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Both the camera and the microphone loved that consummate performer, Frank Sinatra. His velvet-textured larynx and unique romantic style won him worldwide acclaim, coupled with the notoriety of the celebrity lifestyle he led and the ‘Ratpack’ company he kept. Along with Fred Astaire, he was Hollywood’s leading man of the Swing Jazz era.
A hard act to follow, equally difficult to emulate. However, with his ‘Salute To Sinatra’ Gary Grace offers the next best thing in a magical tribute to the great entertainer.
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With 30 years’ performance experience in the music industry, Gary has built a reputation as one of the most highly-regarded popular singers in the UK. Natural vocal ability, an affinitive gift for mimicry and a magnetic stage-presence all combine wonderfully in this homage to his principal hero.
This is splendid entertainment for a wedding reception party. You can expect to hear all the iconic swing jazz classics in an uncannily pitch-perfect replica of Sinatra’s interpretations of ‘My Way’, ‘Mack The Knife’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ – the list goes on.
Sinatra’s extensive back-catalogue is eclectic and varied in style, making his music ideal accompaniment to different stages of a wedding celebration. Laid-back soulful jazz during the champagne reception or formal meal can make way for more high-energy, up-tempo arrangements for dancing later on.
If unalloyed Sinatra isn’t quite enough, Gary Grace can widen his repertoire to include other artists of international repute, such as Tony Bennett, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Matt Monro, in his ‘Tribute to the Kings of Swing’ show.
Wouldn’t it be absolutely incredible to have your all-time favourite band come and play at your wedding reception? Unfortunately, unless you are either related to or can number Mick or Keith or Paul (or even better, Simon) among your close friends, or you are quite obscenely loaded anyway, this is and will remain purely a pipedream.
However, you could have the next best thing. There is a growing number of high-quality, authentic-sounding Tribute Acts operating across the UK, paying faithful homage to the music and replicating the stageshows of iconic international superstars of the recent past.
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The musicians in a tribute band strive to express their shared passion for a particular recording artist’s or band’s music by diligently replicating their performance as accurately as possible. Naturally, all of the most popular hits will be covered, together with some of the less well-known items selected from the original’s back-catalogue.
In most cases, in purely musical terms it can be difficult to separate the replica from the real thing, and occasionally the tribute band’s performance even exceeds the original. Shut your eyes and suspend your disbelief – perhaps Elvis has not yet left the building after all!
Minute attention to detail in every aspect of a tribute act’s performance is a critical part of their artistic approach. Everything will be accurately replicated, from the sound and stage-lighting to the costumes, makeup and hairstyles. The musicians will act completely ‘in character’ and choreographed dance-routines and general movement will also be closely observed, so that the overall effect will sound and look uncannily like the original.
To complete the effect, you could ask your guests to come to the wedding reception in appropriate ‘period’ dress to involve them interactively in the theme – most tribute acts welcome audience participation!
Most people will have attended weddings or parties where a live band has performed as part of the evening’s entertainment. It’s something that’s easy to take for granted, especially when everything went smoothly and the celebration was a huge success, with the music contributing much to proceedings.
Now it’s your turn to organise the live musical entertainment for your very own wedding reception. How do you set about it, and what can you reasonably expect from the wedding band?
Communication is the key – discuss everything in detail with the bandleader well in advance so everyone is clear about the performance requirements and other logistical aspects of the event.
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Experienced wedding musicians tend to work around a basic outline of the evening’s proceedings when planning each performance, tailoring their sets to suit the timescale and other constrictions. In terms of performance duration, most bands will be happy to play for 2 hours or perhaps more within a 4-hour period, split into 2 or 3 sets with breaks in between, but this is generally negotiable with the bandleader.
Professional bands usually come fully equipped with PA, and some can supply lighting rigs and a dancefloor if required, so all they will need is a reliable power source and enough space for them to set up and perform – a stage is always welcome.
In terms of dress, most bands have a clear idea of what they are comfortable wearing for performances; depending on the style of music they play, some may have a set uniform or even characteristic costumes. However, most musicians will be happy to fit in with any dresscode you require, so once again, discuss this with the bandleader beforehand.
The bandleader will be able to advise how long it will take the musicians to set up equipment and prepare for their performance, and how much room they will need to operate effectively. This varies according to the type of music and the size of the band – an acoustic ensemble such as a string quartet will only need a few minutes to prepare and tune up, whereas a large pop or swing jazz outfit with full PA and lights might require a couple of hours, and a lot more room.
In terms of repertoire, most bands will be happy to tailor their setlist to accommodate reasonable requirements. Again, speak with the bandleader about any specific requests you may have, for instance, the choice of music for the First Dance. Given enough time, many bands will be prepared to learn a special piece for your special occasion.
