Destination Duncombe Park

Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York was a new wedding destination to add to the long list of wedding venues that Func On The Rocks have performed at over the years; entertaining at weddings and corporate events.

Duncombe Park Wedding Venue Band Func on the Rocks Stately Home Live Band

The estate sits amongst 300 acres of parkland and shares its home with some very friendly sheep who are free to roam around the stunning grounds.

We passed the grand stately home and turned left, entering the enchanted forest. Our trail was illuminated by string of fairy lights which guided us to the wedding destination.
We set up the band equipment in the marquee as the staff arranged the finishing touches to the venue before the guests arrived.

Love Seat Bench Wedding Date Bride Groom

This wedding was made extra special for us as we performed with our horn section at the Father of the Bride’s birthday party a few years back in Bramham, North Yorkshire. We also caught up with Jeff and his partner Catherine when we performed at their friends’ wedding earlier this summer; so it was lovely to catch up with them and meet the rest of the family.

Wedding Band First Dance Live Music Marquee Entertainment

The bride and groom kept their first dance top secret so they could surprise all their friends and family. As soon as we sang the first few notes the crowd joined in and their suspense turned into a warmth for the happy couple as the danced to ‘You Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine.

As requested we followed the first dance with the Pharrell Williams hit ‘Happy’, which went down a storm! The dance moves were in full swing and from then on the new Mr & Mrs and their guests danced the night away.

Live Music Wedding Band Dancing Dance Floor Wedding Guests

There Goes The Summer

The last weekend in August was met with glorious sunshine.
On Friday we returned to Priory Barn and Cottages which are situated on a secluded farm in North Yorkshire near Wetherby.
The luxury venue hosts a rang of individually designed cottages which are the perfect spot to unwind after a big day of wedding celebrations.
Func On The Rocks performed here during December 2016 so it was lovely to see the difference to the landscape and decor for a summer wedding – this venue is perfect all year round!

We set up the wedding band equipment on the stage behind a white curtain and once the wedding speeches had come to a close we put on some background music.

Live Music Wedding Gig Set up DJ Music

The guests had a bit of time to refresh themselves before the evening reception was announced. We gathered all family and friends around the edge of the dance floor to support the Bride and Groom as they performed their first dance as Husband and Wife. The happy couple chose a beautiful song ‘Over and Over Again’ by Nathan Sykes and were thrilled to see the Bridesmaids lead everyone on the dance floor for our first set of live music.

Dance Floor Dancing Live Band Music Wedding Leeds Func on the Rocks

As a special request the Best Man performed ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John for the Bride and Groom, this added a personal touch to their evening and the crowd loved it!

Wedding Entertainment Guest Singer Rocket Man Leeds Band

The following day we headed from West Yorkshire to another Priory; this time Hodsock Priory in Blyth. The property is an historic country house set in beautiful gardens, which host an abundance of colourful wildflower.

We were given a little cottage to wait in until the wedding party had finished their wedding breakfast, then headed into the main room to set up whilst the staff turned the room around for the evening reception.

The Bride and Groom picked Florence and the Machine’s version of ‘You Got The Love’ for their first dance which got the guests ready for a boogie!

We kept the set modern, performing songs from Ed Sheehan, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, and threw in a few funk classics including Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ and Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ as they are guaranteed dance floor fillers.

Hodsock Priory Live Wedding Band Leeds

The following weekend we took a road trip to one of the Lake District’s most popular areas, Windermere.

Our debut performance at the Samling Hotel, Ambleside Road was a fantastic experience.

The newly refurbished wedding venue is breathtaking. Its interior decor is contemporary with a classic edge. Located on the top of a hill, the perfect spot for a couple looking for a magical wedding destination; the view of the lake below is breathtaking.

Lake Windermere Stunning Wedding Venue Live Music Band Leeds
We performed the couples first dance; an acoustic version of ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ as the Bride and Groom entered the room for the evening reception. Their guests filtered through and joined the couple on the dance floor where they stayed boogieing the night away.

