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Beckett – Folk Band | UK

Beckett is a professional and popular five-piece band. Together for several years, they have earned a reputation for their musicianship and versatility. Beckett musicians are adept and experienced in a variety of styles including Celtic, country, pop and rock and jazz (instrumentals and songs).

Beckett provides entertainment across a broad spectrum of events, including corporate events, festivals, weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, charity balls, street parties, banquets, ceilidhs and barn dances. The band has performed at most major venues in London and the south east and at events in Ireland and France.

Beckett excels at events where a specific style of music is requested but clients would like some variety of other styles of music. For example, a party request for a ceilidh or barn dance that also requires some upbeat popular dance music to follow. Or a wedding where early evening background music is needed to create a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere, to be followed by popular music for a broad range of ages.

The band’s repertoire is extensive and eclectic and will accommodate client requests given sufficient notice.

Please see the technical specification for repertoire.

Beckett line up consists of guitar/vocals (acoustic/electric), bass (double bass and electric), keyboards/vocals (accordion/piano), drums (varied percussion, congas, cajon and bodhran.) and violin/mandolin/vocals.

A female vocalist/instrumentalist/ dance caller often joins the band on request. For events requiring dance instruction, a ceilidh, barn dance or American line dance the band employ a specialist dance caller.

Other musicians such as flute, pipes, banjo, cello and brass are available on request.

Standard Length of Performance:

2 x 45 minute sets

Testimonials:

”They were really fantastic all evening – there is nothing else really we can say. The dance floor was indeed packed all night, and they judged the pace of the evening perfectly. The requests we made went down well and everyone had a great laugh. Thanks for your help once again!”
– Private Client

”We wish to thank Beckett for such fabulous music at our party. It was all perfect for the occasion- a party with guests ranging from 3 months to 90 years old! We were very, very happy with the way the party went and, of course, the music was central to that, getting lots of people on the dance floor and having fun. We have had nothing but positive comments from our guests. We only wish we had not married off our son and all our daughters, as we can’t see another opportunity for you to play for us for a long time. We wish the band continuing success and happy playing in the future.”
– Private Client

”We just wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so special. The music was simply superb and made the event extra special. I cant remember a wedding where so many people danced for so long, so many many thanks. You were simply brilliant.”
– Private Client

Previous Clients Include:

Claridges
Lambeth Palace
National Theatre
Alexandra Palace
Glastonbury
Quintessentially Events
Ballyhannon Castle
Red Cross charity Ball
Hailsham Pavilion Theatre
Hadley Hall
Icomb Place
Vodafone
Belchamp Hall

