Singing guitarist

Tim Southern

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About Tim Southern

Great cover songs performed with energy and sensitivity and humour with a strong set list to make your event memorable.
Singing guitarist
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I have played and sung all my life, as a solo artist and fronting a number of bands in South Wales and London. Originally performing my own songs in bands like Most People and The Single Factor I have always enjoyed performing great songs in my own style. I sang backing vocals with the wonderful Flomotion in Cardiff in the late '90's including performing at the first Cardiff festival on the main stage. As the singer, guitarist and front man for rock/pop covers band CoDA I played wide ranging events from huge corporate venues, weddings and parties to great pub gigs. Choosing songs from across the decades I try to focus on well known songs but ones that are less frequently performed. I'm a skilled guitarist and have chosen not to make use of backing tracks for my shows. Instead I use a few guitar effects but more importantly I strengthen my vocal sound with a vocal harmoniser which allows me to perform songs with great choruses. If you look at my videos you may notice me tapping a pedal now and then. The sound you hear in my videos is exactly what you will get from me at a live performance. I am happy to perform subtly to add to the atmosphere of an event but I really enjoy audiences and have a natural ability to engage with people to ensure that everyone has a great time.

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Acoustic, Pop, Covers, Americana, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Originals, Easy listening, Rock, Alternative rock, Glam rock, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Concert, Christmas party, Wedding proposal
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Other skills:
Arranger, Lyricist, Composer, Songwriter, Live looping
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Song list

Mid paced singalong songs:
Budapest - George Ezra
Boulevard of broken dreams - Green Day
Wonderwall - Oasis
Together in electric dreams - Phil Oakey
Faith - George Michael
Brown eyed girl - Van Morison
Have a nice day - Stereophonics
Driftaway - Dobie Gray
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Take it easy - Jackson Brown/Eagles
Tequila sunrise - Eagles
This is the last time - Keane
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Stuck in the middle - Steelers Wheel
Thunder road - Bruce Springsteen
Losing my religion - REM
When you're gone - Bryan Adams
Peaceful easy feeling - Eagles
Already gone - Eagles
Every kind of people - Robert Palmer
Another brick in the wall - Pink Floyd
Black velvet - Alannah Myles
It’s the night time - Josh Rouse
Just Pretend - Ben Folds
Meet me on the corner - Lindisfarne
Ventura Highway - America
Here comes the sun - Beatles
Get Back - Beatles
Let it Be - Beatles
I hear you knocking - Dave Edmunds
Crockodile Rock - Elton John
Bus stop - The Hollies
Singing the Blues - Dave Edmunds
Babylon - David Gray
This years love - David Gray
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Red red wine - UB40
The Joker - Steve Miller
Horse with no name - America
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Country Roads - John Denver
Leaving on a jet plane - John Denver
Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
On the road again - Willie Nelson
Won’t back down - Tom Petty
Lovely songs:
Sunshine on Leith - Proclaimers
Fields of Gold - Sting
Rocket Man - Elton John
Alison - Elvis Costello
Best of my love - Eagles
Chasing cars - Snow Patrol
And I love you so - Don McLean
Creep - Radiohead
Dynamite - Sigrid
Love song - Lesley Duncan/Elton John
And I love you so - Don McClean
Mona Lisa’s and mad hatters - Elton John
Love like yours - Buddy Holly
Rosie - Don Partridge
Magic - Ben Folds Five
Dead from the waist down - Catatonia
Driftaway - Dobie Gray
Red tree song - Danny and the Champs
Wait in Vain - Annie Lennox version
Barbara Ann - Beach Boys
Daniel - Elton John
I shall be released - Bob Dylan
Better off Dead - River Detectives
Heart on my sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle
15 Summers Gallagher & Lyle
Sarah’s off on a turnaround - Hall & Oates
Someone like you - Adele
Blowing in the wind - Bob Dylan
Colours - Donavon
Lying eyes - Eagles
Man on the moon - REM
Wild world - Cat Stevens
Father and son - Cat Stevens
Knocking on heaven’s door - Bob Dylan
Imagine - John Lennon
What is life - George Harrison
Big yellow taxi - Joni Mitchell
Billy Davey’s daughter - Stereophonics
You’re just to good to be true - Carpenters
Get better soon - Taylor Swift
Brown sugar - Rolling Stones
Can't get enough of your love - Bad Company
You are all that I need - Snow Patrol
Come up and see me - Cockney Rebel
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
Dakota - Stereophonics
Delilah - Tom Jones
It’s not unusual - Tom Jones
Take your mamma out - Scissor Sisters
Here comes the rain - Eurythmics
Honky tonk women - Rolling Stones
It's not unusual - Tom Jones
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Long train running - Doobie Brothers
No matter what you are - Bad Finger
The Promise - Girls Aloud
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
A Little Respect - Erasure
Rocks - Primal Scream
Sucker Punch - Sigrid
Use somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie - Zutons version
No surrender - Bruce Springsteen
Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner
20th Century Boy - T-Rex
All these things that I have done - Killers
Bad moon rising - Creedance Clearwater Revival
Born to be wild - Steppenwolf
Oh boy - Buddy holly
That’ll be the day - Buddy Holly
Hound dog - Elvis
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis
All day and all of the night - Kinks
Keep on rocking in the free world - Neil Young
Mamma we’re all crazy now - Slade
Pump it up - Elvis Costello
Sex on fire - Kings of Leon
Sweet child of mine - Guns and roses
Sweet home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Delilah - Alex Harvey Band
Back in the USSR - Beatles
Rebel rebel - David Bowie
Gene Genie - David Bowie
Another brick in the wall - Pink Floyd
Shine on you crazy diamond - Floyd
Living on a prayer - Bon Jovi
Original songs:
Your Ithaca
I will be there
Purple patch
Someone up there
Take me higher
Other half of me
Fly me away
Battle song
Local hero
Out of sight
Time on my hands
Swallow my pride
Give me a break
Ready for love
Is she here
Part of the problem
Not running away
Power and politics
Poison in your heart
Green Street
One thousand people
Dance like there’s no one watching
Riding from Detroit to Alaska (sounds like easy rider)
I did (forget you)
Person not a tribe
Not running away
No more games
One more night of madness
Don’t take my heart
I could never change
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I’m a great singer and use vocal effects to strengthen my choruses, which people love. I am told I have good, positive energy and I really enjoy engaging with the audience which people seem to like. People like that, even though I just play guitar and sing, I can still rock and get a room going.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Countless pubs and bars, many weddings but as a rock band front man up to now. Private parties from small numbers or several hundred people. Some classy restaurants and cocktail bars who wanted a live music vibe. Localised festivals. I’ve done some TV and radio work in the past.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and love his energy for his audience and his efforts to engage them. Ben Folds is an American pianist and singer. He toured solo for years and I love his easy wit with audiences and his ability to be flexible with his set, depending on how it feels on the night.

