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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of question we are often asked prior to gigs. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question that is not answered here.

1. How long do the band play for?
2. How much room do the band need?
3. What are the power requirements for the band?
4. What are your lighting requirements?
5. Can we choose a specific first dance?
6. Can we choose the repetoire?
7. How do we book the band?
8. How loud is the band?
9. Do you need to look at the venue prior to performance?
10. How long does it take for the band to set up and sound check?
11. Can CD's be played as background music?

 


 

1. How long do the band play for?
Brass Farthings will play a maximum of 3 one-hour sets spread over a 4-hour period. If less music is required or an event runs late we will adjust our sets accordingly. Back to top

2. How much room do the band need?
There are several different ways we can set the band up. Two lines of 3 musicians are preferable and a very rough guide to a minimum space is 4.5m wide 3M deep. This is only a guide and we are very flexible. Back to top

3. What are the power requirements for the band?
Brass Farthings use around 2900 watts. This can be taken from a single standard 13-amp mains feed, i.e. 1 plug (the limit is around 3500 watts). If your event is being held in a marquee we strongly recommend that you check with your marquee provider, as they will be able to advise on power supply Back to top

4. What are your lighting requirements?
Brass Farthings provide all our own lighting. We have spotlights to light up the band and small disco lights for the dance floor. Please ensure that the house lights in your venue can be dimmed. Back to top

5. Can we choose a specific first dance?
Yes. Brass Farthings are happy to learn 1 song especially for your first dance. Please supply us with you chosen song on cassette or CD at least 1 month prior to your event. Back to top

6. Can we choose the repetoire?
When you book The Brass Farthings you book a 'worry-free' 100% professional, experienced and reliable service. This includes repertoire choice. Brass Farthings decide the repertoire on the night confident that 99% of your guests will know 99% of the tunes we play. As with most, busy, professional bands we do not send out a repertoire list because we are constantly reviewing and making changes to the songs we play. The music we choose to play is determined by requests we receive from your guests, tried and tested classics, combinations and sequences of songs we know work well together and the audiences' reaction to songs we have played earlier in the evening. Back to top

7. How do we book the band?
Booking is made by signed contract, which we will send you on request. No deposit is required. Terms of business are payment in full, 7 working days prior to performance. Back to top

8. How loud is the band?
Brass Farthings are not a particularly loud band, however, it is the acoustic of the room which dictates how loud the band sounds. In our experience, we recognise that for most parties, you need the band to be loud enough on the dance floor to create an atmosphere without deafening the rest of the room. In marquees and venues with carpeted floors and soft furnishings this is easy to achieve due to the 'dead acoustic'. In rooms and halls with high ceilings, wooden/stone floors and lots of windows the echo of the acoustic makes the volume much harder to control. If your venue has an electronic noise limiter we must liaise with the venue before we can accept your booking. Back to top

9. Do you need to look at the venue prior to performance?
No, we do not usually visit venues beforehand. If you are using a hotel or venue, which regularly hosts functions, we will contact them in advance to discuss access, space and power requirements. Back to top

10. How long does it take for the band to set up and sound check?
For weddings and parties it takes around 50 minutes to set up and we do not usually sound-check as we travel with all equipment sound tested and 'ready to go'. If you prefer to reduce this time the sound system can be set up earlier in the day with the remaining instruments being brought in a 15-minute gap prior to performance. If you require an immediate start it is possible for the entire band to set up early however there is a charge made for this service. For corporate functions with a larger sound system a set up time of 2 hours is required. Back to top

11. Can CD's be played as background music?
CD's are always played during any breaks and can also be played prior to performance by special arrangement. We can also provide a DJ at extra charge. Back to top

There are several different ways we can set the band up. Two lines of 3 musicians are preferable and a very rough guide to a minimum space is 4.5m wide 3M deep. This is only a guide and we are very flexible.

Brass Farthings use around 2900 watts. This can be taken from a single standard 13-amp mains feed, i.e. 1 plug (the limit is around 3500 watts). If your event is being held in a marquee we strongly recommend that you check with your marquee provider, as they will be able to advise on power supply.

Brass Farthings provide all our own lighting. We have spotlights to light up the band and small disco lights for the dance floor. Please ensure that the house lights in your venue can be dimmed.

Yes. Brass Farthings are happy to learn 1 song especially for your first dance. Please supply us with you chosen song on cassette or CD at least 1 month prior to your event.

When you book The Brass Farthings you book a 'worry-free' 100% professional, experienced and reliable service. This includes repertoire choice. Brass Farthings decide the repertoire on the night confident that 99% of your guests will know 99% of the tunes we play. As with most, busy, professional bands we do not send out a repertoire list because we are constantly reviewing and making changes to the songs we play. The music we choose to play is determined by requests we receive from your guests, tried and tested classics, combinations and sequences of songs we know work well together and the audiences' reaction to songs we have played earlier in the evening.

Booking is made by signed contract, which we will send you on request. No deposit is required. Terms of business are payment in full, 7 working days prior to performance.

Brass Farthings are not a particularly loud band, however, it is the acoustic of the room which dictates how loud the band sounds. In our experience, we recognise that for most parties, you need the band to be loud enough on the dance floor to create an atmosphere without deafening the rest of the room. In marquees and venues with carpeted floors and soft furnishings this is easy to achieve due to the 'dead acoustic'. In rooms and halls with high ceilings, wooden/stone floors and lots of windows the echo of the acoustic makes the volume much harder to control. If your venue has an electronic noise limiter we must liaise with the venue before we can accept your booking.

No, we do not usually visit venues beforehand. If you are using a hotel or venue, which regularly hosts functions, we will contact them in advance to discuss access, space and power requirements.

For weddings and parties it takes around 50 minutes to set up and we do not usually sound-check as we travel with all equipment sound tested and 'ready to go'. If you prefer to reduce this time the sound system can be set up earlier in the day with the remaining instruments being brought in a 15-minute gap prior to performance. If you require an immediate start it is possible for the entire band to set up early however there is a charge made for this service. For corporate functions with a larger sound system a set up time of 2 hours is required.

CD's are always played during any breaks and can also be played prior to performance by special arrangement. We can also provide a DJ at extra charge.


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wedding music entertainmentEveryone has commented on the excellent music and I would have no hesitation in recommending you.wedding music entertainment

Pam Prisley

 

 

 

corporate music entertainmentWhat was really good was that you were able to span the age group so successfully that we 'oldies' enjoyed it every bit as much as the younger guests, who we know could have gone on dancing all night. corporate music entertainment

Jeremy Robson

 

 

 

function bandI cannot tell you how many people have said to us what a great band you were and what a good dance they had. You judged the mood perfectly and played just the right mix of music to keep the dance flor pretty jam packed at all times.function band

Reis Claydon