Live cover band Chemistry played at one of the best parties this year with the audience full of 15 to 18 year olds! What a fantastic crowd they were, dancing to all the songs played and singing along too! Thank you so much to Carly from Harpenden Scouts for inviting us to play – all of your scouts truly rock 🙂
Our four-piece band, Chemistry are delighted to have been asked by The Black Horse in Fulmer, to play at their prestigious New Year’s Eve party. It’s going to be a James Bond theme so Wendy and Tasha will be wearing their spangly numbers and the boys will be donning their James Bond suits. A glass of fizz on arrival followed by a 3 course buffet will await each lucky guest and music will be provided throughout the evening. Chemistry will be playing after dinner and singing all the best known hits of the 60’s right up to modern day featuring such artists as Abba, The Monkees, Take That, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon…the list goes on!
Ticket are selling very quickly, with up to three hundred guests expected to join in the celebrations. We are looking forward to a fabulous night.
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As gigs for live wedding bands go, this one was pretty special. On September 10th this year, our 6 piece band travelled to St Austell, Cornwall, to perform at a Wedding at The Eden Project. It took us 5 hours but it was well worth the effort – The Eden Project was amazing and such a unique and wonderful venue for a wedding!
Whilst we were all setting up and sound checking, the excited wedding party were sipping champagne and having canapés at the Mediterranean Biome – a stunning backdrop for any special celebration. We started to play background music at 6.30pm as people began to gather into the big function room called The Gallery which overlooks the Eden Garden with its spectacular gardens and Biomes. There were balloons and flowers everywhere and this together with our professional lighting system made the atmosphere warm and inviting.
Following the all-important first dance, we played to a packed dance floor all night, performing hit after hit of popular songs and everyone loved it! There was a lot of dancing and singing along and at 1am when the party was coming to a close, so many people came up to say what a fantastic night it had been. We had the pleasure of performing with our new backing vocalist and sax player, Natasha Willis who did a fabulous job on the night! Both female singers are extremely experienced singers and performers and they love doing what they do – encouraging everyone to have a fantastic time!
With all members in the band being able to sing, the sound is dynamic and exciting. We also played with Tom Denton, our keys player and vocalist who managed to get some time off from his tour with Cee Lo Green! Robin joined us on bass and he really got into the groove! We are so pleased that Tom, Robin and Natasha have joined our line up – they are fantastic musicians who all went to the same music college and who all share the same huge passion about live music and performing!
Chemistry is available for Weddings as a self-contained Duo, Trio and four-piece as well as a bigger band of 5 and 6 members. As you can see, we have all sized bands to cater for every budget and venue. Please do call Wendy on 07775 818962 or email us (email@example.com) for further information and availability and check out our web site, www.chemistrylive.co.uk. We really look forward to playing at your special event!
The joys of performing in a function band setting are plentiful! – The songs are already written for you; arrangements already exist (which you can stick to or not – your perogative!); you don’t necessarily have to stay in one genre, plus the songs are well-known which will generally give you a much more receptive audience!
However, as always, your pros can also be your cons – in this case, I’d like to talk about the issue of song arrangements…or more specifically, the key in which you choose to perform.
Resolving this age-old argument is not always as easy as it sounds, which is proably the reason why it’s an age-old argument!
From an instrumentalist’s point of view, it is almost always easier to stick with the key in which the original song is performed live. Obviously, this does not affect the dummer, keyboard player (any keyboard player who is ioncapable of transposing themselves can always rely on the handy transpose button!) or bass player (generally) so much. However, for a guitarist, a capo may solve the chord issue, but soloing in a different key to the key the solo is written in is not always an easy task!
From the vocalist’s point of view however, the original key is not always the best option. Lets say (for argument’s sake) that a function band is headed up by a female vocalist. Ideally, you would have a male backing vocalist who could take the lead when it came to the classic Robbie Williams ‘Angel’. However, if there is no male vocalist to do this, the female vocalist may find her voice is not suited to singing in Robbie’s key! (In fact, not all male vocalists can pull this off successfully!)
The reality is, that all voices are different. Using correct technique, warming up, and ongoing development of the voice will help a lot, but a good vocalist will know their own voice and their ability. Singing a difficult song with bad technique could damage the voice forever.
In a function band, the band-mates will hopefully get along and give space for one another to express their needs. There needs to be grace for one another and a good level of honesty: If the guitarist cannot learn the solo in a different key, and the vocalist cannot handle the song in the original key, you may need to look at other options (perhaps you could de-tune a second guitar for this particular song). If not you may need to agree to scrap the song – better no song at all than a song sounding bad!!
I wanted to write up a little review on an amazing function band I had the privilege of catching the other day. I love to go to live music events, there’s something so much more exhilarating about the live sound that you never fully get from a studio CD.
I enjoy all sorts from small park events and venues to stadiums and festivals I just love live music!
