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TOP BAND HIRE STYLES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

TOP BAND HIRE STYLES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

POPULAR BAND STYLES AND GENRES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

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With the Wedding season fast upon us we are noticing some very exciting band hire trends again and for those of you who are into what is top and what is not we have a breakdown of who and what is popular for 2017 and 2018 ( as we are already booking for then! )

 

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1: FESTIVAL FOLK STYLE BANDS 2018

These acts are really popular this year with that boho wedding or tipi style event looking for that festival feel. We have stacked out our site with some of the best and are pretty booked up for 2018 already. Hey Ho!  VISIT VINTAGE FESTIVAL FOLK BANDS

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2: 20s SWING BANDS 2018

Still going strong in 2017 are the ever popular sounds of the Gatsby style roaring 20s Jazz bands. Many themed corporate launches and weddings are right on trend with this style and we don’t see much changing into 2016. Wot wot!  VISIT MORE 20S SWING BANDS

 

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3: MARIACHI BANDS 2018

With Doritos still being responsible for the surge in Mariachi bookings we still get numerous requests and bookings for Mariachi all year round. Great for corporate events and also weddings as its such a festival, celebratory feel and we are pleased to have all the top players in the UK. Areeba!!! 

 

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4: BEATBOXERS 2018

Something a little more of a curve ball this year is the rise of Beatbox bands. So much is the demand for beatboxers that we have teamed up with a dedicated beatboxing agency to provide the artists for corporates, weddings and also we have had some nice T.V work too.  ‘Boots and Cats’ or something! * HAVE A LISTEN

 

This concludes our current run down on the most popular music styles of 2017/18 so far, but if anything changes I will be sure to update you.

 

 

 

 

 

*Boots and Cats is what you say to learn your first beat boxing beat.. try it, I dare you!

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HOW TO HIRE A MUMFORD AND SON STYLE BAND

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

YOUNG MUMFORD AND SON STYLE BANDS

Looking for bands that can play that Folk Rock , Mumford and Son festival style music for your wedding?

We have just been lucky enough to discover a great act that are now on our agency site who perform just that!

 

ENTER THE SONFORDS VINTAGE WEDDING BAND 

This band have been taking the scene by storm with their mix of Vintage Folk and Pop music from all the greatest periods of musical history.

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Ideal for Vintage Weddings 

WATCH THEIR FESTIVAL DEMO OF MUMFORD AND SON TRACKS

This act has been rocking the festival seen for many years with their blend of folk rock and mix of popular party tracks.

Electric Guitar / Lead Vocals
Acoustic Guitar / Mandolin / Lead Vocals
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
Drums
Keyboard / Saxophone / Backing Vocals

1 x 60 min vintage folk set, 1 x 60 min band set with taped music in between and after till midnight.

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Listen to their new tracks here:

Folk Rock ,Modern Pop, Rock and Indie Set examples

 

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Mumford & Sons – The Cave

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

OneRepublic – Counting Stars

John Newman – Love Me Again

Greenday – Time Of Your Life

Bastille – Pompeii

Rhianna – We Found Love

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

The Killers – Mr Brightside

The Killers – All These Things

The Killers – Somebody Told Me

Avicii – Wake Me Up

FOR THEIR FULL PROFILE CLICK HERE 

 

 

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BEAT BOX BANDS | HIRE BEAT BOXING GROUPS

Friday, March 7th, 2014

BEAT BOXER BANDS FOR HIRE

Looking for the ultimate urban band to hire?

Hire an urban beatboxing collective to perform for your wedding or event.

The band say:

“We cover songs from blurred lines, Happy (pharrell), 2-1-2 (Azealia Banks), Bonkers, Too Close (alex Claire), Need A Dollar (aloe Black), Feeling Good (marvin Gaye), Master blaster (Stevie Wonder)  to name some of them’

What is Beat Boxing? Beat boxing means that they create all of their music using nothing but their mouths, no instruments, no effects, no backing Cd’s.

The band are currently making a name for themselves around the UK and in Europe, and are truly a different and exciting act which is ideal for University Events, wedding, functions and also the corporate world.

