A lively folk/gypsy/ceilidh band with tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America and England.
We are available for performing concerts, barn dances (or ceilidhs) at pubs, festivals, weddings, birthdays, BBQ's or any other party!
We perform a range of music (both songs and tunes) from a broad repertoire and era from traditional folk to 70's and 80's rock!
We can cater for Scottish 'flavoured' Ceilidhs, although for most Barn Dance/ Ceilidhs we would keep it mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves.
Our aim is to 'entertain, not educate', it should be fun after all!
Booking us for your wedding? Here is some more info!
Your wedding day is important to you, and it’s important to know that everything is in hand.
We have a few different wedding services that we can offer, but we are also flexible – so if you want to combine parts, or mix and match or have a different idea, do talk to us!
Available in Dorset
from £600. Based in Bournemouth
Gentlemen Groove have been playing events including weddings, corporate functions and other special events for nearly a decade now. We pride ourselves on our versatility, offering a range of line ups from a background duo to a full party band, we can provide the perfect backdrop to any event. Our professional musicians provide entertainment that is fresh, energetic and youthful covering a broad spectrum of musical styles including motown, soul, funk, indie rock and pop. Whether the event is for 20 or 2,000 people, these incredible musicians will make for a party that will last long in the memory. We bring you the best in function band entertainment across Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire & throughout the UK.
Gentlemen Groove are the go to solution for your event, formed as a working function band in 2009 this band can operate as an Acoustic Duo or Power Trio and have vast experience at events ranging from weddings, corporate events large par...
The first Blue Commotion gig in February 2012 was a culmination of a ten-year musical partnership between Zoe Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral. Through their intense musical journey and compatible desire, they developed a perfect collaboration and empathy, which, when analysed, comes from two completely different starting points. Because of this melting pot of musical diversity, there is a depth and uniqueness to the band's music which is hard to pigeon-hole and categorise.
Into the mix comes the sheer virtuosity of each of the band members who are allowed the freedom to express their musical authority, and stamp their own personal magic to the song writing of Zoe and Rob. A testament to this chemistry is the sheer volume of music coming out of the band, and 'Exposed' will be Blue Commotion's third album in two years.
Zoe's unique, yearning vocal style is blended with Rob's ability to come up with catchy vibrant riffs and musical arran...
Meet Naomi, Billy, James and Toby. We are Nu Generation: a professional wedding, function and party band based in Bournemouth, available to play across the UK and beyond. Nu Generation were formed mid 2010 when Billy and Naomi decided to put their professional talents together and form a function band. James was quickly added on bass. Toby is our newest member joining us in December 2011 and we think he is our most popular guitarist yet!
Petites Annonces play a mix of gypsy jazz (Django Reinhardt et al), those bonnes old french chansons, from Charles Trenet to Jacques Dutronc, Boris Vian or Yan et les Abeilles, all wrapped in a big slice of Punk Manouche.
Established since 2005 Petites Annonces has played at some places like The Quecumbar in London, IGGF Gossington, Cloughtoberfest in Ireland, the Gillingham Festival, Salisbury Live, Gold Hill Festival, the Bell Street Cafe in Shaftesbury and entertained many weddings and private events
Up and Running Ceilidh Band and Caller are the best Ceilidh or Barn Dance outfit in the South West! We play exciting toe-tapping folk on traditional instruments - and Joy, our caller will have everyone dancing the night away. We love what we do and we come with all our own equipment - no event is too small or too big for us. You will find us enthusiastic, friendly, and above all, sensitive to your particular requirements. We can provide mics for your speeches and our PA is available for your choice of prerecorded music.
Tweed in Bourbon | A Lively Wedding & Events Folk Band from the UK's South Coast.
Available to play at your; Wedding, Ceilidh (including Traditional Scottish), Barn Dance, Birthday, Festival or other celebration. We regularly cater for; Burns Night, St.Patrick’s Day & other special occasions!
Our sets are carefully thought-out to ensure guests are not only entertained, but also up & dancing! We balance the order of songs so that everyone is catered for, and customise each gig to suit the occasion. Our music genres range from traditional Irish, Scottish & English music; to popular Americana and modern Folk, plus re-imagined 'Live Lounge' style chart hits.
