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About Tim Barton

Ambient acoustic guitar playing and high-quality vocals Guitarist / Singer
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Whitstable
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I provide a truly atmospheric soundtrack for any event and my friendly, relaxed style is the perfect accompaniment for any celebration. I interpret beautiful classics from James Taylor to the Beatles, Bowie to Sinatra, Neil Young to Burt Bacharach; even Nick Cave and Billy Bragg. I have played events in many spectacular settings such as The Savoy Hotel, Claridges, Hampton Court Palace, Leeds Castle and New College Oxford University. • As well as performing solo, I also perform with another talented vocalist/guitarist, Bella, delivering powerful acoustic songs with perfect rich harmonies. • Fully self-contained with PA and stage lighting. • Available UK wide and internationally.

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Musicianship
Genres:
1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk rock, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Funk, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Pop rock, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll, Australian music, Ska
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Birthday party, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Laidback acoustic songs - ideal for a garden party:
Anji – Simon & Garfunkel
You’ve Got A Friend – Carol King
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – the Beatles
Fire And Rain – James Taylor
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Love A Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Make You Feel My Love -Bob Dylan / Adele
Message To Martha – Burt Bacharach
Blackbird – The Beatles
Romancia - Classical Guitar standard
Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce
May You Never – John Martyn
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
Come On Baby Light My Fire – José Feliciano / The Doors
The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Love A Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Make You Feel My Love -Bob Dylan / Adele
Operator – Jim Croce
Carolina On My Mind – James Taylor
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Alison – Elvis Costello
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
Father And Son – Cat Stevens
Old Man – Neil Young
Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed
Moon Dance – Van Morrison
Something in the Water – Tim Barton
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Babylon – David Gray
You’re In My Heart – Rod Stewart
Sitting At The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Reading
Stuck In The Middle With You – Steelers Wheel
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
Hurt – Johnny Cash
One – U2
Take Me To The River – Al Green
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
You Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Van Morrison
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Alice’s Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie
Faded Love – Tim Barton
Budapest - George Ezra
Layla – Eric Clapton
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
Into White - Cat Stevens
Everlong – foo fighters
Ho Hey - lumineers
New England – Billy Bragg
Bliss – Tim Barton
The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
The River – Bruce Springsteen
Best Of You - Foo Fighters
Crossroads - Blues Standard
Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Into Your Arms – Nick Cave
You Hurt Me So – Bella Barton
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
I Won’t Back Down – Johnny Cash / Tom Petty
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Walking On The Moon – The Police
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Jazz Standards - background music, receptions, garden parties:
Ain’t Misbehaving – Fats Waller
Summertime - Jazz Standard
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
The Look of Love – Burt Bacharach
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima
Autumn Leaves - Jazz Standard
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mamas and Papas
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Burt Bacharach
What A Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Everything - Michael Bublé
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Masquerade – George Benson
It Had To Be You – Frank Sinatra
Moon River – Andy Williams
We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
The Girl From Ipanema – Antonio Jobim
The Way You Look Tonight – Steve Tyrell
Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
Blue Moon - The Marvels
Satin Doll - Jazz Standard
Just The Way You Are– Billy Joel
All Of Me - Jazz Standard
Sing-a-longers:
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
Wonderwall – Oasis
Country Roads - John Denver
American Pie - Don McLean
(I would walk) 500 MILES – the proclaimers
More up tempo party songs to dance to:
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Back In The USSR – The Beatles
Beds Are Burning– Midnight Oil
Bohemian Like You – Dandy Warholes
Who Loves The Sun - Velvet Underground
Framed – Alex Harvey Band
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
I Predict A Riot – The Kaiser Chiefs
Last Night – the Strokes
Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Message In A Bottle – The Police
One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer – George Thorogood
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave
Wild Thing – The Troggs/Jimi Hendrix
Rebel Rebel– David Bowie
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Downunder – Men At Work
Losing My Religion - REM
There's No Other Way - Blur
There She Goes – The Las
TNT – AC/DC
Treat Her Right – Blues standard
How Bizarre - OMC
I Got You – Split Enz
I Got My Mojo Working - Blues standard
Route 66 - The Rolling Stones
Runaway – Del Shannon
I Take What I Want - Rory Gallagher
Jackie Wilson Says – Van Morrison
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys
Mustang Sally – Wilson Picket
My Happiness - Powerfinger
Reelin’ & A Rockin’ – Chuck Berry
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Signed Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours – Stevie Wonder
Smooth - Santana
Song Too - Blur
Weather With You – Crowded House
When The Sun Goes Down – Arctic Monkeys
Khe Sahn – Cold Chisel
Roll With It – Oasis
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm often told they love my chilled background finger picking and that they haven't heard other musicians play the songs I play very often, such as James Taylor or Neil Young or Lloyd Cole. Others enjoy my sense of humour when I talk to the crowd and set a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

So many! The Savoy Hotel, Claridges, Hampton Court Palace, Grosvenor House Hotel, The Dorchester Hotel, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Leeds Castle, New College Oxford University, Berkeley Castle, Oxford Cambridge boat race start line, Henley Regatta, Ascot, The Oval, Clapham Grand, The Hippodrome, Stowe School, Sherbourne Castle, Arundel and Amberley Castles.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

So many! James Taylor, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Tim Finn, Roy Orbison, Nick Cave, Neil Young, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Carol King, Elvis Costello, Jose Feliciano, Tony Bennett.

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

So many! The Ashes Australian Cricket Team Tour Reception, Kensington Roof Garden, London. The Savoy Hotel, Claridges, Hampton Court Palace, Grosvenor House Hotel, The Dorchester Hotel, Leeds Castle, Oxford University, Berkeley Castle, Henley Regatta, Ascot, The Oval, Stowe School, Sherbourne Castle, Arundel and Amberley Castles.

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

I always try my 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 me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have a great time However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play and my own PA and lights.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£375

Add-ons

Bella
+£125

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Sharron C, 5 days ago

Tim was amazing! He made our garden party and everyone is still saying what a fantastic time they had! Tim has a great voice and his song list was perfect for the summer festival vibe we were going for. We’ll definitely be booking him in the future and so will our guests!

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Michael C, 9 days ago

Thanks Tim for a smashing party performance. All your song choices were spot on for our guests who loved it. So many said you were brilliant, a great night!

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Kit E, 29 days ago

That was definitely an end of year party that will be remembered thanks Tim! And thanks for indulging my Lady Gaga impression lol. Keep up the good work!

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