What is vintage music?
I’m so glad you asked! I perform a huge range of music from the 1920s - 1960s: this includes jazz, swing, musical theatre, classical, rock and roll and Motown music. I also love singing 'vintage-style' covers of more modern songs like those made famous by Postmodern Jukebox and Karen Souza.
There are some more contemporary music that works well for creating a fun, romantic and classic atmosphere that I sing regularly, like Disney songs (which I always say are for the kids, and everyone knows I'm fibbing!) and movie themes - some good examples of these are I'm Kissing You from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet and City of Stars from La La Land.
So do you perform on your own?
Yes. I use high-quality backing tracks to get that classic 'big band' sound, meaning a quick and easy set up for your event. If you would like me to source and work with a pianist or guitarist, we can have a chat about that - it's part of my job to work with your personal tastes and budget.
Can you help us with choosing appropriate ceremony music for our wedding?
Yes, of course. Firstly, if you're having a civil ceremony you cannot have hymns or religious music: "However, the ceremony may include readings, songs or music that contain reference to a god as long as they are in an 'essentially non-religious context'." (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/living-together-marriage-and-civil-partnership/getting-married/). If you're in any doubt, you need to check with your registrar. But there is a huge variety of beautiful music to choose from - a personal favourite from a couple of years ago was a stripped-back version of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters.
For church ceremonies, it'd be a good idea to go through your song choices with your priest, vicar or pastor beforehand. I'm happy to help with song suggestions for Church of England and Catholic ceremonies.
Do you take requests?
Yes! I’m constantly learning new material and am happy to discuss songs I don’t know. This is especially true of any modern songs you may want included in your special day. I ask that you give me at least one month’s notice of a special request.
Argh! We’re running late! Is that ok?
Hey, it happens! I'll be communicating with you and/or your co-ordinator as well as the venue to ensure everything for the musical entertainment is as smooth as possible. I always arrive in plenty of time beforehand to set up and check the sound, and if the venue allows I’ll be ready to go an hour before the designated time. My job is not only to sing and provide musical entertainment for your big day, it’s also to do my bit to ensure your special day is as stress-free as possible.
We have a themed event or wedding - what can you do for us?
Part of the joy of vintage music is that it's so varied! So say you're having a Gangsters and Molls birthday party and want suitable music, I'd put together a set full of jazzy 20s and 30s music. A swinging Sixties night? Let's get everyone dancing to classic rock and roll and Motown! Or you're having a movie-themed wedding - Brilliant! I can bring together a beautiful set of song from the movies to help create a really fun and romantic atmosphere. Let's work with each other to have the best wedding or event possible.
How long do you play for?
For drinks receptions, parties and corporate events, my set is normally around 1.5 - 2 hours long, unless specified otherwise. If you require more than two hours of music, just ask!
Can we see you perform?
Most of my performances are for private functions, but if you look on my ‘Schedule’ page you can see a list of my upcoming public gigs.
Do you have a set list?
I create a different set list for each different event, but this is always malleable. So if at your drinks reception your guests decide to start dancing, I can bump up the tempo. Equally, if it’s a more relaxed, easy going affair I can sing a sophisticated jazz and ballad set. The wealth of vintage music makes it suitable for all atmospheres!
Why not ask me about what I can put together for your event or big day? Just click here, fill out the contact form and we can get started!