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Always on my mind

What people say

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Deal Town Mayor


The worshipful Town Mayor of Deal David Cronk has asked me to write to you on his behalf and thank you for the wonderful show you put on at his End of Term Event

He would like to thank you for your support at his functions over the past two years that he has been in office. He has enjoyed immensely your singing and showmanship and has always received great feedback from his guests

Hw would like to send his best wishes for your forth coming events and hopes to see you soon


Una Finch Mayor's Secretary

Martin is a true gentleman and first class entertainer. I got to know him through his charity fundraising and have enjoyed many of his events, even booking him personally for a family party for my father with dementia which he handled with great sensitivity.

Martin has a lovely voice and a sparkling personality and great sense of humour, the ultimate all-round entertainer!!!


Michelle Mulligan

A Margate Residential Home

Re Christmas Entertainment 2017

"Just to say a really big THANK YOU for your patience, understanding and willingness to wait for all the other bits and pieces that went on before you did your turn, which I must say went down a treat and was enjoyed by all, Nothing but very positive remarks heard from the residents about you including one person who requested that you come at least every other week throughout the year if not every week!"

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Hi Martin


Thank you so much for entertaining at Mum's 90th birthday party. You did a brilliant job yesterday and I have heard nothing but praises from everyone regarding your performance! Everyone thought you were great and even if they did not know the words to some of the songs they were entertained. Mum was over the moon with how it all went and you were the icing on the cake!

I will certainly circulate the info on your cabaret, and we may well see you there!

Thank you once again you really made it a special event.


Love

Julie


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Dear Martin,

I wanted to thank you for all your hard work in helping pull together the Demelza event at the bandstand on the 27th August 2017.

I have spoken to the team involved who tell me it was the most brilliant, community based day with over £2000 raised for Demelza & much fun had by all. Your attention to detail & persistence in getting a credible, do-able running order meant that a smooth, professional event ensued; Sue & Nick absolutely sang your praises & said you were completely instrumental to the success of the day. I am only sorry I missed the day & dare I say it, if we do another event next year, very much hope that I can be involved!


With kind regards,

Rachel

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An evening with Martin Farbrother & Tony Richards quartet


The United Church Herne Bay


I had quite a good sleep after waiting until well after midnight for the euphoria to drain from my system! I so wanted to be the first to say a very big THANK YOU to yourself, to Colleen and to Tony and the boys for an absolutely fantastic evening. The efforts to which you all went are truly appreciated and I think that was reflected in the audience appreciation of the quality music presented. Many, many thanks. May I ask that you extend our thanks to them all for a wonderful evening, and express the desire for a return visit in the future. For our first attempt at a 'cabaret' style evening, I was pleased to have received so many appreciative comments. I think that the evening demonstrated to some degree the wider potential of the church as a concert/event venue for the town.

Best regards.

John Elson

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'My pleasure accompanying your beautiful voice and personality... looking forward to doing again some day!'

David Curtis Mutter

Pianist and entertainer on board

Royal Caribbean ship

Adventure of the Sea

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Hello Martin


This is Mary-Ann here writing on behalf

of Doug and myself to say how much we enjoyed

your singing last evening and we are very

happy to have met you. Also, thank you so

much for dedicating "Softly As I Leave You"

to me, I felt very honoured and touched.

Your singing of it was absolutely beautiful and

with so much feeling.


After I return from my 4-week visit to

Florida, we will find out when and

where you will be singing in our area

and we will come see you.

In the meantime, take care and keep

having fun 'swingin' those songs!


All the best,


from Mary-Ann& Doug Sides

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Dear Martin


Please find enclosed deposit for my mum's party in Caterham Surrey in June 2016

Mum is very excited now you are booked. My dad died 5 years ago and its been a long slow recovery for her, so its lovely to see her all excited. She has shed many tears at Herne Bay Bandstand over the years when you have to sung to her. Don't worry she is all full of fun & smiles now you are doing her party!

Best wishes

Dawn Fisher

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It stopped raining, the stars came out. Then there was Martin Farbrother and the Railway Swing Band, who could have asked for anything more, certainly not the audience at the bandstand last Wednesday in Festival Week.

