As a musician, I try to play live as much as possible and a few years back, I was approached by a wedding planner in Spain called Sonya. At the time, I wasn’t really playing solo but she enquired about my band and we took a few bookings to see how we’d get on working with her. Since around 2009, I have gained a huge amount of gigging experience from playing both in local venues and at private events and in 2013, I played more than 110 shows over the year.
I pride myself on being reliable and punctual which is why I always say that when I am booked for your private event, I am available for the entire day. If you need me to be set up 3 hours before my performance so that I’m not lugging my equipment through the middle of your wedding dinner, I’m there!
On this page, you can find various resources to help you understand a bit more about what I do. I will include a downloadable PDF version of my latest set list along with videos and testimonials from my past clients.
Other than my solo acoustic set, I can also provide my live rock band, Midnight Mechanics, with which I play covers by artists such as AC/DC, Robert Palmer, Kaiser Cheifs and more. Also, I play in a new acoustic trio called The Box Drum Band. With this band, we cover the likes of Crowded House, Traveling Wilburys, Jason Mraz and even some traditional Irish tunes.
If you are considering booking me and are using a wedding planner, please contact them direct and enquire about my services through them. The wedding planners I work for get special deals from me when booking a package. For example, if you were to book me for your ceremony and later, my band for your evening party, your wedding planner can apply a discount for you.
Please, if there’s anything you can’t find on this page, feel free to get in touch using the contact page found in the menu above.
I am fully legal to work as a self-employed musician in Spain and am registered as “autonomo”. This is a vital part of working in Spain as failure to comply with the regulations can result not only with a fine for me and the venue, it would also mean that if there was an inspection, I would be shut down with immediate effect. I keep all of my paperwork up to date so that you have nothing to worry about.
This is a first dance I performed totally acoustically on the Balcón de Europa in Nerja in 2016. Video by Victor Ardile.
This video was filmed by Willem Broekman at a public bar gig in 2016.
This video was filmed by Victor Ardile at a wedding in 2014.
My Song List
I try to update my song list as often as I can, both for my sanity and for the benefit of my audiences. You can download the latest version of my list using the button below. Please note that there are songs which I have played in the past which may not be on this list. If you have any favourites which you’d like me to play for you, please get in touch and we’ll work something out!
We had Lee at our ceremony and reception for our wedding and he absolutely amazing. He played every song at the ceremony beautifully. He know exactly what we wanted and we could not recommend him higher. All our guests were hugely impressed and wish we could have enjoyed him longer. Thanks again Lee, you were 10/10…. Do you play anniversaries 🙂 if anybody is getting married or have an event in Spain, book Lee. You won’t be disappointed.
Niamh & Dave – 8th September 2016
Our second musician for the day was Lee Townsend. Lee played for us (at Hotel Balcón de Europa) just after the speeches and all the way up until we left for our after party in Rey Alfonso later in the night. Lee was incredible. He really got the crowd going with fun, upbeat songs. He created a fantastic atmosphere for our guests, everyone was having a ball. Some of our favourite videos on the GoPro involve Lee playing for our guests, everyone up dancing and having a great time.
Sinead & Liam – 25th June 2016
During the ceremony and drinks reception we had Lee Townsend playing… WOW, amazing!! Lee had sent us a song list well in advance for us to choose any songs which we wanted him to play, we decided that he would know best and told him to play whatever he thought would best suit the mood/people on the day – I think every single guest at some point asked where we had found him, again something that we couldn’t have done without Sonya! Even someone staying in the apartment across the street shouting over and asked one of the guests who was singing. We will definitely be looking out for Lee playing at any gigs the next time we are in Nerja.
