Monday, 22 June 2009

Wedding Singer Shropshire

Based in neighbouring Staffordshire, I am ideally placed to provide your entertainment as 'The Wedding Singer' throughout Shropshire. Also a wedding dj, I provide complete music packages for your evening reception.

I entertain at 70+ weddings every year and have performed at the following venues in Shropshire:
  • Albright Hussey Hotel, Shrewsbury
  • Bear Hotel, Hodnet. Shropshire
  • Dinham Hall Hotel, Ludlow
  • Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton
  • Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport. Shropshire
  • Radbrook Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury
  • Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury
  • Ternhill Hall Hotel, Market Drayton
  • Tong Parish Hall, Tong
  • Walcott Hall, Lydbury North. Shropshire

Recent feedback by a recent Shropshire bride and groom:

When we booked you for our wedding we'd read lots of excellent feedback on wedding forums and you far exceeded our expectations. So many of our guests have commented on how great you were and had to double-take when you were singing as they thought it was the pre-recorded music!

You made sure everything was perfect from the speeches to the first dance and we had such a fabulous day. Our pictures from the ceilidh dancing are so funny and the best memory for me is that the dance floor was full for the entire evening.

Thank you so much James, you're such a lovely person and a fantastic singer.

We'd highly recommend you to anyone looking for entertainment at their wedding as we couldn't have asked for anyone better!

Kerry and Tom Murfin

Married at Tong Parish Hall & Marquee, Tong. Shropshire

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Shropshire

First dance songs available for live performance

Having your first dance song sung live by a wedding singer not only makes it that extra bit special but may even divert a few pairs of eyes away you if you are nervous about dancing in front of all your nearest and dearest!

I often get asked for a list of songs that I am able to sing for you that would be suitable for a first dance and thought I would list them here:

Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
Rule The World - Take That
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jnr
To Love Somebody - The Bee Gees
Happy Together - The Turtle
My Girl - The Temptations
These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
The One - Elton John
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
We Are The Champions - Queen
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Amazed - Lonestar
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Hero - Enrique Englesias
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

If there's a song that you would like to sung as your first dance that is not on this list, I may be able learn it for you. If you get in touch and let me know the track, I will check into its availability.

If you would prefer your first dance song not to be sung and are after some inspiration, see my top ten first dance songs article.

For a list of all the songs in my singing repertoire see the wedding song list page on the web site.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

New Songs Added To Repertoire

I am introducing some new songs into my singing repertoire this week, mainly in the swing / rat pack genre.

They are:

Come Fly With Me, as by Frank Sinatra
Mr Bojangles, as by Sammy Davis Junior
The Way You Look Tonight, as by Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon, as by Frank Sinatra
Ain't That Kick In The Head, as by Dean Martin
Dignity, as by Deacon Blue

Swing / rat pack type music is an ideal accompaniment for your wedding breakfast - for information about the Deluxe Package, which includes live singing throughout your meal see the pricing page.

My full singing repertoire can be found on the wedding song list page.

James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Monday, 15 June 2009

Wedding Singer Nottinghamshire

One of the many counties in which my wedding singer & DJ services are available in is Nottinghamshire.

Based in Stafford I am ideally situated to serve all of the Nottingham / Nottinghamshire area. I have entertained in many of the county's top wedding venues including:

  • Albert Hall, Nottingham
  • Canal House Restaurant, Nottingham
  • Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham
  • Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham
  • Langar Hall, Nottingham
  • Romney House, Barnstone
  • Rufford Park, Ollerton
  • Sutton Bonington Hall, Sutton Bonington
  • West Retford Hotel, Retford
  • Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor

Alison & Edward Plowright enjoying their first dance at a specially erected marquee at Edward's parent's house (Romney House) in Barnstone. If you look carefully, you can see me getting ready to start my first singing set in the background!

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Nottinghamshire

Sample Set List

I often get asked by couples before the big day, what songs can I expect to hear in your singing sets?

My complete repertoire can be found on the wedding song list page on the web site.

However, below you can see an example of how I might arrange my songs into three sets for an evening reception.

Sets last approximately 30 minutes each.

