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Tommy Kirby

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Seasoned Bristol Bass player. Ready for hire for all gigs.. Weddings, Functions, Tours, Festivals and Recording Sessions.
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Bristol based Session bass player who specializes in Soul, R&B, Hiphop, Reggae and World Music and has had over 12 years experience touring, gigging and recording with artists with small to large profiles. Including bands and artists such as Alton Ellis jr (Troy Ellis), Backbeat Soundsystem, Undercover hippy, The Dualers, Suntou Susso and many more. Experience also delves into playing weddings, birthdays and function events, providing a huge repertoire of music, perfect for bookings at the last minute as well as those in advance. Playing support slots for big names such as The Wailers, Nile Rogers and Chic, Kaiser chiefs, Mel b, Madness and many others has opened doors to huge events, festivals and Venues all over Britain and Europe. Such as Boomtown, Glastonbury, Balter, Shambala and the o2 academies. // I am Honoured to play Bass for a living. I always make sure that the artists/clients I work for get exactly what they want from my skills.

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Tommy's Reviews

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Jim D
1 year ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 95 Effra Rd
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5 out of 5

We hired Tommy as a depp to fill in for our regular bass player for funk band ‘stone cold hustle’. Tommy learned our 90 minute set with out fuss and came to rehearsal prepared and with a professional attitude. The whole process felt easy and fun as he also brought a great sense of humour with him! At the gig he dressed the part and was lively and engaging with the audience. I highly recommend Tommy if you want a professional, versatile and fun bass player.

Guy G
1 year ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Little Ann St
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5 out of 5

Tommy Kirby: Rock solid bass player with a great work ethic and stage presence, easy to get on with and always delivers precisely what is required with skill, flare and musical versatility, Tommy has all the chops, tone and feel of a world class musician and the composure of a true professional - Guy Calhoun - guitarist/band leader with Dub From Atlantis, Mighty Dub Generators and The Good The Bad and The Funk.

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Tommy's Song list

The songs listed here represent the repertoire I most often play. Howere, with a weeks notice I am more than capable of playing anything within the realms of Popular Music.
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
24k Magic - Bruno Mars
54-46 Was My Number - Toots & The Maytals
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
1999 - Prince
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
ABC - The Jackson 5
Adventure Of A Lifetime - Coldplay
Aint No Moutain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
Aint Nobody - Chaka Khan
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainer
All My Life - Foo Fighters
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
All Night Long - Mary Jane Girls
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
All The Small Things - Blink 182
All This love that im giving - Gwen Mcrae
American Boy - Estelle
And The Beat Goes On - The Whispers
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Bad Boys - Inner Circle
Bang Bang - Nancy Sinatra
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Best Of My Love - The Emotions
Believe - Cher
Big Mouth Strikes Again - The Smiths
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
Black Roses - Barrington Levy
Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind And Fire
Budapest - George Ezra
Bug A Boo - Destinys Child
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Candy - Cameo
Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
Cant Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Chamber - Kings Of Leon
Cheerleader - OMI
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Crazy - Gnarles Barkley
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
Dakota - Stereophonics
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Day Tripper - The Beatles
Deeper Underground - Jamiroquai
Do I Love You - Fankie Wilson
Do You Love me - The Contours
Dont Panic - Coldplay
Dont Speak - No Doubt
Dont Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
Easy - The Commodores
Everybody Dance - Chic
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
Faith - Wham!
Fallin' - Alicia Keys
Family Affair - Mary j. Blige
Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Forget me Nots - Patrice Rushen
Get Down On It - Kool And The Gang
Get Ready - The Temptations
Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley
Gimme Gimme Gimme - ABBA
Gimme Some Lovin - The Blues Brothers
Girl - Destinys Child
Girls And Boys - Blur
Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairman Of The Board
Give Me The Night - George Benson
Good Times - Chic
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Hanging On The Telephone - Blondie
Hard to Handle - Otis Reading
Heart Of Glass - Blondie
Heatwave - Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
Heya - Outkast
Hello - Adele
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Highway To Hell - ACDC
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Hotline Bling - Drake
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
How Sweet It I To Be Loved by You - James Taylor
How Sweet It I To Be Loved by You - Marvin Gaye
I Believe In Miracles - Mark Capanni
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Found Lovin - Fatback Band
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
I Want To Break Free - Queen
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
I Want Your Love - Chic
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
If I Aint Got You - Alicia Keys
Im A Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Im Coming Out - Diana Ross
Im Every Woman - Chaka khan
In My Place - Coldplay
Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley
Ironic - Alanis Morisette
Is This Love - Bob Marley
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
It Must Be Love - Madness
Its A Love Thing - The Whispers
Its A Shame - Delroy Wilson
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Jammin - Bob Marley
Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
Just A Girl - No Doubt
Kinky Reggae - Bob Marley
Kiss - Prince
Knocking On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
Last Name - Carrie Underwood
Le Freak - Chic
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
Lets Dance - David Bowie
Lets Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Lets Stay Together - Al Green
Lets Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Look Good On The Dancefloor - Artic Monkeys
Love Train - The O'Jays
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight And The Pips
Money - Pink Floyd
Monkey Man - Toots And The Maytals
Mustang Sally - Wilson Picket
My Generation - The Who
My Girl - The Temptations
Natty Dread - Bob Marley
Natural Woman - Carol King
Never too Much - Luthervandross
New Rules - Dua Lipa
Night Nurse - Gregory Issacs
No Scrubs - TLC
Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
One Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morisette
One Way Or Another - Blondie
Outstanding - The Gap Band
Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Party - Beyonce
Piece Of My Heart - Beverly Knight
Pinhead - The Ramones
Police And Theives - Junior Marvin
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Purple Rain - Prince
P.Y.T - Michael Jackson
Rainbow Country - Bob Marley
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
Reach Out - The Four Tops
Red Red Wine - UB40
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Revelry - Kings Of Leon
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And His Comets
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Roses are Red - The Mac Band
Roxanne - The Police
Rude - Magic!
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
Saturday - Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neil
Say My Name - Desitnys Child
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Set Fire To The Rain - Adele
Sex Machine - James Brown
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley And His Comets
Shotgun - George Ezra
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Sitting On The dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Somebody eles Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Son Of a Preacher - Dusty Springfeild
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Substitute - The Who
Sunday Blood Sunday - U2
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns & Roses
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver
Taxman - The Beatles
Teardrops - Womack & Womack
The Best Of my Love - The Emotions
The Bucket - Kings Of Leon
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
The Pretender - Foo Fighter
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge
This Charming Man - The Smiths
This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Think - Aretha Franklin
Trouble - Pink
Twist & shout - The Beatles
Upside Down - Diana Ross
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers
Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
Walking On The Moon - The Police
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Whats Going On - Marving Gaye
When The Sun Goes Down - Artic Monkeys
When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr Hook
You Cant Hurry Love - Diana Ross & the Supremes
You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
You Keep Me Hanging On - Diana Ross & the Supremes
You Know whats up - Donell Jones
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
You’re The Sweetest One - Luthervandross
Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton

