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The Commandments

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The Commandments

A sharp nine piece West Midlands based band that has been running now for four years, covering a fantastic array of soul hits. From The Commitments to The Blues Brothers, Northern Soul to Motown, the songs are selected from across the decades for a memorable soul tribute. The powerful vocals of male and female combine with the finest musicianship to create a heady mix of unforgettable tunes that will have you dancing and singing all night long!

Vocals - Steve Clarke

Steve is an outstanding lead vocalist with many years experience singing in soul bands. He bring his own unique talents to the band coupled with a rich soulful voice.

Vocals - Emma Leigh-Holland

Emma has been singing professionally for over 15 years, entertaining the crowds at venues across the Midlands and surrounding counties, and winning several awards in the process. Starting on the club circuit at 16, Emma went on to support a number of comedians and other entertainers. Emma has a long-standing love of live soul music, so when the opportunity to join up came along, she couldn’t refuse.

Keyboard - Dave Lynn

Dave is an accomplished piano and keyboard player with 20 years experience. He started playing at a very young age and as time moved on, his passion for music became very apparent. He studied music at college and started to play in bands.Over the years he has played a variety of genres stretching from rock and pop to blues and jazz and of course, Soul. He has had many years experience with many different bands including cover bands, party bands and tribute bands, and also dabbled with original material.Dave is very pleased to be part of a great group of musicians and looks forward to success.

Drums - John Hewitt

John has been a self taught drummer since 1976, he had played in several bands by 1980 when he played on "Sent From Coventry" album with the band The End, where he teamed up with Dave Gedney amongst others.In 1980 The End evolved with the addition of brass and became Team 23. They toured with Dexy's Midnight Runners, Madness, Selecter and The Specials. In 1981 after a short break, Team 23 reformed with John, Jim lantesbury, Lynn Thompson (all later in King!) with Dec Byrne and Mick Galic (who then went on to join Dexy's Midnight Runners on Come On Eileen).
In 1983, John joined chart band King recording on CBS and toured all over UK and Scotland. Love and Pride got to No.2 in the charts. John took a break until 1996 when he played in a band called Lost the Plot who recorded an album and gigged. In 2009 John was involved in the World Guiness Book Of Records at the NIA.........600 drummers drumming!!! Very Loud!!!
In 2011 Dec asked John to form the band which he accepted immediately. John has real passion for drumming, music and Soul Junction and looks forward to a fantastic future with the band.

Lead Guitar - Dave Gedney

Dave is rated one of the best guitarists in the area. Having performed with many bands both in UK and toured extensively overseas.

Bass Guitar - Bob Hackett

Bob is a very accomplished bassist . He played with the Cissy Stone band at their height and has also played with some great names in the industry.

Trumpet - Andy Morris

Alto/Tenor Saxophone - Patrick Geddes-Smith

Patrick started playing saxophone in the mid 60’s and joined the first ever soul band in Birmingham known funnily enough as The Junction. He then moved to another soul outfit called the Traction and then onto the Locomotive who completed many tours of Germany and were signed to Parlophone (EMI).
In 1971 he joined Body & Soul which later became the Cissy Stone Band and went on to win New Faces in 1976. The band backed many artistes including Bobby Vee, Tammy Lynn, Irma Franklin, Millie Jackson and in 1982 became the backing group for the Drifters which featured Ben E King. They then worked in South Africa and the Middle East until finally Cissy went solo.

Tenor/Baritone Saxophone - Dec Byrne

Dec has played with many great Soul bands over the last 30 years playing with and supporting some of the greats of the Soul music era such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Curtis Mayfield ,The Drifters and The Crystals . Dec also plays guitar and sings backing harmony vocals.

Act Information

Line-up

Male Vocals
Female Vocals
Guitar
Bass
Keyboards
Drums
Tenor/Baritone Sax
Tenor/Alto Sax
Trumpet

Extra Line-up(s)

We also can go out as a Commitments Tribute with the addition of 2 extra female vocalists.

Also included

We have our own lights and 4k PA rig which consists of the following:
Yamaha MG2414/FX mixer desk 100 Watts
Prosound 800 Stereo amplifier 700 Watts (Max)
Yamaha Q2031A Graphic EQ 25 Watts
DB IEM 1100T In Ear Monitors 50 Watts

Location

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

Previous Clients

Edgbaston Cricket Club
Jaguar Landrover
Acorns Hospice
Chartered Institute of Housing
Aston Manor Golf Club
Coventry Rugby Club
Ricoh Arena
NEC

Testimonials

Linda & Dean McLagan – Hugest thank you to the band for absolutely tearing off the roof at our wedding reception. Could not have asked for more, had everyone from our 1 year old daughter to my 80 year old Nan shaking a tail feather! Perfect set list, a little bit of bridesmaids participation and the extra effort to learn our song… No wonder everybody is still raving about you 2 weeks later!! Wish you guys all the very best for the future – and you best believe if we find ourselves in the Midlands we’ll be coming to see you!

Linda & Dean McLagan xxx

Chris Hill – Promoter from Rock & Roll Enterpises – “Thanks for the fantastic support last night at The Robin 2 for The Real Thing, not many warm up bands get punters dancing like that!”

Paul Raworth (Manager of The Three Tuns, Sutton Coldfield) – We’ve had the band play at our pub many times, and they are so good, we got them to headline our annual charity day, Tunsfest, where around 700 people danced the night away, and refused to let them stop! Surely the best band, of their genre, around!!

Mike Surman (The Naked Beatles) – Really enjoyed the sets last night, very tight and entertaining! Your show was raw and gritty and performed to an extremely high standard.

Andy Briggs – “Absolutely brilliant performance by the band after the final game of the season at Coventry Rugby Club yesterday.
Steve Clarke belted out song after song showing off his lungs of steel. Megan Daniels backed him up in a union seldom seen in a band of 9. When her time came to shine she proved her worth with a powerful and gorgeous voice it was such a shame the song had to end. During their 2 hours on stage there wasn’t a dull song or bad harmony, it all came together perfectly. I would recommend this group for any event, but make sure you book them for a few hours and let them do their thing.”

Highlights

Available for public, private and corporate events
Fully self-contained
Bespoke sets available to suit your needs

Repertoire

Repertoire

6345789 Otis Redding/Blues Brothers
Can't turn you loose Sam and Dave/Commitments
Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
Disco Inferno The Trammps
Do I love you (indeed i do) Frankie Wilson
Everybody Needs Somebody Blues Brothers
Gangsters The Specials
Geno Dexys Midnight Runners
Get Lucky Daft Punk feat Pharrell
Ghost In My House R Dean Taylor
Gimme Some lovin Spencer Davis/Blues Brothers
Hard to Handle Otis Redding/Commitments
Heatwave Martha and the Vandellas
Hold on I'm coming Sam and Dave
I feel good James Brown
I wish Stevie Wonder
Last Night The Markays (Bottom Theme Tune Instrumental)
Le Freak Chic
Long Train Running The Doobie Brothers
Love and Pride King
Mayhem Imelda May
Monkey Man Toots and the Maytals
Mustang Sally Commitments
Nutbush City Limits Tina Turner
One Step Beyond Madness
Play that funky music Wild Cherry
River Deep Mountain High Tina Turner
Shake a tail feather Ray Charles
Stuck Caro Emerald
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Sweet soul Music Arthur Conley
Tainted Love Gloria Jones
Time is Tight Booker T (Instrumental)
Too much too young The Specials
Treat Her Right Commitments
Valerie Amy Winehouse
You can get it Jimmy Cliff
Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton

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.)