Singing guitarist

Sam Scherdel

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The highest rated/most established Solo performer in the North” “Sam's husky gravelly vocal style belongs with Rod Stewart and Kelly Jones''
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Sam is a singer/guitarist/pianist based in South Yorkshire UK. "Sam's husky gravelly vocal style ensures that he deserves to belong within the same faction as the likes of Rod Stewart and Kelly Jones, allowing him to explore Rock and Soul with Justice. This said, his softer side makes him as good as any at delivering a modern ballad." As well as been a fantastic vocal performer Sam can also accompany himself with Piano and Acoustic Guitar. What makes him unique. The fact he manages to play his accompaniments at the same time. Sam recreates the sound very similar to a full band using only his Guitar and Keyboards. (Please specify in booking if you would like Guitar & Piano). This along with Sam being a solo artist makes him generally very competitive in the price range making him a popular choice for Weddings, Corporate Events, Functions etc. having some very high profile clients over his 13 years in the music industry. His direct DIY approach and love of music has made him one of the highest rated performers in the function industry, focusing on quality live performances which are sure to leave your audience stunned. The range of material he covers is very broad, and can cater for any event or crowd. He performs music from Many classic artists including The Beatles, U2, The Rolling Stones and also mixes this with music from more contemporary artists including The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Oasis, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran etc. The general rule is ask and he can accommodate! As well as a standard set Sam can provide; -Accomplished live instrumental background music (for a more subtle approach) -Live performance to walk down the aisle to at the Church/Registry Office. -Unplugged/Laid back acoustic performance through Dinner Lunch -A connection for your ipod to use through his professional PA system. -Personalised Recording in a professional studio of your wedding song in his own style (enquire for pricing). Aswell as performing up and down the United Kingdom, Sam is available to perform Worldwide with bookings already in place from overseas destinations in 2020 for more information please get in touch. Countries Sam has performed in are USA, Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Thailand to name a few. Sam aim's to respond to enquires within 1 working day (usually done within a few hours of being in receipt) and once booked is available at anytime to discuss any aspect of the booking with you! Bookings can be secured with a minimal non-refundable deposit. Outside of this work Sam is an emerging songwriting talent on the music scene and occasionally performs with a touring band, he has embarked on a UK tour, festival appearances, he has also had success internationally with his first ever single Sticks and Stones reaching no. 1 in national radio charts in Qatar. Sam has also received national airplay on BBC Radio 1Xtra with a collaboration he did uk with iTunes chart topper Shaodow and is regularly featured on BBC introducing.

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Sam's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sarah B
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sam performed at my daughters 18th, he was punctual, played a variety of songs, he’s got an epic voice, plays guitar amazingly, put his own identity in to songs and it was so good. Everyone loved him and said how good he was! Don’t hesitate to book him, you won’t regret it!

1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Sam had an amazing voice which all of our guests really enjoyed listening to at our wedding. Played the guitar beautifully too and could accommodate our song choices without any problem.

Reply from Sam
1 year ago

Thanks so much Lisa. Was an honour. Loved the song choices too. Had that Chris Malinchak stuck in my head. 😂 Wish ya both all the best for the future.

Carole C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent performance, everyone enjoyed Sam and his sets, thanks for a fantastic night

Reply from Sam
1 year ago

Great crowd Carole! Thank you so much. Was a pleasure to meet and perform for you New Years Eve. Sam

Julie R
1 year ago
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3.3 out of 5

Sam’s performance was good. Very slow at responding to any type of communication. Was asked to play the wedding march acoustic but played the track from a tablet.

Reply from Sam
1 year ago

Hi Julie & Matthew, Must say I’m Extremely disappointed with the review left. I’ve just reviewed all comms. And At no stage did you state you wanted the wedding March acoustic? You messaged my on the 17th December and I responded on the 18th December. I also asked your partner prior which version you wanted and Matthew said “any”. At this stage you were aware i was intending to play the song through the tablet, I must ask why Matthew didn’t mention it at this point? The wedding March as you know is an orchestral piece so very difficult to recreate on a single acoustic guitar. A lot of what you requested was outside of what a standard package of 2 x 45 minutes, I accommodated other personal song choices for you also. Had you at any stage asked for me to do this solo I would’ve advised as I’m Not a classical guitarist it would be better to be done via iPad as orchestral pieces are not what I offer as part of my service. I also performed in two separate areas, which is not usually covered in the price covered & for longer than the contractual times to ensure you had your time periods covered. The price quoted was for 2 x 45 minutes. As you know I was on site 12:15 and performed from 12:50 all the way through until 3:30. Only having short breaks in between moving all the equipment which was required. As I said, I’m extremely disappointed you felt the need to post this publicly when you had several opportunities on the day to raise. Wish you both well for the future.

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From other customers:

Lisa E
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Elliott Ln
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5 out of 5

Sam thank you sooooo much at such short notice for singing at our boys wedding . You were absolutely AMAZING , everyone asked about you and said how fabulous your voice was and what a great choice you sang. So glad I found you we will without a doubt highly recommend you to anyone with a function in mind. Thank you once again!!

