Rock duo

The Boatmen

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About The Boatmen

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Rock duo
Public liability insurance of £2 million
We've performed to a private party for 6 up to massive festivals for thousands. You and your guests are sure of a great time if you book us!

The Boatmen are a duo from Whittlesey near Peterborough. Dave and Steve have performed in various bands and as solo artists across the UK for as long as they can remember, including performing at high profile events with acts such as the Three Degrees and Toyah Wilcox. Both sing and play guitar, with Dave playing keyboards as well on some numbers.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Covers, Rock, Pop rock, Acoustic
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Hotel California Em
Lay down Sally A
Need your love so bad A
Stuck in the Middle D
Bad Moon Rising D
Brown Eyed Girl G
Every Breath you take A
Dance the night away E
Hard Days Night C
My Generation E
Faith C
Human (R&B man) Am (Acoustic)
Midnight Hour E
Sultans of swing Dm
Come together D
Walking on sunshine C
Mustang Sally C
Everybody C
Proud Mary D
Superstition Em
Rockin all over the world C
Summer of 69 D
Sex on Fire E (Capo 4 C)
Johnny b Goode A
Walk of life G
All right now A
Little Help from my friends C
Dakota G
The Chain E
Emerald green D
Customer questions

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

Absolutely! The Boatmen are Dave Bailey on guitar and vocals and Steve Gibbs on guitar and vocals, anything else is not us!

Do you have different line-up options?

No, our line up as the Boatmen is Dave Bailey on guitar and vocals and Steve Gibbs on guitar and vocals, anything else is not us!

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?

If required, at no extra charge we will play popular tunes before/after/in-between the band sets. Alternatively, if you have a laptop or Ipod with a setlist of songs you would like played we can use this, but please make this clear when booking so we can ensure we have all the right cables.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually we require around an hour to set up all of our equipment and perform a sound check to make sure everything is working as expected. This is based on good, straightforward access to the performance area. We then require around 15-20 minutes to get changed and ready for the performance.

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

We're pretty confident that the set list we have evolved over many years of performing will please just about everyone. We're more than happy to discuss which numbers from our repertoire you'd like us to perform - and any you'd rather we didn't!

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes, all we need from you is a suitable mains electricity supply and a performance area at least 3 metres by 2 metres - and ideally twice that size!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We'd be delighted to discuss adding a few numbers of your choice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They tell us they love our music and our musicianship, and the banter between us and the audience.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Dave and Steve have performed at all levels in Theatres, Pubs, Clubs, Festivals and private events all over the UK, performing to small intimate audiences right up to crowds of many thousands.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

People like Pink Floyd, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones. But we just love good music, any good music.

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

That would be when we supported the Three Degrees a few years ago.


From customers:

Jim H, 1 year ago

Had such a fantastic day at St. Andrews Parish Hall for my 50th birthday party. David Bailey was fantastic, adjusting the playlist to our whims, helping with all the setup and equipment. Him and Steve are such talented writers, musicians and performers - we had a ball. If you love live music and fun then I can highly recommend getting David involved.

David D, 3 years ago

Excellent show tonight with Dave and Steve aka the Boatmen.