About Disciples of Soul – professional funk & soul band based in Manchester
Disciples of Soul are an eight-piece funk and soul band, who perform authentic covers and are comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the North West.
Disciples of Soul offer a slick, stylish, professional performance with no downtime between songs and guarantee to get everyone dancing to Disciples of Soul beat.
They are in demand to perform at weddings, parties, corporate events and other private events throughout the UK and internationally.
Born out of a mutual love of the work of The Wrecking Crew and of The Funk Brothers, and named after the borough of New Orleans that carried rock ’n’ roll through its earliest days, Disciples of Soul are available as an 8-piece line up featuring drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals with a three-piece brass section.
This line up can be extended to include additional backing vocalists and percussion for the full Funk Brothers experience.
Fronted by the sensational lead vocals of Amber, the band showcase a blend of established professional musicians, including a former World Champion and Royal National Ballet accompanist.
The band has a wealth of experience of performing across the UK and internationally for a range of corporate, private and leisure clients.
They expect the highest standards of each other with regard to musicianship and showmanship to ensure that every performance is unique and special for those in attendance.
Focusing firmly on Soul and Funk, each show explores the hits of Motown, Stax, Chess and Northern Soul, as well as putting a unique stamp on a variety of classic and contemporary floor fillers.
The band work to ensure that the dance floor is full and that the most enjoyable time possible is had by all.
As well as high expectations of themselves on stage, they expect the same off stage in dealing with clients.
They work to build an effective working relationship with every client, no matter the scale of job, to ensure that every event is dealt with in a manner that makes the client's occasion really special.
Disciples of Soul happily accept first dance requests and will work to adapt their setlist to the request of each client.
As well as a full band experience, Disciples of Soul can offer background music, or accompaniment for any part of any event across a range of genres; be it a wedding breakfast or a gala dinner.
A full lighting rig and high specification sound system accompany them wherever they go, and as a result, a DJ/Disco service is also available to ensure that the event embodies the atmosphere intended by the host.
Disciples of Soul band aren't just another Motown band. They aren't just another Soul or Funk band. They're not just another wedding band. Disciples of Soul are THE band that will make your event truly special.
Disciples of Soul band consists of Amber, Craig, Lewis, Tomos, Peter, Ben, Mike and Jim.
Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...
So if you're looking to hire the finest soul band Manchester has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Disciples of Soul.
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Standard booking with Disciples of Soul
8-Piece band performing Soul and Funk set (band consists of Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Sax) performing 2 x 45-minute sets and any special requests you might have.
We offer a range of services to take the stress out of organising your event, including:
DO YOU PLAY AT WEDDINGS?
Yes! We love a good wedding!
DO YOU PLAY GIGS OTHER THAN FUNCTIONS?
Yes. First and foremost, we are a band that plays for the love of the music that we play. If you want us to play at your event or venue, then please get in touch and let us know what you’re planning and we’ll see what we can do! We love festivals, parties and the opportunity to play anywhere!
HOW WILL MY BOOKING BE MANAGED?
Your booking will be dealt with mainly online by Jim or Mike, band managers, who will do their best to make things run as smoothly as possible! We are happy to speak over the phone, or meet in person, should the event require it. We try to keep things online. In our experience, we find this help to keep records of decisions made and is most time efficient in people’s busy schedules. We are happy to work with you in whichever way you are most comfortable with to ensure that your event runs as smoothly as possible from booking to completion!
DO WE HAVE TO MEET IN PERSON BEFORE THE GIG?
No! We don’t have to meet, but we can if it helps to put your mind at ease. We’re happy to have a coffee, a pint/glass of wine/spirit of choice(!) and talk through things if it helps to put your mind at ease. We’re here to ensure that booking us is as stress-free as possible.
DO YOU OFFER DAY TIME MUSICIANS?
Yes! We offer a range of vocalists, ukulele players, acoustic guitarists, pianists and more! Heck, we can even arrange a brass fanfare and marching drum entrance if you so wish! Make sure you include this as a part of your initial enquiry and we’ll provide you with a price!
HOW LONG IS YOUR SET?
Typically, we offer 2 x 45 minute sets. Normally, they run over as we don’t like to be tight and we’re having too much fun so keep going a bit longer! We can also offer 2 x 1 hour sets too.
WHAT TIME DO YOU PLAY UNTIL?
We ask that the band performance is completed by midnight. We often find that this fits in with noise restriction laws, but are happy to work with what fits for your event. That doesn’t mean that the party stops though! We offer DJ services to see the party out!
DO YOU OFFER DJ SERVICES?
Yes, absolutely! We can provide full DJ services as soon as the band finish! From the start of your event up to the band starting, we can provide a playlist which continues through the interval too! This includes a mixture of latest chart and classic hits and is at no extra cost!
For weddings, we recommend that the DJ set is done by 12.30am as this often fits in with wedding venue curfews. We can arrange for this to go on later, but anything beyond 1.00am will incur an additional charge. Of course, we’re happy to work with you to do whatever is right for your event.
We can provide a DJ for the whole event, but that will incur additional charges too. We’re happy to accept a playlist from one of your devices, but accept no responsibility for how criminal your tastes in music might be!
