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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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Sam's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Steve R
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

What a talent Sam was on new years eve’ any request asked for, he provided Made the night ultra special for us! Would have him back again!!! Thanks Sam Top person too! Regards Steve & Jackie👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

Reply from Sam
3 months ago

Thanks Steve! It was lovely to play for you and your guests on Sunday! Thanks again for the food and for making me feel so welcome. And bravo on everyone's costumes! 👏

Colin Y
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Sam to play at our wedding for 4 hours while our guests had drinks and dinner. His energy and song list completely matched the relaxed vibe we were looking to create. We gave him free choice on what songs he sang and the ones he picked were perfect. A while before the wedding we asked if he would sing Coldplay ‘yellow’ for our first dance despite it not being on his set list and he didn’t hesitate. I wish, wish, wish we had a recording as it was beautiful and perfect. Thank you so much Sam, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone, we had so many great reviews for you from our guests and would happily book you again for any event. Shame we can’t do it all over again!

Kim R
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Truly amazing! Sam wow’d my guests from start to finish, so friendly & we really enjoyed his sets.. we would love to book Sam in the future! Thankyou for helping make my wedding renewal unforgettable Sam, pure talent!

Reply from Sam
6 months ago

Thank you for making me feel so welcome Kim! Your guests were a riot! 😀

Al W
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Punctual, professional, perfect! What more can I say. Sam performed for us on our wedding day and he was fantastic. Really made a great atmosphere. Would definitely use again in the future.

Reply from Sam
6 months ago

Thank you Al! 🙂 It was a pleasure playing during your wedding day. All the best to you and Anita! x

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Francesca O
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Saltmarshe Hall
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5 out of 5

Sam sang at our wedding in October and he was amazing!! Thank you so so much for performing at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception Sam! We had so many compliments on your performance and it meant the world to us that you played Holocene as I walked down the aisle! It was so beautiful and I still get goosebumps when I hear it now!

Emily C
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Wood Hill Way
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5 out of 5

Thankyou so much to Sam he was fantastic at our wedding at the beginning of sep he was friendly and played a fantastic mix of music. Also learning a song choice that was wanted for an isle song. Thanks so much. Everyone was commenting on him and how fabulous he was. I would highly recommend and will be passing on recommendations. Many thanks Mr and Mrs Crombie

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Sam's Song list

A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Ain't No Mountain - Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell
Bare Necessities - Jungle Book
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy - The Tams
Blowing In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morisson
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
I Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
My Girl - The Temptations
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
This Old Heart of Mine - The Isley Brothers
Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Yesterday - The Beatles
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
It Must Be Love - Madness
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
Rockin' All Over The World - Status Quo
Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
Burning Love – Elvis
American Pie – Don McLean
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Your Song - Elton John
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
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
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
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
The Things You Don't Say To Your Wife - Tim Hawkins
When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkees
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
Just The Way You Are - 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
Beautiful Crazy - Luke Combs
Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
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
+ Hundreds More!

Sam's 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£245
Up to 2 hours£295
Up to 3 hours£345
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.
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.
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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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, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Audio engineer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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