The Duotones are a highly talented, flexible and experienced acoustic duo, and have provided music for hundreds of events in London and around the UK since 2010. Using a versatile pool of musicians, the Duotones' wide repertoire ranges from soulful jazz to rootsy blues and folk. With a flexible line-up, the duo comprises of guitarist and singer Dai with either saxophone, violin, accordion or double bass.
Comprised of some of the best session players in London, members of The Duotones have played with renowned artists such as Van Morrison, Prince, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III and Bob Geldof.
Whether you're looking for purely instrumental background music or lively entertainment, the Duotones can provide music that's a perfect fit for your event. For high-class performance and quality music, the Duotones deliver every time.
The Duotones are an acoustic duo, and have provided music for hundreds of events in London and around the UK since 2010. Using a versatile pool of musicians, the Duotones' wide repertoire ranges from soulful jazz to rootsy blues and folk. With a flexible line-up, the duo comprises of guitarist and singer Dai with either saxophone, violin, accordion or double bass.
The Duotones cater for restaurants, bars, weddings, parties, functions and corporate events. Previous clients include The Oxo Tower Brasserie, 69 Colebrooke Row, Truc Vert, Floridita, The Slaughtered Lamb, Barrio Central, The Old Goat, Brouge, Fakhreldine, The Railway, The Gaucho, Chateaux 6, Frederick's, The Alchemist, Barts Speakeasy, Scott's, The King's Head Theatre Pub, The Betsey Trotwood, Frieze Art Fair, fashion designer Ted Baker and Ace Records founder Ted Carroll. In addition, The Duotones have played at dozens of corporate events, weddings, private parties, vintage tea parties, bar mitzvahs and even a marriage proposal.
Bandleader Dai plays guitar and sings. Previously, he has played with soul groups Spengler and the psychedelic cumbia band Los Chinches. Presently, Dai performs with The Duotones as well as running honky-tonk and R&B band Dai & The Dusty Keys and his own original project.
Rupert Gillett plays double bass, cello, and lots of other string instruments. At the moment he plays with music hall troupe The Dead Victorians, the stilt-walking Top Bananas, Franka De Mille, Balkan troubadours Kuma Lisa and Turkish chanteuse Djavan.
Max Grunhard plays saxophone. At the moment he's busy with Ghanaian project Konkoma, though he still finds time to perform with the Duotones. In the past, Max has played with Prince, Nostalgia 77 and The Quantic Soul Orchestra, as well as running his own original project The Max Grunhard Quintet.
Bob Loveday plays violin and tin whistle. Bob has recorded with luminaries such as Van Morrison, Kirsty MacColl, Nick Lowe, Billy Bragg and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. As well as performing with The Duotones, he now plays with Bob Geldof and The Eden House.
Alan Dunn plays accordion and piano. Alan's recorded and appeared on stage with bona fide folk royalty, including Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III. At the moment he tours regularly with Bob Geldof and Rolf Harris.
- Guitarist / Singer plus one other instrument (either Double Bass, Violin, Saxophone or Accordion).
