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Phil is a fantastic singer/guitarist from London, performing a wonderful, eclectic mix of stripped-back acoustic rock & pop songs.
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Hi, I'm Phil. I'm a singer/guitarist from South London, UK. I've been a professional performer and musician for over 20 years. During that time, I've performed all over the UK and abroad, at prestigious venues such as London Hilton Park Lane, Leeds Castle, Brands Hatch, Castle Howard and The National Indoor Arena, and for many well-known clients such as Virgin Atlantic, John Lewis, Heineken and NATO. I'm the lead singer/guitarist with top UK function band, The Headliners, and I've also performed on national tours in a number of theatre shows. I've been singing all my life and first started playing the guitar at the age of 9, inspired mainly by watching my Dad's band! As an adult, I trained at Her Majesty's Theatre and put my voice to good use in a number of touring theatre shows, before revisiting my first love: live music. With "Phil Short Acoustic", I'll bring you a wonderful, eclectic mix of stripped-back acoustic rock and pop songs, perfect for any occasion, from toe-tapping background music to full-on, foot-stomping singalongs! Featuring songs by: The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, George Michael, Bryan Adams, Oasis, Elton John, George Ezra, The Kinks, Green Day, The Black Keys, The Killers...the list goes on...! I know people are sometimes apprehensive about booking live music, which is why I always aim to deliver the highest level of professionalism and customer care, twinned with the personal attention that your event deserves. I'm always available to answer any messages, or have a chat about the finer details, to make sure your event is as unique as you are. From learning a special song, to getting involved with the theme for an event, I'm always happy to go that extra mile. I hope to be able to bring that extra bit of live music sparkle to your event. And, don't forget, if you like the sound of me, but would also like some other musicians, I'm available as a solo act, or in a duo, or with a full band!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Acoustic, Christmas, Military, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Australian music, Traditional Irish folk
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Actor, Fluent improviser, Singing teaching
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Song list

Here's a flavour of the songs a typical set would contain. If there's specific songs you would like, I'm always happy to add these in, too:
All You Need Is Love (The Beatles)
Always Remember Us This Way (A Star Is Born)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Bohemian Like You (Dandy Warhols)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
Bright Side Of The Road (Van Morrison)
Budapest (George Ezra)
Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)
Counting Stars (One Republic)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
Dakota (Stereophonics)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Toploader)
Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House)
Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Easy (The Commodores)
Faith (George Michael)
Feeling Good (Nina Simone / Muse)
Free Fallin' (Tom Petty)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Happy (Pharrell Williams)
Have A Nice Day (Stereophonics)
Heaven (Bryan Adams)
Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles)
Hey There Delilah (Plain White Tees)
Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
Hold Back The River (James Bay)
Hold My Girl (George Ezra)
Honky Tonk Women (The Rolling Stones)
Hotel California (Eagles)
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
Itchicoo Park (Small Faces)
Just The Two Of Us (Bill Withers)
Learn To Fly (Foo Fighters)
Let It Be (The Beatles)
Little Lion Man (Mumford & Sons)
Lonely Boy (The Black Keys)
Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Mr Brightside (The Killers)
Mystify (INXS)
Naiive (The Kooks)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Place Your Hands (Reef)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Rocket Man (Elton John)
Rule The World (Take That)
Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran)
She's Electric (Oasis)
She's The One (World Party / Robbie Williams)
Shotgun (George Ezra)
Shut Up And Dance (Walk The Moon)
Sit Down (James)
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding)
Stand By Me (Ben E King)
Starman (Davie Bowie)
Substitute (The Who)
Sugar (Maroon 5)
Summer Of ’69 (Bryan Adams)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Take It Easy (Eagles)
Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver)
The One I Love (REM)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Time Of Your Life (Green Day)
Valerie (The Zutons / Amy Winehouse)
Wagon Wheel (Darius Rucker)
Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day)
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
With Or Without You (U2)
Wonderwall (Oasis)
You Can't Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones)
You Do Something To Me (Paul Weller)
Customer questions

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

I always try to be as flexible as possible with timings, to help ensure your event runs smoothly. If timings change slightly, once you've booked me, just let me know. I'm always happy to advise on what timings will work best.

