Disciples of Soul

Funk & Soul Band

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About Disciples of Soul – professional funk & soul wedding 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.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, La Citadelle in Saint-Tropez and The Tithe Barn in North Yorkshire, UK.

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They are in demand to perform at weddings, parties, corporate events and other private events throughout the UK and internationally.

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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...

  • Raffles Hotel, Singapore
  • La Citadelle, Saint-Tropez, France
  • The Tithe Barn, Skipton, UK
  • Iscoyd Park 📸
  • Haarlem Mill, Matlock
  • Priory Cottages, Wetherby, UK
  • East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley
  • Stevenson House, East Lothian
  • Girton College, Cambridge, UK
  • Aynho, Banbury, UK

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:

  • DJ services to accompany your evening
  • Party lights
  • PA system for speeches etc
  • Compère/MC
  • Ambient/background music on piano/guitar
  • Additional backing singers, additional percussionist
  • First dance requests
  • Musical accompaniment to wedding ceremonies
  • Travel across the UK/Europe (rates may vary)

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"I would like to thank Disciples of Soul from the bottom of my heart. We had a ball. It was an honour to have you play for us and we had so many compliments about how a-ma-zing you were. Here’s hoping we can do this again sometime!"

Jenny Graham, 5 January 2024, Christmas party in Liverpool
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"Wow! We booked Disciples of Soul for our wedding in July and what an absolutely incredible find they were. I honestly can't describe the pure joy that hit the dance floor when they started playing. The sound was unbelievably epic and our guests did not stop dancing for the entirety of their sets. The band even learnt and performed our first dance song live which was such a special moment for us. All of our friends and family could not stop talking about how amazing Disciples of Soul were, they were an absolute highlight of our day. As music lovers, having strong evening entertainment was a must and we hit the jackpot with these guys! We both have musical backgrounds and musicians in the family so the pressure was very much on. Disciples of Soul wiped the floor with any fears we might have had and blew us all away with their talent, professionalism and friendliness. I wish we had another reason to book them straight away and will continue to recommend them to anyone and everyone I meet."

Mabel Finnegan-Wright, 15 August 2023, wedding at Iscoyd Park, Wrexham, Wales
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"We couldn't recommend the Disciples of Soul more highly for a wedding band; they were exactly what we were looking for as a funk and soul band with two singers and brass instruments. The band took the time to get to know us ahead of time and were a huge help with timing recommendations and putting together a song arrangement for our first dance. The sets they played on the day were fantastic, getting everyone up and dancing, interacting with the crowd, and ensuring that all of our guests had a great time!"

Christine Wheeler, 14 August 2023, wedding at La Citadelle, Saint-Tropez, France
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"We booked the Disciples of Soul (based in Manchester and Liverpool) through FixTheMusic.com for our Cambridge wedding and they were phenomenal! Most of our c. 120 guests were dancing the whole night long and many guests told us they were the best wedding band they had ever seen (we agree!) The band learned our first dance especially, as well as a secret solo which they played brilliantly. Thanks so much to Jim (the drummer) in particular for liaising with me so thoroughly in the lead up, and Lew (the pianist) for playing me down the aisle and during the drinks reception. Highly recommended!"

Natalie Brent, 28 July 2023, wedding at Girton College, Cambridge
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"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, 7 March 2023, wedding in Berkshire
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"We were looking for an authentic soul-dancehall experience for our wedding and could not believe the value that Disciples of Soul offered as a 9-piece band, complete with brass section. Their energy was better than any live show I’ve been to - they clearly love playing together and this gave an incredible infectious buzz to the whole dance floor. I’ve never seen so many guests dance so hard for so long!! There were little running battles between each instrumentalist, breathtaking drum, bass, guitar solos, plus personalised adaptations to modern and classic soul hits, all delivered by huge powerful vocals. The physical exertion of the brass section alone was staggering!! If you truly want a real dancehall experience, nothing can compare to this band unless you’ve managed somehow to reunite the Supremes themselves!! Furthermore, the band looked so classy, suited, booted and glamorous. Perhaps most importantly, they were a joy to work with, making the arrangements simple and reassuring - we dealt with the drummer, Jim who was accommodating and courteous throughout, the band even learned our first dance for us and tailored the set to include requests. It was the best feature of the wedding, and easily the best value for money I have ever spent on anything!! I will now try to find an excuse to re-book this band for something… anything!!!"

