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Artie Godden

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About Artie Godden

Acoustic singer-songwriter with 10+ years experience. I can bring a well-travelled, soulful and skilled presence to your event!
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Exeter
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I perform for living and work consistently in music, theatre and live performance. I've sung across the UK, on remote islands in the Atlantic and romantic bars in Paris. My first instrument was the 'Cello (Grade 8 ABRSM) which I began learning when I was 7 or 8 years old. I played in classical orchestras for many years and learnt muscial theory (Grade 5 ABRSM). I began teaching myself guitar as a teenager and have busked regularly in the cities I've visited since then. I have since gone on to teach myself Banjo, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, and Harmonica. I was taught to sing at a young age by a choral director from the Hereford Cathedral, and spent years in choirs, bands and muscial theatre. As a composer and singer-songwriter, I release songs under the musical alias 'King Uther's Sons', and I am constantly reinspired by musical legends such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Glen Hansard. However, my style often lends itself to more contemporary artists such as Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini and Damien Rice. Because of this mixture of skills, I am often employed for my musical ability, as well as my acting, in the theatre jobs I pursue. I have toured my own shows across the UK and performed in many different settings from the street, to the largest theatres in country. I have a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Bristol, and have an excellent understanding of how events and performances are designed, created and managed. I bring this mindset when curating a musical set for your events, acutley aware of the amount of work that goes in to making sure your guests are happy, and everything is "just right." This aside, my main focus in playing at your event is to bring soul skill, and passion. What the Spanish call, "El Duende". For those special days we want to remember and feel - music is often the key.

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Genres:
Acoustic, Folk, Folk rock, Country, Pop, Covers, Rock, Indie
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Actor, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Folk/Acoustic:
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Fairytale Lullaby - John Martyn
Say it to me now - Glen Hansard
In These Arms - Glen Hansard
You 'Aint Going Nowhere - Bob Dylan
Knocking on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
May You Never - John Martyn
Leave - Glen Hansard
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
When Your Mind’s Made Up - Swell Season
Falling Slowly - Swell Season
Couldn’t Love You More - John Martyn
Not giving up yet - Newton Faulkner
Gone in the Morning - Newton Faulkner
The Wind - Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam
Drive All Night - Bruce Springsteen
Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart
Low Rising - Swell Season
Uncomfortably Slow - Newton Faulkner
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Old Man - Neil Young
All I Got - Newton Faulkner
Houdini - Jade Bird
Tennesse Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
Delicate - Damien Rice
Trouble - Ray LaMontange
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
Heart Sunk Hank - Johnny Flynn
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Is This Love - Bob Marley
You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
Suck It And See - Alex Turner
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Over the Hill - John Martyn
Traditional/Oldies:
Make Me Down a Pallet - American Traditional
Blue Moon - Richard Rogers
Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard
You Are My Sunshine - Pete Seeger
Suspicious Minds - Elvis
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Joseph Vincent
Rock:
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Best of You - Foo Fighters
Star Star - The Frames
Suck it and See - Arctic Monkeys
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
Pop:
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
All of Me - John Legend
Dance Monkey - Tones and I
Valerie - Amy Winehouse/The Zutons
I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
Hold Back the River - James Bay
Better Man - Paolo Nutini
Budapest - George Ezra
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
Shallow (A Star is Born) - Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper
Everything - Michael Bublé
Your Song - Elton John
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
If You Ever Want to Be in Love - James Bay
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Indie:
Seaside - The Kooks
Still Beating - Mac DeMarco
Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
Riptide - Vance Joy
Originals:
Dreaming - King Uther's Sons
Broken Man - King Uther's Sons
Harry Potter - King Uther's Sons
Questionable Spirit - King Uther's Sons
Flamingo - King Uther's Sons
Fog and Wind - King Uther's Sons
You Know I Love You - King Uther's Sons
Into My Arms - King Uther's Sons
Take the Time to Be - King Uther's Sons
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Recent clients have said: "His enthusiasm, confidence, charm and musical ability made him a very popular act with the crowd."

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Having worked as an actor and musician for a decade, I have performed at dozens of venues across the UK and Europe including: Bristol Old Vic Plymouth Theatre Royal Birmingham Town Hall Lyric Theatre Belfast Edinburgh Festival Theatre Liverpool Everyman Isles of Scilly Food Festival Café du Depart (near Paris, France) Almazen Theatre (Barcelona, Spain)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

If you haven't watched the film 'Once', I highly recommed you do. It's an irish film featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova of Swell Season, and it inspired me to pursue a career as a musician. I am inspired by acoustic musicians mostly, such as Damien Rice, Newton Faulkner, Frank Turner, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Neil Young and of course, Bob Dylan.

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

As a musician, most recently, entertaining guests on the Isles of Scilly for the Food Festival in 2021. Around 200 people arrived on boats from different islands and listened to me play on a sunny September afternoon. As an actor - performing at Bristol Old Vic stands out, as does Birmingham Town Hall.

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

When planning an event like a wedding or concert, there is always the chance timings will move around. I generally try to keep the whole day free for bookings so should be flexible if things move around. If you need to change the day as we get closer to the event we can discuss options.

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

If we are using a PA for the set (not just acoustically), I can provide a Spotify playlist curated to your taste and operate it for £15 an hour. If you want acoustic sets that do not use a speaker, but music in between, I can provide a cost of operating and transporting a small PA speaker, or hiring a larger set up.

How much time do you need to set up?

This can depend on if I am playing completely acoustically or with a speaker - usually around less than an hour. Happy to discuss your timings and where I can slot in.

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

Yes of course - this is actually very helpful! I often meet with clients to get a sense of who they are and how this can be represented with the music I play.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - I bring my acoustic guitar with me nearly everywhere! I have a PA speaker available and microphone/microphone stands for louder sets.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to try out any song your interested in to see if it works well in my style, and often send a video or recording to clients to see if they like the sound of it!

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£300
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£550
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Jonathan O
10 months ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in St. Martin's
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5 out of 5

We asked Artie to perform at last year's St Martin's Food and Drink Festival in September on the Isles of Scilly. He willingly accepted and performed several songs to an assembled crowd of around 200 people. His enthusiasm, confidence, charm and musical ability made him a very popular act with the crowd. We were very grateful for helping to bring the Festival alive and would willingly invite him back any time.

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Daniel B
2 years ago, for a Virtual event in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Artie/King Uthers Sons played for my online NHS fundraising concert during COVID, he’s a very experienced guitar player and played and sung some delightful folk music for our listeners, I truly enjoy his work.