What a cracking good band this is, fronted by David White​. The singer and the band when performing the songs was much appreciated by a mix of ages in the audience, especially the more elderly who's twinkle toes had long gone but with the music in their memories

Congratulations to Dave for shoehorning the band on the stage so anyone playing in the front row of the saxophones did not get poked in the ear by a trombone!

This was entertainment at its best and so the time of the performance went to soon. We had never seen or heard this band before and myself, Jean and our daughter enjoyed every minute. Well done to all concerned and especially Martin

Alan Major. Heaton Road Canterbury

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Dear Martin

Thank you so much for agreeing to do my birthday party. I am really looking forward to it and I'm sure all my guests will enjoy your entertainment as my husband and I have done all the times we have seen you

Best regards

Debbie Good

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Private birthday party at the Hempstead House Hotel


Hi Martin

We had a wonderful evening and your presence was the icing on the cake - my guests loved you

Thank you for my cuddles - you are so kind

I wish you a happy Christmas and New Year.

Lots of love Maureen xxx

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Dear Martin

Thank you for making our Christmas Lunch so very enjoyable

Members must have been impressed as I have had several phone calls saying how great the day was and especially you

I hope your evening at Faversham went well

Have a very happy and hopefully relaxing Christmas and a Healthy New Year

Thank you once again you were great

Kind regards

Sittingbourne Retirement Club


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Las Vegas Variety Show

Produced and directed by Martin

Alan Major from Heaton Road Canterbury

I have to write in connection with the recent Las Vegas show at Herne Bay Bandstand which my wife and I both enjoyed seeing and hearing and thought it was very good. The dancers and Marilyn Monroe lookalike, considering the limitations of the stage were very professional in both their routines and deserved the applause they got from the audience . A certain Martin Farbrother and his colleague Ray Martin did not seem inhibited either by the stage area that was available and tripped here and there with a rather good light fandango, rendering the songs whilst doing so, again appreciated by the audience. Congratulations to all concerned

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Two of a Kind Dinner Cabaret

Whitstable Castle

(Two comments)

It was an excellent evening, it felt very personal, as if we were part of the event and not just listening, we would definitely go again

Graham Jenks

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We were lucky enough to come to your Cabaret at Whitstable castle last Saturday, you and Ray were simply excellent. Put you and Ray in the Whitstable Castle with the service and food to match and the evening was a complete success. (We have emailed the Castle asking when are you going to be on again.)

We mustn`t forget the magician Amazing Grace and we hope to see him again soon

Please pass on our appreciation to Ray

Paddie and Graham


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Re Herne Bay charity concerts (Abridged)


Hello Martin

Congratulations on another excellent singing & entertainment afternoon which we all enjoyed as usual and we are so pleased you are able to continue to hold them at the Bandstand

When I said "what next a pantomime" I said this as a serious venture as many top stars go on tour for a month or so in such a show and means they reach a wider audience with the right people in the business

In the mean time congartulations again, the faces of the handicapped people and their taking part said it all, you are on the right wavelength as an entertainer

John - Canterbury

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Re entertaining 100 guests at a strawberry tea

Dear Martin

I felt I had to write and thank you for a wonderful afternoon. Each and every one of our members left with a big smile on their faces and all said how brilliant it was.

Thank you so much and we will contact you again when we put next years programme in place. Very many thanks


Anne Radlett Sittingbourne 55+ Fellowship

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From Liz Hare Managing Director of

The Dover Cruise Terminal Holiday & Leisure Show


Thank you so much for your hard work over the show- I am eternally grateful- it is so nice to work with such nice people! We had 2,761 visitors through the doors throughout the day which was fantastic and made everything worthwhile! I can never thank you enough for all you do and look forward to doing it all again next year!!!