SOUL / JAZZ / LATIN JAZZ
- Autumn Leaves - Lenny Breau
- Besame Mucho - Tino Rossi
- Brazil - Ary Barroso
- Call Me Irresponsible - Frank Sinatra
- Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
- Careless Love - Madeleine Peyroux
- Embraceable You - Nat King Cole
- Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack
- Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
- Girl From Ipanema - Tom Jobim
- I Wanna Be Like You - Richard Sherman
- Lonesome Road - Nathaniel Shilkret
- Love Is A Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
- Love Letters - Edward Heyman
- Lullaby Of Birdland - Sarah Vaughan
- Mas Que Nada - Jorge Ben
- Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt
- So What - Miles Davis
- Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald
- The Look Of Love - Burt Bacharach
- Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
- When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
FOLK / COUNTRY / ZYDECO
- Ay Tete Fee - Clifton Chenier
- Baby Let Me Follow You Down - Bob Dylan
- Blackbird - The Beatles
- Crazy - Willie Nelson
- Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan
- Everything Put Together Falls Apart - Paul Simon
- Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotton
- Gamblin' Man - Jimmy Rodgers
- Honky Tonkin' - Hank Williams
- I Ain't Got No Home - Woodie Guthrie
- Jambalaya - Hank Williams
- Iko Iko - Dr John
- Man Of Constant Sorrow - Soggy Bottom Boys
- River Man - Nick Drake
- Settin' The Woods On Fire - Hank Williams
- Skinny Love - Bon Iver
- Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
- Such A Night - Dr John
- The Water Is Wide - Carter Family
- The Weight - The Band
- Wild Wood - Paul Weller
- Wildwood Flower - Carter Family
50s R&B / ROCK 'N' ROLL / BLUES
- Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
- Flip Flop And Fly - Big Joe Turner
- Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
- I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
- I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
- I Would Rather Go Blind - Chicken Shack
- My Indian Red - Dr John
- Night Train To Memphis - Roy Acuff
- Promised Land - Johnnie Allan
- Shake Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
- Sugar Bee - Cleveland Crochet
- That's All Right Mama - Elvis Presley
- The Chicken And The Hawk - Big Joe Turner
- The Night They Drove Old Dixy Down - The Band
- This Little Girl Of Mine - Ray Charles
- Tu Vuo 'Fa L'Americano - Renato Carosone
- Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
- Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Way Down In The Hole - Tom Waits
- What'd I Say Parts - Ray Charles
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In - Traditional
Absolutely amazing. Music was diverse, so got everyone young and old up and dancing. Punctual and a pleasure to deal with. David's voice is fantastic and the demos do not do them enough justice. Great sound with a flexible approach to requests and I would def. book them for any event in the future. Thanks!
Absolutely amazing. Beautiful music and all my guests thought they were brilliant. Please pass on my thanks to both of them. Kind regards, Paula
Previous clients include The Oxo Tower Brasserie, 69 Colebrooke Row, Truc Vert, Floridita, The Slaughtered Lamb, Barrio Central, The Old Goat, Brouge, Fakhreldine, The Railway, The Gaucho, Chateaux 6, Frederick's, The Alchemist, Barts Speakeasy, Scott's, The King's Head Theatre Pub, The Betsey Trotwood, Frieze Art Fair, fashion designer Ted Baker and Ace Records founder Ted Carroll. In addition, The Duotones have played at dozens of corporate events, weddings, private parties, vintage tea parties, bar mitzvahs and even a marriage proposal.
Are there different line-up options?
We can provide anything from a solo artist to a full 4-piece band. These are the different options:
(1) solo guitarist / singer
(2) guitarist / singer plus one other instrument (either double bass, violin, saxophone or accordion)
(3) guitarist / singer, double bass and accordion
(4) guitarist / singer, double bass, accordion and violin
Can you provide a different line-up each week for a regular event?
Yes. What often works well for regular weekly or fortnightly gigs is to rotate the second musician in the duo, i.e. in week 1 there will be guitar and double bass, in week 2 guitar and violin etc.
What styles of music do you play?
We play a wide repertoire, including vintage jazz, 50s R&B, soul and blues. Let us know what you'd like to hear - if you're interested in something more lively we can play more 50s R&B and jump blues songs; if you'd like atmospheric background jazz we can do that as well.
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.
How long will you play for?
Our standard playing times are two one-hour sets. However, we can alter this depending on your requirements.
Can you play in more than one location in my venue?
We can move to another location in your venue between sets. It takes around 25 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 musicians' 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 square metres is enough for the duo.
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.
Can you go through our own in-house PA system?
Yes, if you wish we can connect our amplification system to your in-house system. Two phono inputs to your amplifier are needed.
Can you play without amplification?
Yes, we can, though in a large busy venue you may find that the music is very quiet. It can work very well if you only require very low-volume background music.
Do you supply all your own equipment?
We do. All of our musicians own high-quality professional instruments, amplifiers and PA systems. All electrical items are PAT tested, and PAT certificates are available on request.
Are you insured?
Yes. All our musicians have full public liability insurance and instrument insurance.
Is there anything extra you will require on the day?
All we require is around 2 square metres to set up, and two chairs without arm rests. We also need to be within 2 metres of a plug point.
Do I need a licence for live music in my venue?
The Live Music Act came into force on the 1st of October 2012. This means that you no longer need a licence for live music, amplified or unamplified, as long as (a) it takes place between 8am and 11pm and (b) it is attended by fewer than 200 people.
- Two one-hour sets.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.