Nice People Productions Entertainment Agency
Tel: 0845 644 3296 or +44 (0) 1603 426 009

 
Tribute Bands
Function BandsParty Bands
Bands / Duo's
AbbaDaze (Tribute)
The X Factor
Links
Magic / Illusion
Comedy
Splash Duo
PartyX
Tim Goodacre
Wedding Singers
Jimmy Jones
Human Statues
DJ's Disco's

Childrens Entertainment

Solo Acts
Dave Summerton
Suzie Kennedy
Gladiators Sky One
PA Lighting Hire
STEPS BUGGY
Star Names
Ronan TributeRecording Section
Robbie Williams Tribute
Country Music
Jokerz Wild
UK Beach Boys
Ray Lewis
Len 'N' McCartney
Lee Vasey Band
Pee Wee Price
Kaleidoscope (Band)
Act Enquiries
Wedding Venues
Acts Wanted
Re-volver
Musicians Union
Equipment For Sale
Zippy (Rainbow)
Terms
After Dinner Speakers
Abba Tribute Bands
Craig Powell
Manual Downloads
Premium Bond Prize Winners

Karen Noble as Dusty

String Quartets
The Masters of the House
Masters of The House

60s Name Bands
The Dakotas



The Dakotas


The Ivy League
The Ivy League, Comedy Showband

Vanity Fare
Vanity Fair Hit 60's Band
 


 

 

 

The Dakotas

60s Band with Hits records including Do You Want to Know a Secret
 available in London, Birmingham, Wales,
Manchester, Essex, Birmingham
and the whole of the UK

 



 


Paul

Paul Rafferty was recruited to join the Dakotas as new frontman/bass player in late Feb 2008. Paul was well known to Toni & Pete from earlier years on Piccadilly Radio as a singer/songwriter & performer. Paul has toured Britain before with his own band supporting Bucks Fizz and he has had two singles released on EMI label: 'The Man behind The Scenes' which he wrote himself, and 'Too Late Now' written for him by Junior Campbell. They were recorded at Abbey Rd Studios London and can also be heard on our music player here on myspace. For a few years, Paul sang & played bass at 'Bookbinders' a top Manchester night club. The owner of the club, the late Brian Bookbinder was also the uncle of Tony Bookbinder the Dakotas' original drummer! After several great singers and musicians were considered for the role of Dakotas' frontman, Paul's experience & fabulous vocals stood him in good stead when the final few were being considered. His natural experience of live gigs & recording made him feel instantly at home in his new environment.

 


 


Toni

Toni Baker joined the Dakotas early in the 90s, though he has a long history of working in well known bands. He played on Billy Ocean's early recordings in the 70s, & was a member of "Shabby Tiger", a hugely successful group in Europe, with many hit singles, such as the No.1, "Slow Down". Toni, who is still a top UK session man, now owns his own recording studio "Moose". He is also a talented songwriter, who had a Number 5 hit in Japan with Eat You Up. More recently Toni wrote all the music, including the theme tune, for Britain's top comedian Peter Kay on his highly acclaimed comedy series "Phoenix Nights" and Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere. Toni and fellow band member Pete Hilton also starred in the first episode of the first series of Phoenix Nights as members of a folk band called "Half A Shilling". Toni continues his production and session work for major TV programmes including "Waterloo Road" and "League of Gentlemen". A CD containing much of his recent TV work - The Best of Peter Kay So Far -was released in December 2005. Toni is working on the music production of a guitar tuition DVD at the moment, called "killerguitartips".

