5 stars - The Roots Acoustic Trio are Highly Recommended28 Reviews Number of members: 3Nottinghamshire
The Roots Acoustic Trio provide amazing live music that all your guests will be talking about! Their upbeat, feel-good repertoire includes music from Bruno Mars to Bob Marley and is designed to get guests of all ages onto the dance floor!...
5 stars - Mark Stevens are Highly Recommended41 Reviews Number of members: 1Nottinghamshire
Professional Solo/Duo acoustic musician with over 20 years experience - Played over 600 Wedding & Corporate bookings. Classic songs from artists such as Kaiser Chiefs - Coldplay - The Beatles - Queen - George Micheal - The Jam - REM - The Police - Madness - George Ezra - The Who - Amy Winehouse - Pulp - Oasis - Blur - James - Elvis - James - Ed Sheeran - T Rex - Paul Weller - The Kinks - Radiohead - Cast and many many more . . ....
5 stars - Kelly Barnes are Highly Recommended57 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Kelly Barnes is a talented singer/guitarist bringing infectious, upbeat sounds to any event! With a strong, crowd-pleasing repertoire suitable for all occasions, Kelly performs music from Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac and many more!...
5 stars - The Hamiltones are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 2Nottinghamshire
The Hamiltones are a piano led duo with a difference! Featuring piano, vocals and drums, they perform upbeat light jazz to full on party anthems! A complete alternative to your average party band, The Hamiltones are fun, quirky and most of all truly talented musicians guaranteed to entertain!...
5 stars - John Paul are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 1Staffordshire
A true expert in entertaining, John Paul performs a fantastic range of songs from the classic 60's through to the present day! Whether you are looking for background music to enhance your day or a lively singalong session creating memories amongst your guests, expect to hear music from The Beatles, George Ezra, Elvis, The Killers & more!...
5 stars - Henry Hunter are Highly Recommended24 Reviews Number of members: 1North Yorkshire
Henry is an experienced singer & acoustic guitarist who has been performing live professionally for many years both nationally & worldwide. Henry’s extensive, varied & regularly updated repertoire, which is ideal for any occasion, spans the 50's to the present day & guarantees to add atmosphere to your event! Henry can also perform to backing tracks for events wanting that fuller party sound! Previous clients include L'Oréal, York City Council, Devere Hotels & more!...
5 stars - Owen H are Highly Recommended71 Reviews Number of members: 1Staffordshire
Owen H is a professional vocalist and guitarist with an extensive catalogue of songs. Using an impressive loop sampler to create a multiple guitar sound, giving the impression of many musicians playing, Owen plays The Beatles to Prince to The Killers!...
5 stars - Holloway Road are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Holloway Road are an exciting duo performing contemporary pop through to old school jazz. They have played at hundreds of venues from Ronnie Scotts in London through to Pipa Beach Club in Brazil, supported Joan Armatrading MBE & featured on TV & radio....
5 stars - James Hunt are Highly Recommended32 Reviews Number of members: 1East Sussex
An in-demand singer-guitarist perfect for drinks receptions & dinner entertainment. James' tailored repertoire includes music for everyone spanning The Beatles, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys & more. Highly experienced, he has previously supported The Animals, Amelia Lily & more across tons of UK venues & festivals including London's The Garage, Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight & The 02 Academy!...
5 stars - Diva Divine are Highly Recommended67 Reviews Number of members: 1Staffordshire
Diva Divine tributes a wide range of songs from the 60's to present day. With impeccable vocals, stunning costumes & plenty of audience participation! Her huge repertoire includes the best Soul, Motown, Disco, Rock & Roll and Jazz Hits that were made famous by artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Candi Staton, Rihanna, The Beatles, Madonna, The Jackson 5, Alicia Keys & many more!...
5 stars - Jonny Baldwin are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 1West Yorkshire
Jonny Baldwin is an amazing acoustic act that can adapt his set to suit any occasion. Delivering an eclectic mix of tunes that will be sure to either mellow you out or get you up on your feet to sing and dance, Jonny covers popular music's biggest artists from Kings Of Leon, Adele, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and more!...
5 stars - Sian Summers are Highly Recommended33 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Siân Summers is a professional musician available for weddings, parties, bars and restaurants playing folk, jazz and pop hits from across the decades. Her subtle yet soaring acoustic covers will create the perfect backdrop to any event whether accompanying brides down the aisle or providing relaxed afternoon ambiance for your drinks reception....