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

I was in a band that supported Bucks Fizz at Cardiff University in the late ‘90’s (BF were an ironic booking…but classy. 3000 people). My band played to 500 people at the legendary Brangwyn Hall in Swansea for a 4 Nations Runners Dinner.

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?

I am really happy to play music through my PA before and between sets on prior agreement at no additional charge. I don’t offer a DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

As a solo acoustic artist I am able to set up my equipment within 30mins.

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

We can agree on your favourites. I am experienced in reading the room so I have the final say…but you’ll be happy 😃

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I have top quality, portable equipment and can use my PA in a field if required, as it has a three hour built in battery. I use a small lighting set up too.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I’ll look at anything you think will work for you and will do my best, given a month or so notice. As an example though, Bohemian Rhapsody is tough on my own so I may have say no 🥴


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)£125
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- 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.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
A selection of popular songs from my set list alongside a selection of my own, self written songs, with stories and entertaining chat. Up to 100 people - 2 x 45 min performances at any venue you choose. All my own equipment provided.


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From Encore customers:

Philippa C
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tim was amazing at our family wedding celebration. He arrived early to set up which was reassuring and Tim was flexible when our event schedule altered during the evening and kindly kept the party going. No one wanted him to stop so he gave us plenty of encores….. Tim is a very talented and charming musician whom we would love to use again and thoroughly recommend. His pre-event communication is excellent so you get just what you want. Tim even learnt some special requests for the bride and groom. Can’t praise him highly enough!

Reply from Tim Southern
4 months ago

Thanks so much for your lovely review Philippa. It was a real pleasure to sing for you and your guests who were all so inclusive and welcoming. On the road again has become my personal theme tune thanks to Sophie and Ben 😁 You were so easy to communicate with and I’d jump at the chance to sing for you at your next event!!

Jan M
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Tim for my Daughter’s hen weekend. He touched base with me right from the start, and I was able to give a background to our festival themed event, and Tim was also happy to learn my daughter’s favourite song. Tim is a great singer and guitarist, playing a fabulous range of songs, suitable for the wide range of ages in our group from 23 to my 83 yr old mother!! He was very warm friendly, and interactive. He had us all singing and dancing. We had an amazing time, and he definitely made the weekend for us. He did the most fantastic job of learning the requested song, and my daughter was blown away by it. I would love to have an opportunity to have him play for us again in the future. Thanks again Tim. If anyone gets the opportunity- BOOK HIM!!

Reply from Tim Southern
4 months ago

Thanks so much Jan. You organised a lovely event and it was a pleasure singing for such a friendly and engaging group of genuine people. I had a great time 🙂

Catherine D
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Such an easy process for booking. Tim Southern was absolutely fabulous. Great set, genuinely lovely guy. 😊 Would highly recommend Tim and Encore.

Reply from Tim Southern
5 months ago

Thanks for your lovely words Catherine. I loved playing for you and your friends and family who were all so welcoming and enthusiastic.

Carolyn O
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Tim for our small wedding and he was fantastic. Communicated with us regularly to ensure he would perform the right songs. On the night he took the time to speak with myself and my husband. Friendly and professional. Everyone was dancing and he even let my little girl help him. I would thoroughly recommend Tim and I will booking him again for future events that I organise. Thank you Tim. You were just what we wanted and more. Xx

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From other customers:

Lucy F
10 months ago, for a Birthday party in Caerphilly CF83 3RZ
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5 out of 5

Birthday party in Caerphilly CF83 3RZ, UK Tim came to surprise my dad on his 60th birthday, he was fabulous! Although the tough covid restrictions were in place Tim still managed to engage with the audience and had everyone singing… I’m confident they would have been dancing if they were allowed! You could tell he has a huge passion for music it really showed! He was enthusiastic and really put on a show I’d recommend him to anyone! Everyone who was there commented on how great he was and how hard it must have been for him but he honestly smashed it!!!

Phil C
1 year ago, for a Hotel / Restaurant event in Usk NP15
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5 out of 5

Tim was very accommodating, set up in no time and was very flexible with his sets. His singing and music was very well received. As background music it is unusual to get applause and Tim received great interaction from the audience. Several asked about his details for future events.

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