Looking for a high energy, non-stop Ceilidh? Then we’ll keep tunes fast, songs exciting and dances great fun!
Prefer a calm start that builds to a massive party evening? Perhaps just some gentle tunes during your wedding meal or ceremony? We cater across the board...
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Available in Dorset
from £450. Based in Bournemouth
SAXuality are two highly talented and professional female artists.
Together they have been gigging in the UK and abroad for many years constantly adding to their varied repertoire of over 400 songs, ranging from the 1940's to current day chart hits. SAXuality pride themselves on their versatility and specialise in tailoring their music to each occasion, the venue and the audience with a blend of sassy sax and soulful vocals so if it's laid back grooves you want or just to dance the night away, or a seventies themed evening, then SAXuality is the perfect duo for your event.
Saxuality can provide a Mobile DJ service complete with lighting rig and dj booth to complete your evening's entertainment.
Available in Dorset
from £400. Based in Bournemouth
The Zoots are a friendly and professional band, performed nearly a thousand gigs and travelled over 30 territories.
We perform a wide range of events all over the UK and overseas. We are highly experienced and have played at every type of venue there is to play.
We have over two hundred tracks in our repertoire from Queen, Killers to The Stones and Michael Jackson: there is something for everyone.
We also have a pretty cool Sixties theatre show where we'll recreate the note for note musical goodness of the most exciting decade in music including hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Neil DiamondThe Who and The Kinks.
Available in Dorset
from £1500. Based in Salisbury
Giardino Strings was founded in 2000 by David Giardino who studied under Italy’s leading violinists Riccardo Brengola at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Alberto Fiore at the Conservatoire in Rome. David has extensive professional experience and his credits include Rome Opera House, London Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Soloists, Cunard Cruise Liners and he is also a session musician for the BBC.
Giardino Strings is a distinguished ensemble composed of highly regarded professional musicians who have played extensively in concert halls across Europe. The group specialises in professional music engagements, weddings, corporate and Bollywood events, parties and Jewish celebrations including Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. The group is especially versatile and can perform as a solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, octet or chamber orchestra depending on your request or budget requirements. The group’s repertoire of strin...
FUNKBUSTERS are an acid jazz, funk and soul band
6 piece band consisting of professional musicians with yonks of experience between them
A unique and funky sound perfect for parties and functions playing acid jazz, funk and soul as it was intended
Available in Dorset
from £650. Based in Bournemouth
Joe's Jazz is a jazz band made up of professional jazz musicians playing swing and jazz to a high standard. Highly schooled and with many years experience of professional playing, this band has travelled all over the world and extensively in the UK. It can be booked as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet or bigger and can be booked with a vocalist too. We play a wide range of music from jazz, to swing, latin, blues and funk - depending on your requirements.
Available in Dorset
from £150. Based in Bournemouth
Social Affair are experts in entertainment who aim to fill dance floors with their unique renditions of all the greatest Funk, Soul, Rock & Pop Classics. As a band they are hired throughout the South Coast for just about any occasion. Especially well versed in Weddings, Birthday Parties, Award Ceremonies, Charity Balls and Corporate Events, whatever your vision, there are quite simply no limits… Social Affair can do it all! Being in the business of entertainment, we understand that no two events are ever the same and we have seen and helped to create all sorts of wonderful ideas. Social Affair is a 4 piece line up performing all the very best dance floor hits by artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and James Brown to modern pop by the likes of Kings of Leon, The Killers and Robbie Williams, the band caters for tastes young and old with their fine-tuned set lists, expertly designed to ensure your audience have no choice but to spend the w...
Available in Dorset
from £700. Based in Bournemouth
WONDERBAND is a full live and highly entertaining show dedicated to the music of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Chic The Jackson 5 and More.. Based in the UK, the band have performed all around the world, to a combined audience of over 500,000. Led by soul legend Ivan J (Dellimore) and The BBC Voice Finalist C J Edwards, the 9 piece band guarantees the best possible experience, faithfully and authentically performing all the classics, including ‘As’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘September’, ‘Lets Groove’, ‘Rock With You', ‘Shake Your Body Down’, ‘Good Times’, ‘Lost In Music’ .
