Category Archives: Motown

Soul and Motown Tribute Acts: Ritchie Penrose

Soul and Motown tribute artiste (Ritchie Penrose) has worked with many celebrities and top name attractions over the years including: Bradley Walsh, Joe Pasquale, Barbara Dixon, Jimmy James, Billy Pearce. The Ivy League, Ray Lewis and The New Drifters. He is recognized as one of the UK’s very best Soul and Motown performers. He is a naturally gifted singer with an enviable vocal range and formidable stage presence. Ritchie is always impeccably dressed and very professional. He is great at reading an audience and is well liked both on and off stage.

The show covers material from the likes of The Four Tops, The Drifters, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Luther Van Dross, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Shalamar and many more.

Clients Include: The North Pier (Blackpool), Haven Holiday Parks, Jarvis Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, The Parc Resorts, etc

If you like Soul and Motown then you should definitely consider booking Ritchie Penrose. His reputation and experience in this field is legendary, read these reviews and see for yourself.

“Ritchie, without doubt, is a very talented entertainer, he has performed at the Beaufort on a number of occasions over the last few years and his shows are top class. He attracts people of all ages who enjoy this most acclaimed vocalist” – Greg Gottig (Managing Director, Beaufort Hotel)

“Many thanks for Saturday night, it was a great success. As usual, a polished performance from the Soul man, Ritchie himself” – Chris Slater (Social Chairman Stanton on the Wolds Golf Club)

“Just like to say how glad we were that you sang at our wedding. You really made it a day to remember. All our guests are still talking about you being a real pro and loved the song you sang for me and Jonathan. Thank you for making it so special” – (Chantelle and Jonathan)

“Thanks so much for making it to Manchester in the snow on Saturday, it could have easily gone wrong with the weather and everything but you did a great job and really made it a moment to remember for us. I hope you both have a good Christmas. All the best” – (Graham and Becky)                                                 

“Just a brief note to thank you for your performance last Saturday evening at The Venue. It was absolutely brilliant. From the minute you entered the room singing, the dance floor was buzzing and it could have gone on all night for me, it was excellent. We have had lots of great feedback and will definitely be re-booking you for another appearance. Hope you enjoyed the evening as much as myself and all our customers. Thanks again” (Adrian Moore, The Venue at Bowers Mill, Halifax)

“Once again, we had the pleasure of working at The Venue Halifax on a night when Ritchie Penrose, an amazing soul singer was performing. The venue serve a fantastic meal in a large room with great ambience and the space allows the singer to move around the audience, singing personally to some of the guests (can be specially arranged if anyone has a birthday or anniversary). I don’t think I have ever met a more talented, likeable and downright nice guy”

“On behalf of all the patients, staff and volunteers at Kirkwood Hospice, I would like to say a huge thank you Ritchie for the fabulous musical entertainment that you provided at our 20th Anniversary ball. You were undoubtedly the star of the show and no one wanted you to leave the stage” – Jane Dutton (Events Fundraiser, Kirkwood Hospice)

“Well, what can I say – FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC! What a fantastic event it was, mainly because of Ritchie. He was absolutely amazing and had everyone on the dance floor within minutes.   Barbara was a delight from booking stage through to the night itself – a fabulous couple. I had 130 guests and my target was £6,500. I raised £9,000 for St. Gemma’s Hospice. I am absolutely thrilled and this takes my total to date to almost £40,000. Ritchie certainly made the event such a very special occasion. Everyone is talking about him. You made it so easy for me in the period leading up to the event. You are such professionals and I am very grateful to you both. If anyone is ever in any doubt about whether to book you for an event just give them my number. With grateful thanks and kind regards to you both” – Karen Brown

“Our first Valentines Dinner was an outstanding success. I would like to thank Ritchie for making our evening so enjoyable. Ritchie was amazing, everyone thought he was wonderful. He made the evening very special and romantic for all of us. He seems to know the words to every song ever made. He really is a very talented and mesmerizing man. He had the audience in the palm of his hand. We will definitely be repeating this again next year. Thanks for all your support once again” – Sharon Rickersey (Operations Manager, Mansfield Town Football Club)

Soul and Motown Tribute Acts: Ritchie Penrose
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Motown Tribute Bands: The Sensations

Motown tribute band (The Sensations) present a spectacular tribute to the Tamla Motown era. The band faithfully re-create the classic sounds of The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas plus many more.

This is an immaculately presented Motown tribute show incorporating slick dance routines, powerful vocal harmonies, musical brilliance and classy costume changes.

The Sensations have performed at many high profile events over the years with star attractions of the past and present including a performance at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes with one of the all time Motown greats…the incomparable Edwin Starr.

The band have headlined four large corporate events, Microsoft (Barcelona) with Madeline Bell, Euro Disney Paris (Novell), Palm Beach Casino Cannes (Cisco Systems) and The Amsterdam Winter Gardens (Quantell).

Let The Sensations take you on a nostalgic trip back in time to one of the most influential and productive periods of music history, this is Motown at it’s absolute best.

