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The Big Phat Phunction Band

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About The Big Phat Phunction Band

The top NW function band - available for all occasions as a 5-12 piece. Specialising in Motown with brass options for that Big Phat sound!
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The Big Phat Phunction band is a unique function band due to its big line-up and wide-ranging repertoire. As well as playing favourite function songs (Brown Eyed Girl, Happy etc), we specialise in soul classics (Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin), Hippy tunes (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin) and 80s cheese! With over 200 songs in our repertoire and a band of professional musicians from the North West we can cater for any occasion. Whether you want a small five piece band or the full eleven piece with four piece horn section, we are happy to provide hours of entertainment and can tailor the set to include personal favourites. We have previously performed at a post-concert gig for Courtney Pine and have played various function gigs across Manchester including several headline gigs at the RNCM and a number of weddings. The band’s members can also be hired out for more intimate events if preferred (e.g. jazz/classical quartets or piano/ singer duos). We have just released new recordings and videos and have several upcoming dates including weddings, dinner parties and festivals.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years
1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, Irish rock, Blues, Jazz, Light music, Pop, Covers, Funk rock, R&B, Motown, Soul, Rock, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, 1980s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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The Big Phat Phunction Band's Song list

Rock and Roll
Hound Dog - C/Eb - Big Mama Thornton /Elvis
Great Balls of Fire - C - Jerry Lee Lewis
Johnny B. Goode - Bb - Chuck Berry
Shout - Eb- The Isley Brothers
Route 66 - Bb - The Rolling Stones
I Just Want To Make Love To You - Bb - Muddy Waters
My Babe - F - Little Walter
Got My Mojo Working - E - Muddy Waters
Hide Away - E - Freddie King
Crossroads - A - Cream
Oh Pretty Woman - G - Albert King
The Thrill Is Gone - Bm - B.B. King
Sweet Home Chicago - A - The Blues Brothers
Pride and Joy - A - Stevie Ray Vaughn
50/60s Soul
Mess Around - Eb - Ray Charles
I Put a Spell on You - Am - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
What’d I Say - E - Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack - Am - Ray Charles
Hard Times - Eb - Ray Charles
Bring It On Home To Me - C - Sam Cooke
Heatwave - Bb - Martha and The Vandellas
Be My Baby - E - The Ronettes
I Feel Good - C - James Brown
Papas got a brand new bag - D - James Brown
I Can’t Turn You Loose - G - Otis Redding
Rescue Me - A - Fontella Bass
Mustang Sally - C - Wilson Picket -
Hold On I’m Coming - F -Sam and Dave
Knock On Wood - E - Eddie Floyd
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Bb - Nina Simone
Respect - A - Aretha Franklin
Son of a Preacher man - E - Dusty Springfield
Think - C - Aretha Franklin
I’d Rather Go Blind - A - Etta James
Hard To Handle - G - Otis Redding
Twist & Shout/La Bamba/Louie Louie/Do You Love Me - D -The Beatles
Summer In The City - Cm - The Loving Spoonful
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Dm - CCR
Brown Eyed Girl - G - Van Morrison
Sunshine Of Your Love - Dm - Cream
Sympathy for the Devil - E - The Rolling Stones
Born To Be Wild - E - Steppenwolf
Piece of My Heart - D - Janis Joplin
Voodoo Child - Em - Jimi Hendrix
Delta Lady - C - Joe Cocker
Honky Tonk Woman - C - The Rolling Stones
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - A - The Beatles
Fortunate Son - G - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Let’s Go Get Stoned - C - Joe Cocker
Spooky - Am - Dusty Springfield
Domino - G - Van Morrison
Black Magic Woman - Dm - Santana
Werewolves of London/Sweet Home Alabama - G - Warren Zevon
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones - D
Highway To Hell - A - AC/DC
Stir It Up - A - Bob Marley
Watermelon Man - F - Herbie Hancock
Work Song - Fm - Cannonball Adderley
Minnie The Moocher - Em - The Blues Brother & Cab Calloway
70s Soul
Proud Mary - D - Ike and Tina Turner
Superstition - Ebm - Stevie Wonder
Put It Where You Want It - C - The Crusaders
Let’s Get It On - C - Marvin Gaye
I Wish - Ebm - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke - Bb - Stevie Wonder
Play That Funky Music - Em - Wild Cherry
Shake A Tail Feather - C - Ray Charles
I’m A Believer - G - The Monkees
Time Warp - A - Rocky Horror Show
Evil Woman - C - ELO
Psycho Killer - Am Talking Heads
I Will Survive - Am - Gloria Gaynor
Does Your Mother Know - G - Abba
Good times/rappers delight - Am - Chic/The Sugarhill Gang
9 to 5 - F# - Dolly Parton
Thriller - C#m - Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - E - Billy Joel
Walking on Sunshine - Bb - Katrina and The Waves
Take On Me - A - A-Ha
Livin' On A Prayer - Am - Bon Jovi
You Can Call Me Al - F - Paul Simon
The way you make me feel - F - Michael Jackson

If I Ain’t Got You - G - Alicia Keyes
Valerie - Eb - Amy Winehouse
Rehab - C - Amy Winehouse
Mercy - F#m - Duffy
American Boy - C - Estelle/Kanye
Fuck You - Bb - Cee Lo Green
Happy - Db - Pharell Williams
Uptown Funk - Dm - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-audititioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our standard line up is: singer, drums, bass, guitar, keys. However we have many custom line ups with extra singers, trumpets and saxes!

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

We always try our 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 us know.

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

Absolutely. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA we provide this for a small fee

How much time do you need to set up?

One hour

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

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

The Big Phat Phunction Band's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£900
Up to 2 hours£1100
Up to 3 hours£1375

The Big Phat Phunction Band's Reviews

From customers:

Hannah S
6 years ago

'You are the best function band we've ever seen and we thoroughly enjoyed it'

Christine L
7 years ago

'I was so impressed with your performance no the day. You made the evening wonderful for us'