Charlie Farran & His Rhythm & Blues Band

About the band

Charlie Farran & His Rhythm & Blues Band. A Swinging R & B Band for your Function, Wedding, Festival, Club or Bar. The Band are rapidly becoming one of the premier function and Club Bands in the Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset regions. Our swinging & rocking style ensures your guests will want to dance. Call us now on: 0771 975 5664 for a friendly chat about your budget. You will be surprised how much band you can get for your money. Why book a Covers Band when you can book great musicians playing great R&B Music.


Drummer, Charlie Farran & his band play great Rhythm & Blues music with an emphasis on the dancing, jazzier swinging style of rhythm & blues music, taking Charlie back to his roots with the sounds of Georgie Fame, Mose Alison and Van Morrison. Other styles of blues music played by the band include numbers by Little Walter, Jimmy Witherspoon, T-Bone Walker and Ray Charles to name but a few.


To this end, Charlie set out to recruit the best and most talented musicians to fulfill his dream of a Big Rhythm & Blues Band able to play all styles of Blues music. Until March 2014, Charlie was the drummer in the Bob Loe Band. A Blues band playing Blues with a swing/jazzy vibe. For a number of reasons the band came to an end, but Charlie was lucky enough to be able to recruit three fabulous musicians from the old band to join him in his new project, Ray Russell on double bass and bass guitar, Nick Smith on Baritone, tenor and Alto sax, and Paco Reid on Tenor sax.


Advertisements were then placed to recruit a keyboard player who was into Blues music and able to reproduce the classic sounds of the

Hammond organ (Charlie being a great fan of Georgie Fame).The call came from a Keyboard player, Will Sear, a very talented young musician,

who after a jam session  in early April 2014 was invited to join the band. Advertisements were answered by many Blues guitarist,

but Charlie invited Phil Beards whose jazzy, blues vibe was exactly what the Band needed.

To complete the line-up, Charlie approached ‘Little Dave’ vocalist and Blues (harp) harmonica player and great front man, a friend who had often sat in with Charlie’s previous band and a lively and enthusiastic vocalist who brings another level of sophistication to the band.

The Band

Charlie Farran

Ray Russell

Little Dave

Paco Read

I have put together my dream band. To play with such great musicians is what dreams are made of. This is going to be the hottest band on the Rhythm & Blues Scene.

 Ray plays double bass and bass guitar. Rays double bass playing adds a real swinging vibe to the band especially on our jazzy blues/ swinging numbers. Ray is a great guy to work with and a true gentleman.

Dave is a great front man, singer and blues harmonica (harp) player.  When seeking a front man for his rhythm & blues band, for Charlie there was only one guy for the job. Little Dave!

Wow, wow wow, when this man takes a tenor sax solo shivers go down my spine. Paco is a legend and we are lucky to have him. It is an added bonus that he is a great guy and a gentleman. Respect!

Phil Beards

Will Sear

Nick Smith

Phil has always had a love of improvised music and Gibson guitars. A highly experienced blues and jazz guitarist with a cool jazzy, blues vibe. Phil is a welcome addition to the band.

 It was essential that this band had a great keyboard player and boy do we have one! Will has such a jazzy/blues feel to his playing adding that wonderful 'Hammond' sound to the band.

Nick plays mainly baritone and alto sax with the band, but also blows a mean tenor sax.

Nick is real pro and a great sax player and he takes a great solo,   a cool guy from cool land!


Use the player below to hear a sample of the band, or go to our Soundcloud page to hear more:



Coming soon, new gigs being finalised for the Jazz By the Sea Festival, Bournemouth, June 2018 and the Grove Arms, Ludwell, near Shaftsbury for August.  The band has a number of wedding and party dates over the summer but still have some dates free, get in touch now.

Below are a couple of clips from Bournemouth Jazz Festival and the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2016.


The band are also featured in the February/March edition of Blues Matters magazine.


“This is my dream band, I have been very lucky to attract top quality musicians who are equally keen to provide our audiences with a great Rhythm & Blues show”.

If you are planning a Wedding, Company Function, Party or Club or Festival gig, please do contact us. We are an exciting band that your guests of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.

Why not join us on Facebook at: Charlie Farran & His Rhythm & Blues Band and say hi.


Fees are very competitive and allow you to book a fabulous R&B Band instead of the usual 'Covers' band.

