Singing guitarist

Si Hitchenson

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Versatile vocals, masterful guitar playing and boundless energy. Si is expertly adept at engaging audiences of all shapes and sizes.
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A highly experienced guitarist with a versatile and varied vocal, Si plays across the UK and Europe both in bands and as a solo performer. Picking up the guitar while he was still in short trousers, Si accompanies himself with live loops and is as happy playing in the background as he is whipping up a crowd at a lively party. With various session credits to his name, you can hear songs featuring Si all over the radio and streaming world with over 40 million streams on Spotify alone!

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Si's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Grace H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Si was absolutely brilliant. His communication before the event was amazing and reassuring - one less thing to worry about on the day of our event. Si did a great job at entertaining everyone and picked a good selection of songs to suit our elderly relatives, their children and their grandchildren, which was perfect. One lady enjoyed it so much she has been asking for Si to come back every week! Thank you very much Si, we all thoroughly enjoyed having you at our event 😊

Charles M
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant musician, excellent playlist and very responsive to the mood of the party. Cannot recommend Si highly enough for his cheerful presentation and fantastic playlist.

Paul L
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Si was the best one man band we could have asked for. He was professional in all his preparation and communication leading up to our big day. We caught up regularly and he delivered exactly what was asked. Si managed to peace together and incredible first dance for us that made the evening so special for Rebecca and I. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Our guests loved the live music and Si was an absolute pleasure on the day. His skill with the loop pedal adds such a unique experience. His extensive range and catalogue of music is exactly what is needed for the perfect wedding! Would 100% recommend! Thanks again. Paul & Rebecca.

Helen S
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely perfect took the time to prepare in advance sent me recordings to make sure it was what I wanted and on the day he was professional punctual and brilliant I couldn't of asked for anymore I would definitely recommend Si for any and all events and occasions I if I ever need a musician again I will be going straight to him. 5 stars but only cos they don't go any higher!!

From other customers:

Jordon, S
6 years ago

We booked Si and his band for our wedding in Spain and it was the best decision we could have made for our party and guests. The band's administrator, was a pleasure to work with from the start. He met with us in London to discuss our tastes and the atmosphere we were seeking and seemed to accommodate our every request. Flying them out from London to Spain could have been complicated but the band's easygoing nature and professionalism made this simple and hassle-free. And then the party. This band rocks! We wanted a rock/pop party and we got it in spades! Nobody left the dancefloor while the band was on and when they agreed to continue playing for another hour the whole place went nuts! It was the best dance party and rock show any wedding could ask for and if you're looking for great guys who can read a crowd and give them EXACTLY what they want, stop your search and book Si and his band. You will not regret it.

Greg R
7 years ago

Just wanted to say a big thanks to you and the band for an exceptional performance on Friday evening. I think my favourite bit was when I joined in for 'Livin on a Prayer', really enjoyed the first hour and fantastic last half hour at the end of the night . Good times all round! Everyone loved it.

