Blu Velvet is based in Edinburgh but also covers Scotland and the North of England.
Blu Velvet perform traditional and modern Jazz, Blues and Americana songs to a very high quality. They delve into the Great American Songbook and emerge with tasteful and lively modern arrangements; they cherry-pick the best songs from the greatest singers and songwriters such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Caro Emerald, Adele, Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Van Morrison, Fats Domino, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Diane Birch and Emeli Sande.They also perform a selection of ceilidh music and can do delightful acoustic versions of Burns and other genres as appropriate.
The band is fronted by Carol Stirrat on vocals - her voice has delighted audiences with her Jazzy, Bluesy style and interpretations. Lively musical arrangements come from Piano/Keys, and the Blu Velvet 'swing' from Bass and Drums. The band also features the sublime Saxophone notes of ex BBC top-drawer Sax/Clarinet player, Kenny Thomson. The band's wide experience of live playing, recording, broadcasting, and teaching delivers high quality music to complement Carol's acclaimed vocals.
Blu Velvet has a professional approach to its music and business dealings. They come equipped with good quality instruments, amplification and supply PA and lighting to suit most venues, setting up in plenty of time and unobtrusively. You can also be assured that Blue Velvet will adapt to the needs of the client and their audience.
The band perform perform as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet catering for weddings, parties, large corporate functions, restaurants, events or short appearances. Acoustic sets are available for listening audiences and the full Swing band for dancing and parties.
In June 2018, Blu Velvet expanded their booking options and now offer "From Ella to Emeli...through the decades" which is a talk and musical performance combined into one. A couple of songs from each decade, starting with the 1920s working their way through to present day. All are introduced individually using interesting facts, then performed.
“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
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My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
That Man - Caro Emerald
Moondance - Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Michael Buble
10 out of 10 - Paolo Nutini
A Night Like This - Caro Emerald
Till You Come Back To Me - Aretha Franklin
As - George Michael
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Something Stupid - Robbie Williams/ Nicole Kidman
Rescue Me - Aretha Franklin
At Last - Etta James
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
I Feel Good - James Brown
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Sweet Love - Anita Baker
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
I Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack
I'll Take You Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Perfect - Fairground Attraction
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Hallelujah, I Love Him So - Ray Charles
Heartache Tonight - Michael Buble
Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Bob Dylan
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Red Red Wine - UB40
I'm In The Mood For Love - Jamiroqui
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Ella Fitzgerald
I Can't Stand The Rain - Tina Turner
You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
This act's standard set times are as follows: