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About The Busketeers

Four multi-instrumentalists performing unique renditions of fan favourites with midsong switching & harmonies. Similar to mumford & sons.
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The Busketeers are an energetic, instrument swapping, vocal harmonising group formed on the streets of Plymouth, Devon, UK. The band is made up of four artists in their own right, Ken Williams, Luke Engel (and the Mountain People), Matthew Gordon Price and Olly Parker (Pint Sized Tiger/Laid Back Llama). The band labels itself as a “Progressive Busking” act which is also the title of their debut EP. The members are from different backgrounds and have unique styles, but what really makes these guys stand is that they are multi-instrumentalists, perform classics from every decade; have unique twists, mid-song switching & harmonies that will melt your heart. Their debut album ‘Different Breeds’ is out now and available to purchase at any gig. "Blown away by their performance on stage at BBC Takeover at UPSU. I love how they captured their fun live energy in their recordings. They always post really good videos. You would've seen them around Plymouth, and the south west - They are brilliant." - BBC Introducing Devon (James Santer). Ken Williams originally from Oxford performs mainly a range of Rock, Indie, Grunge, Classic Rock tunes such as Nirvana, Beatles, Kooks and RHCP. Luke Engel originally from the Forest of Dean performs a mix of Folk, Indie Folk, Classic sing-a-longs and always gets people dancing. Compared to Nick Drake and Roo Panes Matthew G Price originally from the small seaside town of Burnham-on-sea, performs Rock, Reggae, Folk and Indie tunes,. Compared to Mumford & Sons, Glenn Hansard and Paolo Nutini. Olly Parker originally from Southampton, performs a range of genres including pop, soft rock, indie pop and soulful classics including Earth, Wind and Fire! Compared to John Mayer

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This act has been working with Encore for over 4 years
5 gigs
Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
Folk rock, Folk, Blues, Acoustic, Covers, Country, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Rock 'n' Roll, Indie, Pop rock, Britpop, Rock, Classic rock, Progressive rock, Pop, Motown
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

AC/DC – Thunderstruck
Bears Den - Agape
Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down
Beatles - Blackbird
Beatles - Hey Jude
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Ben Harper – Please Me Like You Want To
Beyoncé – Halo
Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Bob Dylan – Knocking On Heavens Door
Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City
Coldplay – Yellow
Corner Shop – Brimful of Asher
Dandy Warholes – Bohemian like You
David Bowie – Heroes
Eagle Eyed Cherry – Save Tonight
Elvis – Hound Dog
Elvis – You Are Always On My Mind
Fountains of Wayne – Stacey’s Mom
John Butler Trio – Zebra
Johnny Lee Hooker – Boom, Boom, Boom
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
Lumineers – Ho Hey
Matthew Gordon Price – Arrows
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Mumford & Sons – Where Are You Now
New Basement Tapes – Kansas City
New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You
Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu
Nick Mulvey – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
Rusted Root – Send Me on My Way
Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
Snow Patrol – Run
Steve Miller Band – The Joker
Sublime /OPM – What I Got / Heaven Is Halfpipe
T. Rex – I Love To Boogie
T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer
Toploader – Dancing In the Moonlight
U2 – With or without you
Vance Joy – Mess Is mine
Vance Joy – Best That I Can
Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
We the Lion – So Fine
Yaz / Flying Pickets – Only You
Alt J – Breeze Blocks
Animals – House of the Rising Sun
Bastille – Pompeii
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Atlas hands
CCR – Proud Mary
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
George Ezra – Blame It on Me
Hudson & Taylor – Battles
Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World
John Denver – Country Roads
Kodaline – Way Back When
Luke Engel – Hard Days
Mighty Oaks – Storm
Mumford & Sons – There Will Be Time
Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Vance Joy - Riptide
Zac Brown – From Now On
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Aloe Black – I Need A $
Band – The Wait
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Drake – Hold on / No Diggity
Eagles – Take It Easy
Earth, Wind, Fire – September
Ed Sheeran / Will Smith – Don’t / Loyal / Fresh Prince
Edward Sharpe – Home
Faces – Ohh La La
Fleet Wood Mac – Everywhere
Fleet Wood Mac – I Need Your Love So Bad
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
JJ Cale – Call Me the Breeze
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Lionel Richie – Night Long
Mr Probz – Waves
Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Robbie Williams - Angels
Scissor Sisters – Take Your Momma Out (All Night)
Smash Mouth – All Star
Tiny Temper – Frisky
Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
Zutons – Valerie
Alt-J – Left-Hand Free
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Beach Boys – I Get Around
Beatles – Twist ‘n’ Shout
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?
Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Eric Clapton – Layla
Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Jack Johnson – Good People
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Killers – Mr Brightside
Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
Kooks – Naïve
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
Paulo Nutini – New Shoes
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
Reef – Place Your Hands
Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
Romantics – What I Like About You
Steeler’s Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with You
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Strokes – Last Night
Strokes – Someday
Sum 41 – In Too Deep
Toots and the Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
Vaccines – Do You Wanna?
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
One Republic – Good Life
Zac Brown (Greatest Showman) - From Now On
Other Songs / Learn List
1975 - Sex
Abba - Mamma Mia
Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing
Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Coldplay - Scientist
Elvis - The Wonder of You
John Martyn - Couldn't Love You More
Verve - Lucky Man
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Most say our ability to switch instruments and all sing. Nobody really does this like we do, mid songs, mid set and a lot of our clients really love this aspect - it also means we have a different sound for each set but it's still our own! Offering a wide range of genres, classic hits and new tunes as well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Festivals: Looe Music Fest, Tunes In The Dunes, Leopallooza + more Venues: Plymouth Pavilions, WAX, Plymouth Guildhall, and lots of pubs and venues across the south west