The Funk Bunnies are a 6 piece dynamic funk covers band from Wiltshire, and pride themselves on their fresh interpretations of funk classics and well-loved hits, from the 70s through to the present day. With every performance you’re guaranteed an eclectic mix of reworks and medleys: from Bill Withers, Ian Drury, Chic and Chaka Khan to Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder. Coming up to their 5th year, The Funk Bunnies, would love to provide your event with the niche entertainment you’ve been searching for, so please get in touch! We are available for Weddings, Festivals, Parties (private, public and corporate) and much, much more. We are fully insured, our equipment is checked and tested and we supply all our equipment. We can play acoustically too, and have done so for smaller pub events, champagne receptions, weddings and namely Pizza Express live Jazz nights.
Our Trumpet Player Emma, is also an amazing DJ. If you'd like to complement your live musi...
Catch 22 are a fun, energetic, talented and award winning wedding & party band. Made up off professional Ba(Hons) degree musicians who actually work in the music industry, Catch 22 can provide the soundtrack to your perfect day. With a vast repertoire ranging from 50's Rock 'n' Roll to modern hits fresh from the charts Catch 22 can keep your dance floor filled from your first dance to the last. This may be the reason Catch 22 won South West's best wedding band 2016!
Catch 22 provide both Female & Male vocals and run a click system which means we can perform alongside prerecorded orchestras and brass sections allowing us to produce a huge sound. It also helps us with a unique sound and the ability to play songs many bands could not such as our infamous 90's MegaMix and modern dance mashups.
Although Catch 22 excel at weddings and private functions they are a 'go-to' band for holiday parks such as Haven, Park Dean, Park Resorts, John Fowl...
Run Gizmo Run is an outstanding, authentic, 5pc Band ready to "Bring the Noise" to any and every party, function or event.
The 5 members of Run Gizmo Run are all professional musicians, performing full time for Theatre Tribute Bands Dire Straits UK and Genesis Legacy, and Run Gizmo Run is their chance to let their hair down and have some all out fun on stage with each other and with their audiences.
This unique band provides a charismatic Male/Female front pair in Dave and Emily and Run Gizmo Run is the ONLY Function band in the UK to feature the Chapman Stick, played by "Doctor of Bassology" Alistair Begg. Drums provided by drummer master Gerald Mulligan and the Keys and Synths are provided by Rick Benbow, arranger for Status Quo and Jewell.
The Band is also available as a 6pc, featuring Saxophonist for Madness and Dire Straits UK - Steve Turner.
As standard, the band comes with a professional Sound Technician and full theatre...
Available in Dorset
from £1300. Based in Southampton
Whatever the occasion The Party Animalz Glam Rock band are committed to providing a fun packed evening of entertainment leaving you with a night to remember. The large repertoire of non stop popular sing along songs will keep you on the dance floor all evening until you drop!
Based in Wiltshire The Party Animalz cover around the UK to meet all of your partying needs. Whether it be a club, birthday, wedding, outdoor event............ The Party Animalz will leave you with a smile on your face!
Party Animalz also provide a Rock band called Second Nature playing more recent and classic rock.
The Magic Tones - The Party Band for Every Occasion!
The Magic Tones are a sensational, professional party and wedding band from Hampshire, available as a 5-piece with female lead vocals, or a 6-piece with male and female lead vocals.
We pride ourselves on being professional and easy to work with and do everything we can to provide what you want for your evening. And on top of the professional and slick show the band plays with infectious energy and enthusiasm, that ensures a packed dance floor all night!
We have a 100% positive feedback record and are recommended by a number of great wedding venues, agents and event companies, including:
De Vere New Place, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire
Skylark Golf & Country Club, Whiteley, Hampshire
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Elmers Court Hotel, Lymington, Hampshire
Rhinefield House Hotel, New Forest, Hampshire
The band provide as standard: 2 hours of live music (split in to sets as requ...
