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The Charleston Chumps

The Charleston Chumps play popular hits from the roaring 1920s and 1930s. Enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense, quirky original music and cheerful entertainment. Let's misbehave!

Kidnapped by aliens from the Savoy ballroom in 1929, the Charleston Chumps reappeared on the streets of Manchester in 2007 having aged not one jot, still playing their infectious and quirky 1920's hits.

Love us or laugh at us, you'll have to dance to us! Our affectionate 1920's pastiche delights and delects its way through an era of prohibition and speakeasies.

Five foot two eyes of blue
The Charleston
Top hat white tie and tails (Fred Astaire)
Ain’t misbehavin’ (Fats Waller)
I’ll see you in my dreams
Pasadena (Al Jolson)
If you knew Susie
Happy Feet
Baby face
Honeysuckle rose (Fats Waller)
Button up your overcoat
I’m in the mood for love
Yes sir! Thats my baby
When somebody thinks you’re wonderful
Fascinating rhythm
I got rhythm
Crazy rhythm (Whispering Jack Smith)

In 2012 we had the pleasure of playing for The Benevolence Ball at London’s Cafe de Paris, organised by David Clarke - Chief Superintendant, City of London Police, and Sir Timothy Ackroyd.

In 2013 we performed for Louise Walsh - for her annual celebrity filled charity bash at Old Trafford, Manchester.

We performed at Annabels in Mayfair for their Gatsby Party night, shortly after the release of the film The Great Gatsby.

We represented The Jersey Arts in Healthcare Trust in meeting Prince Charles and Camilla on their visit to Jersey. At Prince Charles’ behest The Charleston Chumps played a chorus of ‘Yes Sir That’s My Baby.‘ ‘Fantastic !‘ enthused the amused and delighted future King of England.

In 2012 The Charleston Chumps had the pleasure of filming for a program with Maureen Lipman for the BBC about.....memory loss and ageing !

In 2014 we performed for Phil Redmund, for his charity bash at his home in Cheshire.

General Information:

Name: The Charleston Chumps

Location: Manchester

Band Members: The band members include some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK. Our musicians also play in other bands and orchestras e.g. with John Wilson, Sid Lawrence, The Empress Dance Band, or may teach at universities and music departments.

Main Category: Vintage Theme Bands

Other Categories: Awards Ceremonies, Charity Events, Christmas Parties, Corporate, Events, Jazz & Swing Bands, Live Music, Live Bands, Military Balls & Events, Musicians, Product Launches, Promotional Events, Singers, University & College Balls, Vintage Theme Bands, Wandering Musicians, Weddings


5 piece Band: Singer/Trumpet/Banjo, Sax/Clarinet, Double Bass, Piano, Drums


Standard Set Times: 2 x 1 hour (or 3 x 40 minutes)

Set Up Time: 1 hour

Usual Arrival Time: 6pm

Usual Finish Time: 12pm

Space Required (w x d):

5 piece Band: 12 feet by 12 feet

Sound & Lighting:

PA suitable for: Up to 300 audience

Stage Lighting: Yes

Dance Floor Lighting:

Free use of PA via iPod: Yes

DJ included:

Star Cloth:

Other Requirements

Hospitality/Artist Rider: 5 meals or buffet, plus pot of coffee, room to change in.

Technical Requirement: 2 plug sockets near performance area.

Naomi Zahl, ' You guys are really something special,'

... it was an absolutely wonderful wedding, made even more special by the superb music. You guys are really something special, and it was a genuine pleasure to be able to listen to you!

Sir Timothy Ackroyd Benevolence Ball, Cafe de Paris, London, ' you sensational chaps'

Not since the glory days of the ‘Frothy, bubbly cabaret’ called ‘Summer Time Frolics’, when the Café de Paris opened its doors to the starlets and party goers of the world; has a London nightclub seen anything to compare with you sensational chaps. Thank you for accompanying me on my special journey back to 1932; for helping us raise funds for a very good cause; and bringing such warmth to so many hearts.

Yvonne (ICIMF), 'absolutely thrilled'

I just wanted to thank you and your band for your excellent performance at the ICMIF reception last month. The client was absolutely thrilled, she said “The Charleston Charlies were such good fun!”
I look forward to the opportunity of working with you again.

Corporate event , The Palace Hotel, Manchester,

H.R.H. Prince Charles, “Fantastic !”

“Fantastic !”
H.R.H. Prince Charles
(After a Royal Command Performance)
Jersey, July 18 2012

Susie Read, 'thrilled with the quality of the music'

Peter and I would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to you and the other members of the Charleston Chumps for providing some fabulous entertainment at our wedding on Tuesday. We were thrilled with the quality of the music, and also the flexibility you showed throughout the evening to fit in with us running late, our friends providing an impromptu performance for us, and also working with the Charleston dancers.
We thoroughly enjoyed your performance and would most definitely hire you again! Our guests were also highly impressed with you and several asked for your details, so you never know, there may be future gigs for you!