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Kathleen Gawler Reference Mum & Dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary

Wow what can I say but a very BIG thank you from Mum & Dad , myself and all the family for all that you did on Saturday - I think it all went brilliantly and I hope that I was not too domineering !! But I think between us the tweaks here and there worked well. The response we have had from party guests have been full of praise - so well done and thanks. I hope Colleen also enjoyed the evening and it was a pleasure to have you both there as guests - as part of our friends and family and not just as an entertainer


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Laura Carpenter

Booked for her Mum's special birthday


I would recommend Martin to entertain at any occasion , he is a truly lovely gentleman who makes everyone feel very special and of course his singing voice is amazing. He completely made my mums birthday party and everyone is still talking about him

Many thanks Martin

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Leon Carl Green

I just looked you up on You Tube, and listened to I left my heart in San Francisco, I used to live there so I was wondering if you would give me that longing feeling I get when someone sings it a certain way. You hit it just right and you sounded wonderful. In other words tonight you have made a new fan

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Stephen - The Flower of Kent Odd Fellows Club


You know I really enjoyed this evening with Martin Croones playing exactly what his audience wanted. If the floor filled with dancers he kept the tempo the same and all could continue to dance. During the evening he did three spots starting with songs of Frank Sinatra, later he sang songs of Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, the Carpenters, the Beatles and so many others. The first part of the show was an hour long, during the break he played background music softly in the background whilst we had our main course

When Martin started his second hour he said we should all get up and work off all the food we had had. Martin really knows how to play his audience by walking to each of the tables and singing directly to ladies sat at their tables. The lucky ones of Molly Clarke, Christine Howden, Pamela Magee, Doreen Lindsey, Miriam Walters, Mavis Gargaro and Hilda actually danced with him as he sang which was very unusual but very nice. For most of the evening someone was on the dance floor. At the end there was a round of applause for Martin and shouts for an encore, which he gladly did. The last thing Martin did was to wish all a safe journey home and to thank all of the good sports who he sang to or danced with.

Such a good night I am confident we will have him back again next year

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Dear Martin

Words cannot describe our thanks and appreciation for your efforts on Saturday. Absolutely everyone including the grand kids said how good you were and they were all impressed with how well you held the whole evening together. I know you did more for us than you would normally do and I cannot thank you enough. You are magic and a star

Regards Mike Tomassi

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The Abbey Hotel Minster Isle of Sheppey


Hi Martin.

Thanks for another night of brilliant entertainment, can't wait till you are here again

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Patrice Gardner Private Party


Just wanted to say a very big thank you for Tuesday. Von had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed it and you made it all the more special for her. Everyone really enjoyed themselves

Our celebrations continued throughout the afternoon and all day yesterday (her actual birthday) finally finishing up at The Artichoke in Chartham for dinner last night.

Thank you again for starting us off with your most enjoyable vocal entertainment

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Surprise birthday party at

The Hilton Hotel Maidstone


Thank you so much Martin you were brilliant and EVERYONE has commented on you and how

brilliant you are! Hopefully this isn't the last time we see you - we do love a party!!!

Rebecca Hopper

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Private Birthday party


Hi Martin

Thank you so much for making our evening so special - you were wonderful.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was a perfect evening


Best wishes

Maureen Edwards


Amanda Holdstock - Owner of The Hempstead House Hotel Bapchild

Just wanted to say what a fantastic evening it was on Saturday. We all thought you were excellent and the music was absolutely perfect for the evening. It was a very emotional evening for all of us and I have to admit to bursting into tears as soon as I left the room. Maureen is such an inspiration to us all and a truly amazing lady.

Well done for providing her with the perfect birthday.You dererve all the praise Martin - you pitched it just right and everyone could see how much you wanted it to be perfect for her

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Mick Tomassi - Private party organiser


What a professional. You have answered so many of our questions and worries in a few short paragraphs.

Brilliant.Firstly, and MOST importantly, could we please make a confirmed booking with you for that evening of

Saturday 3rd August 2013. Secondly, what you suggest sounds perfect for our needs, and we certainly take on board your thoughts.