Come and say hello at our next gig. We would love to meet you.


Charlie Farran


Charlie Farran’s Rhythm & Blues band are absolutely brilliant.


When my husband said he wanted a sixtieth birthday party, we decided on a large marquee in the garden. We wanted something unique and a party to be remembered. Once the marquee was booked, we searched on the Internet for a live band. We were looking for a Blues Brothers sound with lots of rhythm.

My husband found 'Charlie Farran’s Rhythm & Blues Band' on the Internet. Once we had listened to their music, we knew we had found what we were looking for. I cheekily asked if it could be an all male band which was no problem to them.

The party night arrived and there were this 7 piece band warming up for the evening with 120 guests arriving. My heart was racing with excitement, hoping this band was going to blow us all away, and give us the atmosphere we longed for.

Well what can I say? His amazing band was absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere was electrifying. The rhythm from this band was absolutely incredible. Our guests were dancing, laughing and full of the party spirit as the band played. The band was brilliant, breath-taking, outstanding and the best band we have ever seen.

The feedback we have received after the party from our family and friends was amazing, everyone loved the band and said they were brilliant.

To Charlie Farran’s Rhythm & Blues band, Thank You for making my husband’s party perfect.   You exceeded our expectations. You were simply "absolutely awesome" Tina & Geoff Melsome (Private Party, Paignton, Devon September 2017) 10/10


We had a difficult task – how to get the right music for a joint 60th and 21st birthday party. Charlie’s band turned out to be an inspired choice. In the end, everybody was dancing, half the band were on the dance floor playing their saxes and half the crowd were on the stage. We can’t recommend these people enough, they will make your day. Professional but relaxed, real musicianship, sensitive to the vibe, and just great, great fun.”  Alan & Isobel Kiltie (Private Party, Dorset, July 2017) 10/10


Hi Charlie, Thanks so much for playing - we loved it and had a ball Charlie was friendly, easy to deal with and accommodating to what we needed. The band set up extremely quietly which was much appreciated as we were eating in the same room. Everyone, young and old, enjoyed the band. Would highly recommend them to get any function up dancing and having fun.

Jane Wakefield (Wedding, Dorset July 2017) 10/10

Dear Charlie I wanted to say thanks very much for the band’s terrific performance at the weekend.  We’ve had a number of large parties over the years, and everyone was of one mind- this was the best and certainly the best band. ‘Where did you get the band?’ was on everyone’s lips and I’m not surprised. We’ve been getting lots of notes to say thanks, and all

mention the Charlie Farran’s Band specifically. So, next time we’ll do a Big Barn Party, top of the list before we confirm the date? The Charlie Farran’s Rhythm and Blues Band. Many thanks again. Jonno & Rossie Barrett (Private Party May 2017 Devon) 10/10


Dear Charlie, I cannot thank you and your band enough for the wonderful time you gave us and our friends and family at our recent wedding. Amazing musicians and such fun. We loved it when your two sax players joined the crowd and danced with them whilst still playing their saxes. The Blues Brothers hats and sunglasses you handed out to our guest was masterstroke and got everyone involved. From the moment we started planning to use your band until the wedding day, was a sheer delight and so professional. We are your number one fans now, and I am sure that anyone else who books your great band will be as delighted as we are. We cannot recommend you highly enough. Thanks, and Warm Regards,  Chris Woods (Wedding, Devon May 2017) 10/10


Charlie Farran and his lovely band played at John's (my late husband's), memorial party on the 29th October this year 2016. They were brilliant. They travelled a long distance, having had to learn new numbers at our request. When they arrived, it was all a bit chaotic and parking and access was pretty dire. They arrived really early which was helpful and did not complain once! The music was great - just what we needed and all ages were up and dancing which is exactly what John would have wanted. Everyone commented on how good the band was and wanted to know where we "found them". Charlie was really easy to communicate with and prompt with texts, phone calls and e-mails. I was never worried that he wouldn't deliver. As you can imagine this has been a very emotional time for myself and my family; Charlie was sensitive to this, checking out that he was doing the appropriate thing and getting the feel of the event before rushing in. I would absolutely recommend.

