A Great Band For Weddings, Parties & Events

The Paul James Band


About the Paul James Band

The Paul James Band has built its reputation on professionalism and attention to musical detail. The five-piece band, our most popular line-up, comprises keyboards, bass, drums, guitar or saxophone and female vocals.

Members of the band have performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad, having worked in the fields of jazz, rock and pop touring with some of the country’s top artistes, show bands, production shows and cruise ships.



The band is extremely versatile, being able to play a wide variety of songs. Mainly we perform a selection of classic soul, disco, 60’s and pop which helps to create a great party atmosphere by keeping the dance floor full.

If required, we are more than happy to include material ranging from jazz, swing and Rat Pack to ballroom dancing, country dancing and Salsa! Our programme is personally arranged to suit the individual needs of our clients and we are always updating our repertoire, frequently performing requests such as the First Dance.

North East Wedding Band & Corporate Entertainment

Professional wedding and function band

The Paul James Band is a professional wedding and function band based in the North East of England available to perform for your Wedding, Corporate Event, Function, Dinner Dance, Christmas Party, University Ball and other such occasions where the right music will make all the difference.

Tried and Tested

The band has an impressive track record, having played at hundreds of weddings, parties, balls and major corporate functions in the last twenty years.

Local, national and international

Based in the Northeast of England, we regularly travel the UK and work on cruise ships.

Some of the venues at which we've performed:

The Savoy, London
Gleneagles, Scotland
City Hall, Newcastle
Cameron House, Loch Lomond
The Sage, Gateshead (Hall 1 & Hall 2)
Tyne Theatre
Marriott Gosforth Park
The Hilton, Gateshead
Wynyard Hall
Wynyard Garden
Headingley Cricket Ground
York Race Course
Aldwark Manor
Alnwick Castle
Armathwaite Hall
As You Like It
Assembly Rooms
Auckland Castle
Bamburgh Castle
Beamish Hall
Belsay Hall
Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Blagdon Hall
Bolam Hall
Brancepath Castle
Brandling Gosforth Park
Budle Hall
Catterick Garrison
Centre For Life, Newcastle
Chillingham Castle
Civic Centre, Newcastle
Close House Mansion
Copthorne Hotel
Crathorne Hall
Culzean Castle, Scotland
Customs House
Derwent Manor
Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
Discovery Centre, Newcastle
Dissington Hall
Doxford Barns
Doxford Hall
Durham Castle
Durham Cricket Ground
Ellingham Hall
Embleton Hall
Eshott Hall
Garden House, Durham
Gisborough Hall
Gosforth Civic Hall
Gosforth Racecourse
Greenhills Lodge
Grinkle Park
Guyzance Hall
Hall Garth Hotel
Harburn House, Scotland
Hardwick Hall
Headlam Hall
Horton Grange
Jesmond Dene House
Judges, Yarm
Kirkley Hall
Laing Gallery
Lancastrian Suite
Langdale Town & Country Club
Langley Castle
Linden Hall
Live Theatre, Newcastle
Lodore Falls Hotel
Longhirst Hall
Louis Restaurant, Jesmond
Lumley Castle
Manor House
Mansion House
Mansion House
Marco Pierre White’s, Newcastle
Marriott Royal County, Durham
Marriott Seaburn
Matfen Hall
Merewood House
Middleton Lodge
Naworth Castle, Cumbria
Newcastle Falcons Stadium
Old Assembly Rooms
Oldfields Restaurant
Otterburn Hall
Otterburn, Le Petit Château
Otterburn Tower
Prestwold Hall
RAF Leeming
Rainton Arena
Raithwaite Hall
Ramside Hall
Redworth Hall
Rockliffe Hall
Rudding Park
Rushpool Hall
Seaham Hall
Shotton Hall
Slaley Hall
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
St James Park
Stadium of Light
The Baltic, Newcastle
The Majestic, Harrogate
The Morritt Arms Hotel
The Pavillion, Alnwick Garden
The Roker Tavistock Hotel
The Thistle Hotel
The Vermont
Thirlestane Castle
Tillmouth Park Country House Hotel
Tynedale Conference and Functioning Centre
Walworth Castle
Whitworth Hall
Yorebridge House