 


 


Pete

Pete Hilton joined the Dakotas in 1999, but has also a long established pedigree. An ex-member of Freddie & the Dreamers, he is also a respected session drummer, and has been touring since 1963. In the late sixties Pete worked the original Liverpool Cavern Club with the eminent guitarist Robin Hill. Pete and Robin went on to form jazz rock band "Spring". There were memorable live performances with Mike Oldfield, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Deep Purple, & Traffic. In the late seventies Pete worked theatres throughout the UK with many greats such as Frankie Howerd and Bob Monkhouse. Rolf Harris & Tommy Cooper also played an important role in Pete's musical education! In the late seventies while working with pop group Family Affair (Alan Clare was also in the band!) Pete grabbed the opportunity to gig with the Supremes (Mary Wilson). He also worked alongside David Essex, who later inspired Pete to perform in "Godspell" while he was living in Canada. Pete is passionate about jazz and classical music and was delighted to collaborate with Robin Hill once again to perform the Claude Bolling concerto. Pete is currently recording again with Robin. He continues to teach drumming, as well as performing with the Dakotas.

 


 


Alan

Alan Clare joined the band in 2006. His varied guitar talents lend themselves perfectly to The Dakotas' many faceted musical styles. Alan has worked in many bands, including Freddie & the Dreamers alongside Pete Hilton, and is still a major session player, having worked with artists as diverse as the Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Buddy Greco, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Gerard Kenny, Kenny Lynch, Lynn Paul and Ken Dodd. As well as being one of the North's leading session guitarists, Alan also teaches a master class in advanced jazz guitar techniques.


 

The Dakotas are part of the website of Nice People Productions Entertainment Agency.
We provide a complete entertainment service and quality wedding and corporate entertainment for all types of event in London, England, Wales, Scotland, East Anglia, Suffolk, Norfolk, Ipswich, Colchester, Bedford, Felixstowe, Lincoln, Northampton and across the whole of the UK. 
We specialise in Tribute Bands, Function Bands Party Bands 60s 70s and 80s Bands
and Name Bands including Boney M.
Nice People Productions has a large database of Acts. If you would like Comedy,
Comedians, After Dinner Speakers, Magic and Illusion, Close Up Magicians, Caricaturists,
Punch and Judy, Marionettes, Puppet Shows, Fun Casinos, Horse Racing, Childrens Entertainment,
Father Christmas, Costume Characters, Look-alikes, Sound-alike, DJs, Mobile Discos, Comperes, Comedy Vocalists, Stand Up Comics, String Quartets, Harpists, Acoustic Music for acts like the very Talented Richard Taylor who has been lucky to entertain the Royal Family, The Beckhams and at such prestigious venues as The Ritz, The Savoy, Claridges, The Dorchester & The Royal Albert hall. Fashion Show Choreography with Production. PA Hire, Audio & Video Production.
Five times Grammy award winning Amy Winehouse Tribute is here, Bafta Award winner Duffy and the winner of The hit TV Show The one and only" Dusty Springfield Tribute. Dr Who lookalike for David Tennant and Daleks now available for corporate events. Norfolk is a growing area for Corporate entertainment and we strive to provide the best service possible in Norfolk and indeed East Anglia.

 

Nice People Productions are the UK's leading Entertainment Agency based in East Anglia, for Tribute Bands Party Bands & Function Bands and all types of Entertainment including Abba, Mamma Mia. We have Almost 40 Years experience in Music, including Bands, Music Technology, Recording Studio's (Recorded my Band's first Single at Abbey Road in London (Wow, a great experience for A Norwich Lad), Produced Theatre Shows, Engineered Sound for Star names like Gene Pitney (with Orchestra), played Bass for Star names such as Frankie Vaughn, Managed & Produced Tribute shows for P&O Cruises and most of The UK's Theatre's. We are also experienced DJ's. Most important we are honest and careful in placing Entertainment to match your requirements. Nice People Productions are main suppliers to and recommended by Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. We are an HONEST Entertainment Agency, We like to make your "Booking of entertainment experience", as stress free as possible.
We supply Free of Charge a Wedding Budget Planner for Excel if you book your
wedding entertainment through Nice People Productions.
We are what it says on the tin..............Nice People to do business with.
East Anglia is a lovely part of the world, with Anglia TV being our regional Television.

