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Are a four piece band
specialising in Dixieland and jazz from the Charleston era. They play acoustically or with full amplification.
As light background music they set a happy tone. When Café Society are playing during a meal they
have proved an excellent aid to digestion. When featured at weddings
they guarantee a good day, reception and honeymoon!
Their tuneful rhythmic style has enhanced many events including shopping
centres, garden fetes, piers and grand openings.
Cafe Society are a must when planning your
wedding. We play as the Bride and Groom are
arriving from the ceremony to the reception in
our blazers and boater hats, playing bright and
happy Jazz making the occasion truly magical.
We then change into our black and whites and
play light background whilst your guests enjoy
the meal or buffet until the speeches start.
These arrangements are meant as a guide; we are
happy to fit in with any special arrangements
you may have and indeed if you have a particular
favourite song, we will do our best to oblige.
Weddings are always greatly enhanced by Cafe
Society making the reception, meal and indeed
honeymoon, a glittering success!
Cafe Society are in their element
with a live audience and love to
guide their audiences on a musical
meander down Memory Lane! Our
sets include regular Jazz standards,
plus some rather unusual tunes
The Charleston and Pasadena are
essential we feel, also, tributes
are made to the legends of the day;
Noel Coward and George Formby to
name but a few! With
tongue-in-cheek humour and
double-entendres aplenty, audiences
are regularly left speechless at the
end of a performance, which we take
as a complement!
pontifications, purveyed with
pizzazz, penetrate the proceedings
to perfection (nice bit of
alliteration, I'm sure you'll
agree!) We are at home in Jazz
clubs, theatres, comedy shows and
period events. Our regular
re-bookings demonstrate admirably
the poor memory of our audiences,
and long may they continue to
Society's blend of colourful attire and bright,
happy music are a definite boon when planning
your event. We have enjoyed success in
shopping centres, on piers and even construction
sites! (is there no end to our
versatility???!!!) We also have the
added bonus of being able to work fully
amplified or entirely acoustically, making us
able to move wherever and whenever you need us
In shopping centres, children gawp amazed, and
hooded chavs cease their thuggery. On
piers and bridges, we have shown many a
potential jumper that life is still worth
living! And at football matches, we are a
useful draw for an angry crowd!
the band, plays ukulele and sings in a variety of styles - from 1920's
crooner, to Noel Coward and even George Formby! His witty and humorous
announcing, together with his suave and rather unusual, debonair
appearance, enliven proceedings wherever the band appears. He has also
worked with the Temperance Seven and on the Orient Express.
Willie is featured on clarinet, alto sax, violin
and penny whistle. A brilliant and
versatile musician and arranger, he is also a
member of the famous Temperance Seven.
Previous notable associations include: The
Vintage Syncopators (see video below), and
Laughing Stock. As one of the founder
members of Cafe Society, he is often looked to
for guidance and inspiration, which he never
fails to deliver!
At the tender age of just 8 Andy was greatly
influenced by his father's extensive collection
of Jazz and swing. Local lessons soon
started and a long association with his trusty
horn began! As a nipper he began with school and
town bands, ending up in the St Helens concert
band. In 1978, St Helens was abandoned and
Andy headed off to London to join the army band
with The Scots Guards travelling the world and
having experiences! (some unmentionable I am
One notable occasion being the wedding of
Charles and Diana in 1981. Andy can be seen as
part of the fanfare at St Pauls Cathedral (long
trumpet, large flag!) After 12 years
service achieving sgt rank, he returned to his
native St Helens and decided music was his life
and continued to play with many bands, notably
Manhattan Online. Andy joined Cafe Society
in 2007 and is enjoying the transition from
swing to our rather idiosyncratic style!
played jazz on tuba and can list many
illustrious bands he has graced including: The
Vintage Syncopators; Mick Burns' Rhythm Kings
(which became The Harlem Hot Stompers). After a
10-year break he returned with Bozo
Butterworth's Hot Potatoes, which lead to the
Harmony Hounds. As well as the Hounds, Colin
also plays with the Quayside Hot Stompers
Colin joined Cafe Society in 2007 and is
thoroughly enjoying himself, delighting
audiences with the skilful manoeuvring of both
the Recording Tuba and Bass Saxophone.