Some of our clients:

P&O Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Holland America Line
Beverley Polo Club
Alan Shearer Foundation
3M, UK
Adessi PR
Baldwin Seal Marketing
Barnard Castle School
Beamish Hall Events Team
Brewin Dolphin Securities Limited
The British Association of Teachers of Dancing
Catterick Garrison
Celebrity Strictly Dine & Dance Event
Central High School
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Cyril Sweet Construction
Dame Allan’s School
Duke & Duchess Of Northumberland
Durham School
Durham University
EAGA plc
Ellinham Hall Events Team
Engica Technology Systems International
Gala Casinos
Hilton Hotels
International Geneticists Conference
Jesmond Dene House Events Team
John Lewis PLC
The Law Society
Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear
Lord Mayor, Newcastle
Lord Mayor, South Tyneside
Lord Mayor, Sunderland
Lord Ridley, Blagdon Hall
Marriott Hotels
Matfen Hall Events Team
Institute Road Transport Engineers
Marco Pierre White
Marks and Spencer
NESSY Law Society
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Newcastle Prep School
Newcastle University
Northern Counties Dance Teachers
Northumbria Police
Procter & Gamble
Prof. Steve Black, Coach
RAF Leeming
Richard Sinton Jeweller
Ridley Lodge
Rockcliffe Hall Events Team
Rotary Club of Tyneside
Seaham Hall Events Team
Shared Interest Investments
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
Sir John Burn
St Bees School
St Oswald’s Charity
Stockton Council
Sunderland University
Territorial Army
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Tyne Rowing Club
Westfield School
Wynyard Hall Events Team
Variety Club


The right live music choices are vital in making your wedding day or event extra special.


A versatile party band offering a range of musical services, from discreet ceremony music to the full wedding entertainment package.


We provide high quality entertainment for your guests and are able to alter our set as we go to ensure that the dance floor stays full.


We can provide several entertainment options, depending on your requirements and budget.

Paul James Band

Perfect for your wedding

We will work with you to plan your very own programme of entertainment. Call us now on 07711 140805 or send us your timings and we will send you a programme to suit your requirements.

You Choose!

Your own Tailor-Made set

Modern Chart:
Popular Chart Hits from recent years

Timeless Cool:
Popular Soul and Funk to put the ‘groove’ into your party

The very best dance floor fillers from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s

Swing Favourites:
Sophisticated swing from Sinatra to Buble

OR Just leave it to us

We’ll be happy to prepare a set for you by selecting the very best from our vast repertoire of songs to keep your guests on the dance floor.

Here are two sample programmes that we have found to be very popular with our wedding clients.

Basic Package

Just the band

6:30pm Staff prepare the function suite and band set-up for evening
7:30pm Band Set (quiet background music whilst guests enter and socialise)
8:15pm MP3’s Background Music (or DJ)
8:30pm First Dance, followed by Band Set
9:15pm Buffet with MP3’s (or DJ)
10:15pm Band Set
11:00pm MP3’s (or DJ)
Midnight Close

All Inclusive Package

Ceremony music, afternoon music and 3 x 45 min evening band sets

2:00pm Wedding Ceremony with solo piano (classical music)
2:45pm Drinks reception with solo piano (background)
4:00pm Wedding Breakfast with piano and sax or piano and double bass (background)
6:15pm Staff prepare the function suite and band set-up for evening
7:00pm Guests begin to enter with carefully selected pre-recorded background music playing
7:30pm Band Set (quiet background music whilst guests socialise)
8:15pm Guests socialise with carefully selected pre-recorded background music playing
8:45pm First Dance, followed by Band Set
9:30pm Buffet with pre-recorded background music or DJ mixed Dance Tracks playing
10:30pm Band Set
11:15pm DJ Mixed Dance Tracks
Midnight Close

Our Repertoire

Popular Set

A popular set for a wedding/corporate event:

Young Hearts
Cake By The Ocean
Blame it on the Boogie
9 to 5
Moves Like Jagger
Human - Killers
Next To Me (Emili Sande)
Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)
You’ve Got The Love (Florence)
We Are Family
Stuck In The Middle
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Dancing In The Street
Rescue Me
You To Me Are Everything
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
No Diggity
It’s Raining Men
Mr Brightside
Sex Is On Fire
Don’t Stop Believing

We regularly add to our repertoire so please check with us to see what’s recently been added.

