Winter to Spring catch up

We have loved performing at some beautiful winter weddings over the past few months and loved travelling to some new stunning wedding venues such as The Mill Barns in Bridgnorth and The Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey.

We have also revisited one of our favourite seaside spots; Seaham Hall in Durham, enjoyed performing at our annual visit to Woodsome Hall Golf Club for the Captain’s Farewell Ball and revisiting our home from home venue; Middleton Lodge Estate.

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2019 has also brought along with it some very exciting news for our band members!

We are thrilled to announce that our bass player, Christopher Glanville and drummer, Stephen Drinkwater and both engaged to be married. The happy Grooms to be will be planning a Summer Wedding by the seaside and a cosy Yorkshire Winter Wedding for their beautiful Brides to be.

As we are lucky enough to have performed at so many prestigious and glorious wedding venues all around the country and UK, I am sure the happy couples will have no trouble with their wedding planning. If there is one thing we know, it’s how to ensure a perfect wedding ceremony, wedding reception and wedding party – not to mention their perfect wedding band. And I am sure we could help out with choosing all the bridesmaids and groomsmen too 😊.

Our vocalist Cherie Gears is also excited to share that she is expecting her first baby, which is due at the end of May. I think Cherie’s baby is guaranteed to be a musician as the baby is already dancing around at all our gigs!

So as you can tell it’s all go for Func On The Rocks this year.

As the days are getting lighter and warmer, we can now feel the buzz of wedding season approaching us and we are delighted to start the season with a wedding fayre at one of our favourite venues Rise Hall in Rise, East Riding.

This beautiful venue caters for weddings, parties and corporate events. We love returning to Rise Hall as we know everything always runs smoothly, the wedding guests fill the dance floor and the event organisers are always an absolute delight to work alongside. We are lucky enough to be performing at Rise Hall throughout the year so if you haven’t checked out this stunning venue yet come along and say hello to us at their wedding fayre on Sunday 28th of April.

Wedding Band Rise Hall Yorkshire

One of the best things about being in a live music party band, is the ability to keep ourselves flexible, so we can accommodate the music requirements for any event.

From our core six member line up, all the way up to our deluxe 10 piece, which features three vocalists, and horn section – saxophone, trumpet and trombone and of course everything in between, we love to be able to tailor any event to the requirements of an individual. This luxury means we have at our fingertips, a pool of incredibly talented musicians who love to join us for special occasions.

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The Func On The Rocks family keeps on growing, and now we are lucky enough to have the incredible vocalist Louie McDonald join our team. Louie has an incredible punchy pop and soul sound and can fill any room with her energetic vocals and personality. This girl guarantees a full dance floor for your guests as soon as she starts singing! Which is perfect for us.

Bring on Summer time!

Louie McDonald Cherie Gears vocalists

Midweek Matrimony

We love an unconventional wedding, something out of the ordinary and starting our weekend on a Tuesday definitely fits the bill.
Traveling up the A1 to one of our favourite venues and one of the North Easts most distinguished wedding locations, Middleton Lodge in Richmond.

Although we perform at Middleton Lodge frequently during wedding season this was our debut performance in the The Coach House.
The rustic and shabby chic decor was the perfect setting for our Bride and Groom, who added a personal touch to every step of their wedding day.

Instead of a wedding cake the couple presented each guest with their own miniature bottle of champagne. Gathered in the courtyard all friends and family shared a toast to the happy couple.
Jenny and Stephen have known each other since they were kids and were brought back together by true love as adults.

To make their first dance extra special they chose the epic 1980’s classic ‘Sweet Love’ by Anita Baker. Both Jenny and Stephen were 80’s babies and born within only a few days of each other, which some of the wedding guests didn’t know until that point.

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We were thrilled to see all their friends and family in high spirits and ready to rock the dance floor!

The glamorous bridesmaids were dripping in floor length golden sequin dresses. Each dress with its own individual touch, was the perfect compliment to the Bride’s silky golden locks and embellished wedding gown.

Bridesmaids Wedding Singer Middleton Lodge Richmond North Yorkshire

The proud Father of the Bride was beaming all night long as he danced with his daughter and was our biggest fan, never leaving the dance floor!

Father of the Bride Dance Floor Proud

On Wednesday (the new Saturday) we took a trip from Leeds to Staffordshire. A stunning rural setting with lush countryside which reached as far as the eye could see and home to some beautiful, majestic animals.

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The Ashes Barn overlooked a glistening lake. As we were setting up and the sun was setting over the lake we spotted a flock of birds come to land on the clear water, it was a magical sight.

In the sister barn the Bride and Groom had organised a bouncy castle for the little ones (and energetic adults) which looked great fun and was a lovely unique touch to their day.

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Most of the guests were also from Leeds so we knew they would be up for a party!

The Bride and Groom chose Lionel Richie’s ‘I Call it Love’ for their first dance together as husband and wife and asked us to follow it with Prince ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ which was the perfect choice to get everybody grooving on the dance floor.

We kept our set varied with lots of different genres and eras of music and made sure to pick the songs which would keep everyone on the dance floor.

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The new Mr & Mrs requested us to finish the night with Take That’s ‘Never Forget’. The crowd sang along with love for the happy couple, it was a truly memorable moment.