5 stars - Acoustic Feel are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 2Greater Manchester
Whether you want full audience interaction & a party atmosphere, or more of a relaxed background set, Acoustic Feel have the knowledge, experience and versatility to make your event perfect! Expect to hear songs from Daft Punk, Whitney, Fleetwood Mac, Clean Bandit, Kings Of Leon and many more!...
5 stars - Daisy Taylor are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
Whether getting the crowd up on their feet or creating a soft, beautiful atmosphere for your special day, Daisy Taylor is a talented musician who'll enhance any occasion! With a repertoire jam-packed full of classic & modern day favourites, Daisy can tailor her sets to suit every inch of your event! Acoustic guitar or piano sets available!...
Nancy is a vintage ukulele soloist performing classic songs from the 1940's & 1950's plus big hits from the 21st Century with some retro treatment! A fun, quirky act perfect for weddings, vintage fairs, festivals or any event looking for something that little bit different!...
5 stars - Sebastian James are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1Cheshire
Sebastian James is a talented guitarist and singer, providing an exciting repertoire including the likes of George Ezra, Maroon 5, Queen, and a whole host of indie and pop classics. Whether you want a chilled acoustic feel, or an upbeat set filled with party anthems, Sebastian will craft the perfect performance for your event....
5 stars - The Rodeos Duo are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 2Cheshire
A great daytime act with a love of music from across the decades & genres, The Rodeos play stripped back ‘live lounge’ style arrangements from popular artists. From modern Pop & Folk, to Country, Rock n' Roll & more, The Rodeos have an eclectic repertoire which appeals to all ages and musical tastes....
...and over 4,560Solo Artist, Duo or Trio5-star reviews. Read more here.
5 stars - Kevin Peters are Highly Recommended
“We had Kevin play for us at our recent vehicle launch in March 2020. He was eager to facilitate our musical entertainment for the afternoon, Kevin arrived half an hour early to set...”
TC H booked Kevin Peters for their event on 3rd March 2020
5 stars - Kevin Peters are Highly Recommended
“Absolutely brilliant birthday party made extra special by Kevin Peters Pianist who went the extra mile for my mums 90th birthday. He was brilliant and I can’t praise him highly eno...”
John S booked Kevin Peters for their event in Derbyshire on 24th November 2019
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Everything you need to know to hire Solo Singers, Music Duos & Trios for your event
What are solo artists, duos and trios?
Solo singers, music duos and trios provide superb popular music entertainment in a compact and affordable format. They are a great alternative to a function band if budget or space are limited, or if you would prefer a more laid back, live lounge acoustic-style performance.
A solo artist is an individual performer, a duo is made up of two performers, and a trio consists of three performers.
1. Solo artists always perform on their own but might sing and play one or more instruments, and/or perform over pre-recorded backing tracks. A solo performer might also be called a soloist, vocalist or instrumentalist. The most popular kinds of solo artists in the rock and pop genre are singer/guitarists, singer/pianists and solo singers who perform to pre-recorded backing tracks.
2. Music Duos consist of two performers who may sing and/or play instruments. A duo may also perform over pre-recorded backing tracks in order to create a more 'full' sound.
3. Trios consist of three performers who may sing and/or play instruments. Many 'power' trios are able to create a sound as big as a 4-5-piece band, only with less people! They're a great choice when you really want a rock and pop band but don't have enough space or have a tight budget.
What music will solo artists, duos and trios play?
They generally cover a diverse range of popular music spanning the 1950s through to contemporary chart acts, focusing on hits that nearly everyone in your audience will know. Many can also offer a range of styles of entertainment in acoustic or amplified format, depending on the atmosphere you want to create. You can expect a repertoire that includes artists such as:
Popular types of solo artists, duos and trios
Our solo artists, duos and trios offer a variety of styles of music, giving you a range of choices for your event:
The most popular type of solo artists in the rock and pop genre are singer/guitarists, singer/pianists and singers who perform to pre-recorded backing tracks. As well as rock and pop, our popular soloists also provide music ranging from Rat Pack, boogie-woogie, and classical, to soul, Motown, disco and jazz.
The most popular line up for duos in the rock and pop genre are vocals with either guitar or piano, and with backing tracks (to create a more ‘full’ sound).
The most popular trios in the rock and pop genre consist of vocals/guitar, bass and drums.
Where in the UK do Alive solo artists, duos and trios perform?