Arron Broughton, 20 October 2022, wedding in Aynho, Banbury, UK
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"JIM!!! I feel so terrible that I did not get over to the band before they left to hug them and thank them. I kept trying but was bombarded by guests. They made the wedding so unbelievably special and the singer's voice is one of the angels, truly. She completely blew me away with Nina Simone and Aretha. Please share my thanks with them. I really am so over the moon and they are a huge reason that the evening was so special and memorable. I will send videos & photos and be in touch, but if there is anything I can do, please let me know. Lizzie xx"

Elizabeth Edelman, 13 June 2022, wedding at La Citadelle, Saint-Tropez, France
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"Disciples of Soul were absolutely amazing and they were far better than I had anticipated. They made it very memorable. Everybody was up dancing all night and it was the perfect end to our day. We had so many compliments from our guests & the photographer even said it was the best band he had seen all year! Thank you so much, Ebonee & Daniel."

Ebonee Jackson, 9 March 2022, wedding at Haarlem Mill, Matlock, UK
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"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, 16 February 2022, wedding in London
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"Disciples of Soul were fantastic at our wedding! They were professional and accomodating throughout lockdown as unfortunately we had to postpone due to the pandemic. We were sceptical about what the standard of a band could be at a wedding but Disciples of Soul did not disappoint. The dance floor was bouncing and everybody jumped to the dancefloor straight away. We had a Halloween themed reception so we requested that they do their own version of Put a Spell on you from the film Hocus Pocus. They took it further and found the exact score from the film and threw in Thriller as well. We had a few bits of fancy dress around and they were more than happy to get involved and even started painting their faces. It seemed like anything you asked them to do they would try their best to accommodate you. The quality of the band was perfect. We had two singers and I wouldn't be able to pick who was the best singer- they were both brilliant. You have made a mistake if you don't pick this band."

Mary Holderness, 4 November 2021, wedding in Manchester
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"We have been to watch Disciples of Soul perform a number of times in Chester and have absolutely loved every show. We booked Disciples of Soul to play at our wedding which was on 31st August 2021, and we were not disappointed. The band were incredible as always, our guests have all complimented the band, and the dance floor was full the entire time they performed. Even the owner of our venue asked for the band's details so she can recommend them to other guests. Great communication all round, would not hesitate to book again for future events and will be coming to watch you guys play again in the near future. Thank you so much for making our wedding day even more awesome! Wes & Gem."

Wes Johnson, 21 September 2021, wedding in Cheshire
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"The band were exceptional! Really professional, very energetic and their sound was fantastic. The vocalists are both amazing too. Our DJ has even booked them for his wedding!! Highly recommended."

Alex Raistrick, 20 September 2021, wedding at The Tithe Barn, Skipton, UK
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"Absolutely fantastic band, very friendly and professional. But most importantly their performance was absolutely incredible, would definitely use again."

William Down, 15 September 2020, corporate event in Manchester
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Set List

Shakin’ All Over - Wanda Jackson
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Hold on I’m Coming - Sam and Dave
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Seven Nation Army - Ben L’Oncle Soul
The Snake - Al Wilson
Sunshine of Your Love - Spanky Wilson
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Mercy - The Third Degree
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas
Get Ready - The Temptations
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Sex Machine - James Brown
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Dancing In The Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
I feel good - James Brown
Valerie - Amy Winehouse (Bruno Mars Live version)
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (Live Version)
Shake a Tail Feather - Ray Charles/ The Blues Brothers
Best of my love - The Emotions
I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Lady Marmalade - La Belle
My Girl - The Temptations
Can’t Help Myself - The Four Tops
New Orleans - Gary ‘US’ Bonds
Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner
Who’s Making Love - Johnny Taylor
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Ike & Tina Turner
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes

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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!
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…..
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