Dai & The Dusty Keys

Dai & The Dusty Keys

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Location London
Starting from £1178
9 Reviews

With a sound located somewhere between the Deep South and South Wales, Dai & The Dusty Keys play the rootsiest honky-tonk, zydeco, jazz, folk and R&B in London

  • Highlights
  • They like nothing better than to play foot-stompin' tunes that you can dance the Texas Polka to!
  • Regularly delighting audiences of all ages with their barnstorming acoustic sound
  • Large repertoire and the ability to play amplified or unplugged


With a sound located somewhere between the deep south and South Wales, Dai & The Dusty Keys play the rootsiest honky-tonk, zydeco, jazz, folk and R&B in London. They like nothing better than to play foot-stompin' tunes that you can dance the Texas polka to.

Regularly delighting audiences of all ages with their barnstorming acoustic sound, the full quartet line-up includes guitar and vocals, double bass, fiddle and accordion, though the band also sound great as a duo or trio. Their regular musicians are all experienced pros who have worked alongside stars such as Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Bob Geldof, Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainright III, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Richard Thompson.

Dai & The Dusty Keys' large repertoire means that the band can turn their hand to many types of event. The band often play amplified but can also perform unplugged if needs be. If you're looking for a quartet to play rollicking 50s R&B and rock 'n' roll to get the room up and dancing then you've come to the right place. Equally, if you're looking for a duo or trio to provide a completely instrumental set of vintage jazz then Dai & The Dusty Keys fit the bill perfectly.



By Dai & The Dusty Keys




Zydeco & Honky-Tonk

  • Iko Iko - Dr John
  • Sugar Bee - Cleveland Crochet
  • Ay Tete Fee - Clifton Chenier
  • Honky Tonkin' - Hank Williams
  • Jambalaya - Hank Williams
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire - Hank Williams
  • Gamblin' Man - Jimmy Rodgers


  • Man Of Constant Sorrow - Soggy Bottom Boys
  • Lonesome For You - Carter Family
  • The Water Is Wide - Carter Family
  • Wildwood Flower - Carter Family
  • Worried Man Blues - Carter Family
  • I Ain't Got No Home - Woodie Guthrie
  • Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You - Bob Dylan
  • River Man - Nick Drake
  • Wild Wood - Paul Weller
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixy Down - The Band
  • Crazy - Willie Nelson


  • Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
  • Hey Porter - Johnny Cash
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis
  • That's All Right Mama - Elvis
  • Night Train To Memphis - Roy Acuff
  • Hound Dog - Elvis 

R&B, Blues & Gospel

  • Flip Flop And Fly - Big Joe Turner
  • Shake Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
  • The Chicken And The Hawk - Big Joe Turner
  • I Would Rather Go Blind - Chicken Shack
  • Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotton
  • Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
  • I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
  • Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
  • What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  • Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby - Louis Jordan


  • Don't Get Around Much Any More - Duke Ellington
  • Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
  • Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
  • Song For My Father - Horace Silver
  • Moanin' - Hank Snow
  • Brazil - Arry Barroso
  • Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
  • Summertime - George Gershwin
  • Lonesome Road - Nathaniel Shilkret
  • Blue Monk - Thelonius Monk

Dai & The Dusty Keys can perform as:

  • a solo act (guitar and voice)
  • a duo (guitar and voice plus accordion, fiddle or double bass)
  • a trio (guitar and voice, double bass and either fiddle or accordion)
  • a quartet (guitar and voice, double bass, fiddle and accordion)

9 Reviews

Top reviews

Gemma Pollard

Event: Wedding
Location: Lincolnshire

Exactly what we wanted - Thank you!

Peter Highland

Event: Birthday Party
Location: London

Very good band. Ideal for the occasion. Played at the right volume and caught the right mood. Perhaps could have played for a bit longer - I thought 2 hours was almost too short!

Ed and Rosanna

Event: Wedding
Location: Cambridgeshire

Dai and the Dusty Keys were fantastic at our wedding yesterday. It was great to get so many friends and family dancing. They were up for playing their first set acoustically (which sounded awesome) outside so we could enjoy the great weather at the same time as their tunes. When they amped up inside they really helped to set the party mood for our big day. They were friendly, professional and played excellent music. Thank you Dai and the Dusty Keys.

Tim Gibb - Crown Lodge Hotel

Event: Hotel
Location: Cambridgeshire

Great guys, lovely to work with and fantastic quality sounds. Our customer feedback was excellent.

Boydlee Pollentine

Event: Wedding
Location: Norfolk

Highly recommended - everyone at our wedding commented on how great the band was and how much they enjoyed it. Very easy to work with as well so thank you!

