Professional Singer & Guitarist for Hire
- Fantastic live music for weddings & parties
- Huge range of songs from ’60s classics to current 2010s hits
- Full-day wedding packages for £650, or £800 including DJ
Looking for some music for your wedding?
Or maybe you’re planning a birthday, or an anniversary party?
Whatever you’re celebrating, having a live singer can really lift the atmosphere – and make it a truly memorable day for your friends and family.
We booked Joel to perform at our wedding and he was *excellent*.
He created an electric atmosphere and even took requests from guests! The kids were besotted with him and I hope we get the opportunity to book him again in the future.
Dan and Jess Millington
Wedding, May 2014
But finding the right singer isn’t always easy!
You need to know they can sing (and play the guitar) really well.
Nowadays, any serious musician will have videos that you can watch online. But I’ve seen a lot of videos where singers and bands are miming along to a soundtrack they recorded earlier. (Trust me – once you know what to look for, it’s not hard to tell.)
Is this dishonest? I think it is. How can you be sure they didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes, then edit them out afterwards? And how can you be sure you’re even hearing the singer’s real voice?
In contrast, all of the videos and sound recordings on my website were recorded completely live. So when you watch my videos, you’ll be hearing exactly what I sound like when I’ll play at your wedding or party.
That’s it – no editing out the mistakes afterwards, no miming in the videos. What you see is what you’ll get!
(You can find all of my videos and sound recordings here)
You need someone who’ll judge the mood (and the volume level) just right. Not every party is a rock concert. Sometimes it’s nice if you can have a conversation with your friends without shouting in their ear!
Whether you’re after some relaxing background music for your wedding meal, or lively upbeat tunes for an evening party, I’ll make sure that the atmosphere and the sound level are just right for your event.
You need someone who’s a confident and experienced performer. There’s no denying it – singers and musicians who really enjoy playing are much more fun to listen to. A singer who’s really timid, or who spends the whole time hiding behind their song lyrics on a music stand, won’t cut it.
I’ve been playing music professionally for over 10 years, at well over 100 weddings and dozens of parties. I’ve worked hard to make playing music into my full-time job, because it’s something I really love doing! Do yourself a favour, and hire a singer who enjoys their job.
You need someone who plays the right songs. At the last count there were over 100 songs on my list, from current chart hits all the way back to the 1960s. So whether your guests are 17 or 70, I’ll be sure to have some of their favourites in there.
You need someone who’s flexible and easy to work with. Want me to learn a new song for you? Not a problem. Seen a song on my list that you don’t want me to play? Just let me know, and I’ll leave it out. Want me to take an earlier break so you can serve buffet food? No problem either. Ultimately, it’s your day, and I’ll be happy to fit in with your plans.
You need someone who’s reasonably priced. With many of the best wedding and party bands charging four-figure prices, booking live entertainment can be an expensive business. But you can hire me for as little as £350.
To top it off, you can secure your booking for a low deposit, and you won’t have to pay a penny more until you see me on the day.
Like a Band, but Smaller!
I’ll admit it – I’m a big fan of watching live bands (in fact I also play in one). But for a lot of occasions, a full band with electric guitars and a drum kit will just be too much.
Well what can I say – Absolutely brilliant my friend.
I lost count of how many compliments were made about your performance – everyone truly enjoyed your music and you did us proud. I will definitely recommend you to friends and family, and I hope we get the chance to listen to you again.
Mike & Janette
Wedding, Nov 2013
Here are some things that you won’t have to worry about if you hire me:
Volume level – whether you’re worried about the neighbours, or if you just want some laid-back music so that you and your guests can talk to each other, sometimes a full band is just too loud. That’s especially true if the band has a drummer (as anyone who’s ever played in a band knows, drummers don’t have a volume control!). Book me and you’ll get some great live music, with no need to worry about the noise level.
Space – a band takes up a fair bit of floor space, so it can sometimes be difficult to squeeze everyone in! Because I use a small, very-high-quality sound system, I can fit easily into small spaces. Even our duo line-up takes up hardly any room – so we won’t get in the way.
Price – book a full band and you’re basically paying 3, 4, or more peoples’ wages… before you know it, the cost can really add up. With my solo or duo act, you’ll get great musical entertainment at a fraction of the cost. And because you’re booking direct with me, there are no agent’s fees to pay either.
