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Vintage Classics

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About Vintage Classics

George Formby tribute; Songs of the Stars crooner act; Ragtime Rascals swing band Relive the glory days of swing with high class acts!
Vintage jazz band
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Matthew Quilliam’s Vintage Classics offers an exciting and eclectic range of musical acts fit for vintage events and venues. Featuring highly trained and experienced musicians, transport your guests back to the jazz era for an unforgettable toe-tapping experience. All of our acts can also sprinkle in a large portion of pop songs in a jazzy style, providing that vintage feeling but with a modern twist. This is especially popular for themed weddings and parties, allowing your guests to sing-along with their favourite tunes. Acts: GEORGE FORMBY Matthew Quilliam plays the hits of Britian’s favourite ukulele player. Blending an authentic look and wit with his own trademark style, you can be sure that everything will ‘turn out nice again!’ SONGS FROM THE STARS Take a trip down memory lane for a packed show of classic songs by the greatest stars of yesteryear, from Frank Sinatra to Vera Lynn. Matthew can perform as a solo ‘crooner’ or with his trusty uke. THE RAGTIME RASCALS Matthew performs with his old-time jazz band, swinging their way back to the 1910s – 40s. Relive the jazz age with non-stop toe-tappers, featuring a line-up of 2 or 3 musicians, like banjo, sax and trombone. About: This classic tribute to the timeless songs of yesteryear is the perfect accompaniment to any vintage events such as fayers, heritage railways, museums and WWII societies such as at Didcot Railway Centre, Mizens Railway and On-Parade Enthusiasts Group. Founder and leader Matthew Quilliam, along with his hand-picked selection of fellow musicians, are all highly trained and experienced in playing and singing the music of the 1910s – 1940s, including the music of Frank Sinatra, George Formby, Vera Lynn, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Glenn Miller, Louis Prima, Bill Hailey, Jackie Wilson and many more from early jazz, dixieland, big band and swing. The set-list will be customised to the specific time era that your event captures. With a compact and flexible set up, the musicians can squeeze into the tightest of corners, or roam freely around the venue or train carriages.

Vintage Classics' Reviews

From customers:

Mizens R
5 years ago

We'll definitely have him back, he made our 1940s day complete!

Didcot G
2 years ago

I could listen to you for hours!

Vintage Classics' Song list

All our acts can perform a mixture of wartime, jazz and pop music in our signature vintage style.
We’ll Meet Again
White Cliffs of Dover
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
My Old Man Said Follow the Van
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Roll out the Barrel
Run Rabbit Run
Underneath the Arches
You are My Sunshine
Leaning on a Lamppost
We’re Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
My Old Man’s a Dustman
Goodnight Sweetheart
When I’m Cleaning Windows
Chinese Laundry Blues
Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt
Cheek to Cheek
Lambeth Walk
The Gasman Cometh
Aunty Maggie's Remedy
Bring Me Sunshine
Allo! Allo! TV theme
When You’re Smiling
Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
Bless ‘Em All
What a Wonderful World
At the Jazz Band Ball
Alabama Jubilee
Bill Bailey
Taking a Chance on Love
Take the A Train
On the Sunny Side of the Street
‘Deed I Do
12th Street Rag
Savoy Blues
St James Infirmary
It’s Only a Paper Moon
Ain't Misbehavin'
Anything Goes
There Will Never Be Another You
Baby Face
California Here I Come
Daisy Bell
Hello Dolly
Heebie Jeebies
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Seven Nation Army
Hakuna Matata
Monsters Inc
King of the Swingers
Under the Sea
9 to 5
A Whole New World
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
All I Ask
All of Me
All Star
Allo! Allo! Theme
As Lights Fall
At Last
Baggy Trousers
Baker Street
Because of You
Because We Can
Billie Jean
Black Velvet
Blame it on the Boogie
Boogie Wonderland
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Call Me Maybe
Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Can't Help Falling in Love
Careless Whisper
Chasing Cars
Circle of Life
Come and Get Your Love
Come on Eileen
Country Roads
Dancing in the Moonlight
Dancing Queen
Das Model
Daydream Believer
Defying Gravity
Disney Medley (Wish upon Star/Hakuna/Be Like You/Monsters Inc)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Don't Look Back in Anger
Don't Stop
Don't Stop Believin'
Don't You Want Me Baby
Dreadlock Holiday
Eleanor Rigby
Englishman in New York
Every Breath You Take
Eye of the Tiger
Fields of Gold
Flying Without Wings
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
Grace Kelly
Greatest Love of All
Hakuna Matata
Happy Together
Here Comes the Sun
Hey Jude
Hey There Delilah
Hit the Road Jack
Hopelessly Devoated to You
House of Fun
House of Gold
I Have Nothing
I Saw Her Standing There
I Wanna Be Like You
I Will Always Love You
I Will Survive
I Won't Give Up
If I Ain't Got You
If I Could Turn Back Time
I'm Every Woman
I'm Feeling Good
I'm Still Standing
I'm Yours
Incredibles Theme
Isn't She Lovely
It Must Be Love
It's a Beautiful Day
It's All Coming Back to Me Now
It's Not Unusual
Just Give Me a Reason
Just the Two of Us
Just the Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Left Bank Two
Let It Be
Life on Mars
Love Yourself
Make You Feel My Love
Mamma Mia
Man in the Mirror
Mr Blue Sky
My Life
New York State of Mind
Norweigan Wood
Our House
Pencil Full of Lead
Piano Man
Pick a Pocket or Two
Proud Mary
Put Your Head on My Shoulder
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Raspberry Bere
Red, Red Wine
Reet Petite
Rhythm is a Dancer
Rocket Man
Saving All My Love For You
Say a Little Prayer
Seven Nation Army
Shut Up and Dance With Me
Son of a Preacher Man
Space Odditty
Stand By Me
Stop! In the Name of Love
Summer of '69
Sweet Caroline
Take a Chance on Me
Take on Me
The Bear Neccessities
The Climb
The Logical Song
The Power of Love
The Room Where It Happens
The Rose
The Snake
The Tide is High
This Will Be an Ever-lasting Love
Three Little Birds
Time After Time
Time of My Life
Total Eclipse of the Heart
True Colours
Unchained Melody
Under Pressure
Wait in Vain
Walking on Sunshine
We Are Family
We Built this City
What's It Gonna Be
Wii Medley
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Wouldn't It Be Nice
You Are My Sunshine
You Can't Hurry Love
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman
You Raise Me Up
You're My Best Friend
You're the One That I Want
You've Got a Friend in Me

