Disco & Funk band

Unikque

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About Unikque

Disco & Funk band
London
Public liability insurance of £10 million
One of London’s longest running and top funk, soul and disco bands. Fronted by the Hughes Sisters, with lead & backing vocals.

Who we are: We are one of Londons longest running Soul and Funk Bands, which has been around since the eighties. We play Soul, Funk disco and R&B and as well as the classics covers and floor fillers that everyone knows, we also write songs with a soul and funk classic feel and play the lesser known pieces too. The band is fronted by the glamorous Hughes sisters, who are from a soul and gospel background. The full band has lead and backing vocals, rhythm section and horns. We are a highly professional group, available for all types of event and at any type of venue. Biography: In the summer of 1984, Clyde Morris came to London and met bassist Chester, (A.K.A Godwin Sylvester) in a reggae band called W.O.W (Words of Wisdom). The band included the young saxophone prodigy Steve Williamson of the Jazz Warriors who at the time were a major force in the British jazz scene. Before W.O.W, Chester played in a band called “The Enchanters” as the major support act for Misty (Inroots) taking part in G.L.C sponsored ROCK AGAINST RACISM concerts across the UK for four years which included a concert at ”The Rainbow Theatre” also featuring Pete Townsend (of 'The Who') & Friends, Aswad and The Clash. Clyde played in various reggae, blues and soul groups and played in a band that supported Randy Crawford on her 1986 UK tour. Unikque (pronounced ‘Unique’) was formed in the autumn of 1987 by bass player Chester and the guitarist Clyde. Based at West Star Studios in West London, auditions eventually found three sisters to perform vocals, Ann, Samantha and Bernadette who were collectively known as ‘THE SAPPHIRES’. The Sapphires from Berkshire, in the tradition of many great American artists started their careers singing gospel in the church and received rave reviews for their stylistic performances of varied music. Not only can these sisters sing, they can dance too, choreographing all their own routines. Ann and Bernadette provide the harmonies while Samantha tells it like it is, a truly inspirational vocalist for the rest of the band. Also joining the band from Berkshire was drummer Kenny Williams, using electronic Simmons kit. Kenny had been playing in bands since school days and had a great feel for music. In 1988 Unikque started doing headline shows concentrating mainly on the London venue scene. In 1989, the band signed a performance contract on the books of Carousel Artistes Agency who were a major London based booking agency who provided gigs for the band at American Force Bases throughout the UK. Kevin Sutherland, from East London, keyboardist and band leader for 90’s funk band Liberty was an ever present guest player on those early agency shows. In 1992, versatile keyboardist Victor Matty joined Unikque teaming up again with Chester who was a member of Victor’s 12-piece soul/funk band “Full Circle” in 1986. The following year also joining Unikque was seasoned acoustic drummer Cosmo Bowen who in the mid 80’s played in a soul band that had a recording deal with a major label Epic Records. The ending of the Gulf War caused American bases to make so many cut backs that by 1994, 90% of them were forced to either shutdown their club or close the site completely. Unikque carried on doing live shows in the capital, playing at venues which included The HQ Club, The Rock Gardens, The Cave, Fresh at Bull & Gate, Russell Square University, The Orange, The New Pegasus and music industry show-case gigs on celebrity nights at Xenons in Piccadilly , London’s west End. In 1996, Clyde left the band to pursue Blues projects and s currently playing in two bands at venues across the capital. He was replaced by a talented young lead guitarist from Sevenoaks in Kent, Mike Ross who had experienced some great moments being a member of the rock band INDALO and doing a live radio broadcast across London with members from the Brand New heavies. In 2000, Unikque recorded a single “Gimme Your Love” in three versions featuring an RnB mix, a hip-hop mix by JD Flemming and a Dance Mix. The band’s current live shows are a mixture of popular 80’s soul & funk grooves and Unikque’s own versatile original soul & funk material, based heavily on the influences of the American feel and chord structure. Welcome to the sound of UNIKQUE.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
1970s era music, 1980s era music, Disco, Funk, Motown, Soul, R&B
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

SOUL:
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Piece Of My Heart - Erma Franklyn
Midnight Train To Georgia -Gladys Knight & The Pips
Your’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
It’s a Man’s World - James Brown
Until You Come Back To Me - Aretha Franklyn
Respect - Aretha Franklyn
Lady Marmalade - Pattie Labelle
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
I Feel Good - James Brown
R&B, DISCO & FUNK:
Sex Machine - James Brown
In A Cold Sweat - James Brown
Somebody Else’s Guy - Joselyn Brown
Forget Me Knots - Patrice Rushen
Have A Good Time - The Brand New Heavies
Midnight At The Oasis - The Brand New Heavies
Give Me The Night - George Benson
I’m Every Woman - Chaka Khan
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
I’m In Love - Evelyn Champagne King
Behind The Groove - Teena Marie
Good Times - Chic
We’ve Got The Funk - Positive Force
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Boogie Oogie Oogie- A Taste Of Honey
To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Stomp - Brothers Johnson
All This Love I’m Giving - Gwen MacCrae
Customer questions

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

The band is fronted by the Hughes Sisters (Bernie, Ann and Samantha). Two of the sisters are married to two of the other band members and the keyboard player is the brother-in-law of the sax player. Sonthis really is a family band with no dep musicians used.

Do you have different line-up options?

We mainly perform as a full band or you can hire just the singers.

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

Please let us know as soon as possible ifbtimings chsnge andcwe will try our best to accommodate you.

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

Yes, this is a standard service that we provide. .

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually need between 60-90 minutes to set up and sound check properly, after which we can provide recorded music from a lap top or iPod until our live performance begins.

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

If you have particular songs from our set list that you would like us to play, we can definitely do that for you.

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

Yes.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We may already know a song that you would like us to play. But with sufficient notice given, we can try and learn it for you.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are an established family band with a loyal following and that we also sound authentic- very close to the original song.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Jagz Music Venue; Wokingham Festival; Burnham Football Club; The HQ Club, The Rock Gardens, The Cave, Fresh at Bull & Gate, The Orange, The New Pegasus Xenons

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classic soul and funk artists from the 1960s onwards.

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

Royal Ascot

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1200
Up to 2 hours£2500
Up to 3 hours£3200

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Graham S, 1 year ago

Unikque are a fantastic live band that features top musicians and singers who put on a great live show at last year’s Wokingham Festival, with powerful soulful vocals and a smooth funky soul sound this band are guaranteed to get the audience on the dance floor. Graham Steel Music Company http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com

Review A, 5 years ago

Super Venue where they made it a 'Night to Remember'” Olive B (1 review) Egham, United Kingdom It was my birthday dinner party and I booked a table for 10 people on 22nd November when the band 'Unikque' were performing. The band were fantastic and we were up dancing for most of the evening. Olly (of Egham) Date of visit: November 2014

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