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Act Profile

Almanacs

The Almanacs have been formed due to the success of The Fastbacks. Both bands have a vintage sound that is difficult to find from any other live act in the region.

The Almanacs play all the same songs as The Fastbacks but with a sassy, soulful female vocalist.

Helen comes from a Jazz background the same as Paul from The Fastbacks and both singers have a love of Funk, Soul and Northern Soul. The musicians in both bands have been friends for years, Paul and Helen are actually a couple! Both The Fastbacks bands together are like one big retro family!!

The Almanacs are a themed band that will change the mood of any event. They have had years of experiences in performing at corporate events, festivals, weddings, music venues and various other situations. The band arrive in style with tweed suits, flat caps, vintage equipment, mood setting lighting and a full PA. The recorded music they play in between sets continues the cool vintage vibe so the whole night will see guests being transported to distant time periods when music shaped and influenced the youth of their time, and has continued to do this for generations.

Retro and Vintage has become extremely cool. People like to hear music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, but they also like the familiarity of modern songs that they hear on a regular basis. The Fastback Sister Band merge these two areas of music together in a chic package.

The Almanacs are such a versatile band that they can move seamlessly between genres such as Pop, Soul, Northern Soul, Jazz, Blues, Funk and Ska/Reggae. They are often given requests for first dance songs at weddings and opening songs at corporate openings. These have pushed the band towards dance, drum & bass, folk, country and other genres. They always manage to retain their authentic vintage sound in all these scenarios.

The Almanacs and Fastbacks recently appeared in the film 'Youth' with the likes of Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Their version of 'You Got The Love' became the title track of the film and has gained a lot of interest for the band.

Act Information

Line-up

Female vocals and piano/organ, guitar, bass, drums.

Extra Line-up(s)

Can add trumpet/sax or both
Can come as a duo (guitar and piano/vocal)
or a trio (guitar, double bass and piano/vocal).

Also included

PA: 1K rig
Lighting - Kam Par Bar LED strip lights.

Location

North West based and will travel to these areas: Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, Wales, Ireland.

Previous Clients

Revolution
Bem Brasil

Testimonials

Jennifer ICA Interiors, 10 Year Anniversary, Glasgow, 19th September 2013

"We hired The Almanacs to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as a company. They looked great, sounded amazing and most of all brought our party to life with funky retro tunes! All our guests were raving about them and all details of recommendation have been passed on."

Sofia and Stuart Robinson, Wedding, Cheshire 30th August 2013

�Thanks so much for making our wedding just perfect. The band were great and everybody has said how marvellous you were. The Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest was the icing on the cake and enjoyed by everyone.

Helen, your version of 'At Last' was amazing and we felt so lucky to have had you perform.

We have, and definitely will recommend you to friends/family and strangers alike for all kinds of occasions and there is talk already of a joint birthday party next July/August for Sofie and myself again at the Pointing Dog and we hope to be able to book you again.
We wish you the best for the future.�

Tom and Bracken Hollings, Wedding, Suffolk 26th May 2013

�Thank you so much for organising and providing some wonderful entertainment for us on Sunday. Thank you once again for the parts you played in making our wedding the fantastic day that it was.�


Helen Singhateh, 60th Birthday, West Yorkshire 24th April 2013

�Just writing to say how fantastic the band were on Saturday for my mums 60th. Not only was the music fantastic and had everyone dancing but the band were so lovely. It truly was a pleasure to have them be a part of our evening. By the end of the evening it felt like they were guest at the party! Really great... My parents were so pleased with them and all the guest were talking about how great they were.�

Revolution Wilmslow ‏@RevWilmslow 24 Aug
@paulbytheway @HLRodgers @AnalogueSoundUK we loved it! Thank you guys!

"From the choice of songs to the perfectly matched socks this band is one to watch. Style wise and the music, this band rocks my socks!! Give them a follow on Twitter, Facebook and every other site you can find them on. I will be returning next time they play near me." Fashion Foodie: Emily Rose Tweedle

Nicola Jones ‏@NicJenJones 14 Jul
Thank you. You were amazing! You really have got the love I need to see me through #superb

Highlights

Unique Retro/vintage band taking the sound of old with modern songs.
Sassy female vocals and Gypsy Jazz/Funk band.
Will learn a first dance song in a retro style.

Repertoire

Repertoire

Classic Rock / Pop / Rock n Roll / Ska
Reet Petite Jackie Wilson
Route 66 Nat King Cole
I Got A Woman Ray Charles
Hallelujah I Love Her So Ray Charles
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones
I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry
Uptight Everything�s Alright Stevie Wonder
Monkey Man Toots And The Maytals
I Shot The Sheriff Bob Marley & The Wailers
Last Nite The Strokes
Revolution The Beatles
20th Century Boy T Rex
Satisfaction Otis Redding/The Rolling Stones
Funk / Soul
Move On Up Curtis Mayfield
Good Times Chic
Use Me Bill Withers
Sunshine Of Your Love Spanky Wilson
If You Want Me To Stay Sly Stone
Express Yourself Charles Wright And The 5thAvenue Band
Action Speaks Louder Than Words Chocolate Milk
Who Is He And What Is He To You Bill Withers
All This Love That I�m Giving Gwen McCrae
Tainted Love Gloria Jones
Heard it through the Grapevine Gladys Knight
Dancing in the street Dusty Springfield
Spooky Dusty Springfield
California Soul Marlena Shaw
Uptight Stevie Wonder
Get Ready The Temptations
Don't Stop Michael Jackson
Modern Pop and Rock
Rolling In The Deep- Adele
Love Goes Down Plan B
Electric Feel MGMT
Black And Gold Sam Sparro
Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys
Pumped Up Kicks Foster The People
You Know I�m No Good Amy Winehouse
Price Tag Jessie J
American Boy/Girl Estelle
Valerie Amy Winehouse
Crazy Gnarls Barkley
Mama Do Pixie Lott
That Man Caro Emerald
You got the Love Florence and the Machine
My Tears Dry on their own Amy Winehouse
Locked out of heaven Bruno Mars
Johnny got a boom boom Imelda May
Lovefool The Cardigans
The Band can also offer a set of Jazz and Swing from any of the following songs
Duo / Trio / Quartet
At Last
Fly Me To The Moon
Come Fly With Me
I�ve Got You Under My Skin
I Get A Kick Outta You
Nice N Easy
Bewitched
But not for me
Lady is a Tramp
Route 66
Lullaby Of Birdland
Cheek to Cheek
Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
Night And Day
What A Difference A Day Made
Too Close For Comfort
They Can�t Take That Away From Me
Let's Fall in Love
Autumn Leaves
Almost Like Being In Love
Devil May Care
East Of The Sun
Basin Street Blues
And many more from the Great American Song Book

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.


Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)