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Every week we feature a different artist. If you've missed one or are new to us, you can find them all here.
Week Commencing Mar 18 2013: The Man From Funkle
The Man from Funkle is a versatile four piece party band featuring vocals, guitar, bass and drums.
The band's repertoire is extremely broad and varied covering many styles including modern pop and rock, seventies disco and funk!
With a solid foundation in both experience and talent, plus their unique and solid groove, the band are just what you'd expect - a thoroughly professional show with a little bit extra.
So they’ll play their feel good funky music just for you – you have to be good to make it all look so easy.
Why not add their 3 piece horn section to make your night even more special?
Click here for a video of the Man From Funkle.
Week Commencing December 15, 2014: Mariachi Jalisco
Their music is irresistible! Wherever they appear, people smile, dance and applaud enthusiastically.
Mariachi Jalisco can bring you their smallest taste of Mexico in the form of just two players or scale up to a whole panoply of musicians and dancers for even more excitement.
David Castro has brought together some of the very finest Mexican musicians in the UK to spread some Latin sunshine. Hear the authentic guitars, guitarron (Mexican bass), vihuela (a close relative of the guitar), violins, trumpet and accordions played with great panache and enjoy their singing too, whether it’s a traditional Mexican tune or something from the UK charts given their own special treatment!
Click here for a video of Mariachi Jalisco.
Week Commencing March 17 2014: Mark Andrew Smith
Good things often come in small packages and our featured artist certainly proves that point. Mark Andrew Smith may not be the tallest guy on the planet but he provides a high energy vocal performance with some unusual medleys and plenty of involvement for audiences of whatever shape or size!
He comes from the tradition of cheeky Northern chappies and his aim is to stun you with his big voice and a personality guaranteed to make you smile.
His range of songs spans the decades so there really is something for just about everyone!
"Mark Andrew Smith is a pint-size portion of awesome." Tencreek holiday park
Click here for a video of Mark.
Week Commencing April 15 2013: Mark Jones
Often an event needs someone special to hold it all together, when you really need a professional, hugely-experienced, un-flappable and warm Master of Ceremonies, Compère or Event Host. So for award ceremonies, conferences, summits, sporting events, black tie fundraisers, trade shows, golf days, Q&A sessions, quizzes, etc. … you won’t be disappointed when you book the widely-experienced radio and TV presenter, Mark Jones. Mark has spent many years as a top presenter at Radio City in Liverpool and other major UK and US stations. He also presents live sports reports and interviews for ESPN.
The video shows Mark in action at just a couple of events. If you would like to see more or find out how Mark could enhance your special occasion, please contact us.
Click here for a video of Mark.
Week Commencing March 2, 2015: Matricks Magic
Highly entertaining and perfectly presented, the Matricks Magic & Illusion Show is bound to amaze the most discerning audience.
Alex and Emily are brother and sister which guarantees a unique communication and rapport between them but don’t let that detract from all the hard work, dedication and commitment which has gone into producing their current show. It’s fast paced, slick and rather quirky, so you’ll be fascinated from beginning to end and they make it all look so easy!
They’re equally at home at in TV & film, corporate events and celebrations, theme parks and cruise ships, theatres and performance venues.
Contact Apple County to see how they can thrill your audience too.
Click here for a video of Matricks Magic.
Week Commencing August 4 2014: Matt Windsor
Is nothing safe from his hands? Probably not, but you will have the assurance that you’ll be laughing from beginning to end and get your belongings back! As well as close-up magic, Matt Windsor performs a great after dinner show, combining magic, comedy and some truly unsuspected pickpocketing.
Audiences around the UK have loved him and we hope that you will too. He was also a great hit on Chris Moyles’ TV show.
You may have to watch the short video a couple of times to truly appreciate what is happening (and to catch the dialogue over the laughter) but it’s certainly worth more than a second look. Please get in touch with Apple County to find out how Matt can make your event even more special.
Click here for a video of Matt.
Week Commencing June 1, 2015: Matthew Baylis
If you’re very easily offended, perhaps you should give this artist video a miss but comedian Matthew Baylis plays on the fact that he’s a bit posh and takes his humour in unexpected directions!
He can adapt his show to suit many different audiences. For instance, when he’s appearing for a younger audience he comes over like a rather bad uncle! Unashamedly middle class, Matthew shares stories about growing up, growing old and parenthood which keep audiences laughing whether it’s a club, private party, restaurant, festival or dedicated comedy night.
“Matthew Baylis, whose mixture of ticklingly dry wit and razor-sharp crowd-work kept the audience feeling as if they were indulging in their favourite guilty pleasure.” The Gazette.
Click here for a video of Matthew.
Week Commencing September 23 2013: Matthew Garrett
For enthralling Close Up Magic, intimate Cabaret or large scale Stage Illusion, expert magician Matthew Garrett is a natural choice! He has received many accolades awarded by fellow professionals, including UK Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of The Year and full membership of the Magic Circle with Star.
We aren’t the only ones who are impressed, this is what others have said:
“Absolutely Amazing!” – Derren Brown
"No one would have caught you in my department!" - Dame Stella Rimington, former head of MI5
“Wow!” – Michael Owen, Man Utd. & England Football Player
“Entertaining and Enthralling” – Alistair Cook, England Cricket Captain
“Are you available to come back next year?” – John Terry, England Football Captain
The video shows Matthew in Cabaret mode. If you would like to see him working his Close Up skills or performing large scale Illusion, we’ll happily supply further examples so you can book him with the confidence he deserves.
Click here for a video of Matthew.
