The Black Sheikhs

Jazz Band

Vintage reprobates and genre alchemists, the Black Sheikhs fire heady concoctions of punk, pop, rock and swing, steaming into the 21st century.

Striking out with hotsy-totsy, modern vigour, they elegantly escort carnivals of wild, youthful creatures into the decade of excess and innovation.

Their contagious zeal bewitches even the most unwilling wallflower, rekindling the spirit of the Ritz and champagne fizz of the flappers.

An esteemed musical fraternity, they proffer the hottest modern hits with precision and humour, ushering in 20s style with gentrified contemporary pop.

Towering above the dance hall assembly, celebrity socalite Lord Acton and his roaring band, Black Sheikhs, exemplify the eccentricity and sparkle of 1920s British style and rhythm

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Lord Acton and his band of virtuosos take the popular songs of today, and dress them up in the snazzy rags of the jazz era. Mötorhead, Beyoncé, Swift and Sheeran, injected with a hefty dose of swing and savour faire.
From Glastonbury to the Palace of Westminster, they’ve set the stage on fire with boundless energy and brazen bon humour. From pub gigs to arenas, weddings to wakes, the Sheikhs have done it in style.

Lord Brian Acton: Guitar, Vocals
Diane Hammond: Clarinet, Vocals
Jamie Stockbridge: Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Reid: Double Bass
Mitch Oldham: Drums and Percussion.


Blank Space -Taylor Swift
Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
Come As You Are – Nirvana
Hello – Adele
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Word Up – Cameo
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
I Bet You Look Good – The Arctic Monkeys
Dancing Queen – Abba
Reach For The Stars – S Club 7
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Take On Me – A-ha
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Crazy Stupid Love – Cheryl Cole
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
Get The Party Started – Pink
Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Inside Out – Imelda May
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
Girls And Boys – Blur
Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Baggy Trousers – Madness

Long Lie In

Cantina Band (Star Wars)
Beer Barrel Polka (Roll out The Barrel)
Bernie’s Tune
and of course… The Charleston

When The Saints
La Vie En Rose
Dance Me To The End Of Love
All Of Me
Comes Love
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
and any other jazz song you like…..

Some of our previous clients…

Wembley Stadium
Ricoh Arena
Glastonbury Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Retro Festival
Warners Hotels
Hilton Hotels
Royal Horticultural Society
Palace of Westminster
RAF various locations
National Portrait Gallery
Various corporate events
Innumerable weddings
A few fantastic small pubs

Hi Brian,
Just wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for last night you were absolutely brilliant and whole agency are raving about you today, you completed the night!
Thanks again,
Stefanie, agency.

The Black Sheikhs performed at our LGBT Reception at The National Portrait Gallery for over 400x guests. The event was designed around The Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition. The band were absolutely fantastic and we had rave reviews back from our guests and our clients. I would most definitely recommend The Black Sheikhs who have a unique twist on the traditional Swing Band, I would book them again in a second. Modern jazz with a hint of madness. Fabulous.
Rianna Morris, Mango Pie.

We first saw Brian and his band play at a friends wedding and booked them for ours the very next day. They were the icing on the cake for our wedding day and everyone enjoyed the music and danced all night. The flexibility of their music and talent is fantastic. I can’t wait to host another party and book them again. Cheers guys.
Zoe Cole, wedding

Thank you for a fab night, you were amazing.
Zena, agency.

Absolutely brilliant!! Saw you at Thoresby Hall on Wednesday xx
Sarah Brigham, punter

Thanks again for playing at our wedding! Was such an amazing night. All of the guests were so happy with the music and said you guys were awesome! It was such great music to dance to! Also thanks for the way you handled the drunk man wanting to sing Frank Sinatra situation haha! You handled it very well and professionally. And thanks for letting my Dad join in and sing with you guys. We had a blast and wish we could do it all again! ?
Christy & Luke Pearson, wedding

Just watched you at Thoresby hall….stunning!! Truly inspired. I’m now an avid fan!!
Leesa Joy, punter

Hey just a quick line to say that the Sheikhs were awesome on Saturday and all of our guests remarked on how great they were. It’s a shame that you yourself were not there, but the deputy singer was class. Well done, Sheikhs, you do great work!
Andrew Cressey, wedding.

Saw you last night at Queens Hotel Leeds- you were fab – yes it was ‘jazz’ and you were right – not like I was thinking, so I did like it…. lots. x
Jayne Taylor, corporate event.

Brilliant performance last night at Halton, thanks very much guys!
Philip Abraham, Army event

From my stepdad, groom of wedding at Hartlepool on Saturday………What an absolutey staggering performance. Perfect. Amazing. So fitting for our gatsby theme. All our guests were thrilled as they had no clues as to what was going on. You made our wedding day perfect. THANKYOU. MR & MRS HICKLING
Cheryl Hickling, wedding


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