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

A very wide range but a few from each of us: Mumford & Sons John Mayer Red Hot Chili Peppers Beatles Jimi Hendrix We also love: Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, JJ Cale, Dylan, 90s baners, Folk, indie, rock, reggae and just about anything we can cover!

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

Looe Music Festival 2017 & 2018 Plymouth Guildhall (multiple events across the years) Tunes In The Dunes 2018 Leopallooza 2018 Plymouth Pavilions

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

We have 4 unique singers and all of them are in our videos. Check them all out!

Do you have different line-up options?

We do have different line-up options (duo, trio and full band) but we like to keep our flow as a full band. We have a great ability to see how a crowd reacts to our songs and we can change our set list to adapt to the generations or feel of the venue.

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

Timings can change a bit but we just need to be notified ASAP as we always want to do what we can for our clients. If it's an hour or 2 thats fine more than that and we will need to discuss options

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free (after setup and before we finish). If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100 per hour

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1.5 to 2 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

You can if you wish, but we find that the couples who have let us control our set list have been happier. The reason being is that we can change our set whilst we perform - this can reflect the rooms vibe and atmosphere. We have crafted our set from years of experience and always add fresh songs

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

All equipment is included and we usually require a space of about 15 ft by 6 ft minimum. Perfect space would be 20 ft by 10 ft

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We usually ask for 1-4 song requests and we always try to learn 1 song minimum. We have a long list of songs to learn and are always adding to it. We have not let anyone down yet!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£950
Up to 2 hours£1400
Up to 3 hours£2000
Drinks reception2 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner2 musicians
- 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.


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Jodie B
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Busketeers were out of this world! They had everybody up on their feet and singing along! We were even surprised to find that the band were able to sing our first dance song AND a special request for our son… needless to say they rocked it! Guest didn’t stop raving about them and we both said it was one of our favourite parts off the day! Thank you all for making our day what it was, I’ll always have that moment of fixing your ties and watching my husband be a honorary band member for the greatest song in the world! Sending all our love, Mr and Mrs Taylor xx

From other customers:

Mina E
2 years ago, for a Wedding in PL1 2JP
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5 out of 5

‘We hadn’t seen The Busketeers play before and it was a friend who came back from a wedding and was raving about them. So on that one review, it very much sounded like the kind of band we wanted for our wedding, and took a chance...Boy did that chance pay off. From our first inquiry down to the wedding evening itself, the guys were so organised, communicative, accommodating and just made things easy. Even when our wedding eve was delayed by a couple of hours, the guys were so understanding and professional, that they went on as soon as they could and played a full set. The set list was a perfect mix for the room of guests and everyone loved it. We would not have wished for any other band to have played at our wedding. They are so talented and were absolutely fantastic!

Roland M
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Millbrook
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5 out of 5

“What can we say? We always loved the Busketeers but when you get one of your favourite bands to play on your special day and it all comes together perfectly then you know you’re on to a new level. Luke, Andy, Olly and Matt switch fluidly between their instruments, blend their voices perfectly and put new a new spin on current songs as well as those from way back. All of our guests, young and old, found something to love about these guys and the dance floor was never empty. On a practical level, the Busketeers were reliable, easy to deal with and flexible which makes them the obvious choice. Oh, and the set ending seven-song mash up is the perfect way to segue in to your disco. If you need a wedding band that will really get the party started then you can stop looking now, you’ve found them.”

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