We could definitely get used to midweek weddings as they were so much fun!
As a function band it’s our job to bring all the guests together for the evening reception and keep them boogieing all night long and these guys sure made our job easy for us.

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One Hull of a Wedding

On Saturday afternoon May 13th, we took a trip from Leeds to The East Riding of Yorkshire for another magical wedding at Rise Hall near Hull.

Rise Hall is one of our favorite wedding venues due to its stunning, picturesque grounds and fairytale wedding breakfast and reception area.

The sprinkle of candlelight around the room and twinkling fairy lights, which illuminated the ceiling, brought a magical and romantic touch to the big day.

Rise Hall Hull Wedding

After celebrating the cutting of the cake we performed the couple’s first dance as husband and wife. The guests gathered around the dance floor and shared the special moment, whilst the happy couple gently swayed to swinging melodies of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra.

We invited all the family and friends onto the dance floor; and as if by magic the energy in the room became addictive. All the guests danced and sang along to Soul, Pop and Motown in celebration for Natalie and James’ big day.

Natalie and James Wedding Rise Hall dancing

We were thrilled to see some familiar faces Liam and Heather. Func On The Rocks performed at their wedding almost two years ago at Hazlewood Castle. It was so lovely to have a catch up with them and hear all about married life.

Liam and Heather Wedding Guests Rise Hall

Before we started our second set of live music we noticed the Master of the house; Mr. Tom Cat asleep under one of the guests seats. We hope we didn’t disturb him with Tina Turner’s Proud Mary!

Rise Hall Cat Sleeping

The second set was met with even more energy than the first (if that was possible). We definitely learned some funky moves from these guys and we very impressed with their extensive lyrical knowledge. We had a ball performing for them!

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We never refuse an encore – and we love to make it extra special by inviting the Bride and Groom to the middle of the dance floor surrounded by their loved ones. We sang together at the top of our lungs to the iconic (I’ve had) ‘Time of My Life’ from the legendary movie Dirty Dancing. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Func on the Rocks Wedding Band

Saturday night’s wedding at Rise Hall has left us with more fond memories and we hope to return soon.

Tour De Yorkshire

Massive congratulations to everyone who took part and supported Tour De Yorkshire 2017 which took place in Tadcaster this weekend.

On route to our gig we were uplifted by West Yorkshire’s community spirit.

The streets were decorated with an array of colourful bunting, balloons and smiling faces. Yorkshire definitely knows how to celebrate!

And speaking of celebrations; Saturday was also significant as we got to bring out to play our big sister party band; Pure Mojo for the wedding of Matt & Nat.

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Our ten piece wedding band Pure Mojo is led by three incredible vocalists Cherie Gears, Melody Reed and Sam Hendrix who are illuminated by the addition of a steaming horn section (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) – this combination takes Func On The Rocks to the next level!

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The Bride and Groom Matt & Nat had planned their fairytale wedding to the very last detail and their wedding venue choice of Hornington Manor was the perfect setting for their perfect day.

Mat and Nat lights

Mr & Mrs Round love live music and were glued to the dance floor all night long with the amazing moves of the bridesmaids, groomsmen and fabulous family and friends.

Wedding band

The wedding guests sang their hearts out to each song, showed off their signature moves and together made the wedding reception extra special for the happy couple.

A big shout out to Hornington Manor who are an exceptional wedding venue. Thank you for being so easy to work with and accommodating we hope to be back soon for some more live music fun!

Such a Perfect Day

Just like your children, you shouldn’t have a favourite. But how can we fail to put this wedding up there with the best of the bunch? With memories flooding back via some stunning images from the super-talented Paul Joseph Photography we’d like to share one of our top weddings from 2012 with you.

A huge congratulations again to the happy couple David and Amy-Jean and another big thank you to them for choosing us to share their special day at Broughton Hall Utopia. The crowd were amazing, and kicking off the party with a Tina Turner classic Proud Mary, we couldn’t have wished for a better reception. We wish you all the very best for the future x
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Paul Joseph Photography - David and Amy-Jean Wedding“A rather large portion of our guest list was made up of professional musicians and West End musical theatre performers. So, trying to find a band that could make an impression on such a crowd was always going to be a challenge. After trawling through endless sound clips on the internet, we had not found a band that even came close. Then one click later, the voice of Cherie Gears somehow managed to fill the room, even through the tiny speakers of our laptop. The next day, we had our band booked.

Paul Joseph Photography - David and Amy-Jean WeddingAnd what a band! This is a band that’s so good they had the dance floor full on their sound check! Turns out we had nothing to worry about, every one of our guests loved the music and they were not shy in telling us so.

You guys really did over-deliver and we couldn’t recommend you highly enough. Cannot wait for the opportunity to book you guys again! – David & Amy-Jean

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You’ve Got The Love

We’ve got the love for Florence & The Machine’s version of this 80’s anthem and have slipped it into our ever-expanding repertoire for a bit of a Pop/Rock edge.

For our full repertoire list please visit our Music page.

We’d love to know what your favourite party anthem is..? The one where you’re already doing your ‘dance-onto-the-dancefloor-dance’ before anyone has the chance to ask. Don’t be shy, get in touch!