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You Say We Play

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We are a very experienced duo experienced in performing at weddings, corporate events, parties, pubs and clubs. Check us out!
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'You Say We Play' Consists of David McNamara (vocals/guitar) and Craig Jones (vocals/bass/drums/piano). We are a 'unique live music duo' who have performed together for over 10 years. We can cater for all occasion and play to audiences wishes on the night. This creates a brilliant interaction between band and audience, giving you a real night to remember! We have over 2000 songs ready to perform, so your event can be personally tailored to you. Either pick out some favourites in advance, or let us know your favourites as we go. Throughout a full days event the line-up can frequently change, to perfectly suit your needs. Take a look in the MEDIA section at the top to view some of these. Dave (left in main photo) - professional performer and songwriter for 20 years. Graduate from Leeds College Of Music (Jazz Studies). Experienced in weddings, corporate functions, tribute bands, cruises, and more. Craig (right in main photo) - professional musician for 17 years graduating from Lipa. Experiences in weddings and corporate events. Craig is fortunate enough to tour regularly with grammy winning artists and household names. He has spent the last 8 years touring regularly with The Three Degrees, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and many more. We have enjoyed each and every wedding and have performed at some lovely local venues including: Peckforton Castle, The Mere, Sandhole Oak Barn, The Belle Epoque, Mere Court, Heaton House Farm, The Fir Grove, Thornton Manor, Delamere Manor, Old Trafford, Colshaw Hall, Macdonald Portal, Rookery Hall, Inglewood, Nunsmere Hall, Soughton Hall, The Ashes, Styal Lodge, Wychwood Park, Crewe Hall, Mottram Hall, Cheadle House, The Park Royal, The Cottons, The Grosvenor Chester and many more. North West UK Based and willing to travel.

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You Say We Play's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Tanya V
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Really lovely guys. They helped with our song choices (tempo & ‘style’ etc.), even suggested drums may suit our evening mood/ chosen songs better than piano- which they were completely right about! Dave- who I dealt with was absolutely brilliant with the songs we chose- including learning ‘the Hangovers’ rendition of ‘Candy shop!’ It was such a good laugh and our guests loved it! Thank you so much and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone in future. These guys were punctual and very understanding and accommodating when we were running over an hour late in our ‘schedule,’ so again, thank you for being so lovely & reassuring us that this happens & they were more than happy to sit around until we were ready/ finished eating/ completed speeches etc. T&N

Reply from You Say We Play
10 months ago

Ah Tanya thanks for the nice words. We had a great night. Lovely family and friends, all very welcoming. I had that song in my head all week. It's defo in the set now haha. Dave

Helen M
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

The best you can hire. A joy to have at our wedding and the guys are the nicest you can meet. 👍🏻

Paula L
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent 5star. Would definitely recommend.

Reply from You Say We Play
1 year ago

Thanks Paula. Such a great wedding night. You were all really friendly and welcoming to the band. Everyone had a great time. Thanks. Dave

Charlie W
1 year ago
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4.8 out of 5

Great live music! Good variety of songs, enjoyed by all. Very professional and easy to work with. Would definitely book again!

Reply from You Say We Play
1 year ago

Hey thanks Charlie. Was a pleasure to play for you and all your colleagues. Really great bunch. Look forward to it again. Dave 👍

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From other customers:

Simon J
7 years ago

Hilton Hotel (St Helens) - May 2017 We wanted a band for our wedding back in May and was highly recommended You Say We Play. From the beginning Dave was the complete professional. he talked us through what he could offer, 2 piece, 3 piece, 4 piece band, what ever we wanted. We decided to go with a three piece band. We were not disappointed the sound from only a three piece band was amazing. I gave dave complete control of the songs he would sing which complemented the range of age of people at the wedding.  I lost count of the people who were blown away with the  band. I would whole heartedly recommend Dave and his band and promise, you won't be dissappointed with your special occasion. ​

Charlottes 4
6 years ago

Hi guys just wanted to say thanks for performing for me - Absolutly superb and Dave was brilliant. So many guest commented on how amazing you were. Thanks so much x