Wedding, Somerset,

M. Olsonduppa, 'absolutely made the evening'

I just wanted to say that the band was fantastic on Friday night for my big birthday. They absolutely made the evening.

I didn't get chance to say goodbye because I was probably mingling and chatting so please let them know how fantastic they were and hopefully more business will come their way as a result of the evening.

Birthday Party Inglewood Manor, Cheshire.

Lorraine Shaw, 'an amazing day of music.'

Hi Simon, not got back to earth yet. Thank you for an amazing day of music.
Wedding at Poundon House, Bicester.

Jan Halligan, 'such very lovely people!'

Hi to all the wonderful guys who played at my Mum and Dads party last night. Just want to say a huge thankyou that you helped to make their evening so special with your music. Thank you too for being such very lovely people!! We hope to have you back for our next party.
1940’s themed birthday party , Maghull Town Hall

Marie Bayley, 'put a smile on every face'

I am so glad that the [Sinatra Affair] played at our wedding reception. We chose them for the range of music in their songlists, but hadn't expected the band to be quite so versatile. Over at least 4 decades of music, they seemed to know exactly what to play to put a smile on every face, which is always a worry at weddings where the age group is so wide, but from the ages of 11 to 97 everyone loved the dancing! We would all wholeheartedly recommend them.
Wedding at Crewe Hall, Cheshire,

Kirsty Parkin, 'got all the generations up dancing at our wedding'

Fantastic swing band, got all the generations up dancing at our wedding, great music, lovely people and really talented. Enjoyed the band and would definitely recommend them! Thank you!
Wedding, Yorebridge House,Yorkshire

Phil Spencer, 'You were amazing'

Simon, what can I say…What a fantastic job you did on Saturday! You were amazing. I don't know if many of the guests spoke to you, but SO many people commented to me on how great you sounded, and how your choice of music was perfect.
You created a fantastic atmosphere, and it was great to see so many people dancing! Thank you so much for making it such a great party.
Wedding, Loosehill House, Derbyshire,

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.


  • Cambridgeshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Suffolk
  • £ 1800.00
  • Norfolk
  • £ 1800.00

East Midlands

  • Lincolnshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Derbyshire
  • £ 1200.00
  • Nottinghamshire
  • £ 1200.00
  • Leicestershire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Northamptonshire
  • £ 1440.00

Foreign Locations

  • International
  • £ 3000.00
  • Ireland
  • £ 3000.00

North East

  • Yorkshire, South
  • £ 1320.00
  • Yorkshire, North
  • £ 1320.00
  • Yorkshire, West
  • £ 1200.00
  • Yorkshire, East
  • £ 1320.00
  • Northumberland
  • £ 1440.00
  • Durham
  • £ 1440.00
  • Leeds
  • £ 1200.00
  • Hull
  • £ 1320.00

North West

  • Merseyside
  • £ 1200.00
  • Lancashire
  • £ 1200.00
  • Cumbria
  • £ 1320.00
  • Chester
  • £ 1200.00
  • Liverpool
  • £ 1200.00
  • Manchester
  • £ 1200.00


  • Stirling
  • £ 1560.00
  • Scottish Borders
  • £ 1560.00
  • Lanarkshire
  • £ 1560.00
  • Glasgow
  • £ 1560.00
  • Fife
  • £ 1560.00
  • Edinburgh
  • £ 1560.00
  • East Lothian
  • £ 1560.00
  • Ayrshire
  • £ 1560.00
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • £ 1560.00
  • South Larnarkshire
  • £ 1560.00

South East

  • Hampshire
  • £ 1560.00
  • Buckinghamshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Luton
  • £ 1440.00
  • Oxfordshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Sussex
  • £ 1560.00
  • Hertfordshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Berkshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Surrey
  • £ 1440.00
  • Sussex, West
  • £ 1560.00
  • Kent
  • £ 1560.00
  • Essex
  • £ 1560.00
  • Bedfordshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • London
  • £ 1560.00

South West

  • Bristol
  • £ 1440.00
  • Wiltshire
  • £ 1560.00
  • Bath
  • £ 1440.00
  • Bournemouth
  • £ 1560.00
  • Glastonbury
  • £ 1560.00
  • Brighton
  • £ 1560.00
  • Somerset
  • £ 1560.00
  • Dorset
  • £ 1560.00
  • Devon
  • £ 1800.00
  • Swindon
  • £ 1440.00


  • Monmouth
  • £ 1560.00
  • Merioneth
  • £ 1200.00
  • Denbigh
  • £ 1200.00
  • Cardigan
  • £ 1560.00
  • Caernafon
  • £ 1200.00
  • Brecon
  • £ 1440.00
  • Anglesey
  • £ 1200.00
  • Glamorgan
  • £ 1560.00
  • Flint
  • £ 1200.00

West Midlands

  • Staffordshire
  • £ 1200.00
  • Herefordshire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Shropshire
  • £ 1320.00
  • Gloucestershire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Birmingham
  • £ 1320.00
  • Worcestershire
  • £ 1440.00
  • Warwickshire
  • £ 1320.00


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