Blu Velvet is based in Edinburgh but also covers Scotland and the North of England.
Blu Velvet perform traditional and modern jazz, blues and Americana songs to a very high quality. They delve into the Great American Songbook and emerge with tasteful and lively modern arrangements; they cherry-pick the best songs from the greatest singers and songwriters such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Caro Emerald, Adele, Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Van Morrison, Fats Domino, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Diane Birch and Emeli Sande.
They also perform a selection of ceilidh music and can do delightful acoustic versions of Burns and other genres as appropriate.
The band is fronted by Carol Stirrat on vocals - her voice has delighted audiences with her jazzy / bluesy style and interpretations. Lively musical arrangements come from piano/keys, and the Blu Velvet 'swing' from bass and drums. The band also features the sublime saxophone notes of ex BBC top-drawer sax/clarinet player, Kenny Thomson. The band's wide experience of live playing, recording, broadcasting, and teaching delivers high quality music to complement Carol's acclaimed vocals.
Blu Velvet has a professional approach to its music and business dealings. We come equipped with good quality instruments, amplification and supply PA and lighting to suit most venues. We set up in plenty of time and unobtrusively. You can also be assured that we will adapt to the needs of the audience and our clients.
We perform as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet catering for weddings, parties, large corporate functions, restaurants, events or short appearances. We perform acoustic sets for listening audiences and the full swing band for dancing and parties.
In June 2018, Blu Velvet expanded their booking options and now offer "From Ella to Emeli...through the decades" which is a talk and musical performance combined into one. A couple of songs from each decade, starting with the 1920s working their way through to present day. All are introduced individually using interesting facts then performed.
“How thrilled we all were with Blu Velvet. We sourced them through Freak Music, and were just overwhelmed with them. They had everyone up dancing, the songs were absolutely fantastic”
Emma Jones, Events Manager, Le Monde Hotel
"Brilliant! Blu Velvet played the perfect selection of songs to keep the dance floor jumping! 10 out of 10!"
Alex Dove, Operations Manager, Lyon and Turnbull
“Blu Velvet were fantastic and created the perfect mood and style for our event. With their classy look and great range of songs we’d certainly be looking to book them again”
Wendy Stenberg, Events Executive, Perth Concert Hall
That Man - Caro Emerald
Just Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble
It's Too Darn Hot! - Ella Fitzgerald
Bye Bye Blackbird - Ella Fitzgerald
Moondance - Van Morrison
Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Bob Dylan
Let's Do It - Cole Porter
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
The Look Of Love - Dionne Warwick
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Robuchon Mash - Carol Stirrat
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Heartache Tonight - Michael Buble
Hallelujah I Just Love Him So - Ray Charles
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Cry Me A River - Julie London
Fly Me To The Moon - Diana Krall
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - 'Cool Running'
Rita On 4th July - Sandy Rosie
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Andrews Sisters
A Day In The Life Of A Fool - Sinatra
Street Life - Cindi Crawford
L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
Time After Time - Cindy Lauper
Blue Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Ae Fond Kiss - Eddi Reader
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong/Fats Domino
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
I'll Take You Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Caledonia - Dougie Maclean
Blue Skies - Ella Fitzgerald
The 1st Cut Is The Deepest - Cat Stevens
Perfect - Fairground Attraction/ Eddi Reader
Selected Ceilidh Numbers