During the second set of live music we performed some indie classics including ‘Mr Brightside’ by the Killers and ‘Sex On Fire’ by Kings of Leon, which went down really well. We we were impressed with the guests’ dance moves, who certainly knew how to let their hair down and rock out!

Live Music Dancing Wedding Dance Floor Leeds Band

All in all, an incredible two weeks of weddings around the UK. We are so happy to be able to share such a special day with our happy couples. Live music is the perfect way to get all friends and family celebrating together and we love to see this at every gig we do around England.

A huge congratulations to you all!
 

An old fav(e) of ours

It was party time again for us on Friday! The Faversham, is a super cool, live music space in the heart of Leeds City Centre so it was the perfect spot for our birthday boy and girl Graeme and Debbie.

Party Band Faversham Venue Leeds West Yorkshire

Not only was it a double birthday party but also an occasion to celebrate their retirement. Graeme had only just started his retirement a few hours before the event started!

Birthday Party Faversham Leeds

We first met at Debbie and Graeme as mother and father of the bride at their daughter, Laura’s wedding day last July in Leeds.

So we knew to expect a super fun crowd who would get that dance floor cooking.

After the champagne reception in the stunning conservatory and the evening buffet had been devoured, the guests began to filter into the band room.

Live Party Band Leeds Faversham

We started our first set with the iconic Jocelyn Brown belter- ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’. We managed to grab everybody’s attention during the piano and vocals introduction, so by the time the groove kicked in, all friends, family and colleagues knew it was definitely boogie time!

The Faversham has a great event space with a huge dance floor so everyone got to show off their best moves in style.

Our horn players were on fire and got the crowd bouncing during their solos in Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. The live music was kept energetic and funky with a nice mix of old classics and modern hits from Paul Simon’s ‘Call Me Al’ to Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’. Which kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.

Live Band Brass Leeds

After getting the crowd to sing along to Happy Birthday, the Birthday duo blew us away with their amazing swinging retro moves to the 1960’s hit ‘Do You Love Me’ by the Contours which certainly encouraged the other guests to up their game and get creative on the dance floor!

A huge Happy Birthday to the gorgeous couple from Func On The Rocks. We hope you have an incredible retirement together and that you and your guests had as much fun as we did at your party.

Live Party Band Leeds Singers

We loved performing at The Faversham, not only was it local and a great space, but we were so impressed with how helpful and professionally the venue is run. A special shout out to George who was incredibly kind and supportive as we set up, sound checked and packed down. It makes such a difference to work alongside passionate and incredibly lovely staff so thank you and we hope to work alongside you again soon.

Happy birthday to you

Another busy week last week for the Func On The Rocks crew! Friday night was the 60th birthday celebrations for Tonie. The last time we saw this lovely lady was on her son’s wedding day at Holdsworth House two years ago.

We were thrilled to see the happy couple again, along with their new addition to the family; nine month old Matilda.

60th Birthday Party Live Band Huddersfield Football Club

We arrived at Huddersfield training ground to see the venue had been beautifully decorated with gold balloons awaiting the party to commence.

The celebrations got underway at 7pm with friends and family travelling far and wide to make sure they joined in the fun with the birthday girl.

Dance floor birthday party Huddersfield Training Ground

We kept the music quite old school as we knew our birthday girl liked a bit of Northern Soul and the Commitments.

The crowd let their hair down to some soul classics and sang along with us to The Jackson 5 and Whitney Houston.

On Saturday morning our piano player Lee, and vocalist Cherie, took the scenic route from Leeds to North Yorkshire’s High Birstwith.

The grand marquee was awaiting its guests in anticipation and were lucky enough to set up for our duo performance in the sunshine.

Marquee Wedding Reception Pianist Live Music

After the wedding ceremony at a separate location the guests started to arrive. Friends and family were guided down the pink carpet for the drinks reception by beautiful, individual plant pots.

Wedding Marquee Yorkshire

Wedding Breakfast Marquee Yorkshire

We serenaded the guests with some memorable jazz songs and easy listening classics as they sipped their champagne and congratulated the bride and groom on their marriage.

