Funk Salad

A tight, funky five-piece from Wellington playing infectious and infinitely danceable hits with the accent on soul, disco, traditional R&B and of course, funk! Ideal for any private party, corporate function, pub gig or event.


Funk/Soul/Disco/R&B Party Band

Are you looking for a tight, funky dance band to kick start your party or function? Well look no further - you have definitely come to the right page.

"Funk Salad" is April Phillips (Vocals), Murray Thompson (Guitar), Hugh Costello (Keyboards), Matt Beauchamp (Bass) and Richard Laing (Drums).

Born out of a desire to simply share the fun of playing infectious dance music, the band is comprised of experienced musicians from New Zealand, the US and the UK and together they form a fresh, funky five-piece that will have have you out of your seats and on to the dance floor quicker than you can say Deaf Lettuce!

Their music covers high energy funk, soul, disco, and traditional R&B favourites with the accent on nostalgia including hits from Chic, KC & The Sunshine Band, Grace Jones, The Commodores, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, Duffy, Prince, Tony Joe White, Earth, Wind & Fire to name but three!

The musicianship and pedigree within Funk Salad is second to none. Their combined experience is extremely varied and stems from various parts of the world. April is a respected TV and stage singing star here in NZ, Hugh and Matt have toured New Zealand extensively in various bands and Richard has played on national TV in the UK alongside jazz great John Dankworth and blues man Chris Barber.

Funk Salad has a growing reputation in Wellington and is available for pub gigs, private parties and corporate functions in Wellington and the lower North Island. So if your appetite for cool salad is whetted ask for a free quote now via this site!


  • Funk Salad Sample Set List. (October 08)
  • Signed Sealed Delivered
  • In the Midnight Hour
  • Unchain My Heart
  • Cream
  • Dreadlock Holiday
  • Gimme Some Lovin'
  • You Sexy Thing
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On
  • Rescue Me
  • Car Wash
  • Upside Down
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • Dancin' In the Street
  • Long Train Runnin
  • Shake Shake Shake
  • We Are Family
  • Play That Funky Music
  • Le Freak
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie
  • Mustang Sally
  • Take Me to the River
  • Love Shack
  • Chain of Fools
  • I Feel Good, I Got You
  • Pull Up to the Bumper
  • Everyone's a Winner
  • Listen to the Music
  • Knock On Wood
  • Brick House
  • Super Freak
  • I Shot the Sherrif
  • I Can't Help Myself
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Funky Town
  • Mercy
  • Disco Inferno
  • Boys Light Up
  • Willie & The Hand Jive
  • April Sun in Cuba
  • Sultans of Swing
  • China Grove
  • Listen to the Music
  • …and many more too numerous to list here.

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