Birmingham was a medium-sized market town during the medieval period, and grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide advances in science, technology and economic development. The city has also has boasted some top bands over the years such as Ocean Colour Scene, the Spencer Davis Group and of course the mighty Black Sabbath. We can’t quite see Sabbath being all that suitable for a wedding but you never know, maybe there is a market out there for that. Anyway, here’s some slightly more orthodox Birmingham wedding acts:
The Nero String Quartet (above) consists of four professional musicians who have trained at top UK conservatories. In 2003 they won first prize in The Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music competition and were also awarded The Derek Young Memorial Award. They have performed for music clubs across the country as well as performing in The United States, France, Spain, Italy and the Middle East. In 2007 they received The Elgar Award.
They are one of the most sought after string quartets in the UK and have extensive experience of playing at weddings and functions. They also work with professional orchestras (BBC, WNO, ESO) and have performed on luxury cruise ships including P&O, Fred Olsen and Cunard. In addition to their classical work, members of the quartet have also performed on TV, Film and Pop recordings, most recently performing on GMTV and Don’t Tell the Bride.
With the hottest horn section this side of Memphis and rock steady rhythms to groove to, it’s no surprise that Junction 2 (bottom) is the most revered Soul and Motown wedding band revue band of this generation. Their popular repertoire ranges from classic Soul and Motown from the 60s and 70s right through to modern Soul and Blues incarnations from the 80s, 90s and today stopping off at Otis Redding and The Blues Brothers en route.
The Bhangra Blasters (right) are the world’s first Male and Female Dholi dancers formed from the Dhol Blasters team. Bhangra Blasters are a group of young energetic dancers just waiting to burst out and show the world their dance routines which are based on the harvest that takes place every year in the Punjab, India.
These youthful dancers within a short period of time have already done many bookings, most of these being a mixture of festivals, charity shows, weddings, parties, and other occasions, but whatever the occasion, this pulsating group of dancers never cease to amaze. They can play indoors, outdoors in processions, festivals & weddings. The Bhangra Blasters have been created and are managed by Dhol King Gurcharan Mall, one of the world’s most famous and respected Dhol pioneers of our time.
The Motorcity Stringband (left) are a Birmingham based act who specialise in playing traditional, popular and even some original bluegrass music.
They enjoy playing different events and whether it’s entertaining guests at a private party or clients at a corporate event– they can adjust their set, volume and tempo to suit the occasion.