Timeless Cool

Popular Soul and Funk to put the ‘groove’ into your party:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
Ain’t Nobody
Baby Love
Billie Jean
Blame It On The Boogie
Boogie Oogie Oogie
Chain Reaction
Everybody Needs Somebody
For Once In My Life
Gimme Some Lovin’
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
I Feel Good
I Wish
Isn’t She Lovely
Knock On Wood
Lady Marmalade
Let’s Stay Together
Love Train
Midnight At The Oasis
Midnight Hour
Murder On The Dancefloor
Mustang Sally
Piece Of My Heart
Play That Funky Music
Rescue Me
Son Of A Preacher Man
Stand By Me
Stop! In The Name Of Love
Teardrops On The Dancefloor
The Love I Lost
The Way You Make Me Feel
Tracks Of My Tears
We Are Family
Where Did Our Love Go
You To Me Are Everything

Modern Chart

Popular Chart Hits from recent years:

All About The Bass
Cake By The Ocean
Don’t Stop Believing
Don’t Stop The Music
Forget You (Cee-Lo)
Get Lucky
Human (Killers)
Jar Of Hearts
Mr Brightside
No Diggity
Rolling In The Deep
Sex Is On Fire
Someone Like You
Stay With Me (Sam Smith)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)


The very best dance floor fillers from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s:

9 to 5
A Little Respect
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
Best Years Of Our Lives
Black Velvet
Bobbie’s Girl
Brown Eyed Girl
Call My Name (Cheryl Cole)
Chasing Cars
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Could It Be Magic
Dancing In The Moonlight
Dancing In The Street
Dancing Queen
Everything (Michael Buble)
Everytime We Touch
Flashdance-What A Feeling
Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man Until Midnight)
Give It Up
Green Onions
Hot Stuff
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
I Just Wanna Make Love To You
I Only Want To Be With You
I Saw Him Standing There
I Will Survive
I’m In The Mood For Dancing
I’m So Excited
If I Can’t Have You
It’s Raining Men
Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
Let’s Get This Party Started (Pink/Bassey)
Let’s Stick Together (Roxy Music)
Let’s Twist Again
Lipstick On Your Collar
Mama Mia
Mama Said (Dionne Bromfield)
Mercy (Duffy)
Misirlou (Theme From Pulp Fiction’)
Movin’ On Up
My Guy
Never Can Tell
Never Forget You (Noisettes)
Next To Me
One Step Beyond
Only Girl In The World (Rihanna)
Pack Up Your Troubles
Price Tag
Push The Button
River Deep, Mountain High
Release Me (Agnes)
Rock Around The Clock
Rule The World
Shoop Shoop
Simply The Best
Stuck In The Middle
Stupid Cupid
Super Trooper
Suspicious Minds
Sway (Pussycat Dolls)
Sweet Child of Mine
This Is It!
This Time I Know It’s For Real
Twist And Shout
You Bring Me Joy (Amelia Lily)
Under The Boardwalk
Walking On Sunshine
When A Woman
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
You Can’t Hurry Love
You Got The Love (Florence)
Young Hearts

Swing Favourites

Sophisticated swing from Sinatra to Buble:

At Last
Cheek To Cheek
Fly Me To The Moon
I’m In The Mood For Love
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In The Mood (Glen Miller Medley)
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t…
It Had To Be You
Lady Is A Tramp
Let There Be Love
Quando, Quando
Route 66
Strangers In The Night
The Way You Look Tonight
Very Thought Of You


A selection of the best Swing Standards:

