Nice People Productions
Tel: 0845 644 3296 or +44 (0) 1603 426 009
60s Name Bands
The Ivy League
60s Band with Hits records including Do You Want to Know a Secret
available in London, Birmingham, Wales, Manchester, Essex,
and the whole of the UK
Paul Rafferty was recruited to
join the Dakotas as new frontman/bass player in late Feb 2008. Paul
was well known to Toni & Pete from earlier years on Piccadilly Radio
as a singer/songwriter & performer. Paul has toured Britain before
with his own band supporting Bucks Fizz and he has had two singles
released on EMI label: 'The Man behind The Scenes' which he wrote
himself, and 'Too Late Now' written for him by Junior Campbell. They
were recorded at Abbey Rd Studios London and can also be heard on
our music player here on myspace. For a few years, Paul sang &
played bass at 'Bookbinders' a top Manchester night club. The owner
of the club, the late Brian Bookbinder was also the uncle of Tony
Bookbinder the Dakotas' original drummer! After several great
singers and musicians were considered for the role of Dakotas'
frontman, Paul's experience & fabulous vocals stood him in good
stead when the final few were being considered. His natural
experience of live gigs & recording made him feel instantly at home
in his new environment.
Toni Baker joined the Dakotas
early in the 90s, though he has a long history of working in well
known bands. He played on Billy Ocean's early recordings in the 70s,
& was a member of "Shabby Tiger", a hugely successful group in
Europe, with many hit singles, such as the No.1, "Slow Down". Toni,
who is still a top UK session man, now owns his own recording studio
"Moose". He is also a talented songwriter, who had a Number 5 hit in
Japan with Eat You Up. More recently Toni wrote all the music,
including the theme tune, for Britain's top comedian Peter Kay on
his highly acclaimed comedy series "Phoenix Nights" and Max &
Paddy's Road to Nowhere. Toni and fellow band member Pete Hilton
also starred in the first episode of the first series of Phoenix
Nights as members of a folk band called "Half A Shilling". Toni
continues his production and session work for major TV programmes
including "Waterloo Road" and "League of Gentlemen". A CD containing
much of his recent TV work - The Best of Peter Kay So Far -was
released in December 2005. Toni is working on the music production
of a guitar tuition DVD at the moment, called "killerguitartips".
Pete Hilton joined the Dakotas
in 1999, but has also a long established pedigree. An ex-member of
Freddie & the Dreamers, he is also a respected session drummer, and
has been touring since 1963. In the late sixties Pete worked the
original Liverpool Cavern Club with the eminent guitarist Robin
Hill. Pete and Robin went on to form jazz rock band "Spring". There
were memorable live performances with Mike Oldfield, Joe Cocker,
Canned Heat, Deep Purple, & Traffic. In the late seventies Pete
worked theatres throughout the UK with many greats such as Frankie
Howerd and Bob Monkhouse. Rolf Harris & Tommy Cooper also played an
important role in Pete's musical education! In the late seventies
while working with pop group Family Affair (Alan Clare was also in
the band!) Pete grabbed the opportunity to gig with the Supremes
(Mary Wilson). He also worked alongside David Essex, who later
inspired Pete to perform in "Godspell" while he was living in
Canada. Pete is passionate about jazz and classical music and was
delighted to collaborate with Robin Hill once again to perform the
Claude Bolling concerto. Pete is currently recording again with
Robin. He continues to teach drumming, as well as performing with
Alan Clare joined the band in
2006. His varied guitar talents lend themselves perfectly to The
Dakotas' many faceted musical styles. Alan has worked in many bands,
including Freddie & the Dreamers alongside Pete Hilton, and is still
a major session player, having worked with artists as diverse as the
Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Buddy Greco, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney,
Gerard Kenny, Kenny Lynch, Lynn Paul and Ken Dodd. As well as being
one of the North's leading session guitarists, Alan also teaches a
master class in advanced jazz guitar techniques.
The Dakotas are part of the website
of Nice People Productions Entertainment Agency.
We provide a
complete entertainment service and quality wedding and corporate
for all types of event in London, England, Wales, Scotland,
East Anglia, Suffolk, Norfolk, Ipswich, Colchester, Bedford, Felixstowe,
and across the whole of the UK.
We specialise in
Function BandsParty Bands 60s 70s and 80s Bands
and Name Bands
including Boney M.
Nice People Productions
has a large database of Acts. If you would like
After Dinner Speakers, Magic and Illusion, Close Up
Punch and Judy,Marionettes, Puppet Shows, Fun Casinos, Horse
Racing, Childrens Entertainment,
Father Christmas, Costume Characters,
Look-alikes, Sound-alike, DJs, Mobile Discos, Comperes, Comedy Vocalists,
Stand Up Comics, String Quartets, Harpists,
Acoustic Music for acts like the very Talented
Richard Taylor who has been
lucky to entertain the Royal Family, The Beckhams and at such prestigious
venues as The Ritz, The Savoy, Claridges, The Dorchester & The Royal Albert
Fashion Show Choreography with Production.
PA Hire, Audio & Video
Five times Grammy award winning
Tribute is here, Bafta Award winner
the winner of The hit TV Show The one and only"
Dusty Springfield Tribute.
lookalike for David Tennant and
now available for corporate events. Norfolk is a growing area for
Corporate entertainment and we strive to provide the best service possible
in Norfolk and indeed East Anglia.
Nice People Productions are the UK's leading
Entertainment Agency based in East Anglia,
Tribute Bands Party Bands & Function Bands and all types of Entertainment
including Abba, Mamma Mia.
We have Almost 40 Years experience in Music, including Bands, Music Technology,
Recording Studio's (Recorded my Band's first Single at Abbey Road in London
(Wow, a great experience for A Norwich Lad), Produced Theatre Shows,
Engineered Sound for Star names like Gene Pitney (with Orchestra), played
Star names such as Frankie Vaughn, Managed & Produced
Tribute shows for P&O Cruises and most of The UK's Theatre's.
We are also experienced DJ's.
Most important we are honest and careful in placing
Entertainment to match your requirements.
Nice People Productions are main suppliers to and recommended by
Holiday Inn Norwich Airport.
We are an HONEST Entertainment Agency, We like to make your
"Booking of entertainment experience", as stress free as possible.
We supply Free of Charge a Wedding Budget Planner for Excel if you book your
wedding entertainment through Nice People Productions.
We are what it says on the tin..............Nice People to do business with.
East Anglia is a lovely part of the world, with Anglia TV being our regional
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Our clients, both private and corporate
include:- hotels and hotel chains, e.g Holiday Inn, Hilton,
and Elizabeth Hotels, private individuals, marketing and
blue chip organisations, nightclubs, cruise ships,
stately homes, exhibition organisers, agents, councils,
national retail outlets, pub companies, haven holidays, bourne leisure,
Mecca Leisure, Park Resorts and many more....... Please always remember..."The sooner you Book the more likely you
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