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Charlie and the Funk Factory is a captivating function band boasting some of the finest young musical talent in the UK. Read on to find out more about the musicians who will make your event special.

VOCALISTS

We work with some of the UK's finest function singers, offering flexible packages to suit any event. Choose from female or male vocals, or any combination of those.

Originally from the Wirral, Harriet spent her teenage years busking in Liverpool City Centre, performing for private functions and fronting a number of ensembles including the Wirral Schools Big Band, where she caught the bug for singing jazz, funk, and soul music. 

During her studies at the University of Birmingham, where she met members of Charlie and the Funk Factory, Harriet has continued her love for music, featuring as lead vocalist in party band The Notochords, as well as undertaking lead roles in numerous musical theatre productions and choirs. 

HARRIET MARSLAND

Katy Gaskin is one of the top young singers in the UK; captivating audiences across the pop, soul, Motown and jazz worlds with equal measure.

 

Katy's rich, soulful tone and powerful vocals have seen her perform at some of the country’s top venues and events, including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Cavern Club.

 

Always in high demand you will find Katy leading her own projects and appearing with multiple bands across the UK and Europe. When she's not on the stage Katy swaps the dress and heels for her trainers and gym kit, working as a fitness instructor to motivate and inspire her clients to achieve their fitness goals.

KATY GASKIN

THE BAND

Charlie is the founder and arranger-in-chief of the Funk Factory. Check out his amazing re-harmonisation of Beyoncé's Crazy In Love, and his brilliant horn lines in Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody, over on our Media pageCharlie is a multi-instrumentalist, and is in demand both as a keyboard player and as a trombonist. He holds a chair playing in the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and is the lead trombonist in the Jim Wynn Swing Orchestra.

Book the Funk Factory for your event to hear him getting funky on the Clavinet keyboard in Stevie's Superstition, or shredding a piano solo over The Jackson's Shake Your Body.

CHARLIE OSBORN

An experienced and exuberant drummer, Luke is currently studying for his performance masters at Guildhall. He has worked alongside some of the UK's most well-respected percussionists and drum kit specialists, most notably the teams at the CBSO, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, LPO, and LSO, amongst a host of other inspirational leading figures in the UK music scene. 

 

He frequently performs at internationally celebrated venues including the Barbican, Festival Hall, and Symphony Hall Birmingham, as well as at major events and festivals including the London 2012 Olympics and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Luke has also received regular BBC radio air time, from new music performances to features with his fusion-pop project, Argle Bargle.

LUKE HINCHLIFFE

Joe is our lead trumpet player and he has been with the band since we formed, seeing it grow from the 4pm slot at Costa Coffee to playing weddings and parties all around the UK. When asked what makes the band so special, the 24-year-old brasstician reckons it's the years of experience we have playing together: “It’s never quite the same playing with relative strangers, these guys have a vibe that comes across in our music...”

JOE WITHERS

Mark has been playing trombone since the age of 8, and performing professionally since his early teens. Since moving to Birmingham five years ago, he has established himself as an in demand player on both the jazz and classical scenes. He has performed at all major concert venues in the region, from orchestral works at the Town and the Symphony Halls to entertaining thousands of guests at The ICC, and regularly plays at festivals across the UK with a variety of bands. He holds a residency at Marco Pierre White's restaurant with Elegant Entertainment's Keep Off The Brass.

MARK BUTLER

Ollie has been a member of Charlie and the Funk Factory since its inception, meeting the others whilst a member of the University of Birmingham Big Band. Other work has seen him feature on motion picture soundtracks with AirEdel studios in London, as well as performances with several theatre groups in the West Midlands and Cambridge, where he now lives and can be found jamming in the city’s pubs and cafes.

His powerful riffs and soulful guitar solos have been captivating audiences for many years, and he is an integral part of the signature Funk Factory sound.

OLLIE KENZIE

Simon has been the bass player for Charlie and the Funk Factory since our very first performance.  His signature style is tight and funky, forming a rock-solid foundation for our sound.

‘Born-and-bred’ in Birmingham, Simon has enjoyed a diverse range of experiences as a musician, performing for numerous musicals, jazz and function bands and singer-songwriters. In recent months, Simon has collaborated with the Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Arts Centre Telford, and the Moonlighters Big Band.

SIMON BALDWIN

Based in Birmingham and studying for an MSc in Trauma Science, Alex has been brassing it up since the age of 11, playing cornet in brass bands before happening upon jazz at the age of 13. After playing extensively with big bands and trios around Derby and gaining entry to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz program, Alex has been a strong presence on the Birmingham music scene. You might even find him playing along with DJs in the city's coolest bars and clubs after hours.

ALEX SUCKLING

Multi-talented Luke has been an integral part of the band on two different instruments. Now our virtuoso tenor sax player, Luke started out as the drummer for Charlie and the Funk Factory in its first two years. During that time, Luke found a love for composition and arranging, which he developed on his year abroad in Canada, re-scoring one of his original Funk Factory arrangements for big band.

 

Since then, Luke’s main interests have been jazz drumming and contemporary composition. Most recently, Luke was awarded the 2018 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, and is currently studying for a Masters in Jazz Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music.

LUKE BAINBRIDGE