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The Funk Brothers-a must watch for any Soul and Motown function Band !

The Funk Brothers-a must watch for any Soul and Motown function Band !

Just watched again (for the 10th time!) ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown,’ a DVD that recognizes the achievements of the Funk Brothers. Formed in 1959 by Berry Gordy, the Funk Brothers were essential to the Motown Sound of the 1960’s – they were the session musicians

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Daunting Sinatra Classics

Daunting Sinatra Classics

Certain swing and big band songs are synonymous with Frank Sinatra  and a pleasure to sing, nevertheless it can sometimes be a daunting  privilege  performing some of his timeless classics with our Rat Pack Swing Band at functions. Yet I can’t begin to imagine how Brian Duprey,

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Booking the band or the bandleader?

There are only a few occasions in life when one needs to hire a band to provide music for an event, but just how does one go about this task? Excluding the obvious – hiring a band who performed at a function you attended and who you

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Best price for a corporate gig

Well now, that depends on what the going rate is. As I mentioned in another blog post a couple of days ago,  there’s some really famous acts who play corporate functions and weddings. But their rates have gone up over the years. According to a News Corporation

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If I become a famous wedding singer

A nice lady called Kate asked me on one of my blogposts; if I become famous, will I still do functions? That’s an excellent question. Well, yes I would. Firstly you should expect no less of me than X Factor champion Matt Cardle, who is keeping his promise

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Swing Revival: Putting The “Cha-Cha” Into Charleston!

Neo-Swing made an unprecedented comeback during the late 1990’s, and while many thought the revival had peaked post-Millenium; our own continued popularity for both function, and wedding coverage is proving that swing bands are still seriously in demand. But why swing and soul bands, among the many

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Ladies, why wait? The wedding proposal is your privilege!

Ladies, if Valentine’s Day this year was promising and your man declared his love for you, then why not seize the opportunity and propose? After all, on February 29th it is your privilege! Although some could argue that marriage proposals are no longer the  exclusive domain of 

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Are you sure its just a swing band you want to book?

Swing music is great entertainment, and many clients have the image of a swing band providing a sophisticated atmosphere for their event. However unless your event has a purely swing theme, e.g. a rat pack evening, then in many cases there will be a requirement for a

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Noise Limiters: Making and Breaking Sound Barriers?

It takes more than a little verve and practice to pull off the kind of party performance expected of a professional function band – and the other night was no exception. The latest in a series of early new year corporate entertainment functions was for us, an

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How to ensure your wedding guests won’t evacuate the dance floor

Who can’t recall attending one wedding reception in life that could only be described as a washout? The guests were idly sat making polite conversation; the wine was flowing, but the dance floor resembled an ice-rink in the height of summer. Even the kids preferred the stilted

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