Tommy's 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£190
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Bass Dep Package
Need a bass player for your upcoming show? 1 hour set for any original/covers band. please contcat for more info.
Wedding Package
Need a Bass player for your wedding band? Two performances of up to 45 mins each.
Private Event Package
Need a Bass Player for your private event? Two performances of up to 45 mins each.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I get great compliments from people about my bass playing after shows. But what clients and audience members always tell me the most is that they enjoy watching me perform because I always look like im having a great time through out the entire show. It really gets everybody in the audience enthusiastic to dance and let loose.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Being a session musician I have played in many venues and festivals all over the UK. It would take a long time to list them all but the most populars ones have been the o2 Acadamy(s), Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown, Eden Project.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mainly those from 1965-1975. But especialy alot of old Motown and soul.

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

I would have to choose between opening up for Nile Rodgers or being in the opening band for The Wailers on their UK tours.

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

The easiest thing to do is just get in touch :) I understand these thing can happen sometimes. I like to try my best to be as flexible as i can for all my clients.

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

As a session Bass Player this is a request that i would never useally recive.

How much time do you need to set up?

I tend to arrive 2-3 hrs before as this gives enough time to set up, sound check and make sure i have eaten before i start playing. However i happy to arrive at any time that is convenient for the client. Just let me know :)

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

Im totally fine with any song requests. Just be reminded that i am only a session musican and not a band so this will depend on the musicians you hire me with.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I only bring my own personal equipment (instrument/guitar amp ect). Please note that i do NOT provide a band OR PA system as you are hiring me a session musician and not as a band.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutly :) You should be able to access my repertoire on this site if you would like to see the songs i already know. but i am more than happy to learn any extra songs you like that isnt on the list :) Just be reminded that i am only a session musicans and not a band so this will depend on the musician you hire me with.
Soul, Reggae, Afrobeat, Ska, Britpop, Rock 'n' Roll, Heavy metal, Hardcore, Punk rock, Indie, Alternative rock, Pop, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Hip Hop, Americana, Funk rock, Covers, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Gospel, Latin jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Tribute, Top 40, Karaoke, Rock, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, World music, African music, Asian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Australian music, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, Calypso, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Salsa, Skiffle, Spanish music, Samba, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Polka, Polish music, Merengue, Mariachi, Polynesian music, Scottish music, Russian music, Tango, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Rockabilly, Irish rock, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1940s era music, Electronic, Drum 'n' Bass, Breakbeat, Deep house, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Electronica, Garage, House, Ibiza club, Industrial, Jungle, Triphop, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Wedding proposal, Church service, Charity event, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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