A Fine Romance
All The Things You Are
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Besame Mucho
Blue Moon
Bye Bye BlackBird
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Cheek To Cheek
Cry Me A River
Dance Me To The End Of Love
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Fly Me To The Moon
Girl From Ipanema
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I’m In The Mood For Love
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In The Mood (Glen Miller Medley)
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t…
It Had To Be You
I Wish I Knew
Lady Is A Tramp
Let There Be Love
Moon River
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
Nearness Of You
Night and Day
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Paper Moon
Pick Yourself Up
Quando, Quando
Route 66
Secret Love
Shadow of Your Smile
Strangers In The Night
That’s All
These Foolish Things
This Masquerade
True Love
Very Thought Of You
Way You Look Tonight
When You’re Smiling
We’ll Meet Again


Keep the dance floor full with Salsa:

Besame Mucho
Ran Kan Kan
The Shadow Of Your Smile
El Pantero Mambo


Beautiful Ballads:

A Moment Like This
All The Man I Need
Always On My Mind
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Because You Loved Me
Brown Eyes Blue
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Can’t Stay Away From You
Carpenters Medley 1-Superstar/Goodbye to love/Rainy days and Mondays
Carpenters Medley 2-Yesterday once more/Won’t last a day without you/Top of the world
Carpenters Medley 3-Ticket to ride/We’ve only just begun/Close to you
Cry Me Out (Pixie Lott)
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Don’t Know Why (Nora Jones)
End Of The World
Endless love
Eternal flame
Every Time We Touch (Yanou`s Candlelight Mix)
Everything (Michael Buble)
Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Feeling Good
Feels Like Home
Fields of gold (Eva Cassidy)
For all we know (Carpenters)
For your eyes only
From Russia With Love
From this moment on
Get here
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Heaven (Yanou`s Candlelight Mix)
Here we are
How do I live without you
I Can’t Make You Love Me
I dreamed a dream
I only want to be with you
I will always love you
I’ll never love this way again
I’m Kissing You (Des’Ree)
I’ve never been to me
If I Were A Boy
If Tomorrow Never Comes
If we hold on together
Just The Two Of Us
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Lady in Red
Let’s Stay Together
Like A Star
Lonely together
Love hurts
Make believe it’s your first time
Memory (Cats)
Miss you like crazy
Move Closer
My heart will go on (Titanic)
My Way
Never had a dream come true
Nobody Does It better
Nothing’s gonna change my love for you
On my own
One day I’ll fly away
Over the rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
Power of love (Jennifer Rush)
Promise me
Right here waiting
River of Tears
Save the best for last
Simple Love
Someone Like You
Sometimes when we touch
Stand By Me
Sweet Love
Talking in your sleep
Tears on my pillow
That’s what friends are for
The Rose (Bette Midler)
The Way we were
There you’ll be (Pearl Harbour)
This is the moment
Time after time
To Know Him Is To Love Him (Amy Winehouse)
Walk on by
What I did for love
When I dream
When you tell me that you love me
Wind beneath my wings
With You I’m Born Again
Wonderful Tonight
Wonderful World
You Are So Beautiful
You Do Something To Me
You needed me
Your Song
You’ve got a friend


Christmas party favourites:

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Merry Christmas (Everybody’s having Fun)
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
White Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Last Christmas
Merry Christmas Everybody
White Christmas
Santa Baby
Silent Night
When A Child Is Born
Santa Claus Is Comming To Town
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
Winter Wonderland

Many more songs available, please ask if you have a particular request


We always use a high quality PA and lighting system and could also provide a DJ or our own pre-recorded music to suit the mood; anything from carefully selected quiet jazz and love songs to DJ-mixed chart dance tracks. We also have the facility to play your own mp3’s should you wish to supply them. We can ensure that music is playing from the moment your guests arrive until the close of your event.


Our equipment is PAT tested and we have full public liability insurance.

Please use the form below to contact Paul James for a copy of our current certificate.

Contact us

We always liaise with our clients regarding timings, requests and any other considerations well in advance, in order to ensure that the event is a success.

Email & Phone

For the quickest response, please call us if you would like to make an enquiry or discuss a booking - or you can drop us an email with your date and event, and we will get back to you asap.

Email: pauljamesband@gmail.com

Tel: 07711 140805

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