Blu Velvet perform tasteful swing, jazz, blues and modern cover songs to a very high quality. They delve into the Great American Songbook and emerge with impressive lively arrangements; they cherry-pick the best songs from the greatest artists such as Carole King, Michael Buble, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Burt Bacharach, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Caro Emerald, Dusty Springfield, Adele, Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Fats Domino, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, and Emeli Sande.
They perform regularly as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet at top venues (The Balmoral, Harvey Nichols, Brewhemia, The Dome, castles, etc) across the country and are perfect for weddings, large and small corporate functions, parties, restaurants, themed events - all varying from concert style sets for listening audiences and the full swing band for dancefloors.
In addition, they offer a selection of ceilidh music for weddings, and cater for themed events including Robert Burns, roaring 20's, vintage 40's and 50's.
The band is fronted by Carol Stirrat on vocals (her voice consistently impresses audiences with her jazzy / bluesy style and interpretations); Greig Johnson (who toured with The Proclaimers) and Alan Galbraith (35 years+) provide lively musical arrangements on piano and keyboard. The band also features the sublime notes of ex BBC top-drawer saxophone player, Kenny Thomson; and the Blu Velvet 'swing' comes from our well known bass player, Tudor Morris (head of Broughton Music school), and highly regarded toe tapping Neil Wilson on drums. The band's wide experience of live playing, recording, broadcasting, and teaching delivers high quality music to complement Carol's acclaimed vocals.
Blu Velvet has a professional approach to its music and business dealings. We come equipped with good quality instruments, amplification and supply PA and lighting to suit most venues. We set up in plenty of time and unobtrusively. You can also be assured that we will adapt to the needs of the audience and our clients.
Blu Velvet is based in Edinburgh and covers the UK, mainly Scotland and the North East of England.
The band has extensive material and can play up to 3 hours depending on the event and the clients wishes.
Reasonable rates. Professional service from enquiry to event.