The band go on to say: ‘We also do all sorts of drum and bass and dance tracks in the form of beat-boxing which get the audience dancing like there is no tomorrow’

 

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LOCAL WEDDING BAND HIRE : KENT LOCAL BAND HIRE GUIDE

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

NEED HELP HIRING A LOCAL BAND IN KENT OR SOUTH EAST?

We understand what it is like to face the decision on hiring a band locally. So, our team over at the Kent Band Agency have come up with a fabulous guide for helping you understand what is involved.

Planning a wedding is a serious affair and too many people tend to take it like it is some sort of a corporate meeting. When logistics of the wedding become the main theme, you might just want to step back and reconsider the entire thing. After all, while it’s really easy to get lost in the details of who sits where and from where to get flowers and how to synchronise the booking of the venue with the time when most guests are available, it only means your wedding will run like a well-oiled machine, which is anything but memorable. –

See more at: http://www.themorrisagency.co.uk/kent/local-wedding-band-help/#sthash.8Tpkvhsv.dpuf

 

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Mariachi- o- gram | Hire Mariachi Bands

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Say it with Mariachi!
What better way to show your loved ones that you care, than to send them their very own Mariachi-o-gram?!
That’s right, you can make like a celebrity A lister and we can send our own mariachi trio to perform live for you.
Suitable for birthdays, weddings, stag/hen parties, leaving/retirement presentations….. or just to say hello!
Prices from £350, please contact us for further details.
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Kent Jazz Festival 2012

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Kent Jazz Festival 2012

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Jazz lovers of Kent…have we got an amazing treat for you this year. Chillenden jazz festival which is a brand new Kent Jazz festival has finally arrived. It is the brain child of local Jazz and Swing enthusiast Kevin Dodd and looking at the band line up it is proving to be a real treal whos who of Kent Jazz talent.

  • Bert Butler Jazz Pilgrims – Trad and New Orleans Jazz at its “foot-stomping” best.
  • Goosebumps – One of the best high energy, swingy, jivey, bluesy bands in the country.
  • Cut the Funk – An original Jazz Funk, soul, R & B band consisting of 5 professional musicians, all based in Kent.
  • KD Jazz and Dance Orchestra – Swing with a bit of Latin thrown in – can’t go wrong really!
  • Denmark Street Big Band – Recreating the swinging jazz sounds from the Big Band era and featuring some of the UK’s best musicians.

 

The Chillenden Festival of Jazz will be held on Saturday the 21st of July 2012 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Chillenden Cricket Field, Chillenden Court, Chillenden.

 

  • The Griffins Head, Chillenden
  • The Red Lion, Bridge High Street
  • Hercules Wine Warehouse, Moat Sole, Sandwich
  • Hercules Wine Warehouse, Macknade, Selling Road, Faversham
  • The Astor Theatre, Deal
  • The Pilgrim’s Shop, 68 Burgate, Canterbury

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online using the Chillenden Jazz Festival site

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HOW MUCH TO HIRE A BAND?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

There are so many factors involved in hiring a band.

Most people don’t know how much musicians and other artists charge for their services. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed so we have put together a rough guide to help you out. Please note this a guide ONLY and the factors below will determine the exact price.

Large bands (6+ members, often with brass section included) from £1400
Bands (usually 4-5 people) from £1100
Trios and Duos from £299
Soloists from £149

To read more visit: http://www.themorrisagency.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-hire-a-band/

 

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Acoustic duos and soloists for Wedding hire

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

This unamplified music is perfect for when your event requires something more subtle to entertain your guests. This style of music is popular during wedding breakfasts and drinks receptions. We have a wide selection of acoustic duos and soloists available for hire at

www.themorrisagency.co.uk, from jazz musicians, gypsy jazz, latin, Spanish, French, Folk, Celtic, Ceilidh including vocalists, guitarists, pianists, harpists and accordian players to name but a few. If you want to get the party going, however, and you need something livelier to dance to, consider booking one of our fabulous party or function bands to get your event going with a swing.

