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Richard James


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With a degree of professionalism and a musical pedigree that is hard to beat, Richard is an outstanding guitarist. His performing experience consists of thousands of live concerts, many performed at prestigious venues including Blenheim Palace, The Cavern Club, music festivals, events at football and other sports clubs and international concerts.

Richard has performed at numerous wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts, parties and corporate events. His varied song choices encompass popular classics, classic jazz, Latin and laid-back numbers – all performed at a volume your guests can talk over, if desired.

Amazing! Jools Holland , Live on the Jools Holland Jazz Musician Show

He's been featured in the international charts (including the US Billboard Charts) many times, performing acoustic, electric and balearic guitars for some of the dance world's biggest songs, EP's and albums.

Celebrity clients of Richard’s include Sir Norman Wisdom, Paul O’Grady, George Cole, chef James Martin and Sir Terence Conran. He’s also performed on the Jools Holland show.

Richard can play something for everyone. Also available as part of a duo, trio, or 4-piece to 6-piece band.

Performance info

Line-up Solo guitarist
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Not normally included, but available on request for no extra charge
Lighting Not normally included, but available on request for no extra charge

Booking options

Song requests
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The act is happy to learn and perform a request (eg. first dance), subject to suitability

Pop & Jazz

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Can't Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Cavatina – (Theme From The Deer Hunter)
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Chitlins Con Carne – Kenny Burrell
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mamas And The Papas
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Fever – Peggy Lee
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Hold Back The River – James Bay
Human – Rag N Bone Man
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Imagine – John Lennon
John Denver – Annie's Song
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Moondance – Van Morrison
My Girl – The Temptations
No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley
One Call Away – Charlie Puth
People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Pompeii – Bastille
Return Of The Prodigal Son – George Benson
Riptide – Vance Joy
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Romanza – Spanish Traditional
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Standard
Son Of A Preacherman – Dusty Springfield
Spooky – Dusty Springfield
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Summertime – Billie Holiday
Take 5 – Dave Brubeck
The Beat Goes On – Sonny And Cher
These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Titanium – David Guetta/Sia
Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller


And I Love Her
Day Tripper
Hard Day's Night
Here Comes the Sun
Let it Be
Ticket to Ride
(Most other Beatles songs can be performed by prior request)

Duo - Party Classics

Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Ben E King - Stand by Me
Blondie - One Way or Another
Blondie - The Tide is High
Bryan Adams - Run to You
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
CCR - Bad Moon Rising
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Elvis Presley - Burning Love
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
James - Sit Down
Lionel Ritchie - All Night Long
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Otis Redding - Mustang Sally
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen - Don't Stop me Now
Steelers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle
The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Monkees - I'm a Believer
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Duo - Modern

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Amy Winehouse- Valerie
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Duffy - Mercy
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Estelle - American Boy
James Bay - Hold Back the River
Kaiser Cheifs - I Predict a Riot
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Outta My Head
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Pharrell/Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama
The Killers - Mr Brightside

Duo - Soul/Funk/Motown

Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bill Withers - Just the Two of Us
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacherman
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
James Brown - I Feel Good
Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
Marvin Gaye - What's Goin’ On
Ray Charles/Blues Brothers - Shake a Tailfeather
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
The Temptations - My Girl
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Duo - Jazz/Swing

Andy Williams - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Billie Holiday - Summertime
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
Erma Franklin - Piece of my Heart
Etta James - At Last
Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Michael Buble - Feeling Good
Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love
Nat King Cole - LOVE
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
Peggy Lee/Michael Buble - Fever
Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack
Sade - Smooth Operator
Sade - Your Love Is King
The Beatles - Hard Days Night (Swing Style)
The Mamas and the Papas - Dream a Little Dream
Van Morrison - Moondance

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“Please could you pass on all our thanks to Richard for his performance at our wedding on Sat 23rd October at Hoole Hall. The day was fantastic, the ceremony was made all that more special with the music, and everyone commented how lovely it was. Once again, we would like to say thanks to Richard, we are sorry we didn't get chance to thank him properly in person on the day, the day went so quick, but we have it all on video and hearing the tune again as we walk down the aisle, will always bring a tear to the eye. It was perfect.”

Louise & Duncan , Wedding, May 2019

“My wife and I were absolutely delighted with the selection of music played by Richard. He was in smart casual dress and had a most pleasant manner. He arrived on time and he performed majestically - thank you so much!”

Brian, Wedding Anniversary, Cheshire, August 2018

“We want to thank Richard for the lovely music he played for our Wedding service, and also the band at the night time reception, a lot of the guests have since asked about yourselves and said it was such a good atmosphere, they have never been to a wedding like it!”

Mr and Mrs Hopkins , Wedding, April 2018

“Richard is extremely talented, he played so beautifully through our wedding ceremony and then entertained us in the sunshine while we enjoyed ice cream, Prosecco and games. His music was the perfect addition to the atmosphere. Our guests (many of which are guitarists themselves) were extremely complementary too. Not only was his music perfect, but Richard was so professional both during and in the lead up to our event, and is such a pleasant person. We simply cannot praise him enough.”

Caroline, Wedding at Parkhouse Barn, Cumbria, June 2017

“I just want to say thanks, both the music and vocals were first class! We could not have asked for more.”

Frank, Private Party, March 2017

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