I must admit however I usually prefer original music to a load of function bands just covering other bands and trying to get their ‘sound’ but the other day at my cousins wedding I caught a function band that just blew my mind – Chemistry.
When my cousin mentioned they’d booked a function band because they knew one of the band members I was a little apprehensive but as soon as they launched into the first song it was all blown away as they sounded, performed and looked great!
These guys were incredible, highly professional and so tight as a band. They clearly put a lot of time in to practice and to think about the set list – they were so comfortable on stage and with the audience keeping us all at ease within an awesome party atmosphere. I’m happy to admit these guys changed my whole mind set towards function bands they were perfect for the evening party!
Have a look at their website for more information and for something more of what they sound like: www.chemistrylive.co.uk
I would definitely recommend them for any event, wedding, party or charity gig, they were so professional and kept the crowd entertained and dancing all night long! Fantastic work, that band again is Chemistry!
As a fully fledged guitar playing female member of live function band – Chemistry Live – I often wonder why more women don’t play guitar in bands? Is it because the guitar is traditionally seen as a “male” instrument and not “cool” for a woman to play? Is it because of the size of the instrument, or because you have to keep your finger nails short on your left hand??! These reasons seem ridiculous to me.
Personally, I think that a woman playing bass, rhythm or lead is very cool, as exemplified by artistes such as Chrissie Hynde (favourite guitar, the fender Telecaster), Joan Jett (armed with Gibson Les Paul), Nancy Wilson and Jennifer Batten who was asked by Micheal Jackson to play Eddie Van Halen’s solo on his Bad, Dangerous and History tours – superb!
Jennifer Batten, Micheal Jackson’s Guitarist
Chrissie Hynde in action!
I’ve been attending guitar lessons for almost a year now and I love it! I go to a local college along for 3 hours on a Monday morning along with 12 other students ranging from the age of 25 up to 70, and play through well known songs as a group.
We are all on the same journey in our desire to learn to play guitar, but everyone has a different motivation for being there – some just love to play at home, others want to learn a new instrument to exercise their brain, and some, like me, want to play on stage!
I am happily married to Bill, who plays guitar in our band Chemistry. His journeystarted at the age of 17, at which time he realised the huge “pulling power” that this gave him! As I said, people have different motivations for playing a new instrument and this could well be a valid one – if it gets someone learning and playing, that’s great!
I can’t believe that after what seems to me to be such a short period of time, I have realised my dream of being able to play guitar on certain songs as part of my band, Chemistry. I now play and sing during the song “It’s Gonna be a Good Night” by The Black Eyed Peas, “Hotel California” by The Eagles, “500 Miles, by The Proclaimers, “I Predict a Riot”, by Kaiser Chiefs and “Come Away With Me”, by Nora Jones. This list of songs is growing very quickly as I gain more confidence and as I learn new chords. I can’t help thinking that if I can do it, so can everyone!
I don’t believe there are any valid reasons not to start playing a new instrument. I have discovered that it is easy to start individual or group lessons in any instrument and that a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction can come from it. It is a journey, and if you are on that journey with other people it is a most interesting and exciting one!
So, if you wake up and say to yourself, I’d like to do something new and different, look up a local college and then get yourself down there to learn to play an instrument – it can be as easy as that!
To be honest, if there was is gig in Timbucktoo, we’d be on the next plane. As a function band, we love performing – and as professional musicians, we take every opportunity to make music and provide superb entertainment.
So from Gigs in Bristol, to Gigs in Oxford, Reading, High Wycombe and Kent, we’re often on the road bringing our own brand of party, soul, rock, funk and jazz to crowds at functions and parties. However, more often than not you can find us playing in the South East, travelling from our Buckinghamshire base. That’s thanks to our hard won reputation for providing great entertainment that gets people dancing, boogying and genuinely having a great time!
Please feel free to look at our reference page to see what our clients say about us, and find a list of locations we have performed at below:
Bleinham Palace – Wodstock, Oxfordshire
Bowood House Golf and Country Club, Calne, Wiltshire
Stoke Park Club, Stoke Poges, Berkshire
Bradenham Manor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
The Civic Hall, Wantage
Missendon Abbey, Missendon, Buckinghamshire
Monkey Island Hotel, Bray on Thames, Berkshire
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Phyllis Court Club, Henley, Berkshire
Ascot Race Course, Ascot, Berkshire
The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire
Duncombe School, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Challoners Girls’ School, Amersham
Amersham Cricket Club, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Bearwood College, Wokingham, Berkshire
Burnham Park Hall, Burnham, Buckinghamshire
We also play at lots of military balls including:
RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Government House, Aldershot, Hampshire
RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Gibraltar Barracks, Blackwater, Camberley
13 Air Assault Regt, Colchester
Swinton Barracks, Andover , Hampshire
Defence Academy, Swindon
Kiwi Barracks, Bulford, Salisbury
So if you need a great band, look us up and get a quote for bringing Chemistry to your party!