Real Class

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Real Class… The finest and classiest function band that you could ever book. Dinner Jazz, Cabaret, Live Pop, Soul & Swing for Dancing, from two to six ( or more if required) incredible musicians / vocalists. Also fully costumed Decades Show. Phil, Tony and Jane are three of the country’s foremost session musicians who have now come together to provide an entertainment treat. The band are perfect for golf clubs, masonics and any private function where high standards are the prerequisite for the evenings entertainment.

The band has a 100% rebooking record and will always ensure that your evening goes smoothly. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they will always tailor their music carefully to the event. The band can also provide a full disco for a small extra charge. Please request 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 piece band as required. MBM Manager: Anne Barrett M.D.

Real Class Function Band are undoubtedly the UK’s no.1 function and party band where real classiness is required. Each band member has spent a lifetime in music and their dedication to making every event extra-special is the key to the incredible success of this band. From playing at resorts throughout the world and on cruise ships, the guys have honed their skills to perfect a show that is specifically aimed at the over-40s – and the more ‘classy’ audience. In true style, the guys will play a set (around 1hr 20) of easy-listening, cool, dinner-jazz whilst guests are gathering or eating. Thereafter it’s party time – and the band will play a constant string of popular hits for dancing for two hours! You can choose the style, even the songs – the band has a massive repertoire of pop, soul, swing, jazz, rock and blues from over 5 decades to choose from – or just let the band do what they do best; look at the audience and know what to play! The line-up is usually a four-piece – but this can be changed to suit budgets and stages from a duo to a 6-piece.

The usual line-up is always: Phil Barrett (bandleader, lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, midi sax), Tony Crabtree (drums, percussion, vocals), Paul Farnell (bass, vocals), Jane Kelleher (lead vocals, percussion). Real Class function band only take around 35-40 jobs each year and as they are very popular, it’s always best to book them early to avoid disappointment. Real Class can tailor their set to suit any event by prior request.

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Real Class playlist:

  • Dance The Night Away
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Stuck in the Middle With You
  • Pretty Woman
  • All Night Long
  • Saturday Night at the Movies
  • Celebration
  • September
  • Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Sweet Caroline
  • New York, New York
  • and many many more..

Real Class FAQs:

What is the duration of the performance time/s?

45 minutes of dinner jazz (if required) plus 2 x 40 minutes sets or 1hr 5 minutes by prior agreement of dancing music

What time will the artist arrive at the venue?

The artiste will arrive at the pre-agreed time printed on the contract.

What time will the artist's performance begin?

The start-time will be pre-agreed and printed on the contract.

What time will the artist's performance end?

The finish-time will be pre-agreed and printed on the contract.

Will the artist require a changing room?

A secure, private room where the artiste can change and store costumes is required.

Will the artist require overnight accommodation?

No, unless otherwise stated.

Will the artist require any food / drink?

Only if pre-agreed and contracted. This is usually when the arrival time is afternoon and the finish time is late.

Will the artist require any special or free parking facilities?

Very close-by parking must be provided by the hirer, which must be free of charge.

What are the payment terms?

Payment terms are different for each engagement. They are pre-agreed and contracted at time of booking.

Will I need to pay upfront, or pay a deposit?

If you do not have a credit history with us you may be required to pay the artiste’s fee in full or in part on making the booking.

What if I need to cancel?

You will be informed of any cancellation terms upon booking. These will be printed on the contract.

Will the artist perform requests?

Only if pre-arranged at the time of booking.

How many people will be onstage?

Minimum 2 persons. Subject to your contracted choice, Real Class can add up to 6 additional singers/musicians onstage.

Will the artist provide their own sound system?

Yes, if required.

Will the artist provide their own lighting system?

Yes if required.

Will the artist play background music between sets?

Yes, but it must be stressed that the artiste is not a DJ and cannot take requests etc.

Will the artist perform if the venue utilizes a sound-limiting device?

Yes, but the artiste reserves the right to cancel the performance should the sound-limiting device be set at an unreasonably low level. In such cases, full payment would still be required.

Allow 1hr. assuming that entry and access to the stage area is straightforward.

Approx. how long will it take to set up the sound equipment?

Approx. how long will it take to set up the lighting equipment?

Allow 30mins. assuming that entry and access to the stage area is straightforward.

Approx. how long will it take to break-down and remove all equipment from the venue when the performance is finished?

Allow 1hr. assuming that entry and access from the stage to the loading area is straightforward.

Is the artist suitable for a mixed audience (with children)?


Where is this artist based?

Greater Manchester

Will the artist travel?

Any destination in the UK and Europe subject to any distance travel and accommodation being suitably funded by the hirer.

Will the artist perform both daytime and evening shows?

Yes. Available from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

What stage area will the artist require?

Minimum 5m wide x 3m deep.