After the speeches and wedding breakfast the rest of the band arrived at the venue, including saxophonist and trumpet player Jake and Jonny.

Wedding Band Live Music Piano

Live Music Wedding Band Function Marquee

After the cutting of the unique ‘cheese’ cake we announced Grace and Ben’s first dance as husband and wife. They picked the U2 hit ‘With or Without You’ as their special song and as they gazed into each other’s eyes they sang along to every word.

Friends and family joined the happy couple on the dance floor and soon enough the evening reception was in full swing.

Live Wedding Band Music Leeds Yorkshire

No warming up necessary for these guys, they were ready to boogie!!
The dance floor was filled with the stunning lilac bridesmaid dresses swinging from left to right and some incredible dance moves could be seen throughout the marquee. I’m sure the wedding photographers got some amazing shots!

We kept the repertoire varied from Michael Jackson to Clean Bandit.
After the crowd cheered for more at the end of the second set of live music, we decided to get everyone to sing along to Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time of My Life’. The dance floor erupted with nostalgic energy. It was an incredible sight!

Wedding Marquee Party Live Music

Thanks to everyone at Huddersfield Town, The Yorkshire Club and the staff at Grace and Ben’s wedding, it’s such a pleasure to work alongside such professionals. We hope to see you all again soon for some more musical fun.

Bride and Groom Wedding Singers

Magnificent marquee wedding

Congratulations to everyone who took part and supported ITU World Triathlon in Leeds this weekend, truly inspirational athletes.

We were aware roads around the City Centre would be closed for the event, however luckily for us we only had to make a short trip to one of Yorkshire’s little gems – Ilkley.

We were stunned to see Ilkley Golf Club green had been transformed into a Wedding Wonderland.

The Marquee was beautifully decorated with delicate summer wildflowers and embellished with charming bunting, which was handmade by the Mother of the Bride. The Father of the bride designed stunning planters, which were gracefully poised at the entrance to the marquee.

The personal touch made Ilkley Golf Club the perfect setting for our Bride and Groom Jen and Rich.

Ilkley Golf Club Wedding Marquee

Whilst the guests enjoyed a cool glass of Pimms our boys performed a jazz trio ensemble; playing some well-loved Jazz standards and Rat Pack favorites including Autumn Leaves, Summertime and Fly Me To The Moon.

The trio played ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ as a special request for the Bride and head Bridesmaid to bring back memories of their time together in Brazil.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches Func On The Rocks we ready to get the party started and begin the evening reception.

The happy couple performed their first dance as husband and wife and chose one of our favorite Van Morrison classics Moondance.

Mr & Mrs Bean had perfected their unique dance routine, which stunned all their friends and family. It set the bar when it came to dancing for the evening!

Jen and Rich Wedding First Dance

The guests were certainly up for the dancing challenge and joined the newlyweds on the dance floor with delight, they even brought a blow up sheep with them which we found hilarious.

Yorkshire Wedding Party

Wedding Band Horns

After our first set we had a catch up with some familiar faces Cathrine and Jeff. We performed at Jeff’s Birthday party in Bramham Village Hall a few years ago and always spot the gorgeous couple on the dance floor at The Bramham Summer Ball at Bowcliffe Hall.

We will be performing at Jeff’s daughters wedding in September, which we are really looking forward to.

Familiar faces

We also had a chat with England Rugby star Phil Dowson and his beautiful fiancée Dani who are getting married in 4 weeks. Good luck guys we know your Wedding day will be incredible!

Wedding Singers with Phil Dowson

By the second set of live music the full moon was out in full glory, as were the extra special dance moves from Jen and Rich and their friends and family. There was such a sense of love and friendship on the dance floor, a truly humbling sight for us.

Wedding Band Dance Floor

Leeds Wedding Band Singers

To bring the live music to a close we got the crowd to sing their hearts out with us and I’m sure the passion in their voices could be heard for miles around.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club

Thanks so much to everyone for helping Jen and Rich celebrate their big day, I’m sure they will look back with such fond memories as their day was pure perfection from start to finish.

