Hello and welcome to our website! We are SOULFIRE, a Soul Band for hire based North West (Cheshire), and travelling across the UK. Since 2004 we have performed for thousands of clients at Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events, venues (and almost every type of booking imaginable!) across the UK and beyond.
We’ve appeared on TV (including a performance from our guitarist, Richard, on the Jools Holland show), Radio, and in the press. We’ve performed at award ceremonies and celebrity Weddings and parties. Our musical pedigree is the finest on offer (check out our bio page to find out more.)
What do we offer?
*Please note*- The band can be booked from a solo to a 6 piece band, costing from £120 per performer. We treat every booking as unique. For example, you may be planning your Wedding and browsing bands for hire, thinking of hiring a Soul band but not sure how long for? Or what type of music to have? Or thinking what else to book for your daytime reception, Ceremony, or Wedding breakfast?
Similarly, you could be planning a exciting party or Corporate Event and are looking for that special band that will establish an instant rapport and have your guests dancing all evening!
Our website aims to answer any questions you may have and tell you a little bit about ourselves, so you can feel secure and confident that you are booking the entertainment that’s right for you for your big day or special event.
Soul Band North West- Your Live Performance
What can you expect when you book SOULFIRE? We are an expert, highly qualified Function band with many years of performing experience in the music industry under our belts. Not just trained musically, but also full-time, professional musicians.
We perform at a huge array of events, from Weddings, birthday parties (including the late, great, Sir Norman Wisdom’s 90th birthday bash), corporate events, to intimate restaurant bookings and live club performances. Our setlist development has one aim in mind; to instantly capture your guests attention, create a rapport and keep them on the dancefloor all evening!
We perform the biggest hits that will appeal to all ages- the beauty of our setlist is that it is extensive- you can choose your favourite songs that you would like to hear. Our main repertoire is a guest-friendly mix of Classics, both modern and well-loved, performed in our very own polished style (listen here).
We also have setlists for every occasion- for example if you require jazz early on for your Wedding breakfast, we have a repertoire especially tailored for this section of your day. Similarly, (for smaller sizes of the band) we have a Wedding Ceremony set of favourites to choose from, if you would like to book solo guitar or the duo version of the band.
Popular Line-up for Weddings:
A popular line-up for Weddings is the 4 piece soul band consisting of: Female Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone and Drums. Soulfire do not need to perform with a bass player due to guitarist Richard’s performance style of lead, rhythm and bass simultaneously.
The four piece band (including our PA system and lighting) easily covers events of up to 350 guests. You can also choose to book our 5-8 piece line-up for Weddings and events of any size. For example, if you are planning a Corporate Event with over 200 guests you may want to book the 6 piece band. You can add our keyboard player, brass section, or percussionist (ie congas).
Can’t decide how many extra musicians to add? Remember, you can add extra musicians to your booking at anytime (the latest we can add extra musicians is a weeks notice before performance date). Similarly, you can book a duo, trio, or solo guitar (depending upon the type and size of event you are planning).
An evening performance usually consists of 3 x 40 minute or 2 x 60 minute sets as standard (more sets can be added). Daytime, Ceremony, or Wedding breakfast performances are arranged to fit into your schedule.
Evening performance Arrival & Setup:
Arrival time is from 6pm (or 1 hour before performance) to allow for travel. For arrivals before 6pm, please ask us for a quote based upon your timings. We require 40 minutes to setup. Setup can be done during room changearound and as quietly as possible if needed.
Daytime performance Arrival & Setup:
Our arrival is usually 1 hour before performance unless your have specific requirements. We require 40 minutes to setup. Setup can be done during room changearound and as quietly as possible if needed.
We are fully self contained (this means we bring everything needed for a show). Our PA and Lighting system covers up to 350 guests. Have more guests? We can hire extra PA power for a nominal charge.
8 x 12ft space (4 piece) / 2 x electrical sockets / Rider (food & soft drinks- food if attending venue for more than 4hrs) / Parking / Secure changing room
For a typical evening performance, we provide music via our PA between our sets. We also provide music via our PA whilst we are setting up (and waiting to perform) and setting down. We usually perform until approximately midnight. For daytime performances, we can provide our PA for speeches/announcements or to hire for longer periods of time. (For example- you might choose to book solo guitar from 1.30pm for your Ceremony, and need the Guitar/Vocals duo at 4pm for the Wedding breakfast. We can arrange for our PA playing background music to be based in the room where guests will be having drinks so there are no interruptions of music.
First Dance/Extra Requests:
Specific songs either to be performed as the first dance, or to be included in the set (if not already on the setlist) can be learnt in most cases.
If you require music after our evening performance (after 12.30am for example), we can provide a disco service for a small extra charge.
We are experienced in working with all types of sound limiters with even the lowest settings! Please tell us the level of the limiter at your venue and we will advise.
Trio, Duo & Solo Guitar Options
To suit all clients arrangements, we provide Trio, Duo, and Solo Guitar options of the band. You can book any of the options below for events of all sizes and duration. Please read below for information and sound files on these options.
Trio Setup (choose from the following options):
1. Female Vocals, Guitar & Drums
2. Female Vocals, Guitar & Saxophone
3. Instrumental – Guitar, Saxophone & Drums
4. Instrumental – Guitar, Saxophone & Percussion (Ideal for smaller, quieter venues)
This can be more laid-back than our usual setlist and we can also cater for clients that require a ‘jazzier’ set, performing Sinatra & Jazz Classics. We can also perform a modern-jazz type of set (with relaxed music from artists such as Michael Buble, Norah Jones and Jamie Cullum mixed in with mid-tempo Beatles classics).
This type of set is excellent for a Wedding Breakfast, Private Party, Intimate Wedding (ie. in a restaurant), during dinner and Gala or Charity evenings. The instrumental setup is ideal for background music, and also when guests arrive for Wedding Ceremonies and drinks receptions. Many of our clients book the trio or duo in addition to the evening 4 piece band, or they choose to book Soulfire as a smaller band for their evening’s entertainment due to venue size.
Duo Setup: (choose from the following options):
1. Female Vocals & Guitar
2. Instrumental: Guitar & Saxophone
3. Instrumental: Guitar & Drums
(Our Duo setlist is the same as our ‘Trio setlist’ (above). The duo is excellent for Ceremonies and Wedding Breakfast. Many clients book this option in addition to the 4 piece evening band (plus it’s also very cost-effective than hiring in a separate act for the daytime reception).
The duo also perform across the UK at bars, hotels, restaurants, and at many private events (ie Wedding Anniversaries, Birthday parties, and everything inbetween.
Solo Guitar Setlist:
The solo guitar is ideal for Wedding ceremonies, Wedding Breakfasts, and events where you want to create a subtle backdrop of laid-back music. When performing solo guitar, Richard is booked for corporate events, birthday parties, anniversaries, bars and clubs also.