We book acts for weddings, corporate events, parties, venues and festivals across the UK and internationally. Popular locations include:
Are solo artists, duos and trios suitable for my event?
Solo artists, duos and trios specialise in live music for any occasion that calls for either chilled-out popular background music or a lively, uplifting performance to move your feet to – and everything in-between! This might include:
Most solo, duo and trio acts are happy to provide two totally different styles of entertainment at the same event. In fact, many offer both amplified and acoustic options, making them ideal for venues with strict sound volume requirements, or for a more gentle and relaxed ambience.
For weddings, artists can provide a romantic refrain as the bride walks up the aisle, they can perform the first dance, as well as background music between sets in order to provide an all-in-one wedding entertainment solution. Many artists also offer acoustic sets for your drinks reception, and solo guitar / piano for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. These options can save a considerable amount of money compared with hiring separate performers to cover your wedding day.
For corporate events, duos and trios can also offer walk-on music for awards ceremonies.
Volume considerations at your event
Solo artists, duos and trios can play at a range of volumes, anything from 65dB (slightly louder than a normal conversation) to 110dB (a similar volume to a power mower), depending on their setup and the style of music they're playing. A solo piano can start at 65dB to provide subtle background music, and an energetic 3-piece power trio can kick out over 110dB for a lively party, dependant on your needs!
If you want background music so your guests can still easily hold a conversation in the same room, then you might like to consider a solo singer / guitarist or Rat Pack singer - all of whom are able to perform popular music but in a laid back style.
If your venue has a sound limiter or volume restrictions, solo artists, duos and trios are a good option, and most can tailor their volume. However, be aware if you plan on dancing along to your entertainment! Once an artists' volume is reduced below around 85dB, then the sound of your guests singing along - and their feet on the dancefloor! - will start to be audible over the musicians.
The prices of solo, duo and trio acts vary based on experience, demand and the equipment provided, plus travel to your event. The following averages serve as a reasonable guide for prices:
Type of Artist
£400 - £550
£450 - £700
£900 - £1,100
Who are the top 10 best solo artists, music duos and trios in the UK right now?
Below are the artists that we feel are currently leading the way as the foremost popular music soloists, duos and trios in the UK right now, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:
Volumes can range from 65dB (decibels) to 110dB plus, depending on the artist, the instruments, and the acoustics of the venue. A quiet solo singer can sing at a background level of 70dB, a pianist starts at an ambient 65dB, and a cellist is a bit more full sounding at 85dB. The average volume level of most fully-amplified guitar-based trios is between 95dB - 110dB, which is pretty roof raising, with occasional volume peaks around 120dB. This is roughly equivalent to the volume of a power mower or farm tractor.
Sound limiters are not usually a problem for acoustic artists but may be a consideration if you have booked an amplified artist, such as a trio with electric guitars and drum kit. To avoid any disruption to your event, it’s worth checking with your venue whether they have a limiter and how they have it set. For more information about sound limiters click here
How much space will solo artists, duos and trios need?
Get the most out of your entertainment by ensuring your artist has a comfortable amount of room in which to perform. Ideally, allow 1.5 metres square per person. Allow 2 square metres for a drummer. Space is also needed in front and to the sides of the artist to accommodate their instruments and equipment. The guide below shows how much space different types of artists require:
Type of Artist
Performance Space Required
2 x 2 metres
3 x 2 metres
3 x 3 metres
Most artists of this type are pretty compact. Many soloists might bring only their instrument and a small PA unit, making them a great option for a small space. A trio party band will often require less space than their four-person counterparts.
How long will it take for solo artists, duos and trios to set up?
Unloading, setting up and sound check takes around 60 minutes, depending on how close the artists can park relative to the space they're performing in. Some hotel venues may ask artists to load in via a suppliers' entrance, or use an elevator shared with caterers and staff - this can greatly extend set-up times.
After the all-important sound check, most artists will play background music from a laptop or iPod while they get changed and ready for their performance.
Once their set is complete, it takes around 45 minutes to an hour to pack down and load out.
What equipment will solo artists, duos and trios need?
To put on a great performance at your event, most soloists, duos and trios require:
a suitably-sized, safe, dry performance area. If performing outside, they may need cover - either from the rain or from the scorching sun!
1-4 power sockets, depending on the line-up
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
Solo artists, duos and trios will usually provide their own PA system, microphones, backline, lighting and instruments.
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