Rachel & Dan – 29th May 2016
We saw Lee play at a couple of venues at least a year before we got married. When we eventually decided on our wedding date and venue we both immediately knew that we wanted Lee to be there to provide the music for the evening. Not only did Lee entertain our guests throughout the evening, he learned and sang our walking out song at the ceremony itself and he complied with our unusual request of (after specifically learning it first) singing and playing the guitar to the tune of The Proclaimers (500 miles) on the walk from the ceremony back to the venue – sounds odd I know but it was a unbelievably massive and totally unexpected hit for the day, everyone immediately joined in singing along, even the locals who came out their houses to join in, it put a smile on everyone´s faces and set the tone for the rest of the day. My husband and I cannot rate Lee highly enough, he is absolutely fantastic and was a crucial part of making our wedding the absolutely perfect day it was. All of our guests absolutely loved him and felt the same way.
Laura & Martin – 20th May 2016
Ask anyone who is a regular to Nerja about a band that can get a crowd going and they will tell you about Midnight Mechanics and their lead singer Lee Townsend. What a voice! We booked Lee for signing solo during our 1.5hrs on the roof top reception at San Juan Torres. Seriously, I get goose bumps even thinking about it. Between the stunning views, the amazing company and his singing, it was just fab. I actually heard a few guests moaning when he had to stop and we went inside for the meal. They were happy to sit and listen to him all night ha! But to their delight, when we went to the nightclub after the meal Lee had joined his band; Midnight Mechanics to serenade us for a few more hours.
Sarah & Subhash – 27th September 2015
Gareth & I would just like the opportunity to say a huge “THANK YOU!” for entertaining everyone on our special wedding day, without doubt you were exceptionally brilliant! Everyone said how much they enjoyed listening to your music and how talented you were! You really made our wedding perfect & complete! We would also like to thank you for giving Georgene the opportunity to sing along with you, with your help everyone was blown away by her performance! Georgene loved singing with you & she thanks you for giving her the experience of singing live in front of a big crowd! Thank you once again for making our wedding day such a success! We will never forget you!
Kindest regards from the Northwest England folk!!
Karen & Gareth – 29th August 2015
We had Lee Townsend play some acoustic music. Everybody loved him, and it was chilled and relaxed, perfect. Just what we wanted.
Gemma & Stephen – 17th July 2015
Our real scoop of the evening was a person that our guests are still talking about, and that is Lee Townsend. What an amazing guitar player and singer – it is truly like listening to Ed Sheeran.
We had only heard some songs on Youtube, live from Frigiliana, and we were sure that we had found our live performance for the evening. And we were right! Highly recommended!
Anette & Erland – 4th July 2015
For entertainment we had Lee Townsend who was brilliant. We had originally seen Lee on previous visits to Nerja and while he was always good we couldn’t get over how talented he had become since we saw him last. Everyone in our party (musicians included) commented to us on how good he was. He really is such a talent and we regretted not booking him for the wedding day itself.
Claire & Keith – 7th June 2015
For the pre drinks reception and our party the next day, I booked Lee Townsend. We were both delighted with the music choice and many of our guests commented on how much Lee reminded them of Ed Sheeran.
Personally I reckon it is only a matter of time before he gets a record deal so I would encourage anyone thinking about booking him to make their bookings soon 🙂
Caroline & Brian – 19th September 2014
After the main course we had Lee Townsend play (he had set up before we arrived) Lee is a great singer and performer, for a one man band he covers a great range with something for everyone.
Irene & Derek – 28th June 2014
The scenery was amazing, the sunshine was amazing the music from Lee Townsend was amazing and looking around I just could not believe that all these people were here for me. It was spectacular!
I booked Lee to sing for 2 hours at Cochrans then a further hour after dinner at the Balcon. I loved his song list and knew it would be ideal and exactly what I wanted.
Gillian and Michael – 6th July 2013
The cava reception was on at the Toboso roof terrace which was absolutely gorgeous. We had Lee sing there and he is fantastic, he really set a great atmosphere for everyone and he has a wonderful voice.
Pamela & Karl – 7th June 2013
We had Lee Townsend on guitar and he has an amazing voice and played really well and took requests for songs he knew everyone was complimenting his singing.
Michelle & Brian – 10th July 2011