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Phil Richards

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Phil Richards is a professional acoustic musician perfect for weddings, functions, bars, and virtual performances!
Singing guitarist
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Phil Richards is a professional, highly experienced, fully equipped wedding and events musician, providing music entertainment for any occasion. Everything required to put on the performance will be provided for you. Having performed at hundreds of weddings and events, Phil will perform a tailor-made setlist for your event; this could be old classics, or a more modern set of current chart hits - requests from you or your guests are also more than welcome. Phil specialises in upbeat, easy-listening style music, perfect for wedding receptions, ceremonies, restaurants and bars, but can also perform a more upbeat set if that's what you need! If you want something even more party/dancing vibe, please consider enquiring about the duos and bands that Phil performs in. Some previous clients/venues: Literally hundreds of wedding venues across the UK, Hull City Hall, Craven Park Stadium, Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium, Walkabout chain (nationwide), Village Hotel Entertainment Provision, Ladies Day Leconfield, Potting Shed (nationwide) and many more. A word from Phil: Thank you for checking out my page! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to message me or request a call, and I'll reply personally as soon as possible!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
Lightning fast responses
3rd Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 25 Encore gigs!
Christmas, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Motown, Top 40, Rock, Pop rock, 1950s era music, Swing, Britpop, Classic rock, Alternative rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

If the song you are looking for isn’t on this list, please get in touch as it may have recently been added. This repertoire expands frequently. Artists whose names begin with β€˜The’ will all be under T for β€˜The’, such as β€˜The Beatles’. There are also several Christmas songs that are not listed.
A-ha – Take on Me
Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Aerosmith – Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar
American Pie – Don Mclean
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
Avicii – Hey Brother
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Axis of Awesome – 4 Chords
Bastille – Pompeii
Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her
Beautiful South – Perfect 10
Ben E. King – Stand by Me
BeyoncΓ© – Ave Maria
BeyoncΓ© – Halo
Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – The Time of my Life (Dirty Dancing)
Bill Withers – Lean on Me
Black Eyed Peas – Where is the Love
Blink 182 – All the Small Things
Blur – Parklife
Blur – Song 2
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Bobby Darin – Beyond the Sea
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Bryan Adams – I’ll Always Be Right There
Bryan Adams – Summer of β€˜69
Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Busted – Glad I Crashed the Wedding
Busted – Year 3000
Calum Scott – Dancing on My Own
Cascada – Everytime We Touch
Cat Stevens – Father and Son
CeeLo Green – Forget You
Chainsmokers – Closer
Chainsmokers – Paris
Cher – Believe
Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
Christina Perry – A Thousand Years
Christina Perry – Jar of Hearts
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay – Yellow
Colin Haye – Overkill
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Daniel Powter – Had A Bad Day
Dermot Kennedy – Outnumbered
Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me
Dermot Kennedy – Rome
Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Don McLean – American Pie
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran – I See Fire
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Elbow – One Day Like This
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr Blue Sky
Ella Fitzgerald – Dream a Little Dream of Me
Ella Henderson – Yours
Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Elton John – Rocket Man
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Elton John – Your Song
Elvis Presley – I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
Erasure – A Little Respect
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Fountains of Wayne – Stacey’s Mom
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Turner – The Way I Tend to Be
Garth Brooks – Friends in Low Places
George Ezra – Blame it on Me
George Ezra – Budapest
George Ezra – Paradise
George Ezra – Shotgun
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Gerry Cinnamon – Belter
Gerry Cinnamon – Sometimes
Good Charlotte – The Anthem
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know
Green Day – Time of Your Life
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
Guns β€˜n’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me
Here Comes the Bride (Guitar Arrangement)
Hunter Hayes – Wanted
Imagine Dragons – Walking the Wire
Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes
Jack Savoretti – Apologies
Jack Savoretti – Written in Scars
Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Jackson 5 – Blame it on the Boogie
James – Sit Down
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
James Bay – Hold Back the River
James Bay – Let it Go
James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover
James Blunt – I’ll Be Your Man
James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
Jessie J – Domino
Jessie J – Pricetag
John Denver/Hermes House Band – Country Roads
John Legend – All of Me
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Katy Perry – Firework
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Kodaline – The One
Kygo – Firestone
Lady Gaga – Pokerface
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Lonestar – Amazed
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Magic – Rude
Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 – This Love
Marvin Gaye – Heard it Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
McFly – All About You
McFly – Obviously
Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
Men at Work – Land Down Under
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Michael BublΓ© – Have I Told You Lately
Mika – Big Girls
Mika – Grace Kelly
Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
Muse – Starlight
Neil Diamond – I Am I Said
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
Newton Faulkner – Feels Like Home
Nickelback – Rockstar
Nizlopi – JCB Song
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
Oasis – Half the World Away
Oasis – She’s Electric
Oasis – Wonderwall
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Otis Redding – Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness
Paolo Nutini – Last Request
Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
Passenger – Let Her Go
Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman
Pink – Raise Your Glass
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Plain White Tees – Hey There Delilah
Queen – I Want to Break Free
R-Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
Radiohead – Creep
Rag β€˜n’ Bone Man – Human
Razorlight – America
Razorlight – Before I Fall to Pieces
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge
Rhianna – We Found Love
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams – Feel
Rod Stewart – Handbags and Gladrags
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing at All
Sam Cooke – What a Wonderful World
Sam Smith – Money on My Mind
Sam Smith – Stay with Me
Scouting for Girls – Heartbeat
Sia – Titanium
Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Stereophonics – Dakota
Stereophonics – Handbags and Gladrags
Steve Earle – Galway Girl
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Stone Sour – Zzyzx Road
Stone Sour/Corey Taylor – Bother
Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
System of a Down – Roulette
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Take That – A Million Love Songs
Take That – Back for Good
Take That – Patience
Take That – Rule the World
Take That – Shine
Take That – Up All Night
Taylor Swift – Shake it Off
Tenacious D – Tribute
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
The Beatles – Blackbird
The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles – I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Beatles – Let it Be
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
The Commitments – Mustang Sally
The Contours – Do You Love Me
The Dubliners – I’ll Tell Me Ma
The Dubliners – Whiskey in the Jar
The Dubliners – Wild Rover
The Feeling – Never Be Lonely
The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
The Greatest Showman – A Million Dreams
The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
The Killers – Human
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
The Kooks – NaΓ―ve
The Kooks – She Moves in Her Own Way
The La’s – There She Goes
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
The Monkees – I’m a Believer
The Pogues – Dirty Old Town
The Proclaimers – 500 Miles
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
The Script – For the First Time
The Script – Man Who Can’t Be Moved
The Shires – Daddy’s Little Girl
The Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running
The Strokes – Last Nite
The Temptations – My Girl
The Vamps – Wild Heart
The Weekend – I Feel It Coming
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes
Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town
Tom Odell – Grow Old with Me
Tom Walker – Leave a Light On
Tom Walker – You and I
Tones and I – Dance Monkey
Tony Christie – Is This the Way to Amarillo
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Train – Drive By
Train – Hey Soul Sister
Train – Marry Me
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
U2 – With or Without You
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Vance Joy – Riptide
Vengaboys – We’re Going to Ibiza
Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
Weezer – Say it Ain’t So
Westlife – World of Our Own
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Most background style bookings say they love the tasteful ambience that it adds to their event. However, when the crowd are actively listening, I’ve often been told people enjoy my down to earth stage presence and banter. I’m not a β€˜butlins style’ entertainer; I work in a more genuine and playful manner, with some banter with the crowd in there too!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The list is endless! I have worked in over a hundred wedding venues, right across the UK. I have done residency work for various hotels and chain restaurants (e.g. Slug and Lettuce, Village Hotels, Harvester), aboard P&O Ferries, and have also played on large stages such as Hull City Hall, and Middleton Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

