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Simon Howard

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About Simon Howard

Experienced folk style solo singer based in London with a wide range of songs. Happy to take requests for the day!
Singing guitarist
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million

Hi there! I'm a solo singing guitarist originally from the North-West of England but now based in London. My repertoire includes everything from intimate ceremony moments to upbeat party pleasers, with an optional stomp box feature to add to whichever atmosphere you desire. Since 2019 I have been performing at multiple events all over the UK such as weddings, private functions, pubs and bars. I'm happy to learn any specific song in advance to make the day more personal to you!

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Julie M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Simon was an absolutely amazing singer. I had so many people comment on “where was he from, he was amazing!” I would definitely recommend Simon. He drove all the way from London to North Yorkshire for my husbands 50th so that is dedication My daughter may be booking him for her 21st at Easter if she has a party 🎉🎈 The songs were so good and it really created more of an atmosphere having Simon there singing Wished he could have done another couple of hours as he was so good Thanks Simon x

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Tracey C
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolute brilliant. Simon was great and everyone really enjoyed the music. Fabulous selection of songs . Thank you Simon would definitely hire you again xx

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Tina B
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Simon was great with lots of great feedback from our guests, he was very polite and professional with great communication. Thanks Simon

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James S
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Simon was fantastic , I thoroughly recommend.

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Alison
2 years ago

Simon has performed at several events & venues across the IOM, he is always a hit with all his audiences. He has bags of character, a gorgeous tone, great power and is talented guitar player. We especially love his own song “not like superman”and he belts out some great covers like Mumford and sons …. We can’t wait for his next gig on the IOM.

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Grace
2 years ago

We booked Simon for our garden wedding and he didn’t disappoint, he was amazing from him setting up so quickly to the incredible performance he gave and everyone there was asking who he was and how good his voice was and people looking him up on Spotify there and then! Grace & Sam

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Simon Howard's Song list

-500 Miles (The Proclaimers)
-American Pie (Don Mclean)
-Angels (Robbie Williams)
-Believe (Cher)
-Belter (Gerry Cinnamon)
-Blackbird (The Beatles)
-Blame It On Me (George Ezra)
-Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
-Candy (Paolo Nutini)
-Cant Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
-Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel)
-Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
-Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
-Come Together (The Beatles)
-Country Roads (John Denver)
-Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
-Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
-Creep (Radiohead)
-Dakota (Stereophonics)
-Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
-Dancing In The Moonlight (Toploader)
-Dancing Queen (Abba)
-Dirty Old Town (The Pogues)
-Don’t Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
-Dont Let Me Down (The Beatles)
-Dont Think Twice It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
-Dreaming Of You (The Coral)
-Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
-Faith (George Michael)
-Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)
-Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
-Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
-Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
-Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
-Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
-God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
-Greatest Day (Take That)
-Half The World Away (Oasis)
-Heart Of Glass (Blondie)
-Heart Of Gold (Neil Young)
-Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles)
-Hey Jude (The Beatles)
-Hey Ya (Outkast)
-Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
-Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
-Home (Edward Sharpe)
-Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
-I Want You (Bob Dylan)
-I Will Wait (Mumford & Sons)
-I’m A Believer (The Monkees)
-I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
-Imagine (John Lennon)
-In The Morning (The Coral)
-Islands In The Stream (Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton)
-Jolene (Dolly Parton)
-King Of The Swingers (The Jungle Book)
-Knockin’ On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan)
-Last Request (Paolo Nutini)
-Lean On Me (Bill Withers)
-Let Her Go (Passenger)
-Little Lion Man (Mumford & Sons)
-Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
-Mardy Bum (Arctic Monkeys)
-Mr Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
-Mr Brightside (The Killers)
-Mrs Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel)
-My Girl (The Temptations)
-No Diggity (Blackstreet)
-Only You (Yazoo)
-Pompeii (Bastille)
-Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
-Pumped Up Kicks (Foster The People)
-Que Sera Sera (Doris Day)
-Read My Mind (The Killers)
-Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)
-Riptide (Vance Joy)
-Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
-Send Me On My Way (Rusted Root)
-Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
-Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran)
-She Moves In Her Own Way (The Kooks)
-Shotgun (George Ezra)
-Sit Down (James)
-Skinny Love (Bon Iver)
-Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi)
-Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
-Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
-Stuck In The Middle (Stealers Wheel)
-Summer Of 69’ (Bryan Adams)
-Sunshine On Leith (The Proclaimers)
-Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley)
-Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
-Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
-That’s Life (Frank Sinatra)
-The A Team (Ed Sheeran)
-The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
-The Gambler (Kenny Rogers)
-Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
-This Love (Maroon 5)
-Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
-Time Of Your Life (Green Day)
-Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
-Twist & Shout (The Beatles)
-Two Fingers (Jake Bugg)
-Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
-Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
-Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)
-Wake Me Up (Avicii)
-Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
-What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
-Whenever, Wherever (Shakira)
-Whole Of The Moon (The Waterboys)
-Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
-With Or Without You (U2)
-Wonderwall (Oasis)
-You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
-You Got A Friend In Me (Randy Newman)
-You To Me Are Everything (The Real Thing)
-You’ll Never Walk Alone (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
-You’ve Got The Love (Florence & The Machine)
-Your Song (Elton John)

Simon Howard'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)£125
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£150
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£375
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£565
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients like the fact I can adapt to whichever atmosphere you would like to create. From intimate background music or crowd pleasing singalongs. Clients have also said they like hearing the folk twist I can put on a song in a way that you may have not heard it before.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played at all sorts of venues including Portsmouth Guildhall, Glasgow Concert Hall, Liverpool Phase One, Liverpool North Shore Troubadour, Thornton Hough Village Club and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Growing up Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Simon & Garfunkel were massive influences and the reason why I love folk music so much. It's also a big reason why I started to learn guitar.

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

I recently performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and will be performing at the British Country Music Festival in Blackpool later this year.

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

With advanced notice I can try my best to be as flexible as possible to suit you.

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

I can connect my phone to my PA before and during the break with some background music on if you wish.

How much time do you need to set up?

Between 20-30 minutes just to make sure everything is set up correctly and guitar is in tune. I aim to arrive slightly earlier just to be safe.

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

Yes of course just let me know which songs you would like for your event beforehand!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I do! I have my own PA system, all I need is access to a power outlet.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, if you have a specific song you would like to hear then just let us know with enough notice to learn it. There is a fee of £10 per extra song.
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk rock, Covers, Folk, Acoustic, Pop, Americana, Indie, Pop rock, Country, Top 40
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Birthday party, Hotel / Restaurant event, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert
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