 

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Abbadaze Superb Tribute to AbbaSplash Duo, The ProfessionalsDaze Party Band

 
 

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Our clients, both private and corporate include:- hotels and hotel chains, e.g Holiday Inn, Hilton, De Vere, Swan and Elizabeth Hotels, private individuals, marketing and promotion companies, blue chip organisations, nightclubs, cruise ships, stately homes, exhibition organisers, agents, councils,
theme parks, national retail outlets, pub companies, haven holidays, bourne leisure, Mecca Leisure, Park Resorts and many more.......
 
  Please always remember...
"The sooner you Book the more likely you are to receive your First Choice"

 

We cover many counties/regions
including all of the following:-

 


 
Nice People Productions will provide the Best Entertainment Available within Your Budget..... in London, Scotland, Wales, Bedford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Norfolk and Suffolk, Cruising, Europe and The UK.

 
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The area's of the UK we cover are listed below

We can provide all types of entertainment including those listed below


Corporate Function Bands, Tribute Bands, Wedding Bands, Queen Tribute Band, Abba Tribute Band Drifters Tribute, Tribute to the Drifters, The Drifters, Drifters uk,
Norwich, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs, Beds, Bedford, Bedfordshire, Cambs, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Ipswich, Felixstowe, London , Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Yorks, West Yorkshire Hull, Skegness, Northampton, Northants, York, Essex, London, Bath, Come Dancing, Matthew Cutler, Nicole Cutler, Ian Waite, Camilla Dallerup, Splash, The Dakotas, Splash Band, Splash Entertainment, Splash Disco, Splash Tribute Band, Splash Function Band,
Deal or No Deal, Noel Edmunds, Noel Edmonds, X Factor, X_Factor, Simon Cowell


 
ENGLAND

 
The Dakotas in Berkshire (Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham, Abingdon)  in Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe)  in Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton)  in Cheshire (Chester, Stockport, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Crewe)  in Cornwall (Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Redruth, St. Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay)  in Cumberland (Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, Keswick, Brampton)  in Derbyshire (Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne)  The Dakotas in Devon (Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock)  in Dorset (Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth, Sherborne, Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury)  in Durham (Durham, Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Washington)  in Essex (Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, Southend, Colcheter, Harlow, Brentwood, West Ham)  in Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury)  in Hampshire (Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Newport)  in Herefordshire (Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington)  The Dakotas in Hertfordshire (Hertford, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Hatfield)  in Huntingdonshire (Huntingdon, St. Ives, St. Neots, Ramsey, Yaxley)  in Kent (Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich)  in Lancashire (Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Bolton, Warrington, Barrow-in-Furness)   in Leicestershire (Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth)  The Dakotas in Lincolnshire (Lincoln, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Boston, Grantham, Stamford, Skegness, Louth)  in Middlesex (City of London, Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Westminster )  in Norfolk (Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Npp, King's Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Hunstanton)  in Northamptonshire (Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough)  in Northumberland (Alnwick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Morpeth, Hexham, Berwick-upon-Tweed)  in Nottinghamshire (Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Retford, Southwell)  in Oxfordshire (Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Henley-on-Thames, Carterton, Thame)  in Rutland (Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore) The Dakotas  in Shropshire (Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow) The Dakotas in Somerset (Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Wells, Glastonbury)  in Staffordshire (Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Lichfield)  The Dakotas in Suffolk (Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay)  in Surrey (Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Brixton)  in Sussex (Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham)  in Warwickshire (Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon)
 in Westmorland (Appleby, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Kirkby Lonsdale)  in Wiltshire (Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster)  in Worcestershire (Worcester, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Malvern, Evesham) The Dakotas  in Yorkshire  in North Riding (Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby)      in East Riding (Beverley, Hull, Bridlington, Driffield, Hornsea, Filey)      in West Riding (Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax, Harrogate)      in York (within the Walls)


