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Blu Velvet

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Overview

  • 2 to 5 piece Jazz and covers vocal group
  • Wide swing + r&b repertoire - From Ella to Emeli, Warwick to Winehouse - best songs from the 20s onwards.
  • Flexible line ups to suit clients needs.
  • Concerts or swing for dancing - you choose!

Location

Blu Velvet is based in Edinburgh but also covers Scotland and the North of England.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 60 min sets with breaks
  • 3 x 60 min sets with breaks
  • The band are flexible and will work with the client to ensure the event timing suits them. Eg - set 1 x 60 mins; set 2 x 90 mins

About this Act

Blu Velvet play and sing classic jazz and modern songs to a high quality. They delve into the great American Songbook and emerge with tasteful modern arrangements; they cherry-pick the best modern songs from the great singers such as Ella, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Eva Cassidy, Caro Emerald, Adele, and Edi Reader. They can also perform traditional and contemporary songs, often using their own modern 'swing' and 'acoustic' arrangements.

The band features Carol Stirrat on vocals - her voice has delighted audiences with her jazzy/bluesy style and interpretations. The musical arrangements come from Sandy Rosie (keyboard / guitar), supported by top-flight experienced musicians - Bob Miller (double/fretless bass); Kenny Thomson (sax/clarinet,and Neil Wilson (drums). There is a wealth of gig, recording, and broadcasting experience in these guys!

Blu Velvet take a professional approach to their music - they come equipped with good quality instruments and amplification. They supply PA and lighting to suit most venues and they know how to set up quickly and unobtrusively. They have a 100% client satisfaction record over 3 years. Clients appreciate the band's flexible approach to repertoire, timing, and ability to adapt to guests of all ages and musical tastes - whilst retaining their jazzy / lively style. They also operate to professional standards in all their business dealings and are completely reliable.

Testimonials

“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

Set List

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
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
I've got you under my skin - Sinatra
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

Lineup

  • 2 to 5 piece.
    Carol Stirrat on vocals;
    Sandy Rosie (piano/guitar and arranger);
    Other musicians in the 'family' include:
    Double / fretless bass - Bob Miller & Doug Kemp
    Guitar - Duncan Kennedy & Neil Rosie
    Sax / clarinet - Kenny Thomson & Ron Ironside
    Drums Neil Wilson & Jock Leathen.

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