Singing guitarist

Sam Dawson

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The #1 acoustic singer in Yorkshire and the Humber! Guaranteed to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.
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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. My setlist contains songs from the 60s right through to modern day classics, so you can expect to hear anything from Elvis to George Ezra. For laid-back, live-lounge style gigs, (such as wedding receptions, wedding breakfasts etc.) the set is very much acoustic based, creating a light atmosphere for your guests. For those of you who like to dance and would like music during the evening (be it a party, wedding or private function) I make use of some effects pedals to get a full sound with plenty of bass! 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. If you'd like to discuss your event, send me a message and we can talk through any questions you might have. Speak soon! Sam

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Acoustic, 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, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Christmas, Country
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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, Virtual event
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Arranger, Composer, Audio engineer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hard Days Night - The Beatles
Yesterday - 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
Amazing Grace
Bare Necessities - Jungle Book
I Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Imagine - John Lennon
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
American Pie - Don McLean
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Layla - Eric Clapton
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Burning Love - Elvis Presley
I Would Walk 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
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
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and The Waves
You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
I'll Be There For You - The Rembrants
Lucky Man - The Verve
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Greenday
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
Babylon - David Gray
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
You've Got A Friend In Me - Toy Story
5 Colours In Her Hair - McFly
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Dream Catch Me - Newton Faulkner
People Should Smile More - Newton Faulkner
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
The Blowers Daughter - Damien Rice
Use Somebody - 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
New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
Do You Remember - Jack Johnson
Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
Cannonball - Damien Rice
The Girl - City and Colour
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
Ignition - R. Kelly
Last Request - Paulo Nutini
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Beggin' - Madcon
Low - Flo Rida / T-Pain
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Shine - Take That
The Things You Don't Say To Your Wife - Tim Hawkins
When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkees
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Marry You - Bruno Mars
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
Count On Me - Bruno Mars
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Counting Stars - One Republic
Domino - Jessie J
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
I See The Light - Tangled
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
She Said - Plan B
Shotgun - George Ezra
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Love Is An Open Door - Frozen
Paradise - George Ezra
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon
I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Binge Thinking
Bring It On
Chasing After You
I Can't Lose
Lost In You
Seven Wonders
Small Talk
We Had It All
You Scare Me
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The setlist, and the ability to adapt to suit the occasion. As well as an extensive setlist, I use a number of effects pedals. This allows me to 'beef up' the sound if things are really lively, or 'strip back' the sound if it's a more relaxed event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brid Spa, countless wedding venues, and numerous festivals (including Galtres Festival, alongside Maximo Park, The Stranglers, JP Cooper)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

City and Colour Bon Iver Ben Howard Newton Faulkner

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

Galtres Festival - alongside Maximo Park, The Stranglers, JP Cooper

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

If timings change slightly, just let me know. I will always try my best to accommodate for any changes!

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

Yes, however this will alter the quote depending on timings.

How much time do you need to set up?

I aim to arrive roughly an hour before the performance. Setup takes roughly 20-30 minutes.

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

Absolutely! Just let me know. However, please bear in mind, I have performed hundreds of gigs and have a pretty good idea of which songs to play at which gigs. Usually a few requests dotted amongst a tried and tested set list works well.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, although this may alter the original quote.


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£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register, and 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, as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register, and as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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From Encore customers:

Craig T
9 days ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was absolutely fantastic. Communication was great throughout, he learnt a song for my wife to walk down the aisle and everyone commented on how good he was. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish! Thank you 😊

Stacey F
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was absolutely incredible at our wedding! All of the guests and even the manager and staff at our venue commented on how fantastic he was. So professional, organised and his set was just perfect! Thankyou so much Sam for really making the day one to remember!

Carol M
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant singer would recommend

Laura M
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

I cannot thank Sam enough, I was in party meltdown mode when he arrived due to bad weather, but his professionalism and manners were impeccable. What a fantastic talent you are Sam. I am so pleased I made the decision to book you, and thank you so much for the special request for my Dad…… better than Dylan! I would not hesitate to book Sam again he worked so hard for us and despite our party being small he adapted to our requirements brilliantly and was the star of the party! Believe me my karaoke performance later in the evening was no where near as well received! Thanks Sam, you were wonderful!

Reply from Sam
5 months ago

Thank you Laura! I'm so glad you enjoyed the music... and particularly that your Dad enjoyed the Dylan song! Thanks again for having me :) Sam

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From other customers:

Suzannah E
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Rise Hall
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5 out of 5

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

Andrea B
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Old Golf House Hotel
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5 out of 5

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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