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9 Piece Soul / Function Band

FUNKification originally began life in the summer of 2001 and was formed by horn players Dave Odams and Mark Farrar, their goal being to create a top quality band playing classic soul, funk and disco tunes without limiting the band to any one specific genre. The bandLive Function Bands started out playing the legendary soul and blues songs covered by The Commitments and The Blues Brothers, but soon built upon this solid foundation by adding a whole host of other lively soul and funk classics. The band further complimented the set list with a number of ’70s disco and ’80s/’90s pop-rock favourites, thus ensuring that everyone’s musical taste is catered for in their fantastic stage show. 

Their first few gigs were huge successes (filling popular London venues, such as The Bedford, to full capacity on more than one occasion), with people crowding onto the dance floor to dance to the infectious beat. Private functions were just as much of a success, with the line ”You’re the best band we’ve ever heard! Can we have your card?” or similar, being said at every event! The ever-increasing popularity of the band attracted the attention of some of London’s top musicians, all wanting to join the band, and the line-up of the band slowly evolved into the amazing team that you see today. 

FUNKification now comprises some of London’s top soul, funk and jazz musicians, who have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. All of the current members have a background in either London West End shows, The Guildhall School of Music Jazz Masters course or The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, so really are the finest musicians of their generation! Along with innovative arrangements of classic tunes, full horn-section sound and inventive soloists, FUNKification is the band to make your event an unforgettable experience. The band are all young and enthusiastic, and have a huge amount of musical experience, along with an obvious love for the music they play. They visibly enjoy playing their funk-soul-disco mix almost as much as the audience love hearing them, which is highlighted by the fact that they now have to prepare multiple encores for their gigs as the audience won’t let them leave! A potential source for stars of the future!


Letters Of Recommendation From Previous Clients

Reference 1
“THANKYOU SO MUCH for a really fantastic night! Everyone was so impressed by the sound you made and the wide variety of music you played. I think you have a few new fans! You even got my Grandma up on the dance floor so you’re obviously doing it right! You guys are just the best! ….. p.s. Have put a bit extra on your cheque for a few beers – you deserve it!” – Claire & David, Bride & Groom.

Reference 2
"A huge thank you for playing at our wedding. We and everyone else we have spoken to thought you were brilliant. I hope you all enjoyed yourself as much as possible and our best wishes to the future success of the band." – Cecilia & Ed, Bride & Groom.
Reference 3
"The perfect combination of fun and talent" – Entertainment Manager, The Bedford.
Reference 4
“Thank you for playing so brilliantly… we really enjoyed the dancing… we had a great time, as did all the guests… we'll be looking out for your first album!" – Kay & Mark, Bride & Groom.
Reference 5
"Excellent!" – Richard Stilgoe.
Reference 6
"What a wicked night!!!! …. Very professional" – Helen Taylor, UCL Jazz Society President.
Reference 7
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you guys - you were fantastic! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the band, so I hope you go from strength to strength!" – Lori & Alex, Bride & Groom.
Reference 8
“The band were excellent … everyone enjoyed their fabulous sound.  I just wish we could have had the venue for a bit longer so that we could have enjoyed their performance for a bit more of the night.” – K. Lagden, father of the bride.


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Ain’t Nobody

Rufus & Chaka Khan

Beat It

Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson

Blame It On The Boogie

The Jacksons

Can You Feel It

The Jacksons

Car Wash

Rose Royce

The Chicken

Pee-Wee Ellis

Cosmic Girl


Disco Inferno

The Trammps

Gonna Fly Now

Maynard Ferguson

Groove Is In The Heart


Hard To Handle

Otis Redding

The House That Jack Built

Aretha Franklin

I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown

I Want You Back

The Jacksons

I Wish

Stevie Wonder

In The Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett

Lady Marmalade


Le Freak


Love The One You're With

Aretha Franklin

Midnight At The Oasis

Maria Muldar

Move On Up

Curtis Mayfield

Mustang Sally

Wilson Pickett

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

James Brown

Pick Up The Pieces

The Average White Band

Play That Funky Music

Wild Cherry


Aretha Franklin

Rock Steady

Aretha Franklin


Earth, Wind & Fire

Shake A Tail Feather

Ray Charles

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Stevie Wonder

Sir Duke

Stevie Wonder

Son Of A Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield

Soul Man

Sam & Dave

Soul With A Capital ‘S’

Tower Of Power

Theme From Starsky & Hutch


Street Life

The Crusaders


Stevie Wonder

Take Me To The River

Al Green


Michael Jackson

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out

Freak Power


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