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The wedding of Jayne & Carl

Jayne and I would like to thank you for the fantastic contribution you made to our wedding day at Hempstead House . It was very hard to keep it a surprise from Jayne and our guests for so long but the whole experience was worth it. Jayne still talks excitedly about having her favourite song being sung live as she entered the room and you performing during the wedding breakfast. Many of the guests were surprised how virtually invisible you were and how you blended in throughout the wedding breakfast, you added such a lovely and comforting atmosphere to the proceedings

Jayne and I would like to purchase a CD of yours as we didn’t get a chance on the day, with your permission we would like to use the music as the background music on our Wedding Photo DVD, which is being produced by our photographer Trevor Vingoe


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Wedding Cabaret


We had the pleasure of booking you for our wedding reception at Hempstead House Hotel. We first met when you performed at Paddies daughters wedding in 2011 and we deliberately chose our wedding day to ensure that you were available. We can only say that we and all our guests were not disapointed. Your performance was professional and polished. We have only had positive comments from all our families and friends of all ages. We have no hesitation in recommending you and are racking our brains to come up with another reason for having another party to book you

Regards and best wishes, Paddie and Graham.


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Ada Williams 90th birthday party


Hi Martin,

Everybody had a wonderful evening on Saturday, and Ada has not stopped talking about her party.

All friends and relations had the best time, and what we organised seemed to be just right for Ada.

Ada loved your entertainment and her dance with you, and you made her feel special, and that what it was all about.

Our many thanks for providing us with such wonderful entertainment, for such a special occassion.

Kind regards, and hope to see you in the future.

Lesley & Mike


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Hempstead House Hotel Bapchild


Dinner Cabaret


Thank you so much Martin for making this evening such a success because I have had such great feedback. You are such a professional and the main reason for asking you to become part of what we do here has been your amazing enthusiasm and commitment for what you do. We have a very hard-working team at the hotel and I like to work with people who have the same ethos as it comes across very clearly to the guests. I hope we can work together for many years to come. It was because the evening sold out so quickly I was unable to attend. I did however come down a few times during the evening but you were busy singing. The atmosphere you created was wonderful and your interaction with the guests made it very special

Mandy Holdstock - Owner and Managing Director of the hotel


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What a night to remember Martin, you nailed it regardless of your sore throat. Who needed food when you have a person with fab-u-lous music, vocals and personality. Hempstead House won't forget your sell-out performance.

Well done, a true pro

Jack & Dot Scarfe

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Private birthday party

We have seen Martin perform at several different venues and always enjoyed it so when I was planning my 7oth birthday celebrations I naturally thought of him. He was willing to fit in with my arrangements and visited the venue before hand to check its suitability.

The party was a great success and everyone said how much they enjoyed it and the entertainment. Martin's warm personality brought the party alive and he encouraged everyone to join in. He sang to several of the older ladies personally and they thought it was wonderful. It was such a pleasure to have music to dance to but also be able to talk to old friends without being deafened by loud music.

I am sure he will get many more bookings as a result of my party

Mel Pentecost

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Ann Davis - Regarding my cabaret for a charity fund

raising variety show


Dear Martin. Thank you for making tonight so special you went down great with everyone. My husband and son would have been so proud if they could have been there. I'm so pleased you did it 'My Way'

Thank you again

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Margaret Week's 80th birthday

‘We booked Martin for our mum Margaret’s 80th birthday party at the Dover Marina hotel, which was a great success. Martin is truly unique. He put a lot of effort into organising a mix of songs that we preferred with others that he knew would mix well for the event. At the party he instantly creates a warmth to the room with his friendly manner, interacting with guests and singing songs that come from the heart. We would have no hesitation in giving Martin the highest commendation.

Bernie Boyce

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Just wanted to say once again a huge THANKYOU for entertaining us and our guests on our Wedding Day at Hempstead House. We had an absolutely fantastic time. We'd kept you a surprise for the guests, and we've received nothing but praise for you. We will certainly be recommending you in the future to anyone looking for a singer

We are trying to think of any parties we could have, just so we could book you again.

It was great to see everyone up on their feet the moment you started to sing, I think we can put that down to you being a great, professional entertainer. Mum and I made a brilliant choice after seeing you at the Wedding Fayre at Hempstead House, so glad that you'd decided to go there that day to promote yourself.


