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Ruby & The Dukes

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Ruby and the Dukes: A Vintage 1950's R&B, RocknRoll, Blues, Rockabilly, and Retro Swing Band!
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Based in the heart of London, Ruby and the Dukes are a musical force that transports audiences back to the golden era of the 1940s and 1950s. Led by the captivating vintage singer, Ruby, the band offers a powerfully electric performance that ignites the stage with their authentic and soulful renditions of classic hits. The band's main lineup comprises a talented ensemble, including a skilled double bassist, a masterful saxophonist, a grooving drummer, and a versatile guitarist. Their combined energy and enthusiasm bring a unique flavor to their musical projects, creating a dynamic sound that captures the essence of the era. Meet the Band Members: Ruby: Originally hailing from Florida, Ruby is the heart and soul of the band. With a profound love for vintage fashion and the music of the 40s and 50s, she delivers an electrifying performance that resonates with the audience, showcasing her passion for this cherished musical period. Double Bass - Jonny Gee: One of the UK's most versatile double bassists, Jonny Gee's exceptional skills add depth and rhythm to the band's vintage sound. Having collaborated with renowned artists and groups worldwide, his contributions to the music elevate the band's performance to new heights. Saxophone - Lynne Walker: Prepare to be blown away by the remarkable saxophone melodies of Lynne Walker. An incredibly talented session musician, Lynne has worked with an impressive array of artists, bringing her exceptional artistry to Ruby and the Dukes, adding a touch of brilliance to their ensemble. Drums - Graham Cuttill: East London-born Graham Cuttill has been a driving force on drums since 1979. His rhythmic expertise and diverse experience shine through in every beat, having recorded and performed with legendary names like Edwin Starr, Alexander O'Neal, and The Foundations. Guitar - Chris Thorn: The founder of Ruby and the Dukes, Chris Thorn's guitar-playing prowess has spanned over three decades. With a rich history in the live acid jazz scene of the '90s and various musical projects, his guitar skills lend an authentic touch to the band's vintage sound. Together, Ruby and the Dukes masterfully blend the classics of Ruth Brown, Nina Simone, Etta James, and Bill Haley and the Comets with contemporary hits from artists like Imelda May, Stray Cats, and Post Modern Jukebox. Their style, sound, and theme are genuine to the era, and every performance guarantees to get people dancing. The band's versatility allows them to cater to diverse events, from Vintage Festivals and Stylish Weddings to Themed Events and Jive and Rocknroll Clubs. Notably, they have also graced top hotels, including a memorable appearance at The Strand Palace Hotel. With full Public Liability Insurance, PAT testing, and various options for DJ, playlists, and lighting, Ruby and the Dukes ensure that every aspect of their performance is top-notch. Their brand new Mackie Reach 1500w PA system and vintage guitar amps and guitars contribute to their classic and captivating sound. If you're yearning to experience the nostalgia and energy of the 1940s and 1950s, Ruby and the Dukes are the band to see. Catch them live at various events and venues across London. For more information and performance details, simply send them a message, and they'll be delighted to share the excitement of their enchanting musical journey with you.

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Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz, 1950s era music, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, 1940s era music
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Ruby & The Dukes' Song list

Song Artist
1 My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone
2 Love Me Right LaVern Baker
3 Praise You Fatboy Slim - Jam
4 My Babe Little Walter
5 Fever Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
6 I Don't Know Ruth Brown
7 Easy Easy Baby Ann Cole
8 Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean Ruth Brown
9 Feelin' Good Nina Simone
10 Shakin’ All Over Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
11 Ain’t Misbehavin’ Fats Waller
12 Trouble Jackie de Shannon
13 Please Mr Jailer Wynona Carr
14 Voodoo Woman Koko Taylor
15 Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton
16 Nosey Joe Bull Moose Jackson
17 Funnel of Love Wanda Jackson
18 Sweet Child of Mine Guns ’n’ Roses
19 I’m Shakin’ Little Willie John
20 Tainted Love Gloria Jones
21 Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
22 Miserlou Dick Dale
23 As Long As I’m Movin’ Ruth Brown
24 I Just Wanna Make Love To You Etta James/Willie Dixon
25 Whipper Snapper LaVern Baker
26 Fujiyama Mama Wanda Jackson
27 Put On My Shoes Mary Ann Fisher
28 Dance With Me Henry Etta James
29 Tiny Tim LaVern Baker
30 Rip It Up Little Richard
31 Shake, Rattle & Roll  Big Joe Turner
32 Rock This Town Stray Cats
33 King Of The Swingers Louis Jordan
34 I Just Wanna Make Love To You Etta James
35 Scorched Varetta Dillard
36 These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ Nancy Sinatra
37 Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins
38 When I'm 64 The Beatles
39 In My Life The Beatles
40 Bang Bang Cher
41 I'll Go Crazy James Brown
42 Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley
43 See You Later Alligator Bill Haley
44 Slippin' & Slidin' Little Richard
45 Rip It Up Little Richard
46 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley
47 Hit The Road, Jack Ray Charles
48 Tequila The Champs
49 What A Difference A Day Makes Dinah Washington
50 Cry Me A River Julie London
51 C'mon Everybody Eddie Cochrane
52 I Hear You Knockn' Smiley Lewis
53 Susie Q Dale Hawkins
54 Rumble Link Wray
55 I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
56 I Put A Spell On You Screamin' Jay Hawkins
57 Please, Please, Please James Brown
58 What'd I Say? Ray Charles
59 I Only Have Eyes For You The Flamingoes
60 Who Do You Love? Bo Diddley
61 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
62 16 Tons Tenessee Ernie For
63 I Get A Kick Out Of You Frank Sinatra
64 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You Frankie Valli
65 Breakfast at tiffanys
66 Bad Guy Billie Eilish
67 Apache Shadows
68 Jingle Bell Rock
69 Jackson Johnny Cash
70 Put your head on my sholder Paul Anka
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Ruby & The Dukes' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Nikki T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Great band. Played / sung the National Anthem as a special request for the Jubilee weekend. Everyone enjoyed the music very much.

Lucy S
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

I wanted a smokey jazz club feel for my Peaky Blinders wedding and Ruby and the Dukes certainly delivered! Ruby’s vocals were epic and the musicians were on point. The dance floor was packed all evening with my guests asking for more more more at the end. I couldn’t have asked for a better band, I totally recommend them! And Macs communication with us from first booking to the wedding day was consistent and he reassured me throughout the process. One very happy Bride and Groom and guests as a result, perfect!

Eliska S
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

The Band gave an outstanding performance at our charity fund raising event garden party. All the guests were really impressed with the rapport the band had with the crowd

Elena L
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing band! All guests are talking about this band now and asking where we've found them. They've made our birthday celebration unforgettable and set the mood for the whole evening. Outstanding! Super band!

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From other customers:

Daniel A
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Dark Ln
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5 out of 5

"We hired Ruby & the Dukes to play at our wedding in September and they were amazing. They put on a great show, adding our first dance into their set list and contributed to a great evening atmosphere at the wedding. We know that our guests really enjoyed their performance and some have already recommended them to others."

Sue H
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Dark Ln
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5 out of 5

We just loved this band at Home Farm . The dance floor was full and they created a great atmosphere for a wedding in the country . Hopefully they will come this way again - Sue Harrison, Home Farm Events -

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