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Blu Velvet : photo : Festive Soiree at Perth Concert Hall Blu Velvet : photo : BV in full swing! Blu Velvet : photo : Carol singing 'I get a kick out of you' Blu Velvet : photo : Blu Velvet perform at Le Monde Blu Velvet : photo : Jiggin the night away... Blu Velvet : photo : Carol Stirrat Blu Velvet : photo : Bob Miller Blu Velvet : photo : Kenny Thomson and Sandy Rosie

Blu Velvet

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!

Price Range

Prices range from £300 to £1500

About

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

Where are they based?

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

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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.

Standard Set Time

  • 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

Booking Options

  • Swing quintet as standard for functions and dance, Added guitar / horn section available by arrangement
  • Trio (Vocals, keys/guitar and double bass) for functions, parties, concerts
  • Acoustic duo (Vocals and piano / guitar) for intimate occasions, small venues and limited budgets
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