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The Backdrops



  • Classic acoustic soul, jazz and pop act
  • Wide ranging repertoire of jazz classics from acts such as Etta James and Chet Baker and also perform their own specially arranged versions of songs from modern artists such as Coldplay and Pharrell Williams
  • Perform as a female 5 piece as standard and can reduce to a quartet or trio if required
  • Instrumental option available for background music


The band are London based and able to travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • We could perform a three 45 minutes sets (with breaks)
  • or two 60 minutes sets (with a break).

About this Act

The Backdrops are a female fronted soul, jazz and pop act with a fantastic repertoire of classic jazz, swing and modern pop. They play as an acoustic 5 piece act and take their musical cues from classic vintage acts such as Ray Charles and frank Sinatra and also perform their own arrangements of more modern pop artists such as Pharrell Wiliams, Adele and Coldplay. 

They perform as a 5 piece as standard and can reduce down in number and can also be booked as an instrumental act for background music at drinks receptions or other events.


Set List


Happy – Pharrell Williams
Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Come away with me – Norah Jones
Angel – Sarah McLachlan
All along the watchtower – Bob Dylan
Clap your hands – Sia
Someone like you – Adele
Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison
Royals – Lorde
Back to black – Amy Winehouse
Dirt in the ground – Tom Waits
Time after time – Cyndi Lauper
Psycho killer – Talking Heads
Halo – Beyonce
Beautiful day – U2
By your side – Sade
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Jezebel – Sade
Kiss me – Sixpence none the richer
Life is beautiful that way – Noa
Moondance – Van Morrison
Mr tambourine man – Bob Dylan
Bongo bong – Manu Chao
This must be the place – David Byrne
Rise up – Eddie Vedder
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Fields of gold – Sting
Fix you – Coldplay
Revolution – Tracy Chapman
I need a dollar – Aloe Blacc
Wake me up – Avicii
Valerie – The Zutons
Rumour has it – Adele
Teardrops – Womack & Womack
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Nobody’s perfect – Jessie J
Smile – Lily Allen
The sweetest gift – Sade
Walking on sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
Boa sorte – Vanessa da Mata & Ben Harper
Clandestino – Manu Chao
Cosi celeste – Zucchero
L’appuntamento – Ornella Vanoni

Classic jazz/latin:

At last - Etta James
Autumn leaves - Eva Cassidy
Cheek to cheek - Ella Fitzgerard
My baby just cares for me - Nina Simone
Nature boy - Nat King Cole
Wonderful world - Lous Armstrong
A night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Autumn in New York
All of me - Chet Baker
But not for me - Chet Baker
Black coffee - Sarah Vaughan
Bye bye blackbird - Julie London
Come rain or come shine - Ray Charles
Easy living - Billie Holiday
Embraceable you - Frank Sinatra
Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
Have you met miss Jones - Frank Sinatra
Like someone in love
Lover man - Julie London
Mack the knife - Frank Sinatra
Misty - Billie Holiday
My funny valentine - Billie Holiday
Stella by starlight - Ella Fitzgerard
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerard
Time after time - Chet Baker
Acqua de beber - Astrud Gilberto
Chega de saudade (no more blues) - Joao Gilberto
Corcovado - Astrud Gilberto/Stan Getz
Desafinado - Joao Gilberto
Dindi- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Estate - Bruno Martino
Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz
Insensatez (how insensative)
Les feuilles mortes (the autumn leaves)
Mas que nada - Sergio Mendes
Vou te contar (Wave) - Antonio Carlos Jobim



A large range of swing & latin tunes ( and many more) plus these popular popular songs played instrumentally:

Killing me softly - Roberta Flack
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
50 Ways to leave your lover - Paul Simon
Isn’t she lovely - Stevie Wonder
Brown eyed girl - Van Morrison
Man in the mirror - Michael Jackson
Son of a preacher man- Anita Franklyn
Lets stay together - Al Green
What’s going on - Marvin Gaye
People are strange - The Doors
Shine on you crazy diamond - Pink Floyd
Little wing - Jimi Hendix
Englishman in NY- Sting
Windmills of your mind
Fragile - Sting
Every breath you take - Sting
With a little help from your friends
At Last - Etta James
Both Sides now - Joni Mitchell
Yellow – Coldplay

and many more...


  • 5 piece - vocals, guitar, drums, bass and sax
  • 3 piece - vocals , guitar, percussion.
  • 4 piece - vocals, guitar, drums and bass
  • 3 piece instrumental - guitar, percussion and bass
  • 4 piece instrumental - guitar, percussion, bass and sax


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