The Sunbeams

Our Story

The Sunbeams are a live professional acoustic trio, inspired by the legends of Classical, Blues, Jazz, Big Bands, Pop and Country Music.

Michael, Vanessa and Tilly Hawes, are a family acoustic trio from Hayling Island and can provide the perfect ambience and background for your special occasion including weddings, proms, celebrations, fine dining, charity events and festivals.

The Sunbeams acoustic music covers an extensive mix of music genres including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Retro and Country Music, and it’s growing all the time. From well known covers from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Eric Clapton, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Everly Brothers and The Eagles to more recent covers from Paloma Faith, Adele, Kinks and Coldplay. The Sunbeams have a music repertoire to suit everyone and will help you to create a memorable event for you and your guests.

The Sunbeams have performed at many venues across Hampshire and West Sussex including The Langstone Hotel and Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club in Hayling Island, The Northney Village Fete, The Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth, The Churchillian on Portsdown Hill, The Old House at Home in Havant and at events hosted by Plush Tents Glamping in Chichester.

Vanessa Hawes, a talented singer found a passion for performing when she joined the Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society in 2009 and was cast as Princess Jasmine in the Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves production. Vanessa enjoys the buzz of performing and being part of a group. Vanessa began performing as lead singer with her father Michael in 2010 and their band, Platform 5 singing well known acoustic covers at various charity events, fetes and private functions. Vanessa’s music influences come from the big band legends like the Andrew Sisters, Michael Buble and musical theatre.

Michael Hawes, a musician and songwriter found a love for music when he retired in 2008 and started to jam with his cousin Ed, a local seasoned musician performing well known acoustic covers with his 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. Michael found it was great fun and a new adventure to explore in his twilight years with his daughter’s Vanessa and Tilly. Self taught, Michael enjoys singing and playing acoustic harmonies as a band. His music influence comes from the legends of rock and roll and country music like Elvis, The Eagles, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks.

Tilly Hawes, a young musician, singer and songwriter has recently joined The Sunbeams as lead guitarist and vocals. Tilly grew up around music, inspired by her parents she started playing the guitar when she was seven years old. A natural ear for music Tilly progressed onto the classical piano and Electric guitar. Inspired by music legends such as Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian Setzer and Coldplay, Tilly developed her own style of music and has written some original heartfelt songs straight from the heart. Her music is influenced by Blues and soft rock and tells the emotional story of a teenager making her way in the world.

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