Award-winning Live Music for Jewish Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs

 

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If you're looking for sensational live music for your Jewish wedding, look no further than Down for the Count. 

Recommended by top Jewish wedding blog Smashing the Glass, Down for the Count's stylish bands have an unrivalled sound and perform with incredible energy to keep your guests on the dance floor all night long.

Our party bands perform sensational swing, soul, Motown and pop music; and we also include traditional Israeli music for The Horah such as Hava Nagila, Siman Tov! Mazel Tov!, Moshiach and more.

Read on to find out more about our sensational live music packages, or take a look at our wedding brochure to find out more about what Down for the Count can offer for your special day. 

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Create the perfect soundtrack to your day

Down for the Count are not an agency, but a collective of around 30 professional musicians who combine in various different formations to create different styles and sizes of band.

That means that the same team of musicians can provide the soundtrack to your whole wedding day - from the Chuppah to the drinks reception, dinner and through to the last dance.

Here's just a short glimpse of what we can provide:

For Jewish weddings, our party bands are available in various line-ups from an 8-piece function band to a stunning 27-piece orchestra - and they are something a little different from your standard function band as they have a huge repertoire which can include swing and jive music, vintage covers of modern songs, and of course all the party favourites you'd expect. 

Start building your dream Jewish wedding music package

Don't forget that we can also create bespoke bands - so if you don't see quite what you're looking for, get in touch and see if we can create it for you.

Example Jewish Music Wedding Package

There are loads of different ways you can combine our band line-ups* to make your unique music package. Below is our example, but explore our different line-ups and get in touch with your ideas.

The Chuppah

   

Classical music from Down for the Count Strings or our wedding pianist, playing your special requests

Reception Entertainment

   

Keep your guests entertained with a roaming band, a New Orleans brass band, or a 1920's styled jazz band

The Horah

   

A sensational Israeli dancing set (you'll definitely need a break afterwards!) - favourites including Hava Nagila, Siman Tov! Mazel Tov!, Moshiach and more

Dinner Music

   

Sophisticated background music whilst you eat with options including swing, jazz and contemporary

Party Sets

   

Between courses and after dinner, enjoy live music from our sensational party bands: swing and soul music from The Get Downs or pop music from Capital Sounds Collective, guaranteed to keep the dancefloor full all night long!

 

*All our line-ups can also be booked individually.


Please note that our Israeli dancing sets are only available with the 8-piece band line-ups and above (as these line-ups feature a male vocalist).

"We loved every second of the music, beginning with the ceremony and then for dancing... we have lost track of the amount of praise we have heard for Down for the Count. The Jewish stuff was all great. I loved the clarinet and Hannah and Callum aced every song. You all really helped to make the party atmosphere we had been after.

Thank you for the combination of brilliant music and energy that you all brought to the evening. We haven’t hesitated to recommend you to anyone who has asked - not least because your band manager Mike was also a pleasure to deal with to the run-up to the wedding."

Edward & Amy's Jewish Wedding Reception
The Brewery, London

Mike Paul Smith, Director

Wedding consultation with Mike Paul-Smith

Our band leader Mike has 16 years experience at providing live music for wedding receptions. Get in touch today to discuss your event and find out how Down for the Count's live music can transform it into an unforgettable experience.

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Wedding Planning Advice

Wedding planning advice

We've been performing at weddings for over 16 years, and we've learnt lots about what works well and what doesn't. We've put together a series of advice articles - covering everything from what to ask your wedding venue before booking, to how to plan your day so that everyone ends it on the dancefloor.

Read our wedding planning advice articles

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Choosing your party band

The centrepiece of your Jewish wedding music package is your party band. We start by performing a high-energy set of Israeli celebratory music for the Horah, before your guests take to their seats.

The party band then performs between courses and stays after dinner to give you an unforgettable party that you'll remember for years to come.

We have some great party band options - here are the two most popular!

Capital Sounds Showband

Capital Sounds Showband

A stunning premium showband, Capital Sounds Showband is available as a 10-piece band and above. It performs soul, Motown, disco and pop music with a contemporary sound and a stylish look.

If you really want to go to town, you can add extra string players, vocalists and horn players - all the way up to a stunning 27-piece orchestra which provides unforgettable entertainment and is guaranteed to get you dancing all night long.

The Get Downs

The Get Downs

One of the most versatile party bands in the UK, The Get Downs is available as an 8-piece band and above.

The band starts the evening with a set of swing, jive and vintage music (including vintage covers of modern songs) before moving on to soul and Motown classics - meaning it is perfect for weddings with a large range of age groups.

Explore all our party bands

You can then have our musicians perform more music for you at other stages of your special day - such as music for the Chuppah, or background jazz and pop music whilst you're eating.

Keep scrolling to find out more!

Photo: Ian Southworth at Peartree Pictures

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

The Horah

Our two party bands provide sensational celebratory dancing music for the Horah. We usually start with Hava Nagila and then perform a non-stop medley lasting for around 15 minutes.

Here is a shortened version of the medley so you can get an idea of what to expect!