Set 1: (usually performed immediately after your first dance)

1) Your first dance (this can be either sung live or played pre-recorded)
2) Crazy Little Thing Called Love, as by Michael Buble
3) Let There Be love, as by Nat King Cole
4) You To Me Are Everything, as by The Real Thing
5) Dance The Night Away, as by The Mavericks
6) Stuck In The Middle With You, as by Steelers Wheel
7) All Night Long, as by Lionel Richie

Set 2: (usually performed mid-way through the evening)

1) Valerie, as by Amy Winehouse
2) Relight My Fire, as by Take That
3) Build Me Up Buttercup, as by The Foundations
4) Billie Jean, as by Michael Jackson
5) I'm A Believer, as by The Monkees
6) Shake A Tailfeather, as by The Blue Brothers / Ray Charles
7) Celebration, as by Kool & The Gang
8) Night Fever, as by The Bee Gees
9) Shine, as by Take That

Set 3: (usually performed at the end of the evening)

1) Love Is In The Air, as by John Paul Young
2) Can't Keep My Eyes Off You, as by Andy Williams
3) My Girl, as by The Temptations
4) How Deep Is Your Love, as by Take That
5) Amazed, Lonestar
6) Easy, as by Lionel Richie & The Commodores
7) Wonderful Tonight, as by Eric Clapton

James Barlow - one of the UK's top wedding singers

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wedding Singer Staffordshire

Based locally in Stafford, I am available to provide wedding singer / DJ packages for your wedding reception throughout the county.

I am one of the country's top wedding singers and provide singing and DJ packages at around 70 weddings every year throughout the UK.

In my 8 years as a professional wedding singer & DJ, I have entertained at the following Staffordshire venues:

  • Castle Hotel, Tamworth
  • Caverswall Castle, Stoke on Trent
  • Chase Park, Cannock
  • Crown Hotel, Stone
  • George Hotel, Lichfield
  • Granvilles Bistro, Stone
  • Heaton House Farm, Macclesfield
  • Holy Trinity Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Keele Hall, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • Longton Town Hall, Stoke on Trent
  • Middelton Hall, Tamworth
  • Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell
  • Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent
  • Mount Country Hotel, Tettenhall. Wolverhapton
  • Old School House Restuarant, Lichfield
  • Ramada Newton Park, nr Burton on Trent
  • Rudyard Hotel, Leek
  • Stone House Hotel
  • Tillington Hall, Stafford
  • The Manor, Cheadle
  • The Upper House, Barlaston
  • Walton Inn, Stone
  • Weston Hall, Stafford

Rachel & Josh Stonier enjoying their cutting of the cake before I entertained them with some singing and DJing at their reception at the Holy Trinity Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme last year!

See their testimonial and more pictures on the feedback page.

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Staffordshire

Venue Showcase - Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

Langar Hall Country Hotel & Restaurant is situated 12 miles South East of Nottingham, in the vale of Belvoir on the Leicestershire border.

The house you see today was built in 1837 on the site of a great 18th Century Hall, the home of Admiral Lord Howe.

Unfortunately that great building was demolished by fire in the early 19th century.

The present smaller house enjoys the similar position of quiet seclusion close to the 12th century village church, overlooking medieval fishponds, gardens and parkland.

Langar Hall is a genuine country house which has gently evolved into a hotel and restaurant. It enjoys the reputation for exceptional hospitality, efficient service, comfortable bedrooms and good food and an interesting wine list.

As a wedding venue, the venue specialises in small and informal ceremonies from 2 to 50 guests and transforms into an excellent 'house party' style venue or for upto 120 guests in their on-site marquee which is linked to the main house.

I have entertained many times in Langar Hall and the venue is one of my most favourite out of the 300+ venues in which I have entertained throughout the UK. Langar Hall really is home from home and wedding co-ordinator - Pascal, is one of the best in the business.

The venue's dining room transforms into a fantastic, intimate room for dancing in the evening and whilst is maybe too small for a full live band is a perfect size to accomodate a wedding singer and our set-up lends itself perfectly to a room of this size.