This would be hard to pinpoint, but I have influences from many well known artists such as George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, but also some lesser known artists such as Ben's Brother, and Jack Savoretti.

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

Probably the Star Search Finals at Hull City Hall!

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know. As long as the timing change isn't hugely different, it's rarely a problem at all!

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

At your request, I am happy to put a playlist on through my system during any of my breaks, so there are no silent periods. If you require my sound system for playing music before or after my performance, this can be arranged for an additional fee, please enquire for further details. I can also bring a DJ style lighting rig for partying into the night.

How much time do you need to set up?

This is dependent on the venue, and what you require from me but in a really simple set-up, I can usually be ready in around 30-45 minutes. In some more complex set-ups, such as very large or oddly shaped venues, it can sometimes be around an hour or more.

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

If you would like to look through my repertoire and select a list of songs you would like to be in the set, I'm happy to work with you and ensure I work my setlist around those choices. I’m also quite happy to take requests on the night! If I know them, and they match the vibe of the room, it makes it more enjoyable for everyone!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely everything. The only thing that will be required on your end is a reliable power source. Having said this, most of the time, my power usage is very small, and I can even bring a battery powered PA in some scenarios, such as outdoors.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song you want isn't in my repertoire, please enquire as there may be a chance I've recently learnt it! If this isn't the case, I have different packages to accommodate for learning requests for your event, which I will be happy to do.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click β€œCheck availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)Β£100
Up to 1 hourΒ£160
Up to 2 hoursΒ£200
Up to 3 hoursΒ£275
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, an aisle song, music during the signing of the register, and exit song, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, aisle song, music during the signing of the register, exit song. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


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Gavin S, 17 days ago

Phil was brilliant start to finish. Very professional and excellent voice. Interacted really well with guests and did his best to cater any requests. Would recommend him to anyone looking to make their day that extra bit special.

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Ruby S, 1 month ago

Phil joined us for a surprise garden party for my mums 50th birthday and he fitted in just perfectly. You’d have thought he was family the way he just slotted in and really involved himself with all of the guests (including the children who loved him!) On top of sounding fantastic, he has great humour and an easy going personality. We will definitely be booking him again for future events :)

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Sue M, 2 months ago

Phil played at my daughters 21st birthday and was brilliant! He played a variety of songs appealing to all age groups and had us dancing in the garden. Amazing!

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John H, 2 months ago

Phil arrived on time and got set up quickly. His performance was brilliant and played all songs we requested. Very friendly with guests

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John H, 2 years ago

Back on Track performed at my fathers 80th birthday in December 2018. Fabulous guitarists and singers. Excellent time keeping, professional, organized and well presented. The whole family from 8mths to 80 were singing along to old classics and newer current songs. Vast array of songs sung. Talented singers, wonderful for all types of parties or functions. Background music or front of house act! 5 ***** would use them again any day!

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Adam W, 2 years ago

Booked for a 30th birthday, Great duo, highly recommended, a great night was had by all, many thanks.

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