Available in Dorset
from £1369. Based in Hampshire
Blag play a variety of Celtic and World music, from Irish Ballads and Scottish Jigs to Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. They perform regularly in Britain and in festivals throughout Europe. All the musicians in the group are professionals that have trained at music college, made records and have performed on both T.V. and radio, including being featured in 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4.
Michael Pinsky started playing the fiddle at six. He has played in folk groups in Scotland from the age of 11 who’s members have become players in leading Scottish bands such a ‘Capercaille’ and ‘Shoogleniffty’ and with leading jazz players such a Courtney Pine in the ‘Grand Union Orchestra’. His ability to play both folk and jazz creates a unique fiddle style.
David Morgan played acoustic guitar with ‘Golage’, in Brighton, which later formed ‘Stomp’ an extremely successful percussion, performance group that have toured the world, playing on Broadway in New York and th...
Available in Dorset
from £550. Based in Greater London
Producer, musician, singer, published songwriter and seasoned performing artist, Gary has toured the world several times over with various Live projects and written songs now well known across the world. Gary’s debut album 'The Life We Learned To Live' was released in 2011 and three of the songs were featured on huge TV Ad Campaigns for Mars, Arla and Microsoft.
in 2013 Gary co-produced and provided Backing Vocals on the song 'The Rage That's In Us All' that was sung by Bo Bruce and written by JJ Abrams and Snow Patrols Gary Lightbody and featured in the 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' Movie.
Another more recent song of Gary's ‘These City Steets’ was featured on the Movie Soundtrack Album for Warners British Film, starring Idriss Elba, ‘100 Streets’, in which he also played a short cameo role. You can download all of Garys Music on iTunes or stream on Spotify. A producer and songwriter by day, published by legendary band Snow Patrols Publishing...
Available in Dorset
from £175. Based in Greater London
We are the one and only Stereo Jacks, one of the top wedding and function bands in Somerset!
There are four of us in this all-male band. Between us, we have a huge wealth of experience getting the party started, then keeping the dance floor filled until the very end of the night.
We are a very busy function band, performing at over 70 events a year. Weddings are our most popular gig, but we also perform at loads of private parties (birthdays & anniversaries etc) and corporate events (launch parties & Christmas parties etc), travelling across the UK and overseas.
Our repertoire is always evolving to keep up with current music chart trends and we're always happy to learn a special song for your event - providing it suits our instrumentation. You can expect our set list to contain songs from over 6 decades of rock, pop and indie music, granting all generations the opportunity to have a boogie to their favourite tunes.
The core of The Man from Funkle are a versatile four piece consisting of vocals, guitar, bass and drums.
Based in Bristol & Somerset, this well established band has been delighting audiences in venues all over the country for over 15 years now.
Their repertoire is extremely broad and varied: modern pop and rock, disco and funk, soul and R’n’B. Guaranteed to keep everyone strutting their stuff on the dance floor!
A top party band... A great occasion whatever your event:
Weddings, Birthday Celebrations, Corporate Parties, Charity Events,
Functions, Student Balls, Festivals... & much more!
With a solid foundation in both experience and talent, plus their unique
funky groove, the band are just what you'd expect.
A thoroughly professional show with a little bit extra...
Alive are regarded as one of the best Indie Rock Wedding Bands in the UK. Cool, fun and full of energy, they’ll give you a night of rocking live entertainment to remember forever.
A perfect choice if you are looking for something different to the average wedding band and want to bring the sounds of your favourite festival head-liners to your event or party. If you love bands like The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Kooks, Blur, to name a few, Alive is the band to book.
This professional 4-piece band of exceptional full-time musicians are a recent addition to the Tailored Entertainment agency and are proving a popular choice for wedding and party bookers, as well as popular venues throughout the south of the UK. Including Brighton and West Sussex venues: THE GRAND, PANGDEAN BARN, SOUTHEND FARM BARN, SOUTH LODGE HOTEL and GRAVETYE MANOR. Alive are the ideal live party entertainment for weddings, corporate events, nig...
Funk You! are the UK’s leading funk rock wedding band – Playing Hip Hop, funk and R’n’B covers with a live show that’s fun, lively and “totally rocks” weddings and parties throughout the UK and Europe!
