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About The Boatmen

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!
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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 or cajon 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
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
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
A605 Song
Addicted To Love
All right now
Alright Now
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Bad Moon Rising
Blue Skies
Born To Be Wild
Brand New Me
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Brown Eyed Girl
Build me up Buttercup
Can’t Wait For My Life To Begin
Come On Eileen
Crazy Little Thing
Dance The Night Away
Dancing in the Dark
Daydream Believer
Drift Away
Driving home for christmas
Emerald Green
Every Breath You Take
Everybody Wants to Rule The World
Facebook and Twitter
Falling Down
Folsom Prison Blues
Galway Girl
Get Back
Gimme Some More Lovin’
Going Gets Tough
Greg Lake
Handbags and Gladrags
Hi Ho Silver Lining
Hotel California
Hound Dog
Human (Killers)
Human (R & B)
I Don’t Want Your Love
I Feel Good
I wish it could be xmas Wizzard
I’m a Believer
It Must Be Love
Johnny B Goode
Keep on Running
Kids These Days
Knock On Wood
Lay Down Sally
Life Is a Rollercoaster
Light My Fire
Little Help from my friends
Little Wing
Living Next Door To Alice
Losing My Religion
Merry Christmas everybody Slade
Merry Christmas everyone Shakey
Midnight Hour
Mustang Sally
Need Your Love So Bad
Nights In White Satin
Norwegian Wood
Paradise (George Ezra)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Players and Stars
Proud Mary
Purple Rain
Roar Like A Lion
Rocket Man
Rockin all over the world
Rockin around the Christmas tree
Roll Out Those Years
Sex Is On Fire
Stand By Me
Step into Christmas elton john
Stuck in the Middle With You
Sultans of Swing
Summer of 69
Sweet Home Alabama
Tainted Love
Take It On The Run
Ten More Miles
That’s Fair/Heart of Stone
The Chain
The One I Love
Thunder In The Rain
Up on the roof
Use Somebody
Walk of life
Wicked Game
Wishing Well
With a Little Help From My Friends
Writer’s Block Revisited
Customer questions

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.

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.

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 add a few numbers of your choice, as long as there is enough time between when you book us and the performance date - we obviously need time to learn and rehearse new songs.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450


From customers:

Jim H, 3 years 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, 5 years ago

Excellent show tonight with Dave and Steve aka the Boatmen.