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Alfie Kingston Covers Duo
From Bristol in Avon

Alfie Kingston Covers Duo are a Professional Band - Playing Rock, Folk, Indie. They have 2 members which consists of Vocals, Backing Singers, Guitar

Contact:~ Alfie.Kingston
Telephone:~ 07900803293
Email:~ acousticalfie@hotmail.com
Website:~ http://www.myspace.com/alfiekingstonduo
Comments:~ The Alfie Kingston Duo are a professional acoustic covers act with many years of experience on the pub, club and function circuit in Bristol, Bath, the South West and further afield. The duo are impressing audiences across the country with their unique take on rock and pop classics such as The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’ or Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky'. Their quality acoustic set also takes in 80’s pop-rock like Michael Jackson’s ‘Leave Me Alone’ and Def Leppard’s ‘Animal’, as well recent alt-rock hits like The Killer’s ‘Human’, complemented by selections of a more laid-back vibe including faithful renditions of Beatles and Beach Boys standards.

Such a large and varied repertoire of popular songs, delivered with skilled guitar interplay and augmented by frontman Alfie Kingston's natural charisma and instinct to entertain, make the duo's twin acoustic guitar sound and vocal harmonies ideal live music for a wedding or birthday party, equally suited to a two hour party performance or an intimate after dinner session.

Whatever the reason for hiring a live band one can count on the versatility of the duo's sound and on their professionalism. The Alfie Kingston Duo are keen supporters of live music in all its forms, thus their acoustic arrangements of classic rock and pop covers are performed as music was meant to be performed: 100% live with no pre-recorded backing tracks. Frontman Alfie is a successful singer songwriter in his own right, with airplay on BBC Radio 2 and extremely positive reviews in many respected online music publications, as well as a qualified sound engineer- the duo providing their own quality P.A. system and lighting rig. Over the years the Alfie Kingston Duo have become a popular alternative to booking a rock band or DJ for any occasion.

Testimonials :

"Top acoustic act. Two contrasting personalities combine to give you a fantastic and entertaining evening out"

"When Alfie and Chris turn up, you know you're going to have a good night. The simplicity of their arrangement, the skill of delivery, the choice of material and the quality of their sound leave most other acoustic duos in the dirt. You can't beat a bit of Bristol stage-banter either!"

Jay Marsh, Promoter at The Selkirk, London.

"Our Cricket Club booked them for a Dinner & Dance & the guys did a brilliant set - lots of well known covers, older ones for the wrinklys & plenty of new stuff for the kids"

Simon Gould, Chairman. The Old Down Cricket Club

Repertoire :

Aerosmith - Pink
Beach Boys, The - Then I Kissed Her
Beatles, The - Hide Your Love Away
Beatles, The - Norwegian Wood
Beatles, The - Drive My Car
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Bowie, David - Man Who Sold The World
Bowie, David - Ziggy Stardust
Bread - Everything I Own
Coral, The - Pass It On
Cure, The - Friday I'm In Love
Del Amitri - Nothing Ever Happens
Dylan, Bob - Knocking On Heavens Door
Faces, The - Ooh La La
Four Non Blondes - Whats Up?
Greenbaum, Norman - Spirit In The Sky
Green Day - Welcome To Paradise
Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Jackson, Michael - Leave Me Alone
Jam, The - Thats Entertainment
Jam, The - Town Called Malice
Killers, The - Human
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (Instrumental)
Osbourne, Joan - What If God Was One Of Us
R.E.M - Losing My Religion
R.E.M - The One I Love
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In the Middle With You
Therapy? - Die Laughing
Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
Undertones, The - Teenage Kicks
Wonder, Stevie - Misstra Know It All
Young, Neil - Keep On Rockin' In The Free World

Songs On Request
Buggles, The - Video Killed The Radio Star
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Frank Turner - Photosynthesis
Lighthouse Family - High
Martyn, John - May You Never
McTell, Ralph - Steets Of London
Nilsson, Harry - Everybody's Talkin'
Oasis - Half The World Away
Ritter, Josh - Harrisburg
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

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Review On Alfie Kingston Covers Duo : Alfie Kingston Duo @ The Wellington, Bristol.

I wouldn't normally choose to go out on a cold, wet and windy Sunday night but I've seen the Alfie Kingston Duo (AKD) play at the Wellington before and it's a gig that I know will be well worth the effort. Plenty of other people thought the same way because the pub is surprisingly busy for such a wet night.

Alfie & James have been playing for a few years now and their reputation on the pub and club circuit, not only in Bristol but all over the South West, draws a crowd that keeps coming back for more.

Contrasting in characters, James is a quiet, enigmatic head down musician whose face is usually covered with a curtain of hair while he's playing. James rarely speaks but doesn't have to, the instrument does the talking with carefully crafted and fluid lead guitar ranging from delicate and sensitive picking to full on runs and string bends more usually seen on the narrow neck of a screaming electric guitar but this is an intense experience performed acoustically.

Alfie on the other hand is the charismatic front man of the two on vocals and guitar who enjoys and encourages audience interaction. He likes to sit on a high stool with his feet on the monitor with a supply of lager close to hand. Most people will know Alfie as a well respected sound engineer and promoter and he mixes the AKDs sound himself with the obvious result that the sound is always first class and tonight is no exception. The understanding between Alfie and James built up over the years of playing live together has created a tight, solid and impressive performance that suggests bigger stages and large capacity crowds.

I manage to get a seat close to the front before the start of the first set and I'm lucky, any empty seats are quickly taken once they start playing and after the first couple of songs the crowd from the back of the bar have moved forward to get a better look. A cover of Guns 'N' Roses, Sweet Child O' Mine livens up the crowd and performed in fine AKD style. Alfie and James don't do the usual covers by numbers like most other bands; they take good, often classic songs, keep the essence of what made them that way in the first place and then add their own take to produce something unique to the AKD. They obviously enjoy what they do and they do it well.

Between songs, Alfie's cheeky stories amuse the audience and he describes the next song as being about sleeping with a girl and then burning her house down, the song turns out to be the Beatles standard, Norwegian Wood which starts with a twin guitar intro that the crowd instantly recognise.

The set veers from classic pop to some of the best acoustic rock you'll hear anywhere. Its a sad fact of life that pub audiences like to hear things they know which is way the AKD usually include only a couple of their own songs in the set list. Alfie is a recording artist in his own right with a current and very fine album, Creatures & People's Ways and a couple of the songs from the album get an outing tonight. Alfie takes a drink from his glass and a trickle of lager runs down the body of his guitar from a drip on the bottom of the glass as he explains that the song, one of his own called She's Scary, is about how a girl is fine for the first couple of years of a relationship but after that she starts to change. The other original, It's Easy, is an anthem that would go down well in a muddy field at the Glasto Festival in front of a swaying crowd of thousands but tonight it's equally well received by an up for it Bristol pub audience.

The AKD play two sets and both contain an amazing selection of songs from the likes of Bob Dylan to David Bowie, R.E.M to the Rolling Stones and lots more; the catalogue is a rich and exciting musical feast. Looking around the crowd, people sing along with the lyrics and a woman who's clearly been enjoying the ale on offer comes to the front and dances in front of the stage. When she turns to me and tries to drag me up to dance, I politely decline her kind offer.

The bell for last orders comes around all too quickly and with a noisy crowd demanding more, Alfie thanks the audience and says they look forward to coming back again and I hope they will. The AKD have had a busy touring schedule in 2008 and no doubt 2009 dates are filling up quickly.

So, would I make the effort to come out again on a cold and wet night to see the AKD? Goes without saying, I certainly would and I know the rest of the audience will be back as well.

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