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Reception and Dinner Music

Reception and Dinner Music

The Rollercoaster Cocktail Band can provide the perfect backdrop to your drinks reception.  The musical style is swing / jazz with a gypsy twist – very suited to champagne receptions/black tie events ( bass & shuffle brushed snare can be added if desired ).  This music is meant to be non intrusive, though entertaining, ideal to sip drinks to, and unwind before the evenings events.  It compliments Rollercoaster as the main act, with quality and excellence, though the musical genres don’t crossover – meaning it is independent of the main act … there won’t be any repetition.

The format covers 2 hours of music, which is 1.5 hours of live playing, with iPod music in the breaks.

An example of how the timings typically work, at a wedding reception, are as follows…
Act arrival at venue: 2.30pm
Setup by 3pm
Set times: 3pm-5pm

We will usually only take bookings for the Rollercoaster Cocktail Band, if the main band is booked later on, for the same event… but there are some exceptions, so call or email if you have an enquiry.

Checkout the following video – it shows the cocktail duo performing (before the main band set)…




Cocktail Setlist

Songlist It Had To Be You Harry Lime Theme Swing Gitan Blue Skies Love Me Tender Belleville Cantina Band (From Star Wars) Avalon Night & Day Makin’ Whoopee Scarborough Fair Smile After You’ve Gone Don’t Fence Me In Moondance When The Saints Go Marching In Autumn Leaves Crazy Rhythm Lambeth Walk Wonderful World Charleston Frolic...

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Holly’n’Al Duo

Holly sings with Rollercoaster – Al sings and plays bass.  Together, with Al on guitar, they are Holly’n’Al.  This is great music for receptions – light hearted, beautiful close harmonies, classic songs – vocal led.  The setlist ( check it out here ) covers music entirely separate from the main Rollercoaster set, so no cross over there.  Best to check out the video below, which is a compilation of highlights from a relaxed pub garden show – one of the few public performances these guys do!

Dinner Jazz


We’re very fortunate to have a top jazz pianist sitting behind the keyboards for our gigs.  naturally he can play any style that is required… from 20s jazz, to Bond Themes, to Christmas hits…

Alex is a highly skilled and versatile jazz pianist with a wealth of performing experience in many different settings. He studied music at the Royal College of music and for many years he was the resident pianist at Manchester’s prestigious ‘Bridgewater Hall,’ as well as the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington. He has performed at prestigious London venues such as the Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, where his own music has also been performed.
Alex can perform a wide range of repertoire for your event and expect to hear well known tunes of all styles ‘jazzed up,’ as well as plenty of material from the classic jazz repertoire.



Solo Musicians

It’s hard to get much better than Chris Haigh, if you want a strolling musician to entertain your guests.  Small wonder that it was Chris Haigh playing fiddle for the wedding folk at Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall’s wedding… he is the best in the business – and you can have him at your event!



Background Music / DJ

If required, we can  setup a sound system to DJ and play background music through, earlier on in the day.  If this is in the same room as the speeches, it has the advantage that you can use a microphone for that purpose.

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