Repertoire
This list is constantly being updated and extended – Requests are welcome given sufficient notice
Contemporary and Popular
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor/ M. Gaye
La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
A Perfect Day – Lou Reed
I Second That Emotion – Smoky Robinson
Thankyou – Dido
Cannonball – Damien Rice
Valerie – The Zutons/Wine house
Crazy – Gnarls Barclay
Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Babylon – David Gray
Time Is on My Side – The Stones/Beverley Knight
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
I Shot The Sheriff/Knocking on Heavens Door – Eric Clapton
You Do Something to Me – Paul Weller
I’m A Believer/Daydream Believer – The Monkees
Walking the Dog – Rufus Thomas
Every Breathe You Take – Sting
Fields of Gold – Sting
Jammin’ – Bob Marley
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Suspicious Minds/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog – Elvis
The Way it is – Bruce Hornsby
Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Blues – Rolling Stones
Penny Lane –The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
You Cant Always get what you want – The Rolling Stones
Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
I’ve Just Seen a Face – The Beatles
Across the Universe – The Beatles
Me and Julio – Paul Simon
Sunshine Superman – Donovan
Mellow Yellow – Donovan
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Shine on you crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Waterloo Sunset – Kinks
Light My Fire – The Doors
Lets Work Together – Canned Heat/ Brian Ferry
Delilah – Tom Jones/Alex Harvey
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Red Red Wine – UB 40
I only Want to be with You – Dusty Springfield
Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer/You are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits
Northern Sky/Time has told me – Nick Drake
The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys
Moondance – Van Morrison
You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Lyle Lovett/Randy Newman
The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
Standards, Oldies and Goldies
Bie Mir Bis Du Scheon – The Andrew Sisters
The Chicken Song – Louie Jordan
Learning the Blues
Aint Misbehavin – Fats Waller
You’d be so nice to come home to – Cole Porter
Mack the Knife
Sway
Night and Day – C. Porter
All of Me – S. Simons/ G. Marks
Cheek to Cheek
I’ve Got You under my Skin
They Can’t Take that Away from Me – Gershwin
You’re Just too good to be True
Girl From Ipanema
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Blue Skies
Sunny
La Mer/Beyond the Sea – Charles Trenet
The Nearness Of You – Hoagy Carmichael
I Get A Kick Out Of You – Cole Porter
Sunny Side Of The Street – D. Fields/ J. McHugh
Plus a wide selection of jazz, Latin and Swing instrumentals.
American Country/Rhythm and Blues
Honky Tonk Man/
The Streets of Bakersfield – Dwight Yoakam
I Want You To Want Me/
Guitars and Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam
The Devil Went Down To Geogia – Charlie Daniels
Rhinrstone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
Wild Side of Life – Hank Thompson
Six Days Upon the Road – Steve Earl
Chattahochee – Alan Jackson
Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson
Don’t Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson
Memphis Tennessee – Chuck Berry
The Promised Land – Chuck Berry
C’est La VieYou Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
You Don’t Know Me – Willie Nelson
Such a Night – Doctor John
The Weight/Rag Mama Rag/Evangeline – The Band
Twisting the night away – Sam Cooke
You are my Sunshine/ In the Jailhouse Now/ Man of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom Boys
Gonna Walk That Line – The OKanes
I Live the Life I Love – Willie Nelson
The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness – John Prine
I wanna dance with You – J. Prine
You Got Gold – J.Prine
Everyday – Buddy Holly
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Jambalya – Emmylou Harris
I want you – Dylan
Don’t think Twice – Dylan
All Along the Watchtower – Dylan
Youre Gonna Make me Lonesome – Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone – Dylan
Hurricane – Neil Young
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young
Peanut Butter Conspiracy – Jimmy Buffet
Mustang Sally – Blues Brothers
That’s Alright Mama – Elvis
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
Dance The Night Away – The Mavericks
Act Naturally – Buck Owens
From A Jack To A King
Country Roads – John Denver
Mr Bojangles – Jerry Jeff Walker
St James Infirmary
Oreole Cream Cookie Blues
Sitting on top of the world
Move it on over – Hank Williams
Hey Good Looking – Hank Williams
Smoke that Cigarette
Red River Valley
Nobody Knows You/Down and Out – E.Clapton
Hey Good Looking – Hank Williams
Sweet Home Chicago – Blues Brothers
Walk On Blues
Goodnight Irene – Ry Cooder
Aint Gonna Study War no More/Down by the Riverside Country Roads
Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival
Have You Ever Seen the Rain/Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival
High Lonesome Sound – Vince Gill
I Still Miss Someone/
Folsom Prism Blues – Johnny Cash
Singing the Blues – Guy Mitchell
You can’t always get what you want – The Rolling Stones
Blue Moon of Kentucky – Elvis
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Bye Bye Love/Dream – Everly Bros
Route 66
I’ll Go Steppin’ Too – Flatt and Scruggs
Freight Train
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Crazy – Willie Nelson
You Ain’t Going Nowhere – The Birds
Take It Easy – The Eagles
Wayfaring Stranger – trad
Plus lots of Hoedown instrumentals
With our female vocalist
9 to 5/Jolene – Dolly Parton
Stand By Your Man
Gonna Rock This Country/
You’re Still The One/
Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain
Son of A Preacherman – Dusty Springfield
Runaway – The Corrs
Jackson – Johnny Cash/June Carter
Rose Garden – K D Lang
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
Midnight At The Oasis – Maria Muldaur
Contemporary Celtic
Fishermans Blues – The Waterboys
When will we be Married -The Waterboys
The Whole of the Moon – Waterboys
Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
Fairy Tale of New York – The Poques
I Useta Lover – The Sawdoctors
Sing All Our Cares Away – Damien Dempsey
Cannonball – Damien Rice
Crazy Dreams Paul Brady
Brown Eyed Girl -Van Morrison
Bright Side of the Road -Van M.
And it Stoned me – Van M.
Celtic Heartbeat – Van M
Jackie Wilson Said. Van M.
These Dreams of You – Van M.
Have I Told You Lately – Van M
May You Never – John Martin
I don’t Wanna Know – John Martin
I’m On My Way/ 500 Miles,A letter from America – The Proclaimers
Traditional Celtic
The Star of the Co. Down
The Lark in the Morning
The Black Velvet Band
Whiskey in the Jar
Nancy Spain
Black is the Colour
Ill Tell me Ma
The Good Ship Kangaroo
Johnny Jump Up
Ride On
Will You Go Lassie Go
Dont Come Again
Mollie Malone
Carrickfergus
The Wild Rover
The Irish Rover
Maries Wedding
Waxies Dargle
Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
Instrumentals – Celtic, Latin, Klezmer, Jazz
A huge selection of Irish, Scottish, English and American tunes, jigs, reels and waltzes
Plus the following instrumentals from film soundtracks etc
The Entertainer Rag
The Black and White Rag
Black Orpheus
Romanza
Carolans Concerto
Off to California
Shifting Sands
Local Hero
Libertango
Alfie
La Porteno Invierno
Autumn Leaves
Minor Swing
Sweet Georgia Brown
Nuages
La Cumparista
Ashokan Farewell
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Music for a found Harmonium

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