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Si's Song list

Stuck in the Middle with You - Stealers' Wheel
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Ho Hey - Lumineers
Ritide - Vance Joy
Budapest - George Ezra
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
Sit Down - James
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Wonderwall - Oasis
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Paradise - George Ezra
Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
Hey Ya - Outkast
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Parklife - Blur
Jump - Van Halen
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
All Summer Long - Kid Rock
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Praise You - Fatboy Slim
Mr Brightside - The Killers
With or Without You - U2
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
7 Nation Army - The White Stripes
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Daft Punk is Playing at My House - LCD Soundsystem
Someone Great - LCD Soundsystem
You Got the Love - Florence and The Machine
Turn Around - Phats and Small
Try! - John Mayer
Message in a Bottle - The Police
Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Low Rider - War
Kids - MGMT
Wake Me Up - Avicii
What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes
Keep on Movin' - 5ive
Super Duper Love - Joss Stone
Girls & Boys - Blur
Clocks - Coldplay
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Stand By Me - Ben E King / John Lennon
Counting Stars - One Republic
In Between Days - The Cure
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
Crazy - Gnarls Barclay
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Live Forever - Oasis
Weather With You - Crowded House
Yellow - Coldplay
Valerie - Amy Winehouse/The Zutons
She's Electric - Oasis
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
I'll Be There for You (Friends) - The Rembrandts
A Little Respect - Wheatus
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Africa - Toto
Supply The Love - Toto / Silk
I Was Made for Lovin' You - Kiss / Oliver Heldens and Nile Rodgers
Teenage Dirtbang - Wheatus
Tender - Blur
Brimful of Asha - Cornershop
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Last Nite - The Strokes
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Dakota - Stereophonics
Place Your Hands - Reef
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n Roses
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Rock n Roll - Led Zeppelin
All the Small Things - Blink 182
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Happy - Pharrell
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry / Marty McFly
Proud Mary - Tina Turner / Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
I'm a Believer - The Monkees / Smash Mouth
Take On Me - A-ha
Together in Electric Dreams - Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
Alright Now - Free
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Song 2 - Blur
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
All These Things I have Done - The Killers
Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
Breakfast in America - Supertramp
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Baby When You're Gone - Bryan Adams
Everything I Do (I Do It for You) - Bryan Adams
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
American Boy - Estelle
New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down - LCD Soundsystem
Last Christmas - Wham!
Merry Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
Lonely This Christmas - Mud
Just Like Christmas - Low
River - Joni Mitchell
Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Give a Little Bit - Supertramp
Best of You - Foo Fighters
Starman - David Bowie
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Loser - Beck
Oasis - She's Electric
Blur - Coffee and TV
Ash - Girl From Mars
Somewhere in My Heart - Aztec Camera
Brick - Ben Folds Five

Si'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)£265
Up to 1 hour£450
Up to 2 hours£564
Up to 3 hours£645
Afternoon and evening
1 hour performance in the afternoon plus 2 hours of live music in the evening
Guitar and Cajon duo
Add a cajon player (a sit-on box that sounds like a drum kit, only quieter and more portable!) to Si's acoustic guitar and vocals to form an acoustic duo
Full Band Performance
Full band performances featuring Si alongside a live bassist and drummer.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My high energy performances, my versatile (and high-reaching!) voice, the way I work with a loop pedal to create the sound of a band from just one person and how easy I am to work with.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to name - I play well over 100 gigs per year! But a select few include: Came House, Dorset Bury Court Barn, Surrey Northbrook Park, Farnham Southdowns Manor, Petersfield The Hare's Field Bowerchalke Barn, Wiltshire Upwaltham Barn, Upwaltham Testers, West Sussex Ufton Court, Reading Channels Estate, Essex The Bell Inn, Ticehurst Nutfield Priory

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I grew up during Britpop so Blur are my favourite band. My Dad was big into rock bands like Led Zeppelin and my Mum liked Motown so Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder were also big influences. I also like slightly more off the wall artists like Beck, Gomez and LCD Soundsystem as well as classic dance, pop and rock music.

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

I did a tour of France with a Supertramp tribute band, playing at such prestigious venues as The Salle Pleyel in Paris, The Zenith in Pau and many more. That was a lot of fun! Plus I did some vocal work for producer Oliver Heldens whose song I Was Made for Lovin' You features my voice and has been streamed over 35 million times on Spotify!

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

Things always change with events and I'm always happy to work with you to make sure set times fit with what's happening on the day, even if there are changes. Just let me know and we'll find a way!

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

I'm happy to provide a pre-mixed DJ service between and after my sets on request. I can also do an attended DJ Service and take requests, just ask!

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up in around 30 minutes assuming easy access to the performance area (i.e. car can be parked very near to the entrance and there aren't flights and flights of stairs to carry my heavy spears up!).

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

I have a setlist that I've refined over the years that always works well but am happy to work with you to choose the sorts of songs you'd like me to sing at your event, too.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I have all the PA and lighting equipment required for all venues. I can even play totally acoustically (no power, no microphones, no speakers) if required!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I'm happy to learn a special request or first dance for you providing I can make it work with my instrumentation - I might even already know it!
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Audio engineer, Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, Transcription, Ableton Live, Fluent improviser, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Orchestrator
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