James Bailey

Event: Wedding
Location: Suffolk

Great guys, amazing voices, talented musicians and something for everyone! We love all genres and eras of music and wanted a band to reflect this - these guys smashed it and helped make the day as magical as it was! Big love to all invloved x

Toby Smedley

Event: Wedding
Location: Sussex

We couldn't have chosen a better band for our wedding day. The guys were punctual, extremely polite and very friendly. They're also brilliant musicians. The music was fabulous and boy, did we all have a good dance. Thank you so much guys, you really helped make our day such a very special one. Several of our guests said ours was the best wedding they'd been to (it was an emotional day!) and you played your part in that. Toby Smedley

Chris Pierce

Event: Wedding
Location: Hampshire

David and the band were brilliant. The booking process was fine and communications beforehand were simple and effective with the minimum of fuss. The band turned up exactly as planned on the day and although we kept them waiting because we were running behind, they accepted it all in good humour and waited patiently to start. Our guests were full of praise for them and loved their originality and musicianship. I just wish that it hadn't been quite so warm in the venue that evening and a few more people had danced along.

Lizzie Charlton

Event: Wedding
Location: Northamptonshire

Dai and the Dusty Keys were fantastic! We danced all night and had the best time. All our guests really enjoyed the atmosphere they helped to create. The booking process was very simple. The band phoned me three weeks before the wedding to discuss requirements and this lead to a more relaxed event on the night. Superb!


    We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.

    • Cambridgeshire £1302
    • Norfolk £1302
    • Suffolk £1302
    East Midlands
    • Derbyshire £1302
    • Leicestershire £1302
    • Lincolnshire £1302
    • Northamptonshire £1302
    • Nottinghamshire £1302
    • Rutland £1302
    North East
    • Durham £2728
    • North Yorkshire £2728
    • Northumberland £2728
    • South Yorkshire £2728
    • Tyne and Wear £2728
    • West Yorkshire £2728
    • Yorkshire £2728
    North West
    • Cheshire £1922
    • Cumbria £1922
    • Lancashire £1922
    • Manchester £1922
    • Merseyside £1922
    • Aberdeen £4588
    • Ayrshire £3968
    • Dumfriesshire £3348
    • East Lothian £3348
    • Fife £3968
    • Inverness £4588
    • Lanarkshire £3348
    • Midlothian £3348
    • Perth £4588
    • Stirlingshire £3968
    • Sutherland £4588
    • West Lothian £3968
    South East
    • Bedfordshire £1178
    • Berkshire £1178
    • Buckinghamshire £1178
    • East Sussex £1178
    • Essex £1178
    • Hampshire £1178
    • Hertfordshire £1178
    • Isle of Wight £1612
    • Kent £1178
    • London £1178
    • Middlesex £1178
    • Oxfordshire £1178
    • Surrey £1178
    • Sussex £1178
    • West Sussex £1178
    South West
    • Cornwall £2046
    • Devon £2046
    • Dorset £2046
    • Somerset £2046
    • Wiltshire £2046
    • Anglesey £2418
    • Brecon £1550
    • Caernarvonshire £2418
    • Cardigan £2046
    • Carmarthen £1984
    • Denbigh £2418
    • Flint £2418
    • Glamorgan £1550
    • Monmouth £1488
    • Pembroke £1984
    West Midlands
    • Gloucestershire £1302
    • Herefordshire £1302
    • Shropshire £1302
    • Staffordshire £1302
    • Warwickshire £1302
    • Worcestershire £1302

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    What styles of music do you play?
    We play a wide repertoire, including vintage jazz, 50s R&B, folk, rockabilly, zydeco and jump blues. 

    Can you play purely instrumental music?
    Yes, you can decide whether you want the music to have vocals, or whether you'd prefer it to be purely instrumental.

    Can you play without amplification?
    Yes, we can and often do!

    What amplification do you use?
    As well as our own amplifiers, We can provide a 680 watt PA system - that's suitable for most types of event where fewer than 200 people are attending.

    Can you dress smartly for a formal event?
    We can dress more formally if that's what you require.

    Can you play in more than one location in my venue?
    It's possible, though it might take around 45 minutes to move all our equipment and set it up elsewhere.

    Can you play outside?
    As long as there is a marquee, gazebo or something similar to shelter the equipment from the weather we can play outside.

    How much space do you need to set up?
    We fit into some very tight spaces! Generally, a minimum of 2.5 square metres is enough.

    Can you supply music between your sets?
    Yes, we can supply appropriate interval music using an iPod through our amplification system, or if you prefer you can provide your own iPod or playlist which we can connect to our system.

    Do you have your own lighting rig?
    Unfortunately not.

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