Bride and Groom Dance Floor

Lots of love to you both Mr & Mrs. Bean, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club

Same time next year!

A great night was had by all at the recent charity event Bramham Ball raising funds for some amazing local causes. The crowd were unbelievable, dancing long into the wee small hours. The night also featured some other fab entertainment including mind-boggling magic and there was even a local celebrity (see if you can spot them!). We had such a ball that we’ll be back to do it all again next year, so get your dancing shoes ready and we’ll see you there.

With thanks to everyone involved in putting on such a great event, and to Pixrich Photography who captured the evening perfectly.

Bramham Ball 2013 Live Band Cherie Gears

“We booked Func on the Rocks for Bramham Ball this July, raising funds for local charities. They surpassed all expectations and were one of the major reasons why the Ball was so successful. Their unbounded energy and enthusiasm and their ability to keep the dance floor full and buzzing all night meant we had no hesitation in booking them immediately for next year’s Ball. One of our guests booked them soon afterwards for a Birthday party and we can’t wait to hear them again. Great guys, great musicians, great choice of songs = a great night enjoyed by all!” – Nick Hall, Bramham Ball 2013

NEW video coming soon!

Func On The Rocks featuring Cherie & Melody

You might ask, how can you improve on the perfect cocktail of Func On The Rocks? Well add an extra shot of hot sauce! By this we mean the perfect complimentary combination of super-talented vocalists leading the way.

We have the great pleasure of introducing to you, the secret weapon in the world of live music… The Func On The Rocks fully loaded 6-piece band featuring not one, but two of the north of England’s finest vocal talent… and they’re sisters!

Stay tuned for our exciting new video showcasing this fantastic line-up COMING SOON.

Vocalists Cherie Gears and Melody Reed

We had a ball!

A massive congratulations to Nicola and all involved for such a hugely successful Charity Ball last weekend to raise money for FSID. It was an honour to have been a part of it. http://www.alexanderscharityball.co.uk

Nicola Richardson - Alexanders Charity BallThe Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is the UK’s leading baby charity aiming to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health.

Performing alongside a great selection of entertainment including Magician Mark Waddington and Grosvenor Fun Casino was an absolute pleasure.

In total the event raised a staggering £16,000 in memory of the tragic loss of Nicola’s son Alexander.

Photos by Capture Photography

Alexanders Charity Ball

Alexanders Charity Ball“I wanted to say a Massive Thank You to you all for Saturday night. The band were AMAZING and I don’t think I’ve seen a dance floor fill up so quickly ever! My guests loved the whole thing and the band certainly made an impression on them.

I had hoped for target of £15,000 for this year but we’ve exceeded that with £16029 which is overwhelming and I Thank You for being a part of it.
Best wishes
Nicola x”

– Nicola Richardson

Grosvenor Fun Casino

We look forward to the same time next year!

Corporate Events

Func On The Rocks perform at a variety of Corporate Events up and down the country. Most recently at Headingley Carnegie Stadium to help raise money for the Princes Trust.

Do you have an event coming up that could be the highlight of everyone’s social calendar? Func On The Rocks can provide the perfect mix of Soul, Motown, Pop, Rock and Funk to get your guests up on their feet at the end of the night.

Waiting to go on stage

Cherie GearsCorporate PartyPrinces Trust Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Walk of Smiles

The last of the English summer was smiling down on us for a great day at the Walk of Smiles charity event. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped support such a worthy cause.

Walk of Smiles

80% of the money raised from the 10km sponsored walk will go to Martin House Children’s Hospice, while the rest will be used by Bethany’s Smile to support children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Charity Event

We bumped into local celebrity Leeds Rhino mascot Ronnie enjoying the day.

Local Celebrity Leeds Rhino Mascot

Family Fun

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry… you can visit justgiving.com/bethanyssmile to donate. Or catch the next event at Headingley Stadium on 20th October. Click here for more details.

Cherie Gears

Bethany would like to hear from anyone interested in doing a sponsored sky dive. E-mail bethany-ssmile@virginmedia.com for details.