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The Shakes



  • Rock, pop and soul act
  • Excellent repertoire of classics from acts as diverse as Otis Redding, The Temptations and Paulo Nutini
  • Perform as a 4 piece as standard and can also expand to a 7 piece and reduce down to solo for smaller events and background music


The Shakes are based in Nottingham and perform all over the East Midlands

Standard Set Times

  • 2x50min-1hour sets

About this Act

The Shakes are a dynamic , versatile covers band from Nottingham. They perform classic soul, pop and rock with style and gusto and guarantee to keep the dance floor all night long. The standard 4 piece comprises 2 vocalists, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, flute, bass and drums which gives you a lot of bang for your buck and they can also break down to a solo acoustic artist, jazz duo or trio, quartet and can be augmented to include female vocals and a full brass section.

The repertoire is sizeable, taking in acts such as Al Green, Stealers Wheel, The Rolling Stones and Aloe Blacc. 

Set List

I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Light My Fire – Jackie Wilson
Stand By Me – Ben E King
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam & Dave
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Isley Brothers
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Kiss – Prince
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Take Me To The River – Al Green
Love & Happiness – Al Green
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
What A (Wonderful World) – Sam Cooke
How Sweet It Is – Marvin Gaye
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Sweet Soul Music – Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
Knock On Wood – Wilson Pickett
Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
Mr. Pitiful – Otis Redding
My Girl – The Temptations
A Message To you Rudy - The Specials
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Come Together – The Beatles
Get Back – The Beatles
Day Tripper – The Beatles
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Stuck In The Middle With You – Steelers Wheel
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
10/10 - Paulo Nutini
I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Sway - Michael Buble
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat Pharrell
Teardrops - Womack and Womack
Let’s Dance - David Bowie
1999 - Prince
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
La Bamba - Richie Valens
Twist And Shout - The Beatles
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie
Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Happy - Pharrell
Band Of Gold- Freda Payne
Son Of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
Think – Aretha Franklin
It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Nowhere To Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles


  • 4 piece consisting of 2 vocalists, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, flute, bass and drums
  • 5 piece with additional female vocals
  • 6/7 piece with additional brass
  • Solo, duo and trio options also available


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