Having spent many years performing and recording with signed bands in UK and USA this collective of experienced professional musicians have now come together to produce one of the most exciting and unique function bands on the circuit.
Their show is a fun, fresh mix of old and new funk and r’n’b hits that will have your party rocking from start to finish. From 90s classics No Diggity and Cosmic Girl to more recent chart hits Blurred Lines and Get Lucky. Funk You! have the songs, style and show that will guarantee a packed dance floor all night long.
These guys have previously played alongside bands such as EMF, SLAVES TO GRAVITY, MUNROE EFFECT, THIRST, MAX POKTROVSKY and JOOLS HOLLAND to name a few.
Performing at top venues includin...
Available in Dorset
from £1177. Based in Hampshire
I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for an excellent evening. The atmosphere was outstanding and this was down to all the acts. The feedback I have had from those who attended has been great and some have said it was one of the best they had been too. I could sit here now and thank each act individually and comment on there performance but the email would be too long as they were all just outstanding and all went down a treat. The DJ Chris was excellent and one of the best I've come across since attending military functions and the same goes for the band Entrée. I would be sure to ask for all of these again in the future. All acts were so accommodating and a pleasure to meet and work along side. A massive thank you again to you and your team, me and my team couldn't of done it without you. I'm sure our paths will cross again the future. Thank you again. Many thanks
If your looking for probably the best ABBA tribute group then look no further ! Book these band if they are not already booked ! We have tried to book them for or event for the last 2 years ! however they are booked years in advance. I can certainly see why, I was absolutely blown away with their performance and stage presents. They even sound Swedish on stage but very normal to chat to before and after the show. Sam was very efficient and nothing was to much trouble. Sam sent the all the relevant information required and the band arrived on time ( Early actually) and they sound checked all before the crowds arrived.
Abba reborn are defiantly worth the money and you certainly get what you paid for, a professional band that will entertain all. I could go on and on about the comments for guests and how the kids were absolutely star struck, JUST BOOK THEM !! you will not be disappointed and thats a promise.
How to choose a wedding / function band
If you're looking to hire a Function & Wedding Band for your wedding, corporate or private celebration in Dorset, take a look at our extensive catalogue to find the best option for your event. You can filter Function & Wedding Bands by price and location, and compare reviews, images and videos to help you make the right choice. When choosing a Live music band it's important to consider:
Typical parties in Dorset require over 30 hours of planning while the party events take about 6 hours. It is wise to put enough time for booking and choosing your band to make your party amusing and keep your guests entertained. It is however quite tricky to get the right band considering that there are very many options to choose from. The following are some tips on how to choose fuction or wedding bands for hire in Dorset.
Shop around extensively
It is always wise to do a Google search about the best bands in Newcastle. A good search will help you determine the type of band that suits your event best. It will also give you an idea what you to expect from the band and narrow down your search. It is advisable to prioritise bands that have played at wedding or similar parties before.
Cost of hiring the band
Different party bands in Newcastle charge differently depending on the number of members to play, hours and location of the party. You may list your needs and submit them to various potential bands for price quotation. The price difference by different bands may imply difference in the quality of the music played by the bands. It is vital to know the reason behind the charge difference to eliminate the trap of forgoing music quality by choosing the band with the lowest quotation.
Most parties are attended by people of different social-classes and ages. This simply means you will have to consider every group to make sure every guest is entertained. For instance, you can choose a band that plays quality music for all age groups to keep young children, teens, adults and the elderly entertained. It is also advisable to choose music that matches your party by letting the band know your expectations in advance.
Review and reputation
It is vital for party organisers to hire party bands with good reputation. You can get true stories about the prospect band by doing a Google search of their online reviews, or simply looking what people are saying in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This will let you hire a quality band that keeps its word without disappointments.
Event planners do all they can to make sure they keep their guests entertained throughout the party. So, be sure to keep the above tips in mind when searching for the best party bands for hire in Dorset. The tips will guide you through the process and help get a cover band that will grace your party with unlimited fun. Moreover, you will be assured of a quality band within your budget without necessarily breaking the bank.
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