About The Birmingham Acoustic Band – professional acoustic wedding band based in the West Midlands
The Birmingham Acoustic Band are 5 piece band specialising in Funk, Soul, Pop and Folk music. With their diverse backgrounds in theatre, classical music, jazz, rock, blues and pop, they can cover all areas of music.
Their members met in 2012 at Birmingham University, all studying music composition. Since forming properly in 2015 they have become the University's "go to" band, and become well known for busking in Birmingham, gathering large crowds and making Birmingham a brighter place.
The Birmingham Acoustic Band regularly perform at weddings, parties and festivals, previously performing at Godiva Festival and being featured on BBC radio.
You will love their energetic set that gets people up dancing from the start, and material lasting 4+ hours!
Our unconventional ensemble of instruments (including ukulele and accordion) combine to create a unique folk/soul sound. If you're expecting a Mumford and Sons imitation, you're in for a big surprise.
We get the crowd up on their feet and feeling good taking inspiration from bands such as 'Earth, Wind and Fire' and 'The Jackson Five'. We perform and busk regularly around Birmingham so if you see us around, don't hesitate to say hello!
Originally, we all met each other through our university course in 2012. However, the collaboration really began in early 2015 in Madrid, Spain where we came together for several ensemble performances as part of our music studies abroad.
Upon our return to the United Kingdom, following the positive critical reception received in Spain, we decided to officially form a band and thus The Birmingham Acoustic Band were born.
Since our inception, we have had an impact on the Birmingham music scene and have been regularly performing at various venues such as The Devonshire Arms, The Litten Tree as well as often performing for functions for groups within Birmingham University.
Some of these have included 'Autumn Disruption' hosted by the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Culture Night 2016 hosted by Culturae Mundi, TRACE photography exhibition and many more...
The Birmingham Acoustic Band are perfect for weddings and functions with their easily portable setup and own PA system if needed.
Armed with a wide variety of songs spanning from the 60's classics all the way up to present day chart-toppers, The Birmingham Acoustic Band have something for everyone.
Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic fior weddings and events...
The energetic front man! He plays ukulele, sings, and dances if you are lucky. With a wide vocal range and charisma, he is bound to liven up any event. He is a highly experienced performer with training in Theater and Music. Vocally, he takes inspiration from Bruno Mars, David Bowie and Brett McKenzie.
Bringing the beat that makes you move your feet! He contributes funky percussion in the form of a handmade cajón (ka-hon), which is fancy talk for "He hits a box". Ryan is also joined by his trusty sidekick "Monty" the foot-tambourine, adding another level of jingly goodness.
The guy on keys, be it the accordion, or less common melodica. He spices up the sound with melodica solos and smooth accordion lines. He is arguably the nicest member of the band, which is an achievement in itself.
This is where the buttery biscuit bass happens. He gets the groove going with his sometimes simple, or sometimes technically demanding bass lines setting the foundations of the funk which has become synonymous the band's sound. As well as this, Chris is a highly capable vocalist who idiomatically performs with soul.
The most defined caricature of the band with his stage name "Hot Chocolate" becoming a prominent feature of the group's mythos. His wit is only matched by humoured cynicism. He may not be the most talkative member but definitely has a way with words proving himself to be a poetic and dynamic lyricist. Doubling the guitar and vocals, he makes a mean duo of funky guitar riffs and a great falsetto backing vocal!
September - Earth, Wind And Fire
Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
24k - Magic Bruno Mars
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind And Fire
I Feel Good - James Brown
Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Adventure Of A Lifetime - Coldplay
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby Mcferrin
Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
King Of The Road - Roger Miller
Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Give It Up - Kc And The Sunshine Band
Message To You Rudy - The Specials
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Careless Whisper - Wham
True - Spandau Ballet
Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
In My Place - Coldplay
Twist & Shout - The Beatles
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Love Cats - The Cure
Urban Space Man - Bonzo Do Dah Dog Band
Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Nantes - Beirut
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Hotline Bling - Drake
Dancing Queen - Abba
Hey Ya - Outkast
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Mr Blue Sky - Elo
Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
Stacy's Mom - Fountains Of Wayne
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
I Want To Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Love On Top - Beyonce
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Mr Brightside - The Killers
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Gay Bar - Electric Six
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Bear Necessities - Disney
I Wanna Be Like You - Disney
You've Got A Friend In Me - Disney
Under The Sea - Disney
Lose Yourself/fresh Prince - Eminem/will Smith
Libertango - Astor Piazzolla