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Week Commencing May 21 2012: Mel Peake
This week we feature a versatile cabaret artist whose shows cover a wealth of styles. Mel Peake is available as Frank Sinatra for a homage to the era of swing and the Great American Songbook and has produced a 2 hour stage show: When Frankie Met Robbie, bringing a little bit of Vegas direct to you! Mel has a wide repertoire covering songs from the 1940s to date and is known for accurate impressions of such artists as Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, etc. Mel has a passion to entertain and his aim is to leave every audience with a smile on their face and some happy memories of a great night out.
The video shows Mel in action with a superb live Big Band but he’s also happy to work with pre-recorded tracks so can suit any venue. Please contact Apple County for further details.
Click here for a video of Mel.
Week Commencing Nov 19 2012: The Memphis Belles
The Memphis Belles are a stunning 40's and 50's vocal harmony group. With their 3 lovely voices and stylish performance, they’re guaranteed to have you swinging and shooping along to the sounds of The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, The Chordettes, The McGuire Sisters and many more!
Their passion is for Swing music and carefully rehearsed harmonies, so what could be better than bringing back the memories of the time? They have even put together some delightful choreographed routines to get you 'In The Mood'.
So if your vibe is vintage, The Memphis Belles will bring you a nostalgic treat. Please contact us for available dates
Click here for a video of the Belles.
Week Commencing Nov 12 2012: Michelle Cordelli
This week’s artist has that indefinable something only acquired with experience. Michelle first worked professionally as a cabaret artist at the age of 14 and at 15 joined her first big band in Wales. She went on to appear regularly at London's Hammersmith Palais and Lyceum Ballroom as well as the London Palladium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Belfast Waterfront.
Michelle performs an extensive repertoire from favourite classics made famous by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day, through to artists of the present day.
One of her most popular current shows is Ready Steady 60s where she sings her way through classic tracks by Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black and many more. How many singers can include this on their CV? …. She sang Shout with Lulu in the audience!!
Click here for a video of Michelle.
Week Commencing Sept 24 2012: Mike Sidaway
The secret of a professional is how they make it all look so easy and Mike Sidaway does just that! He’s a consummate piano bar entertainer & also performs stand-up musical tributes to Elton John, George Michael, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick Jr, etc. In addition, you can enjoy a Soul & Motown Session, an Acoustic Session, a Country Session and a Musical Theatre Concert.
Mike is based in the south of England, and performs all over the UK with occasional forays into Europe, Asia and the Middle East. November 2012 will find him on board a private yacht for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend at Yas Island.
The video below shows Mike at the piano, singing a few songs from his massive repertoire...
Click here for a video of Mike.
Week Commencing September 22 2014: Mindblowers Characters
With Christmas just over the horizon, our feature this week is a selection of engaging walkabout characters who really fit the bill.
Mindblowers’ talented performers can set the festive scene dressed as robins, baubles, Christmas puddings, angels, etc. They’ll interact with your guests, or the public, to create the spirit of Christmas wherever you are.
Perhaps a Victorian Lady & Gent or an Ice Prince & Princess on stilts would suit your theme? How about Snowmen on roller skates? Perhaps you’d like your Christmas Tree on stilts or roller skates this year?
Our video shows a photo montage of the characters available. Please take a look and let us know how we can help make your event memorable.
Click here for a video of Mindblowers Characters.
Week Commencing September 29 2014: Miss Popularity
Canadian born Tess Cartwright, aka Miss Popularity, is now based in the UK after travelling the world with her high energy performance style. Miss Popularity’s show will take your children on a wild journey through role-play, magic, juggling, puppetry and balloons.
Her enthusiasm is truly infectious and she can theme her costume and balloons to just about any theme – now there’s a challenge!
For children or adults, Miss Popularity can create classy balloon models for events with class! Balloon jewellery, headpieces and caricatures are all part of her repertoire.
And for the growed ups, her other creation Dr. Pop performs a 20 minute balloon act using audience participation, stand-up comedy and balloons! Dr. Pop has a PHD in Latex Studies and you’ll be amazed by her ridiculous balloon experiments which combine music, danger and dance.
Click here for a video of Miss Popularity.
Week Commencing January 18, 2016: Modern Romance
If you were around in the 80s, hope you’ll remember this band with great affection! With a string of best-selling hits in the UK & around the world, Modern Romance filled the airways and many dance floors with their distinctive Latin vibe.
In 2016, the latest incarnation of the band is delighting audiences with a vibrant live show and introducing some current material to please their many fans and anyone new to their music.
So it’s time to turn up the heat with Everybody Salsa, Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey, High Life and lots more. And what of Best Years Of Our Lives? Well, Shrek fans all over the world have left cinemas singing along to this great song.
For parties, festivals and special events, they could be just what you need so please get in touch with Apple County for more details.
Click here for a video of Modern Romance.
Week Commencing January 12, 2015: The Motellas
Every song a smash hit, every costume a work of art, every move choreographed with skill – what more could you want?
The Motellas are a fresh, dynamic Motown tribute delivering classics from Diana Ross, The Three Degrees, The Four Tops and many more from this unforgettable era. These three girls have really done their homework on Motown to make your night an enjoyable one.
Contact Apple County for more details and available dates on this superb show.
Click here for a video of The Motellas.
Week Commencing August 15, 2016: Mr Phoebus The Unique Penny Farthing Experience
Special occasion or promotion coming up? Then how about this equally special presentation? Mr Phoebus has a Penny Farthing Experience for most age groups and also the skill to ride the real thing.
The Victorian inspired cycles are a joy to behold and your guests will certainly admire the engineering – not to mention the fun! If you’re thinking of a vintage party or want to promote brand awareness, then this might just be the very thing!
With costumed staff, they’re often seen on film or at National Trust and other prestigious live events. So if you’ve been there, done that and got a wardrobe bursting with teeshirts – please contact us to find out more about this 21st century take on our history.
Click here for a video of Mr Phoebus.
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