The Empire States are a Leeds-based Country duo, specialising in covers. With a combination of Banjo, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, they fuse traditional American Folk influences with modern pop and soul tracks, creating a captivating atmosphere for any event or venue.
Char Day• Feb. 10, 2018
Fab, enthusiastic duo with incredible skills, thanks helping to create one of the best events we’ve had!
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
The Empire States are made up of Thomas Mawson and Ollie Simms. With a shared passion for country and folk, these two bring a unique twist to classic tracks we all know and love, as well as modern pop tracks.
What are the highlights of your career?
The pair have regularly played at Lush bloggers events and separately, they have played many events across the UK.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
'We're different! Think of all your favourite songs... they've all been done to death by various wedding singers, but we aim to add our own flair to every track and make it something entirely our own.'
What kind of events do you usually serve?
'Weddings corporate events, bars, birthdays. You name it!'
How long do you play for?
'Usually around an hour and a half split into two sets, but we're open to negotiation depending on how long you need for your event!'
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
'We have our own amps that can fill a decent sized room with a warm, balanced sound and all we need is a supply to the mains. However, if you require something more high-end, then we ask that you provide it.'
How much space do you require?
'Not much, we can easily fit into a corner or be front and centre on stage. It's up to you!'
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
'You get 1 free request on booking and anymore will be £50 per song (due to rehearsal time.) This needs to be mentioned upon booking.'
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
'We will take one 20 minute break, if your set is longer than 1 hour.'
Aha - Take On Me
Beach Boys - Wouldn’t It Be Nice / God Only Knows / Help Me Rhonda / Sloop John B
Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower / Lay Lady Lay
Camila Cabello - Havana
Chaka Khan - Ain’t Nobody
Chris Isaac - Wicked Game
City & Colour - Fragile Bird / Of Space & Time
David Bowie - Starman
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Drake - Hold On We’re Going Home
ELO - Mr Blue Sky
Elvis - Viva Las Vegas
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way / Landslide / Everywhere / Dreams
Foo Fighters - Times Like These
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood / On Melancholy Hill
Jack Johnson - Better Together / Banana Pancakes
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus
Junip - Far Away
Jose Gonzalez - Crosses
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around.. Comes Around
Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
Little Mix - Touch
Mac Demarco - Let Her Go / Blue Boy
Men At Work - Overkill
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Prince - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - High & Dry
Randy Newman - You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication / Scar Tissue / Fortune Faded
R.E.M - Losing My Religion / Man On The Moon
Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Shakira - Shewolf
Simon & Garfunkel - Only Living Boy In New York
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
System Of A Down - Toxicity
The Coral - Dreaming Of You
The Divine Comedy - Songs Of Love
The Eagles - Take It Easy
The Killers - Read My Mind / Bones / Human
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind
The Ramones - My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down
The Stones Roses - Waterfall