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Gypsy jazz blog 2

Monday, May 10th, 2010


Welcome to gypsy jazz blog No 2 , In case you’ve just wandered across this one ,  I’m a gypsyjazzaholic. I run my own Trio (TMA025) and if you haven’t read the first one, you can check it out here (what is gypsy jazz ).

Okay, moving on from the first blog which covered the origin of the music, beginning with the legendary gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt (1910 ? 1953), I’d like to talk a little about the players that surrounded him.

In the classic Quintette of the Hot Club of France, there was the great French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli, taking equal melodies and solos next to Django.

Apart from various bass-players, the rhythm section was fattened up considerably with the unique idea of having two rhythm guitar players. The style of accompaniment that Django came up with, is generally and amusingly referred to as ‘la pompe’ (the pump !). It was totally driving and created a formidable backbeat for Django and Stephane. Innovative at the time because every group would usually incorporate drums. It was deceptively easy sounding but if you were a guitarist, very difficult to nail accurately.

For many years, Django’s brother Joseph held position as one half of the rhythm section. The other chair was held by a few different gypsy players. Although at many times they were alternated between one of three brothers from the Ferret ( pronounced Fer-ray ) family, Baro, Matelo and Sarane.

All the Ferrets and Joseph were superb soloists and band leaders in their own right and forged successful careers as time went on. More importantly, Django was held in such high esteem as a player, composer and arranger that they were all honoured to act in the role of the rhythm section.

In my Trio ( TMA025 ) the rhythm sound/accent is very important to us; we like to think that we’re carrying on the tradition set down all those years ago. In all honesty, I practise ‘la pompe’ as much as the solo stuff ! Having provided rhythm guitar for some of the finest gypsy players in the world, I totally respect it as an art-form in itself.

Whether the trio are background at a wedding or more up-front, like at a jazz club or festival, the attention to detail is the same. Clients get the same driving, hypnotic pulse. It’s one of the reasons why gypsy jazz is more popular today than it ever has been.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading !

to book please visit band hire here!

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What is Gypsy Jazz?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hi and welcome to the new blog on Gypsy Jazz !  I’ve kindly been asked by the Morris Agency to write some lines about this vibrant and increasingly popular music style.

First off, apart from having my own gypsy jazz trio, I’ve been involved in playing this style for seventeen years and working as a professional guitarist for over twenty.

With gigs, there’s no end to the variety of events that gypsy jazz can cater for.

Over the years, we’ve played at jazz festivals, arts centres, theatres, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, gypsy music festivals, wakes, corporate functions, private parties, boat launches, embassies, museums, plus the odd bit of TV and radio. All thanks to the timeless popularity of the music.

So now a brief history for anyone who has just discovered gypsy jazz!

The origins can be linked to one man, a Belgian gypsy guitarist called Django Reinhardt (1910 – 1953).

Discovering jazz as a young man, he successfully fused his awesome ethnic playing style with the early American jazz that was finding its way into Europe. In so doing, he created a genre, re-defined plectrum style guitar, wrote enduring melodies and generally become a total legend on every level.

Oh! And he had a disability in the fact that his fretting hand was badly burnt in a fire and he could only fully use his index and middle fingers.

When his recordings started reaching the rest of the world, people were completely blown away. He became a world-wide phenomenon.

Many Gypsies from Europe play this style; Django ignited this quirky branch of jazz and for some, it has become part of their culture, adding a new dimension to their already amazing musical heritage.

I consider myself lucky and honoured, having learnt to play gypsy jazz from some of the greatest exponents on the planet since Django, including Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg and Lulu Reinhardt. Whether on a gig or a jam, I’ve soaked up every second of playing time with these remarkable musicians.

In the my own gypsy jazz trio, TMA025, we’ve kept the format nice and simple. Two acoustic guitars and a double-bass.

Because gypsy jazz is so adaptable we can incorporate elements of swing jazz, Latin and even a little funk into the tunes.

The music has an endearing quality of being both ‘street’ and sophisticated in its sound. Very European and extremely infectious.

Okay, that’s it for now, thanks for reading!

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