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT DISCO LIGHTS?
Nothing*! We will provide fully automated lighting that will make the stage look great, and will create the atmosphere you need on the dance floor.
If your event is in a particularly large space, we do recommend you consider additional lighting and can recommend some reliable and reasonable places to hire them from.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNT FOR CHARITIES?
There are so many worthy causes we’d love to support and that we have done in the past. Please consider that our musicians are professionals and that this is how they make their living to pay their bills/feed their families! We can offer generously discounted rates for worthy causes, but can’t offer completely free performances. If we can help, we’re happy to.
DO YOU OFFER A SMALLER BANDS FOR A SMALLER FEE?
It’s often said that size matters, and in the case of Disciples of Soul, this is certainly the case. To decrease the size of the band would be to decrease the quality of our performance and that is something that we’re not prepared to compromise on! If you’re looking for making things more manageable financially, please get in touch and we will see what we can do to help out.
DO YOU OFFER A BIGGER BAND LINE UP?
More singers? Yup! More brass? Yup! Percussion? Yup! Full orchestra? Erm, give us some time to look into that one! We’re happy to make the band sound as big as your event dictates. We love to go and do what we call the “Full Funk Brothers” and make the band replicate exactly went on in the studios where all of your favourite records were made. Of course, this will impact on the cost of things, but we are happy and willing to make things work for you and your event.
CAN WE CHOOSE WHICH SONGS YOU PLAY?
We have an extensive set list already in place and can provide you with a copy to help choose your favourites and any no-go songs. We don’t want to play the Bride’s ex-boyfriend’s favourite song by accident!
If there are any special requests, please ask and we’ll see what we can do. We can’t always guarantee that this will be possible but will let you know in plenty of time if not. Our advice is to ask us and we’ll see what we can do!
IS YOUR LINEUP ALWAYS THE SAME?
As much as possible, yes. As we have selected some of the best musicians in the country, they are always in demand. From time to time, there are occasions when it’s not possible to get them for certain bookings.
In this case, we have a range of excellent musicians and singers who are able to step in. We are particularly fussy about this, and ensure that we never compromise on quality. If this happens around the time of your booking, then we will let you know in advance of confirming your booking and prior to accepting your deposit.
Our musicians are excellent professionals, and keep musicians of similar professional work ethic as good friends. As such, we’re fortunate to have a reliable pool of high-quality professionals to use if necessary.
CAN WE CHOOSE A FIRST DANCE?
Absolutely. We’ll always try to play your first dance should you so choose. There are times when full orchestration means that we feel it might not be the best for us to play it; we’ll always be honest with you here for such an important event. If you would prefer the original to be played, then we can sort that too.
DO YOU HAVE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes we do! We can provide all necessary certification to prove this upon request. We recommend you ask your venue about this and what their requirements are in advance. Please don’t leave it until the evening before your event!
CAN YOU PLAY IN VENUES WITH NOISE LIMITERS?
If we’re honest, we dread hearing these two words together. It sends shivers down our spines, but yes, we can. Please beware that they can cause problems.
If there is a noise limiter in a venue, and we trigger it, then we can lose power to our PA system. In which case, there is very little we can do unfortunately. An eight piece band including a three piece brass section and a drum kit is not the quietest of things before any microphones go anywhere near it! We have heard of bands having to organise impromptu Acapella sets as they are too loud for the limiter!
To avoid any potential disappointment, we strongly advise you check out if the venue you are using has any noise limiters or volume restrictions prior to booking either the venue or band!
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Although our musicians live across the north of England, our “home” base is the beautiful city of Manchester.
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Short answer: If we can get to you, we will get to you! Longer answer: We’ve played at the tip of Scotland, and as far south as isn’t France in the UK. Anywhere that is less than a two-hour journey via road comes on the house. If we have to travel further, then we have to adjust costs due to further expense incurred. Don’t worry, we won’t be greedy here- we want to come and play for you!
WILL YOU TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
A gig in the sun? A gig in the snow? We’d LOVE to! Please be aware though, there are major cost implications for this. Did we say we’d love to though? Because we would…..
"Below is the email I sent the band this morning after our wedding yesterday. I think it conveys how happy we were :) If you're looking for a soul/funk band these guys are going to make sure your event swing. Definitely not a 'wedding band'. They're the real deal. Many, many thanks to you and the band for last night. We've had so many people message us this morning to say how much they enjoyed the set. You rocked the castle - and we’re looking forward to seeing you again in London."
– Steve Scott, 1 March 2020, wedding in Berkshire
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Disciples of Soul were absolutely fantastic! They got everyone dancing and created the most incredible party atmosphere! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone! They were very prompt with their communication, they were punctual, professional and great fun! They sounded even better live than they did in their demo and everyone raved about their performance! They took the time to learn our first dance which made it even more special! Don’t hesitate - book them immediately, you will not regret it!"
– Geraldine Freegard, 21 November 2019, wedding in London
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Absolutely fantastic band, very friendly and professional. But most importantly their performance was absolutely incredible, would definitely use again."
– William Down, 15 August 2019, corporate event in Manchester
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
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