in the Jar
The Dubliners - Wild Rover
The Feeling - Never Be Lonely
The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself
The Hoosiers - Worried About Ray
The Housemartins - Happy Hour
The Human League - Don’t You Want Me
The Killers - Human
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Kooks - Naïve
The Kooks - She Moves in Her Own Way
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Monkees - I'm a Believer
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
The Script - For the First Time
The Script - Man Who Can't Be Moved
The Shires - Daddy’s Little Girl
The Temptations - My Girl
The Vamps - Wild Heart
The Weekend - I Feel It Coming
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town
Tom Odell - Grow Old with Me
Tom Walker - Leave a Light On
Tom Walker - You and I
Tony Christie - Is This the Way to Amarillo
Toploader - Dancing in the Moonlight
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Train - Drive By
Train - Hey Soul Sister
Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know
U2 - With or Without You
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Vance Joy - Riptide
Vengaboys - We’re Going to Ibiza
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
Weezer - Say it Ain't So
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
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. As long as the timing change isn't hugely different, it's rarely a problem at all.

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

At your request, I am happy to put a playlist on through my system during any of my breaks, so there are no silent periods. If you require my sound system for playing music before or after my performance, this can be arrange for an additional fee, feel free to enquire for further details.

How much time do you need to set up?

This is dependant on the venue, and what you require from me but in a really simple set-up, I can usually be ready in around 30-45 minutes. In some more complex set-ups, such as very large or oddly shaped venues, it can sometimes be around an hour or more.

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

If you would like to look through my repertoire and select a small sample of songs you would like to be in the set, I'm happy to work with you and try and ensure those songs will be played. With years of experience in reading crowds, and knowing which songs will work best for the event, for the most part I tend to tailor the setlist for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely everything. The only thing that will be required on your end is a reliable power source. Having said this, most of the time, my power usage is very small, and I can even bring a battery powered PA in some scenarios, such as outdoors.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song you want isn't in my repertoire, please enquire as there may be a chance I've recently learnt it! If this isn't the case, I have different packages to accommodate for learning requests for your event, which I will be happy to do.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Most background style bookings say they love the tasteful ambience that it adds to their event. However, when the crowd are actively listening, I'm generally not the sort of entertainer who uses cheesy lines such as 'everybody clap your hands!'. I work in a more genuine and playful manner, with some banter with the crowd in there too!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The list is endless! I have worked in close to a hundred wedding venues, right across the UK. I have done residency work for various hotels and chain restaurants (e.g. Slug and Lettuce, Village Hotels, Harvester), and have also played on large stages such as Hull City Hall, and Middleton Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

This would be hard to pinpoint, but I have influences from many well known artists such as George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, but also some lesser known artists such as Ben's Brother, and Jack Savoretti.

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

Probably the Star Search Finals at Hull City Hall!

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£275
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, an aisle song, music during the signing of the register, and exit song, and music as guests leave.
£300
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£300
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, aisle song, music during the signing of the register, exit song. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.
£495

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Tremayne O, 18 days ago

Phil was great for our corporate event, came all the way down to Manchester and played a great set, which really helped create a fun atmosphere for our office opening. Would happily book him again and recommend to anyone.

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Charlotte A, 2 months ago

Phil was exceptional. Not only does he sound fabulous, he was a joy to deal with. We hired Phil for our wedding, our guests loved him. He was so good in how he adapted to our crowd. My only regret was that we were taken off for photos and I missed him. We have vowed to have him back at future events. Top class Phil, thanks for making our day :)

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Gemma P, 2 months ago

Phil was a lovely guy. Checking in with us before hand to see if we were still happy with our song choices. He is an amazing musician, with a beautiful voice. My husband plays guitar and sings and so does the best man, so we spent ages finding someone they were happy with. He played us down the aisle, signing of the registry, walking back up the aisle and then during our reception on the terrace. Many of the guests commented on how great he was and some wanted his business card. We would definitely recommend Phil, hes an exceptional musician and all round nice guy

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Laura W, 3 months ago

Amazing! Beautiful music!

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John H, 10 months ago

Back on Track performed at my fathers 80th birthday in December 2018. Fabulous guitarists and singers. Excellent time keeping, professional, organized and well presented. The whole family from 8mths to 80 were singing along to old classics and newer current songs. Vast array of songs sung. Talented singers, wonderful for all types of parties or functions. Background music or front of house act! 5 ***** would use them again any day!

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Adam W, 10 months ago

Booked for a 30th birthday, Great duo, highly recommended, a great night was had by all, many thanks.

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