 The Dakotas in WALES (including Monmouthshire)  The Dakotas in Anglesey/Sir Fon (Beaumaris, Holyhead, Llangefni, Amlwch, Menai Bridge)  in Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog (Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llanwrtwd Wells)  in Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon (Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Conwy, Pwllheli, Porthmadog)  in Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin (Carmarthen, Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandovery, Kidwelly, St. Clears)  in Cardiganshire/Ceredigion (Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron)  in Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych (Denbigh, Wrexham, Ruthin, Abergele, Llangollen)
 in Flintshire/Sir Fflint (Mold, Flint, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Connah's Quay, Holywell, Buckley, St. Asaph)  The Dakotas in Glamorgan/Morgannwg (Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Barry, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Neath, Pontypridd)  in Merioneth/Meirionnydd (Dolgellau, Bala, Tywyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech)
 The Dakotas in Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy (Monmouth, Newport, Blackwood, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Tredegar)  in Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn (Montgomery, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanidloes)  in Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro (Pembroke, Npp, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Fishguard, Tenby, St. David's)  in Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed (Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Rhayader, New Radnor)


The Dakotas SCOTLAND

 The Dakotas in Aberdeenshire (Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Huntley, Ellon, Turriff)  in Angus/Forfarshire (Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir)  in Argyllshire (Inveraray, Oban, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Tobermory)  in Ayrshire (Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Largs, Troon, Cumnock)  in Banffshire (Banff, Buckie, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy, Dufftown)  in Berwickshire (Greenlaw, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder, Coldstream)  in Buteshire (Rothesay, Millport, Brodick, Lochranza)  in Cromartyshire (Cromarty, Ullapool) The Dakotas  in Caithness (Wick, Thurso, Halkirk, Castletown)  in Clackmannanshire (Clackmannan, Alloa, Tillicoultry, Tullibody)  in Dumfriesshire (Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar, Langholm, Gretna)
 in Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire (Dumbarton, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Alexandria, Kirkintilloch)  in East Lothian/Haddingtonshire (Haddington, North Berwick, Dunbar, Tranent, East Linton)  in Fife (Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St. Andrews, Cowdenbeath, Burntisland)  in Inverness-shire (Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree)  in Kincardineshire (Stonehaven, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Inverbervie)  in Kinross-shire (Kinross, Milnathort)  in Kirkcudbrightshire (Kircudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway)  in Lanarkshire (Lanark, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Carluke)  in Midlothian/Edinburghshire (Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg)  in Morayshire (Elgin, Forres, Rothes, Lossiemouth, Fochabers)  in Nairnshire (Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor, Ferness)
 in Orkney (Kirkwall, Sromness, Balfour)  in Peeblesshire (Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton) The Dakotas  in Perthshire (Perth, Crieff, Pitlochry, Callander, Blairgowrie, Rattray, Coupar Angus, Kincardine)  in Renfrewshire (Renfrew, Paisley, Greenock, Johnstone, Port Glasgow, Barrhead, Kilmalcolm)  in Ross-shire (Dingwall, Stornaway, Tain, Alness, Invergorden)  in Roxburghshire (Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh)  in Selkirkshire (Selkirk, Clovenfords, Galashiels)  in Shetland (Lerwick, Scalloway, Baltasound) in Stirlingshire (Stirling, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Alva)  in Sutherland (Dornoch, Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie, Lairg, Durness, Tongue)  in West Lothian/Linlithgowshire (Linlithgow, Livingston, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Whitburn, Armadale, Bathgate)  in Wigtownshire (Wigtown, Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Whithorn)
 


Splash Wedding Singers, Splash Deal or No Deal, Splash Lottery Winners, Splash Come Dancing

Corporate Function Bands, Tribute Bands, Wedding Bands, Queen Tribute Band, Abba Tribute Band
Norwich, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs, Beds, Bedford, Bedfordshire, Cambs, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Ipswich, Felixstowe, London, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Yorks, West Yorkshire
Hull, Skegness, Northampton, Northants, York, Essex, London, Bath, Mamma Mia Tribute Band
Come Dancing, Matthew Cutler, Nicole Cutler, Ian Waite, Camilla Dallerup


Take That Tribute Band

Duffy Tribute

Amy Winehouse Tributes
Amy Winehouse Tribute Band

Jimmy Jones, the Guvnor

Suzie Kennedy Marilyn Monroe Lookalike

Tim Goodacre Singer Songwriter

The Masters of The House


Girls R Aloud, Tribute Band