Our repertoire of Israeli dancing music includes:

Hava Nagila
Siman Tov! Mazel Tov!
Hevenu Shalom Aleichem
Chosn Kale Mazel Tov
Moshiach
Keitzad
Hatikvah
 

Photo: Ian Southworth at Peartree Pictures

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Live music for the Chuppah

We love performing for the Chuppah, performing your requests to create special memories.

Depending on your song requests we might suggest different line-ups - and, with enough notice, we can perform virtually any song - ensuring that your Chuppah is as unique as you are as a couple.

Down for the Count Strings

Down for the Count Strings

A string group with a difference! Down for the Count Strings perform pop, classical and Jewish music to create a unique atmosphere for your ceremony.

Wedding Pianist

Wedding Pianist

Our wedding pianist has a virtually unlimited repertoire, and can be joined by a male or female vocalist or instrumentalist depending on your choice of music.

Get in touch with your ideas

We have over 16 years’ experience creating bespoke music packages for weddings, and have managed to fulfil some really ununsual requests! We love hearing couples’ visions for their ceremonies, and will work with you to bring yours to life - so get in touch today with your ideas.

Testimonial

I cannot thank you and the band enough. We simply couldn't have been happier with everything you did for us and the feedback has been extraordinary. YOU NAILED IT!

Emma & Tom

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Live music for the reception

Whilst you're taking photos and serving your guests drinks, you can keep them entertained with some more fabulous live entertainment.

The most popular option is to have a small group of musicians from your evening party band perform a lively set of music before the call to dinner. This often happens in a separate part of the venue whilst your dinner room is being prepared.

We have some great options available - here are some of the most popular, but do check out our other line-ups for some more ideas!

The Vintage Strollers

The Vintage Strollers

The Vintage Strollers are an acoustic band who mingle amongst your guests, entertaining them with uplifting swing, soul and pop music. 

The Lady Gatsby Jazz Band

The Lady Gatsby Jazz Band

Lady Gatsby is our 1920s-inspired line-up. It performs vintage music, along with modern songs performed in a vintage style. They create a fantastic atmosphere that puts everyone in good spirits.

Get Brassy

Get Brassy

If you want a really raucous reception, check out Get Brassy - a New Orleans street band who perform brass band versions of modern pop songs.

Down for the Count Strings

Down for the Count Strings

You could also book the string quartet to stay after the chuppah, keeping your guests entertained with quirky covers of pop songs.

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Dinner entertainment

During dinner, you could put on your choice of music on our PA system or you can book a smaller group of musicians to provide background jazz, soul or pop music. This could either be instrumental or vocal-led depending on your preferences.

The Jazz Essentials

The Jazz Essentials

An instrumental band performing well-known jazz standards - providing a sophisticated atmosphere during dinner.

The Soul Essentials

The Soul Essentials

A vocal-led group, The Soul Essentials perform relaxed pop and soul music to keep your guests entertained whilst eating.

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Auto DJ service

Your wedding music package doesn't have to end after the band's final set! After the party band has finished, you can round off the evening with our Auto DJ service.

You can build your own playlists at home and plug your laptop or phone into our top quality PA system, giving you total control over what music is played when we're not performing.

We provide this service free of charge during the band breaks and until 7 hours after we've arrived at the venue (i.e. until midnight if we're booked to arrive at 5pm) - with the option to extend the service for a small additional charge.

Find out how Auto DJ works

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Finishing touches

Small extras that make a big difference.

  

Song requests

Our party bands have an extensive repertoire list, and when you book us we include one song request free of charge (usually for your first dance).

We can also learn more new songs for you - get in touch if you'd like a quote for our song arranging services.

 

Wedding video soundtrack

Do you have a videographer at your wedding? If so, why not talk to us about professionally recording the band's performance to make the soundtrack for your wedding video - it's cheaper than you might think and makes your wedding video incredibly personal.

 

Photo: Daniel West, Production: That Event Company

Planning your dream Jewish wedding music package

Premium Production

Production adds so much value to your wedding - making your venue really look magical.

Down for the Count have worked with all the major UK production companies, and are happy to send technical specifications on request. Alternatively, we can provide our own production (PA and stage lighting) for weddings where you have up to 200/250 guests.

You can always hire small "production extras" directly from us - including uplighters, dance floor lighting and grand piano hire. For anything else, we have a great list of contacts who will definitely be able to help - check out our list of recommended wedding suppliers for starters!

Testimonial

"We cannot recommend Down for the Count enough - they set the tone for a fantastically fun wedding party and got all of our guests up and dancing for the whole night. They are brilliant at blending high energy party starters with more mellow jazz for a cocktail reception.

The whole team were simply a joy to work with from start to finish and made all of the organisation and logistics so simple and easy. We are really grateful to Down for the Count for their creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and hard work."

Hannah & George
Wedding Reception, Oxford

Mike Paul Smith, Director

Any questions?

With a wedding music package from Down for the Count, the possibilities are endless - and our band leader Mike Paul-Smith has over 16 years experience providing live music for wedding receptions.

We're always at the end of the phone to talk through your plans in detail so get in touch today and find out how we can make your wedding day unforgettable.

Send us a quick enquiry using the form below, email us or call us on 07855 488462.

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