Clients Include:
Palm Beach Casino (Cannes)
Palais Des Festivals (Cannes)
Euro Disney (Paris)
Wentworth Golf Club
The Royal Variety Club of Great Britain
Princes Trust Charity Ball (London)
Sky Television
The London Hilton
Lords Cricket Club
Villa Park Birmingham

Songs Include:
Stop In The Name of Love
Dancing In The Street
Baby Love
My Girl
Can’t Hurry Love
Get Ready
I Want You Back
River Deep Mountain High

“The Sensations have consistently been the best Motown band on the circuit and never fail to get the audience dancing, they are the band of an era” – The Stage Newspaper (London)

“Professional, slick and sheer class are three descriptions that only partly portray the sensational talents of this exceptional band”

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Motown Tribute Bands: The Gillettes

The Gillettes perform a special tribute to some of the biggest legends of Soul and Motown, artistes like The Temptations, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Wilson Picket, Jimmy Ruffin, Sam Cooke and James Brown to name a few. The band has worked all over the world and have even brought this hugely successful show to theatres throughout the UK.

This is an immaculate show with outstanding vocal harmonies, impeccable presentation and slick choreography, all the things you’d expect of a band from this amazing era of music.

Clients Include:
P&O Cruises
Colour Line Cruises
Warner Holiday Resorts
Haven Holidays
Bourne Leisure
Scottish Provident
Major Hotel Chains

“This three part harmony group made an impressive and colourful appearance, they danced on stage and performed tight, slick harmony that had the audience clapping and moving. These guys can sing and move” – The Stage Newspaper (London)

“Rachel and I can not thank you enough for the wonderful entertainment you provided on our wedding day. All the guests have commented on how good you were and said they had never seen a dance floor at a wedding full all night. You truly exceeded our expectations and I really meant it when I said the demo did not do you justice as you guys were fantastic. I think you will be getting a few more bookings from our friends for their own weddings, so once again thank you for a great night”

“I would just like to let you guys know that you made our wedding day last week. All our guests complemented about your professionalism and your talented ability to keep such a mixture of generations entertained all evening. Sue and I say a big thank you and we hope we can have you guys play at another party for us soon, you were fantastic” – Mr Greg Norris (Manchester)

“John and I would just like to thank you all for a great evening of entertainment the other night, it was Fab. All our guests commented on how great you guys were. You are all very talented and smart and you made our big day extra special and it really did go with a bang. Thank you so much guys” – Mrs Della Spencer

“Just one word…WOW! You started, made and ended the party and in doing so made us the proudest couple in the world. The set you guys did was fantastic, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and I am sure much work will come your way from the show you performed” – Mrs Sue Poughter

“The Gillettes performed at my fathers surprise 50th Birthday on the 4th June and I have to say the band was absolutely fantastic. It made my fathers night and the guests just said the band were truly amazing.  Thank you so much for making his birthday a night to remember” – Joanne Attridge

“The Gillette’s performed at our annual charity ball last year and were amazing. They were that good that we have re-booked them again for this year. A massive thank you for helping make the event so successful” – Caroline

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Motown Tribute Bands: Mission Blue

Originally formed in 1997, Mission Blue have established themselves as one of the UK’s top Motown tribute bands. Randolph Patterson, trained dancer, singer, choreographer, is the founder and leader of Mission Blue. This is a very slick show immaculately presented.

Artistes include: The Four Tops, Supremes, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Luther Van Dross, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner plus other Soul & Motown classics.

“Brilliant, energy packed, very classy show!”
BBC Worldwide

“Highly Professional show, guaranteed to have you dancing!”
Corporate Entertainer Magazine – London

“When it comes to Motown, no one does it better than dynamic vocal group “Mission Blue” This spectacular outfit combines wonderful harmonies with superb dance routines in an action-packed spot which left us clamouring for more” – The Stage Newspaper

“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with Mission Blue. I cannot express the standard of excellence throughout the whole of their performance. The songs, the dances, the amazing outfits and their voices had everyone up from the word go. As you probably know, I had other entertainment on but Mission Blue just made the night, everybody is saying now that they need them back so we can just sit and watch them and their routines, it was very difficult to stay seated when the band started. I have had lots of fantastic feedback from people and several have said they would like to book them. Randolph was very efficient and I was really pleased that he took time out to speak to some of my guests. He had a long conversation with my oldest son John and his pregnant girlfriend and they were saying what a ‘sorted’ guy he was. I was really touched by that and little things like that count the most for me. Taking time out to chat with my son just confirms what a true gentleman he is. Is there anywhere I could write a testimonial about them as if people are like me I like to read what others say before I decide on something. Many Thanks for your assistance, take care” – Jo and John

“Just a quick email to say thank you for organising Mission Blue. They blew the audience away and certainly got people dancing. 10/10 – very professional” – Deborah Baker

“Mission Blue were fabulous – they played at my daughter’s wedding and filled the dance floor all evening” – Eve Scanlon

“You were right, they were brilliant!! they made our wedding evening very special, everybody on the dance floor and didn’t want them to stop. Fantastic! Randolph is a really nice guy too, as you said. Thanks for your help to arrange them” – Mary & Peter

Motown Tribute Bands: Mission Blue

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