The Wooden Men

Funk and Soul Originals Band and
Surrey's Leading Party and Events Band

About the Wooden men

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.

Meet the band

Conor McParland

Lead Guitar / Vocals

Natalie Burgess


Stuart Andrews

Guitar / Vocals

Joe Colfar


Sean Clarke


Mike Murphy


Vanessa Humphreys


Tommy Clinnick


Originals Gigs and Festivals

More details to follow!

Song List

Sunny Day The Wooden Men
Shoot The Breeze The Wooden Men
Get Gone The Wooden Men
Mother Mother The Wooden Men
Sit Down Look Around The Wooden Men
No Time The Wooden Men


For more details, please download the Press Pack here.

Take Me to the River
Lip Up Fatty
Take Me to the River
Johnny Be Good



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:

  • Phenomenal professional live band
  • 2 x 1 hour live sets
  • Great set list of dance floor fillers – tailored to your tastes
  • A high-quality PA
  • PAT Certified Equipment and Public Liability Insurance
  • Professional booking service and exceptional communication and planning skills

The Wooden Men are based in Surrey and available for parties and events in Surrey, or further afield in the UK.

Song List

Memphis Soul StewKing Curtis
Hard to HandleOtis Redding
Tainted LoveGloria Jones / Soft Cell
Nite KlubThe Specials
Take Me to the River Al Green (Ska version)
Tears of a ClownThe Beat
54/46 Was My NumberToots & The Maytals
Beggin'Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
A Message to You, RudyThe Specials
Baggy TrousersMadness
Sweet Home ChicagoThe Blues Brothers
Johnny be Goode (reggae version) Peter Tosh
GangstersThe Specials
Everybody Needs SomebodyThe Blues Brothers
Lip Up FattyBad Manners
Shake Your Tail FeatherThe Blues Brothers
Long Train RunningThe Doobie Brothers
ValerieAmy Winehouse
You Know I'm No GoodAmy Winehouse
I Feel Good (I Got You)James Brown
Play That Funky MusicWild Cherry
ShoutThe Isely Brothers
Higher and HigherJackie Wilson
Live and Let DieWings
Hit the Road JackRay Charles
Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
7 Nation Skarmy The White Stripes
Uptown FunkBruno Mars
One Step Beyond Madness
Park LifeBlur
Chase The DevilMax Romeo
Could You Be LovedBob Marley
Should I Stay or Should I Go?The Clash
Sunshine DayOsibisa



“Buffalo Pictures Re Doc Martin would like to thank all the band "The Wooden Men" for a great night which was enjoyed by Cast & Crew. Hope we will be able to do it all again in 2015. …”

Chris Green, Production Accountant, Buffalo Pictures Ltd – Doc Martin Series 6

“The Wooden Men were amazing! They really made my festival themed party, had so much energy and were full of fun - everybody was up dancing and enjoying themselves. They played songs people knew and played them brilliantly. I would recommend them time and time again. Thank you! …”

Alex – 18th Birthday, Bristol

“I hired the Wooden Men for my birthday party and they were fantastic. Not only do they sound great, they all put in so much effort for the night. They spent the day setting up for the party and came back in the evening and did a great set and had taken the time to learn my requests. They made the party and I would definitely recommend them to anyone! …”

Becky – 21st Birthday, Surrey


The Wooden Men lift Leatherhead Higher

A review of the Wooden Men at Leatherhead FC Saturday 16th December 2017

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.

Come and see The Wooden Men’s Live Funk n’ Soul show:

Beckenham 30th December 2017

The Elm Tree, 116 Croydon Road, Elmers End, Beckenham. BR3 4DF. Just come along, FREE entry.

Bristol 16th of February 2018

The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, BS1 2LE Bristol. Tickets are available from £4.65 at

Contact the Wooden men

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