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
Toni Baker joined the Dakotas on keyboards and vocals in the early 80s, alongside two original members, Mike Maxfield and Tony Mansfield. The Dakotas toured again with Billy J Kramer in '96. Toni has a long history of working in hit 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, a session man for years, is also a songwriter and had a Number 5 hit in Japan with the hi-energy classic "Eat You Up". He was also responsible for writing all the music for Britain's top comedy series "Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights" and "Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere". Toni continues his production work for major TV programmes including "Waterloo Road" and "League of Gentlemen".
A CD with much of his TV work - The Best of Peter Kay So Far - was released in 2005.
Pete Hilton joined the Dakotas in 1998 replacing Tony Bookbinder on drums. He is a well respected session player, and has been touring since 1963. In the late sixties Pete worked the Liverpool Cavern Club along with the 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 70s Pete worked UK theatres with many greats such as Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse, Rolf Harris & Tommy Cooper! He also worked alongside The Supremes and David Essex, who inspired Pete to perform in "Godspell" while he was living in Canada.
Pete also starred alongside Toni in "Phoenix Nights" as a member of folk band "Half A Shilling" and he is currently recording again with Robin Hill. As well as playing with the Dakotas, he teaches drumming and regularly appears at tradeshows demonstrating Roland V drums alongside colleague Pete Shaw
Alan Clare joined the Dakotas on lead guitar in 2006, when Mike Maxfield became too ill to perform live any more. His varied guitar styles perfectly suit The Dakotas' music. Alan has worked in many different bands, from 60s bands, to funk and jazz bands.He is still a major session player, having worked with artistes as diverse as The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Buddy Greco, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Gerard Kenny, Lynn Paul and Ken Dodd.
As well as being one of the North's leading session guitarists, Alan teaches a master class in advanced jazz guitar techniques and also works in an acoustic duo with singer Linda Jennings playing small venues around the North West
Marius Jones joined the Dakotas on bass in 2010. He had played many shows with Pete, Alan & Toni, so was an obvious choice when it came down to choosing the right man for the bass guitar job.
Marius has a wealth of musical experience and has orked with many legends over the years. As well as whaving worked with Pete & Alan in Freddie & the Dreamers, he also played bass with Amen Corner for several years.
He is a great musician who has provided the musical foundation for a wealth of international stars.
Ronnie J Ravey had been known to Toni and Pete for years. An amazing frontman, he has worked alongside many famous names both live and in the studio, since the early 60s. He even started his career in a duo with Bobby Ball! Like the rest of the band, he learned his craft by performing and singing every kind of music from The Everly Bros to Joe Cocker. His personality is second to none when it comes to making an audience feel at home, and when the band decided once again to become a 5 piece, and feature a front man in 2010, Ronnie was the perfect choice
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
are to receive your First Choice"
We cover many counties/regions
all of the following:-