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

Absolutely. I always come prepared with playlist DJ music, for before I play live and during breaks, and I provide this service free of charge. I can also provide a full DJ service, if required, for an additional fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually like to allow approx 45 mins to 1 hour to set up, before the performance time. If there's a very tight turnaround time for a performance space (for example, clearing a room after a wedding breakfast and preparing it for the evening reception), then I can set up in as little as 20 mins!

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

I always try and feature a real mixture of songs, to create the perfect atmosphere and make sure everyone's having a great time. But, by all means, feel free to have a look through my song list and pick your favourites from there!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I always carry all sound and lighting equipment, which is suitable for the vast majority of venues. If you're hosting a particularly large event, please let me know and I can advise if additional equipment will be needed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a special song isn't included in my song list, please let me know (I might already know it, anyway!) If I don't, then I'll be happy to learn it for you, free of charge. If there are any more additional songs, then I'd be happy to learn them too, for a fee of £20 per song to take into account the preparation time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My ability to adapt to the needs of a client's individual event. I don't have a one-size-fits-all approach. If it's a lively party, then I can keep it really upbeat to match the party vibe. But if a client would prefer something more laid-back, so they can be entertained whilst still able to relax and chat to their guests, then I can do that too!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Countless! I perform all over the country and, either solo or with a band, I've performed at most venues! Most notably: London Hilton on Park Lane, The Brighton Metropole, Leeds Castle, Castle Howard, Brands Hatch, The Millenium Stadium. But, like all singers, I also regularly perform in bars in London and across the country!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love the voices from the bands of the late 60s & 70s. In particular Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eagles, Lynrd Skynrd, Free, Queen. Of course there's also The Beatles and The Rolling Stones who've influenced everybody! I try to bring a bit of that style into everything I do, whether it's an old classic, a 90s banger, or a modern RnB track!

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

That would have to be the Heineken Cup Final at The Millenium Stadium!


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)£180
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£375
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
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.
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
Zoom Party
A 30 minute set of live acoustic tunes. Loads of great audience interaction and very happy to take requests! It can be themed (branded for your company/Christmas songs/etc...) and can also include a song with changed-up lyrics, name-checking friends/family/colleagues (with advance notice). A 45 minute set is also available for £150.
Zoom bomb
I'll jump into your Zoom call and surprise your friends and colleagues with a favourite song!
Bespoke music video
I'll produce a unique music video with professional recording equipment. I can customise the video with your own branding and lyrics! It can be delivered like a personal message, with your company logo and a message on screen. It can also feature clips that you have filmed, to really personalise it and make it extra special.


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Edward S, 1 month ago

This was amazing. I knew after a few seconds Phil would be perfect. He was kind, courteous and created a magical experience for my parents and myself. He helped create a personalised set list based on my parents taste and his skills. I'd definitely recommend and book him again. Thanks Phil

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Annabel D, 2 months ago

Phil was great. He was very responsive, very accommodating with song choices, Covid secure, punctual and perfect for my daughter’s surprise 18th. He sang and performed brilliantly outside even though it was cold and he was smiling throughout. She had a very special day. I could not recommend him more highly.

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Karen C, 1 year ago

Phil was excellent, such a lovely, friendly, happy chap. He fitted in perfectly and even wore a western outfit to fit our theme. His guitaring and singing were spot on. Lovely entertainer and happy to go along with whatever song choice we asked. Highly recommended. Cheers Phil for making our party night so special. Xx

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Nick H, 1 year ago

Phil was brilliant. Great addition to our party. What a singer, what a man. I could not fault him.

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Nick H, 4 months ago

Fantastic performance by Phil Short in a surprise guest performance at my wife's 70th birthday Zoom party. Bob Dylan was her favourite artist and Phil performed the Bob Dylan tracks she liked best. She absolutely loved it and there were rave reviews from all our other guests too. Phil was set up to perform over Zoom, could have been in the next room and needed no technical input from us for everything to work perfectly. He was such a good sport too - going along with the surprise element of the performance and leading our 70 guests in a slightly out of synch Happy Birthday chorus on Zoom! He has a wide repertoire and can deal with less crazy events too I know - and so after his performance for us I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a versatile and talented singer.

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Deborah L, 1 year ago

The music was perfect!! Very talented musician. All requests played and these were last minute and the encouragement to get all on the dance floor by Phil for Summer of 69 was truly memory making and soo much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble for Phil and we would certainly and are recommending him to others. From booking to the night smooth no hiccups completely surpassed our expectations. Many thanks Phil.

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