Contact Us / FAQs
For any enquiries including bookings - or if you are
interested in joining the band
contact the Band Leader: Jocelyn Dawson-Wood
How far will you travel?
We are based in Bristol but we will consider travelling to
any venues within the South West - subject to fee and
reasonable travelling time.
Do you require a raised
This is not necessary although it can be useful. The main
requirement is a level, hard floor. Where the event is
being held in a marquee or similar, grass or matting on
outside surfaces are not safe surfaces. We will also need
access to mains or suitable generator power. Another
consideration is to provide shelter from the rain as
woodwind and electrically amplified instruments must not
What sort of events will
you play at?
We are available for public or private performances
including clubs, hotels, dance events and outdoors such as
fetes and parks.
How much room do you need
for the band?
There are over 20 musicians in the band so we do require a
fair amount of space. However we have various set up
configurations so that we can be as flexible as possible.
It's best to contact us so that we can discuss your
requirements and if necessary, a visit to your proposed
venue can be arranged (free of charge) to assess the space
available and work out the best set up plan.
How long will the band's
is 2 x 45 minute sets but this can be split into 3 x 30
minute sets if preferred. We can also do just one x 1 hour
set if preferred. When choosing your preferred set
lengths and the start time for a performance, remember
that if your guests have just eaten, they probably won't
want to dance right away. Usually following a meal a 30
minute set of slower tunes works well, with a break
followed by one or two up-tempo sets for dancing.
Alternatively we can do a mix of tempos, vocal and
The band will normally play unamplified except for
the non-acoustic instruments such as the piano, electric
bass and guitar. The singer will also be amplified. We can
provide our own front of house PA system if required, but
we are equally happy to plug into your own, if one is
available. If we are playing in a larger venue with a
large audience, we will usually need to mic up the whole
band for which there will be an additional charge.
Can you provide music in
between your sets?
required we can do this. We can plug a laptop or other
device into our PA system. We can provide our own
laptop/device or we can plug in one of yours and play your
How long do you need to
We will require at least one hour to set up the band.
How much do you charge?
This will depend on a number of factors such as the
location of the venue (how far away it is), the type of
event and the time of day. As a guide, we offer very
competitive rates starting from around £500. We have
charitable aims and will consider playing at a limited
number of charitable events per year to help people to
raise money for their charities. For this we ask for a fee
of £100 to cover our expenses.