Faye J
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Bondhay Ln
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5 out of 5

We can't thank Sam enough for Singing at our 30th birthday on 20th August 2021. He was great for the set that he did for us, what a great voice. We loved that he came with his guitar, the rustic vibe we wanted. Due to covid, we must have re arranged the date about 3 times, Sam was great each time and we was so relieved he was available still for the date that we actually could go as planned. If anyone asks about any singers we know for any events, we shall definitely be passing his details on. Thank you once again. A great night was had! Faye & Dan

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Sam's Song list

Amy Winehouse/Zutons - Valerie
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Adele/Bob Dylan - Make You Feel My Love
Andy Williams/Frankie Vallie Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Bill Withers - Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Billy Joel - She’s Always a Woman
Bob Dylan - If Not For You
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Cat Stevens - Wild World
Cat Stevens - The First Cut Is The Deepest
Coldplay- The Scientist
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Coldplay - Yellow
Coldplay - Sky Full Of Stars
Coldplay- Green Eyes
Damien Rice - Cannonball
David Bowie - Heroes
David Bowie - Lets Dance
David Gray - Babylon
David Gray - This Years Love
David Gray - Sail Away
Drake - Hold On
Ed Sheeran - A Team
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - How Would You Feel (Paean)
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley - I Cant Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley The Wonder Of You
Elbow - One Day Like This
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Elton John - Your Song
Etta James - At Last
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton - Layla
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Foo Fighters - Times Like These
Frank Sinatra - Thats Life
Frank Sinatra - Moon River
Green Day - Time of My Life (Good Riddance)
George Ezra - Budapest
George Ezra - Blame It On Me
George Ezra - Shotgun
Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jake Bugg - Broken
Jake Bugg - Lightening Bolt
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
John Lennon - Woman
James - Sometimes
James - Sit Down
James - Laid
James Blunt - Your Beautiful
James Blunt - High
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Kasabian - L.S.F
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Lumineers - Ho! Hey!
Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond - Forever In Blue Jeans
Oasis - Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis - Live Forever
Oasis - Whats The Story (Morning Glory)
Oasis - Songbird
Oasis - The Masterplan
Oasis - Slide Away
Oasis - Cast No Shadow
Oasis - She’s Electric
Oasis - Whatever
Oasis - Sonderwall
Ocean Colour Scene - Day We Caught The Train
Otis Redding - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Paolo Nutini - Rewind
Paolo Nutini - Better Man
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
Paul Weller - Broken Stones
Rag N Bone Man - Human
Rihanna - Please Don’t Stop The Music
R.E.M - Losing My Relion
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Rod Stewart - The First Cut Is The Deepest
Rod Stewart/Stereophonics - Hand Bags and Gladrags
Sam Fender - Will We Talk
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Stereophonics - Dakota
Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
Stereophonics - Just Looking
Stereophonics - Have A Nice Day
Stereophonics - Graffiti on the Train
Stereophonics - I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio
Stereophonics - Hurry Up & Wait
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
The Beatles - All You Need is Love
The Beatles - Don’t Let Me Down
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles -Hey Jude
The Beatles - In My Life
The Beatles - I Saw Here Standing There
The Beatles - Love Me Do
The Beatles - Something
The Beatles - You’ve got to Hide Your Love Away
The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
The Killers - All These Things That I’ve Done
The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It
The Killers - Mr Brightside
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
The Rolling Stones - The Last Time
The Rolling Stones - You Cant Always Get What You Want
The Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
Thin Lizzy/Metallica - Whiskey In The Jar
Tom Odell - Real Love
Ben.E.King - Stand By Me
The Temptations - My Girl
U2 - All I Want Is You
U2 - With or Without You
U2 - Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£600
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
- Ceremony - 1 set 50 mins during drinks reception - 1 set 50 mins during wedding breakfast
All Day! All Night!
Tailored entertainment throughout the day typically including -Live Ceremony including song choice -Guitar and or Piano set during drinks/wedding breakfast -Background playlist DJ service (with lighting) -2 x standard evening sets (Lively!)


Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My performances are unique from what you see from your standard acoustic guitarist and singer. I use a range of effects and loops to create a one man band show that can fully engage the audience and a singalong for evening parties, and also create a great atmosphere for background music for more low key or day time events. Please see feedback for more.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glastonbury O2 Academies Ibiza Rocks The Garage London York Barbican Keepmoat Stadium Ricoh Arena

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Beatles Billy Joel Noel Gallagher David Bowie

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

Ibiza Rocks/Glastonbury

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free if its just inbetween sets. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes or for time before the set, I can provide this for an additional £200. Please note no DJ lighting is included within this.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 0.5 hours before the performance time!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn i am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Pop, Rock, Indie, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Pop rock, Britpop, Classic rock
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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:
Songwriter, Producer, Lyricist, Composer, Live looping
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