Vintage Classics' Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£900
Workshop & 45 minute show2 musicians
Save as you enjoy a joint package of workshop and performance. PERFORMANCE 45 minutes of toe-tappers as our soloist or two piece band swings their way to your guests' hearts. WORKSHOP A unique experience where your company or party can learn how to play Hawaii's favourite instrument! With all instruments and sheet music provided, enjoy a 1-hour workshop that will take your participants from the ground up to being able to play a song or two!


Ukulele Workshop
DJ set
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Audiences and guests love our creativity with our arrangements, combined with our energetic floor-filling rhythms. As for those who have booked us, we pride ourselves on providing an easy, efficient and flexible service.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As well as a plethra of private venues and parties, we've loved performing at Didcot Railway Centre, Mizens Railway, for On-Parade re-enactment group and Fleet Memorial Service.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

All the greats from the 1910s-40s, like George Formby, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more! We love to play modern music too in a vintage style too, from Robbie Williams to Disney and from Kate Bush to Katy Perry.

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

Swindon Oktoberfest 2018, where we were called on at short notice to play to 2000+ people!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! Vintage Classics is proud to present three different acts. Founder Matthew Quilliam presents his George Formby tribute act as a soloist or with piano accompaniment, whereas the Ragtime Rascals is a 2 or 3 piece swing band with instruments such as banjo, sax, clarinet, trombone or bass. Specific instruments can be requested, subject to availability.

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

We always try out best to accommodate changes, though this is not always possible. Please remember that the more notice you can give us, the more likely we are going to be able to help!

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

We can provide music from a playlist of our favourite vintage tunes up to 15 minutes before and after the first and last set, as well as for the duration of our break(s). Please ask if you require any longer as an additional charge may apply.

How much time do you need to set up?

We will need at least an hour or two before the event in order to give us plenty of time to get ready. Our pack down is usually quicker. If we can, we will be set up before your guests arrive.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Short answer - yes! Slightly longer answer... Some venues are easier than others. If we are roaming around one room, we can use wireless microphones so that we can be heard no matter where we are. If we are travelling across a wider space or through a train, we prefer to go acoustically, meaning we'll only be heard in one area at a time.

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

Please do! We can play more songs than we can list here, so please ask if you have a request as it may be that we can already do it.

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

Yes, as is our set-up time. The only additional charges that may apply in relation to our equipment is if you require us to set up a long time before the quests arrive. A longer waiting period may incur an additional cost.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If we don't currently perform your favourite song, an additional £35 will incur for each song, with a minimum notice period of 30 days in which to learn the song.
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