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Richard, myself, Katie & Alex would like to thank you most sincerely for you're wonderful entertainment that you provided at their wedding on Saturday. Every guest commented on what a lovely man you are and of course thoroughly enjoyed you’re singing. Your easy style and rapport with the guests relaxed everyone. Thus making a great family occasion go with a swing. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Once again with many thanks


Anita Righton – Bride’s Mum


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The London Beach Hotel Re: Valentines Dinner Cabaret


Quoted in an article in What's On in The Weald of Kent

'Entertainment is provided by Martin Croones, one of the South East's most popular Crooners, who gained rave reviews after his performance at our New Year's Eve celebrations'

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Medway Rotary Club


It was a great evening, and exactly what we wanted.

We have this morning received some e-mails from Rotary members saying how much they enjoyed last night.

Our many thanks to you for making the evening such a success.

Once we have sorted out Lesley's birthday celebrations for Sept 2011 we will be in touch


Kind regards

Lesley & Mike Williams


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Zan Clifford - Canterbury


I hired Martin for a 70th Birthday party attended by 85 guests and he was a great success. He was very helpful in the planning of the event and had a good rapport with my guests, who thought he was great, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself as well.

I would thoroughly recommend him and would book him again


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The London Beach Hotel, Golf Club & Spa Tenterden

I would strongly recommend Martin (Croones) Farbrother for any events that you may decide to book him for. I have found Martin to be very accommodating and he has a great voice to go with it. We booked Martin for New Years Eve 2009 and re-booked for

New Years Eve 2010 plus events throughout this year leading into next. We have also had positive feedback from people who have attended both the New Years Eve function and our Summer Ball.


If you would like to ask me any questions I will be only too happy to answer them for you.


Kind Regards


Rebecca Smith Function& Wedding Coordinator

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THE GAVEL & STAFF LODGE


Dear Martin.

I am writing to say thank you for your contribution to the success of our Ladies Festival at the Hythe Imperial Hotel

Your easy style set the tone for the whole evening. All our guests commented how much they enjoyed your performance.

I requested a particular song for my wife Marion. This was not in your repertoire, but you ensured that you included it during the evening, and you sang it as I knew you would, with feeling. Also when you did the cabaret during the interval, you had the assembled guests on their feet dancing.

I would not have any hesitation in recommending you to others, as your presence would guarantee the success of any event you attended.

Once again, thank you so much, you were the cherry on top of the cake.

I look forward to meeting and working with you in the not too distant future.

W.Bro. Gordon Haining. Worshipful Master

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Canterbury Golf Club

Aaron Harlow, Bar Manager

Scotland Hills, Littlebourne Road,

Canterbury


To whom it may concern


I have engaged Martin Croones several times so far this year to entertain at the Golf Club. Martin has proved to be very popular because of the professional manner in which he performs.


His dress code, fine voice, easy listening style and wide repertoire of songs from many popular vocalists enable his audience to listen, dance or sing a long with him. It is also nice that the volume is at a level where people can still enjoy a conversation with their friends. Martin’s ‘patter’ and ability to judge the mood of the music required always seems right for the occasion.


I am happy to recommend Martin for these reasons and also for the fact that he is always ready to listen and offer advice, thus enabling us to plan functions successfully.


Many thanks Martin for your help & support now and the future,


Bar Manager Aaron Harlow

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DYMCHURCH ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


"Martin is an excellent entertainer. His mellow voice and charming personality had the men singing along and even wooed the ladies into dancing all afternoon. The selection and range of music had everyone reminiscing and suited all tastes. Martin's super rendition of 'New York' that rounded off the afternoon had everyone on their feet dancing, swaying and singing along. Excellent value - could have listened all evening - Thanks Martin - see you again next year"!

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Herne Bay Bowls Club


"Martin performed at our Christmas Luncheon and we found him an excellent choice as his repertoire was extensive and he suited all our tastes. Members would be delighted if he attended further social functions"

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Mr & Mrs Walker - Private Birthday Party Canterbury


"Thanks for a great evening, everyone had a great time and lots have people have asked for your details"

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Tracy, The Westbrook Integrated Care Centre


" Thank you very much for your excellent entertainment. It was nice to see you interacting with our clients and singing to them, it made their day"


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