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You Say We Play's Song list

We have 1400 songs in our repertoire covering most popular sytle's. Basically you say it we play it!
Customer Favourites:
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
A Little Respect - Erasure
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Dakota - Stereo Phonics
I bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor
Never Gunna Give you Up - Rick Astley
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Billie jean - MJ
Its Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Longer selection:
A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
A Kind of Magic - Queen
A Million Love Songs - Take That
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All About You - McFly
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
All of Me - John Legend
American Boy - Estelle
Angels - Robbie Williams
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Back in Black - AC/DC
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Bang Bang - Jessie J
Barbie Girl - Aqua
Beautiful Day - U2
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Black Magic - Little Mix
Blame it on the Boogie - Jackson 5
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
C'est La Vie - Bewitched
California Girls - Katy Perry
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
Californication - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Counting Start - One Republic
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Despacito - Justin Bieber
Don't Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Don't You Worry About A Think - Stevie Wonder
Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
Feeling Good - Muse
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Galway Girl - Ed Sheerin
Greatest Day - Take That
Groove Is In The Heart - Dee Light
Halo - Beyonce
Happy - Pharell Williams
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
I Love To Boogie - T Rex
I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue
I Want You back - Michael Jackson
I'll Be There For You - Rembrandts
I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
In THe Summertime - Mungo Jerry
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
It Had To Be You - Frank Sinatra
Jail House Rock - Elvis
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Jungle Book - I Wanna Be Like You
Let's Get It On - Marvyn Gaye
Little By Little - Oasis
Love on Top - Beyonce
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Magic - Coldplay
Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
Milkshake - Kelis
Mmmmbop - Hanson
Moondance - Michael Buble
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
My Way - Frank Sinatra
My Sharona - Knack
Night Fever - Bee Gees
No Diggity - Chet Baker
No Matter What - Boyzone
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Ob-La-Da Ob-La-Da - Beatles
Our House - Madness
One Last Time - Ariana Grande
Ordinary People - John Legend
Oh What A Night - Four Seasons
Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
Paradise - Coldplay
Paradise City - Guns N Roses
Picture of You - Boyzone
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Please Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna
Price Tag - Jessie J
Proud Mary - Teaner Turner
Purple Rain - Prince
Radio Ga Ga - Queen
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Reach - S Club 7
Relight My Fire - Take That
Road - Katy Perry
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Roxanne - The Police
Run To You - Bryan Adams
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Senorita - Justin Timberlake
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Shape Of You - Ed Sheerin
She's Always A Woman To Me - Billy Joel
She's The One - Robbie Williams
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Smells Like Team Spirit - Nirvana
Somebody To Love - Queen
Sorry - Justin Bieber
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Summer of 69 - Bryan Addams
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline - Niel Diamond
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Take A Chance On Me - Abba
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
The Greatest Showman - This is Me
The Greatest Showman - A Million Dreams
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
There She Goes - The La's
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
This Love - Maroon 5
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Ticket to Ride - Michael Jackson
Titanium - David Guetta
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Tribute - Tenatious D
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Wannabe - Spice Girls
We Are The Champions - Queen
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
Wonderwall - Oasis
You Sexy Thing - Real Thing
You've Got The Love - Florence & The Machine
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Your Song - Elton John
To name a very small pick of our songs...!

You Say We Play's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£720
Up to 3 hours£850
Ceremony & Drinks Reception2 musicians
Music for wedding guest arrival at ceremony (any duo combination of piano, guitar, drums and vocals). Drinks reception and during meal live music.
Ceremony, Drinks, Evening (Solo+Duo)2 musicians
Music for wedding guest arrival at ceremony (any SOLO combination of piano, guitar, drums and vocals). Drinks reception and during meal SOLO live music. Evening DUO 2x 50min sets, including DJ services until 1pm
Ceremony, Drinks, Evening (Duo)2 musicians
Music for wedding guest arrival at ceremony (any DUO combination of piano, guitar, drums and vocals). Drinks reception and during meal DUO live music. Evening DUO 2x 50min sets, including DJ services until 1pm


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

1. We are very fast at setting up. 20mins is our record 2. We always play the songs our clients request 3. We can play any song throw at us on the spot 4. We have a lot of energy when performing 5. We are great at interacting with the crowd 6. We have a big sound as a duo.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Virtually every wedding venue you can think of in the northwest UK

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We love many bands and artist from all styles and genres. We are you say we play, we have to be influenced by everything

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

Over the years we have played lots of great gigs, but recently we played the home coming for Leigh Leopards winning the Challenge Cup. We had to warm up the crowd with all the great sing a long rugby classics. This was before the team came on stage. Big crowd, great fun.

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

Absolutely - Craig and I are both fundamental to the group and will be there for your day. In the case of illness, we work with fantastic musicians who can step in. Our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level and we would let you know as soon as there was any indication someone may be unwell.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our basic line up is a 2 piece but we can expand to up to a 10 piece depending on the size and budget of your event. Drop us a message to discuss.

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

We will always try our best to be flexible, so let us know if the timings of your day look like they’ll move around. Generally speaking, for wedding evenings we block off the night, so moving things around by an hour or so won’t be an issue!

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

Of course, we are happy to provide a DJ service until 1am for £150 on top of our basic quotes. We're always happy to play music while setting up and in the break as well.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually require 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance later on!

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

Of course - our song list is vast (we know about 1400 songs altogether) and there isn’t much we don’t know, so we can chat in advance of the performance to make sure your favourites are included and we avoid any songs you dislike. You Say, We Play!

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

Yes all equipment is included in our quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We can learn song requests! Let us know as soon as possible if there’s a track you’d like as we probably already know it. If not, we will always learn one new song at no cost, but there may be a small fee for extra songs as it involves arranging the music and extra rehearsals for the band.
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