Chris Barton Band, The
The Chris Barton Band, a dance act playing for weddings, parties, private and corporate events, performing covers of light jazz, rock 'n' roll and chart hits.
...The band was brilliant and made the night a real success...Pauline and Mark (Private Party October 2016)
...your band were really spectacular and were excellent at keeping the energy up throughout the night...Rachel and James (Wedding August 2015)
As one of the best professional party bands on the circuit, The Chris Barton Band has an impressive list of private and corporate clients. And our band members are all top professionals with a broad range of experience……….
Band leader Chris Barton was trained at the Royal College of Music. He has done live and recording work, including an album with Shirley Bassey, TV work for the Cutting Edge series, Touring with pop band ‘Magik’ and production work with various pop artists including Paul Gascoigne. Chris comes from a very musical family. His uncle, singer/guitarist Ken Barton, played with trad jazz star Monty Sunshine for over 15 years, and Chris’ grandfather ran his own successful band in the roaring 1920’s.
Our Guitarist has been heard and seen on a wide variety of recordings, tours and TV shows, including extensive touring with Elaine Paige, Paul Weller/The Style Council (World Tour), Womack and Womack, Jimmy Ruffin & Matt Bianco, recording with Robert Palmer, Olivia Newton John, Agnetha (Abba), Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Anita Baker, ABC, Five Star, The Christians, Mary J. Blige, Errol Brown and The Lighthouse Family, and Top Of The Pops with Randy Crawford.
Our Saxophonist has recorded with bands including Super Furry Animals & St Etienne. Our Drummer played with pop dance act ‘Innocence’ including performing on BBC1’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, with five top 20 singles.
You may have heard The Chris Barton Band on the radio or seen them at any one of the hundreds of hotels and venues around the country, including Madame Tussauds, The Savoy, The Waldorf, The Café Royal, The Ritz, The London Transport Museum, Leeds Castle, Claridges, Brands Hatch, Monkey Island, Kew Steam Museum, The Hurlingham Club, The Middle Temple, Stoke Rochford Hall, Oxford University, The Royal Holloway College and many others; playing for private parties, weddings, celebrations and corporate events of all kinds. Past engagements include Jarvis Cocker’s 40th birthday party and Rick Stein’s 70th birthday party.
There are few professional dance bands with the expertise and know-how that The Chris Barton Band possesses. Choosing the best songs for an audience to generate the energy to get everyone dancing, and to really get people enjoying themselves, is an art form that they have successfully mastered through performing at hundreds of engagements over several years.
With over £20,000 worth of sound and light equipment they can comfortably accommodate all venues and gatherings from 40 to 3000 people. Their equipment is fully PAT-tested and they carry £10 million of Public Liability Insurance.
Their extensive repertoire caters for all tastes and age groups, from light jazz and standards, through Rock ‘n’ Roll, right up to the most popular chart hits of the day.
The band has a unique blend of excitement and professionalism. We play for all kinds of private parties, weddings, celebrations, and corporate events all over the UK and also abroad.
“Just an email to say thank you so much for a fantastic evening for my 30th, you guys are truly talented, and all my guests absolutely loved the band. Well done and thank you. Hopefully we shall see you again sometime.” Beth (30th Birthday Party October 2016)
“Just wanted to thank you once again for Saturday. The band was brilliant and made the night a real success.” Pauline and Mark (Private Party October 2016)
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you playing at our wedding on 22nd August. You and your band were really spectacular and were excellent at keeping the energy up throughout the night. Thank you too for learning Shake A Tail Feather for us, it was one of the highlights of the wedding. If you ever want a recommendation or a testimony for the website, please feel free to ask us, you guys were fantastic.” Rachel and James (Wedding August 2015)
“Just an email to thank you and the rest of the band for your amazing playing on Saturday. We loved every minute and our guests did too! It was awesome to see our friends and family dancing and enjoying themselves so much and that was because of you guys. Also thank you for giving us an encore! We really did have a great time dancing to your brilliant music.” Alice and Simon (Wedding April 2015)
“I just wanted to thank you so much for making my party such a fun affair. The music was superb!! I have had so many people ask about you and comment on how much they enjoyed your music.” Lona (50th Birthday Party Feb 2015)
“We just wanted to send our thanks to you and the rest of the band for playing at our Wedding last Saturday. We had an incredible day and the evening was great fun with you guys playing so amazingly -everyone was up and dancing! All of our friends and family commented on how brilliant you were and I have no doubt that you will be getting more business from them as a result of our Wedding! We hope you enjoyed yourselves too.” Kimberley and Andrew (Wedding March 2013)