Songs for Everyone
Whether you’re getting married or just throwing a party for friends and family, it’s likely that you’ll be inviting guests of many different ages. Parents, children, grandparents… they’ll all have their favourite songs they want to hear, so it’s important to have a variety of songs to keep everyone happy.
My set list ranges from:
- 1960s and ‘70s classics such as The Beatles, The Mamas & Papas and The Kinks…
- …through top ‘80s and ‘90s tunes by Michael Jackson, James & The La’s…
- …to current hits by the likes of Passenger, James Bay and Rag’n’Bone Man
So no matter what age your guests are, there should be plenty of songs they’ll know and love!
(Most people don’t just want to hear the songs they grew up with, either… I’ve seen plenty of 12-year-olds asking for Beatles songs, and 70-year-olds asking for Pharrell… yet another reason why it’s good to have a wide variety of music)
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for playing on Saturday night at my 40th birthday party, I really enjoyed your performance and so did the guests.
40th Birthday, Feb 2013
100% Live – Just Voice and Guitar
Unlike some singers, I don’t play along to backing tracks.
For me, a big part of the excitement of hearing (and playing) live music is that no two performances are ever exactly the same. Like a picture that’s drawn by hand, each one is slightly different to the next. A backing track, on the other hand, will sound exactly the same every time you press “play” (and most backing tracks sound really cheesy, too, like listening to bad karaoke).
The truth is that people who learn to play the guitar properly don’t really need backing tracks. With 6 guitar strings plus 1 human voice, that’s more than enough raw materials to make some great music!
Professional & Friendly
If you’re paying someone to do a service for you, you should expect them to be professional.
But when you’re talking about musicians, what does “professional” really mean? Obviously, you need somebody who can sing and play the guitar to a good standard – that’s certainly a good start!
Joel played at our wedding in Sept 2013. We can’t recommend him enough! He always responded to phone calls and emails prior to the wedding and even learnt a couple of new songs for us. Nothing was too much trouble!
Wedding, September 2013
However, there are other things that I believe really set a “professional” apart:
Reliable – you need someone you can rely on to turn up, and turn up on time. You don’t want to find out the day before your wedding that the band had an argument, they split up and they aren’t coming.
In over 10 years, I’ve only ever had to cancel one performance (and that was an occasion when I was so ill I couldn’t even speak, let alone sing!) Of course, in the extremely unlikely event that I have to cancel your booking, you’ll get a full and instant refund. I’ll also use my extensive network of musical contacts to find a replacement act for you.
Friendly & Polite – chances are you’re planning one of the most important days of your year, possibly of your life. If you’re hiring somebody to be there, you’ll want them to be friendly and polite to your guests. You certainly don’t want someone who’s going to be rude and spoil the atmosphere.
I’ve played at hundreds of weddings and parties, and I know how important the day will be to you. From the moment you first contact me, to after I’ve finished and said “goodbye”, I’ll make sure the occasion is as enjoyable and trouble-free for you as possible.
Using good-quality equipment – have you ever been to a live gig where the speakers kept cutting out, you couldn’t hear the singer, and the guitar sounded like a broken chainsaw?
If not, count yourself lucky! No matter how good a singer or a band is, if they’re using poor quality or broken equipment, they’ll sound rubbish.
I use a small, ultra-high-quality sound system. It takes up hardly any room, and makes some of the clearest, most natural sound that I’ve ever heard. From loud events such as a busy party, to quiet intimate settings such as a wedding ceremony, it does the job perfectly.
Properly insured. It’s the law – all entertainers must have Public Liability Insurance. And if they use electrical equipment, it needs to be PAT tested every year to make sure it’s safe to use.
Most party and wedding venues will ask a performer to prove they have these certificates. If they don’t have them, they won’t be allowed to play at the venue. It’s no fun if you find out couple of days before your wedding that the singer isn’t allowed to play.
Needless to say, all the electrical equipment I use is PAT tested every year by a qualified electrician, and I’m fully covered by public liability insurance.
You played a big part in making the day one of the best of our lives. Hopefully given a suitable occasion you can make more amazing music for us!
James and Leanne
Wedding, October 2012
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I look forward to playing for you,