Jackie Povey (Private Function Dartmouth, Devon May 2017) 10/10


So much fun! We were so relieved to book them after a long search and they stood out amongst so many. They are a great band creating a fun energetic atmosphere. A key moment at my wedding was when they invited my sister and cousin to join them singing Mustang Sally as backing vocals. Lots of dancing was done at my wedding which is what I wanted. Cannot recommend them enough so definitely book them!

Millie Gilbert Mowat (Private Wedding Gloucester 2017) 10/10


We spent many an hour looking for a band for our wedding, wanting something a little soulful/vintage, and when we found Charlie Farran & His Rhythm & Blues Band it seemed to fit perfectly. Charlie got back to us very quickly, keen to help us choose tunes along with exploring any of our own choices. One such tune was "Get a Move On" by Quantic Soul Orchestra. Not an easy piece, but as our first dance tune it was great. The whole band played fantastically all night, and many guests commented enthusiastically!

Dave & Elaine Beavis (Private Wedding Lyme Regis 2016) 10/10


Dear Charlie, I want to say a huge thank you for your bands performance at our Company function last week. Amazing musicians who are also great fund. Your fee was worth every penny when you got our M.D up onstage singing Mustang Sally. Your band really were such fun. We all loved the amazing R&B music you played, far better than the usual covers band we normally book. The night went off without a hitch thanks to your efficient organisation and we appreciated how well dressed and presented your musicians were. We will be booking you next year, that's for sure. I would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone.

Amanda Molyneux (Amanda J Molyneux & Company Corporate Function) 10/10


Hello Charlie, My new friend, what a Band you have. The wonderful R&B Music you play takes me back to my days as a young man at that time living in London and attending the Flamingo club and the Marquee club listening to the music of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Geno Washington and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band. Charlie you have a superb band with great musicians and, great music and I recommend you to anyone. There is nothing better than a live band with a great line up featuring a brass section and the Hammond sound on the keyboards. Our guests were so impressed and extremely complimentary about your band and your music. I cannot wait for the opportunity to employ you guys again. In fact, I think I will shortly book you for my daughter's wedding. James Turnwell (Hollestie Group) 10/10


Hi Charlie, Just to say a big THANK YOU to you and the band for making our wedding party such as success last month, You were great to deal with even from the booking stage and on the day itself. Your Band played a superb selection of music that delighted our guests. What great musicians and what fun you guys were. We will now be coming to all your public gigs to remind us of the fabulous day you gave us.

John & Julie Mathews 10/10


Dear Charlie, Thanks to you and your band we had the best ever Company Christmas Dinner & Dance.I didn't think it possible when we first discussed the function that one band could keep everyone happy, but you guys managed it and more. Fantastic band playing amazing music. You are truly on top of your game. Call me to book next year and also a family wedding in 2015. David Walters (Walter & Co) 10/10


Charlie, just to say how much we enjoyed your band at this years 2014 company function. The most amazing band paying music that had even our most staid staff member get up dancing. Consider yourselves booked for our Summer Ball. Your band were fun, well presented and very professional. Best regards for 2015.  Ray Ayers (Cruckshank & Partners) 10/10


Dear Charlie Farran Band, Loved your band at the Studland Festival. You guys are amazing, fantastic set played superbly and with great humour. You guys looked as if you were enjoying the gig. I thing I really liked you are unique and a complete change from the usual guitar bands. My friends and I could not stop dancing. You deserve every success.  Maggie Kemp (Studland Beer Festival ) 10/10


Dear Charlie, It was great to talk with you at The Wareham Music Festival, I cannot believe that was your bands first gig? Fantastic Band, fantastic musicians and wonderful music. You deserve every success. Dave Wills, Wareham. Hi Charlie, Thanks for a great show at Wareham Music Festival last night. The band was fantastic, you really rocked, just my kind of music.

Rod Curtis Wareham Town Clerk, Chairman of the Wareham Music Festival. 10/10


What a Band, Quality Music Old School but all the better for it. Saw this band last week at a venue in Bournemouth. they swing like hell. Amazing band and fun guys.   Jon D Woods 10/10




Why book a 'Covers Band' when you can entertain your guests, with a swinging driving R&B band that will please all age groups and get everyone up and dancing/ Impress your the best! Contact us now.

Charlie Farran  Bolan House, 6 Chalky Road, Broadmayne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PJ

    0771 975 5664, 01305 853510

To book the band or discuss your budget do not hesitate to contact us by email or Telephone Email: or call us on: 0771 975 5664.

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