Singing guitarist

Sam Dawson

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East Yorkshire based vocalist and guitarist providing entertainment for weddings, parties and more.

Hi, my name is Sam Dawson. I’m an East Yorkshire based vocalist and guitarist providing entertainment for pubs, clubs, weddings and parties, with a professional attitude and a passion for music. I have had many years of performing experience, which has led me to playing some of the biggest events in the region – Freedom Festival, Humber Street Sesh, Galtres Festival (alongside The Stranglers, Maximo Park, Reef) to name a few. I am largely self taught as a vocalist, but my guitar playing was closely mentored by Richard Silvester, an excellent teacher based in Hull. Since taking lessons, I have studied Professional Music Performance at The ACM in Guildford, graduating with a First Class Honors Degree. My passion for music has led me to where I am now, and I am very grateful for that. A sample of my set list can be seen below, which contains songs from the 60s right through to modern day classics. For most songs, I make use of some effects pedals to layer different parts and get a ‘fuller’ sound. Not only does this create a more dynamic performance, it also allows me to ‘read the room’ – livening things up or stripping things back when necessary. Combined with a large repertoire, this makes for a unique performance each night which is tailored to the audience and venue. Everything you hear on this site is an accurate representation of what to expect when I perform live – nothing has been ‘souped-up’ via production wizardry. To make an inquiry, please find my contact details at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Folk rock, Originals, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Indie, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage
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Instruments:
Singing guitarist, Singer, Guitar
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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:
Arranger, Composer, Audio engineer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

50s/60s/Classics
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
My Girl - The Temptations
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book
Ain't No mountain - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Dream - The Everly Brothers
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Various Artists
70s
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Imagine - John Lennon
Your Song - Elton John
You've Got A Friend - James Taylor
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Stuck In The Middle - Stealers Wheel
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
Burning Love - Elvis
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
80s
Sweet Child Of Mine - Guns N' Roses
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
90s
I'll Be There For You - The Rembrants
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Lucky Man - The Verve
Good Riddance - Greenday
It Must Be Love - Madness
Angels - Robbie Williams
Rotterdam - The Beautiful South
She's Electric - Oasis
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Half The World Away - Oasis
Everlong - Foo Fighters
00s
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Sittin' Waitin' Wishin' - Jack Johnson
Chasing Cars - Tracy Chapman
Dream Catch Me - Newton Faulkner
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
The Blowers Daughter - Damien Rice
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Swing Life Away - Rise Against
Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
All About You - McFly
Hey There Delilah - Plain White Ts
Yellow - Coldplay
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Valerie - Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Dakota - Stereophonics
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Golden Touch - Razorlight
Ooh La - The Kooks
Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
Do You Remember - Jack Johnson
10s
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
All Of Me - John Legend
Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Bob Dylan
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Attention - Charlie Puth
Budapest - Georgre Ezra
Blame It On Me - George Ezra
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Shake it off - Taylor Swift
Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
Hold Back The River - James Bay
Count On Me - Bruno Mars

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Sophia B, 2 months ago

Sam was fantastic! He played at a 25th birthday garden party, he was very happy to take requests and made the event one to remember. Would highly recommend you book Sam, as we definitely will be booking again!

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Suzannah E, 8 months ago

Sam recently played for us during our reception drinks at our Wedding at Rise Hall and was absolutely fantastic. He played a real mix of material appropriate for all guests and created a fabulous atmosphere and enetertained guests during our photos. He was a pleasure to speak with and I was able to leave him to organise his own set up etc and was able to simply arrive and hear him on the day which was a blessing in itself and one less thing to worry about. Highly recommended

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Andrea B, 8 months ago

Sam played throughout our day and ceremony on 26th October. Paul and I can’t thank him enough for how great he was. All the guests commented on how brilliant he was. He really helped in providing the mood that we wanted throughout the whole day. Thank you Sam for making our day so memorable and beautiful x

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