The Wooden Men are a group of life-long friends, tired of the apparent lack of music that truly shakes people to the core, so they made a pact to break that mould and to blend together the best sounds and styles to create their own brand of unique, honest and soulful dance-floor fillers.
The Wooden Men's original sound underlines their understanding of the best music for grabbing a crowd, throwing them in the air and not letting them down until they're finished.
With the smoothness of Otis Reading, the power of James Brown and the excitement of the Rolling Stones, it would be no exaggeration to say that this band never fail to get everybody singing, dancing and losing themselves altogether from start to finish.
Bringing a modern twist to the classic sounds that have stood the test of time: An infectious mixture of Funk, Soul, Blues, Ska and Pop, we assure you that The Wooden Men are a band you shall never forget.
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Welcome to The Wooden Men – Surrey's leading party and event band!
With an extensive variety of eclectic musical styles, ranging from 50’s Soul and Blues, 60’s Reggae, 70's Rock to 80’s 2tone and 00’s Indie Rock, the band bring the party to every party.
The band prides itself on its musical kinship, super fly appearance and sense of professionalism; each member maintains a positive attitude and a desire to bring something new to old favourites. So, whether it’s a pub gig, a party function, corporate event or a special wedding day, the Wooden Men never fail to get everyone groovin' n a swayin’.
The Wooden Men provide the following as standard:
The Wooden Men are based in Surrey and available for parties and events in Surrey, or further afield in the UK.
|Memphis Soul Stew||King Curtis|
|Hard to Handle||Otis Redding|
|Tainted Love||Gloria Jones / Soft Cell|
|Nite Klub||The Specials|
|Take Me to the River||Al Green (Ska version)|
|Tears of a Clown||The Beat|
|54/46 Was My Number||Toots & The Maytals|
|Beggin'||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons|
|Mustang Sally||Wilson Pickett|
|A Message to You, Rudy||The Specials|
|Sweet Home Chicago||The Blues Brothers|
|Johnny be Goode (reggae version)||Peter Tosh|
|Everybody Needs Somebody||The Blues Brothers|
|Lip Up Fatty||Bad Manners|
|Shake Your Tail Feather||The Blues Brothers|
|Long Train Running||The Doobie Brothers|
|You Know I'm No Good||Amy Winehouse|
|I Feel Good (I Got You)||James Brown|
|Play That Funky Music||Wild Cherry|
|Shout||The Isely Brothers|
|Higher and Higher||Jackie Wilson|
|Live and Let Die||Wings|
|Hit the Road Jack||Ray Charles|
|Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)||Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel|
|7 Nation Skarmy||The White Stripes|
|Uptown Funk||Bruno Mars|
|One Step Beyond||Madness|
|Chase The Devil||Max Romeo|
|Could You Be Loved||Bob Marley|
|Should I Stay or Should I Go?||The Clash|
AND MANY MORE!
Chris Green, Production Accountant, Buffalo Pictures Ltd – Doc Martin Series 6
Alex – 18th Birthday, Bristol
Becky – 21st Birthday, Surrey
If you are a Wooden Men fan you know what to expect from one of their gigs; high octane performances that inject their unique brand of entertainment straight into the bloodstream.
Tonight’s venue - Leatherhead FC – is sold out and in anticipation of what’s to come the crowd is pouring in. We know why we’re here; to participate in what is one of the most interactive acts on the circuit. And as we are about to discover resistance is futile.
Up first is vocalist Natalie Burgess who leads us through some of the Men’s new material including the effortlessly cool and mellow Sunny Day which, in direct contrast to the local weather - it’s bloody freezing - succeeds in warming things up. Watch out for the horn section led by Vanessa Humphreys and Mike Murphy.
In quick succession come tracks from the band’s excellent new EP, The Wooden Men. These include the beautifully composed and soulful Get Gone. With our heads firmly in the clouds and as if the grass couldn’t get any greener, we are treated to Mother Mother followed by No Time which provides charismatic frontman and guitar hero Conor McParland an opportunity to express the band’s feelings for the audience; they love us. And we them. We are no longer the audience; we are the wooden people and we’re lovin’ it. Duly knighted (in a musical way) it’s time for a quick break and a pint.
As the Men deliver a succession of all-time favourite covers the ‘wooden people’ need little encouragement and they quickly return to their carved-out niches. Soon we’re moving upwards and onwards to a raft of soul tracks including Your Love Lifts Me (Higher and Higher). There’s also time to feel good with a little James Brown before vocalist and guitarist, Stuart Andrews, takes us through a succession of ska hits with renditions of Gangsters (The Specials), Lip Up Fatty (Bad Manners) and One Step Beyond (Madness). This is the stuff! And the crowd go wild.
The Men have played for over two hours with a short break during which there is no downtime. This is largely attributed to the ceaseless work of the rhythm section comprising the musicianship of Sean Clarke on bass and the furious confidence of Joe Colfar on drums. It also gives the band’s enigmatic percussionist Tommy Clinnick AKA Mr Mysterious a chance to chime.
As McParland observes later, what’s really made the night a success is the commitment of the audience who turn out in force to create an atmosphere that other bands would kill for. Regardless of age (spanning teens to octogenarians) they’re singing, swaying and boogying to the power of The Wooden Men. It’s all good.
Leatherhead is home turf for the Wooden Men who, despite their Irish (and other) connections, are proud to call Surrey home. As McParland brings the informalities to a close just around Midnight, I’m reminded that The Wooden Men promise to bring a modern twist to the classic sounds that have stood the test of time: an infectious mixture of Funk, Soul, Blues, Ska and Pop. They certainly did that tonight and as we leave Leatherhead FC, I have this feeling that I didn’t so much attend the gig; I was part of something very special. Isn’t that what’s meant to happen? I think I may have become a very proud wooden person and I will be back.
If you would like further information about the Wooden men then please email Conor and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Alternatively, please call Conor on 07889575519