Visit Langer Hall's web site - http://www.langarhall.com or tel: 01949 860559
and speak to Pascal for more information.

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Nottingham

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Wedding Singer Cheshire

Based in Stafford, I am ideally situated to provide wedding singer / DJ packages throughout Cheshire.

I am one of the country's top wedding singers and provide singing and DJ packages at around 70 weddings every year throughout the UK.

In my 8 years as a professional wedding singer & DJ, I have entertained at the following Cheshire venues:

  • Belfry House Hotel, Wilmslow
  • Chester Crabwell Manor, Chester
  • Cottons Hotel, Knutsford
  • Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel
  • Crewe Hall, Crewe. Cheshire
  • Crown Hotel, Nantwich. Cheshire
  • Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington
  • Deanwater Hotel, Woodford
  • Deckers Restaurant, Bowdon
  • Everglades Park Hotel, Widnes
  • Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port
  • Holiday Inn, Runcorn
  • Hoole Hall Hotel, Chester
  • Houldsworth Golf Club, Stockport
  • MacDonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Chester
  • Manor House Hotel, Alsager
  • Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
  • Mere Court Hotel & Country Club
  • Mere Golf & Country Club, Knutsford
  • Mottram Hall Hotel, Prestbury
  • No 15 Wine Bar, Alderley Edge
  • Paddington House Hotel, Warrington
  • Peckforton Castle, Tarporley
  • Peover Golf Club, Knutsford
  • Rookery Hall, Nantwich
  • Sandhole Farm, Congleton
  • Shrigley Hall Hotel, Pott Shrigley
  • Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow
  • Statham Lodge, Lymm. Cheshire
  • Tatton Hall, Knutsford
  • Walton Hall, Warrington. Cheshire
  • Wild Boar Hotel, Beeston
  • Willington Hall, Tarporley
  • Wychwood Park, Weston. Cheshire

Nathan & Katherine Griffiths enjoying their 2nd dance + guests at Rookery Hall, Nantwich last September!

Be sure to check www.theweddingsinger.uk.com for more information about my services.

James Barlow - Wedding Entertainment Cheshire

Top 10 first dance songs

Choosing what song to have as your first dance can often be a tricky task. To give you some ideas, I have listed the top 10 most popular choices from my last three years of weddings.

The songs in bold are available for me to sing live as your wedding singer.

1) Amazed - Lonestar
2) Heaven (Candlelight Version) - DJ Sammy (Bryan Adams version of Heaven is available sung live)
3) Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
4) Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
5) When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
6) Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
7) My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White

8) Stand By Me - Ben E. King
9) Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
10) Your Song - Elton John

I will adding more entries to help you with your wedding song list over the coming months.

Alison & Edward Plowright enjoying their first dance in May of last year. You can see me cueing up their secong dance in the background!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Vicky & Simon - Ardington House, Oxfordshire - 25th April 2009

Vicky and Simon got married at the fantastic Ardington House in Wantage. It was a gloriously sunny day. So much so, that Vicky & Simon's ceremony actually took place outside on Ardington House's very own island!

Vicky & Simon booked the Standard Package (Evening Wedding Singer/DJ) with Dinner Music add-on.

Their reception was in beautiful marquee in Ardington House's grounds. We were set-up and ready to welcome dinner guests as they sat down at 4pm with a selection of pre-recorded dinner jazz, swing and love songs throughout the wedding breakfast. Simon & Vicky also chose to use my radio microphone and sound system for their speeches

After the wedding breakfast had finished and evening guests had arrived, Vicky & Simon danced to Flying Without Wings by Westlife for their first dance.

I then began my singing and DJ-ing sets - I think the whole marquee was on the dancefloor at one point! A fantastic group of people and a very enjoyable day.

Vicky & Simon sent me the following comments following their big day:

Both Simon and I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you to you! Everyone was raving about you and thought that you were brilliant! The atmosphere was fantastic and they loved your live performances. Once again, a big thank you. I know that you had a long way to travel, it was really appreciated

Best wishes to the new Mr & Mrs Calcutt!

Wedding photography by Brown & Co Photography

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Oxfordshire