A specialist wedding music agency will be able to give invaluable and pertinent advice on the specific style of music you choose, as well as recommending a comprehensive range of professional bands in your area or from further afield.
Above all, they will be able to offer some level of guarantee of the performance quality and reliability of the musicians you engage – it is in their interest to represent or recommend only high-quality professionals. Set out in a legal contract between you and the bandleader, this affords you extra security and peace of mind.
Although generally working from a standardised performance plan, most bands will be happy to adapt this to fit in with your specific requirements wherever possible, including details of timings, dresscode and repertoire. The key to successful communication is your contact with the bandleader, who will be able to advise and negotiate on all aspects relating to the band’s performance.
A specialist wedding music agency is well-placed to offer general advice and expert guidance in your choice of musicians, and can reasonably guarantee a high standard of performance supported by a professional contract, so you can relax in confident anticipation of a memorable highlight of your wedding celebration party.
‘On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…..twelve drummers drumming, etc’. And so it shall come to pass; on Friday, 23rd December, between around 6.00 and 6.30, the irrepressible Rainbow Steel Band will attempt to inject some much-needed rays of balmy Caribbean sunshine into our benighted mid-winter climate by giving a performance in the garden at The Holburne Museum in Bath.
The occasion has been organised in conjunction with ITV West Weather, who are celebrating the days of the Festive Season in traditional style with ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ as their central theme, visiting various locations around the West Country and featuring local artists and performers along the way.
Twelve Drummers Drumming – it just has to be The Rainbow Steel Band! This happy-go-lucky bunch recently celebrated 50 years of festive music-making, during which time they have been entertaining and delighting audiences all round the local region and beyond with their irresistible mixture of calypso, reggae, ska and soca, interspersed with novel arrangements of popular music given a unique Caribbean twist.
The chosen venue is the garden of The Holburne Museum in Bath, and the event coincides with the stunning ‘Field Of Light’ exhibition currently on show. Entrance to the garden is free of charge, so take a break from your last-minute Christmas shopping, stroll over to The Holburne and see if The Rainbow Steel Band can drum up a more cheerful weather forecast – enough said!
’Field Of Light’ meets ‘Island In The Sun’ – a warming dose of Caribbean magic to keep Jack Frost at bay!
’Banish Misfortune’ is the delightfully evocative title of an attractive 3-part traditional Irish jig melody, and has been adopted by an enthusiastic group of London-based musicians as the ideal name for a good-time Irish traditional band.
The band’s main objective is to live up to their name, and when you witness one of their energetic performances you’ll soon agree that they comfortably achieve their aim. Banish Misfortune deliver strikingly effective versions of all the tried-and-tested Irish favourites and some more besides, and can also cook up an infectious toe-tapping mixture of reels, jigs, polkas and hornpipes for organised ceilidh-dancing.
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The soft-focus, nostalgic evocation of a simpler, slower existence is brought warmly into the spotlight in some of the gentler ballads, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, conjuring up vivid imagery of a bygone age. Then crank up the tempo with an irresistibly toe-tapping rendition of ‘Tell Me Ma’ and you’re back in the room! This balance and sensitivity in their set-list programming allows great variety and versatility in their presentation, making an evening in their company an evening well spent.
Solid guitar and bass underpin the rhythm and harmony, with flowing fiddle and pennywhistle as interweaving melody instruments. Top it all off with heartfelt vocals, and you have the Banish Misfortune sound. The band can boast a wide repertoire of both traditional and modern Irish songs and tunes, with classics such as ‘Wild Rover’ and ‘Black Velvet Band’ alternating with ‘Fields Of Athenry’ or ‘Fairytale Of New York’ in a typical set-list. Skilful musicianship and thoughtful programming combine to create a performance that everyone can enjoy.
Banish Misfortune can include a seasoned dance-caller in their line-up to organise a riproaring session of ceilidh for everyone to join in with. No matter that you’ve never tried it before – today’s complete beginners will be tomorrow’s specialist experts, and anyway it all adds to the fun if people occasionally get their feet in a tangle! There really is no better all-inclusive entertainment at a wedding reception party than a ceilidh; it’s a brilliant social icebreaker, and the whole point is to involve everybody and have a lot of fun.
Whether you’re after a rumbustious Guinness-fuelled evening of Irish songs and tunes delivered with a touch of the Blarney, or an energetic whirl around the room ‘Stripping The Willow’ in authentic ceilidh style, then Banish Misfortune are the band for you. Selecting their extensive repertoire from the cream of the Irish and British traditions, these talented musicians present a charming, life-affirming and infectious programme of songs and tunes in order to do exactly what it says on the tin – Banish Misfortune.