Our fab four have an impressive list of skills and experience in the music industry…

Ultimate Beatles were formed in 2001 as a surprise wedding band for a friend. The performance was a huge success and the band quickly gained further bookings. Going from strength to strength with every performance and having a great time along the way, we decided to go all out…

Since 2001, we have played over 1,00 shows including bars, clubs, celebrity weddings, parties, festivals, radio shows and prime time TV appearances.

Highlights were appearing on BBC1’s ‘Great Britons’ programme and ‘The One Show’ where we met Mel C and the legendary Ronnie Corbett! We have also performed live for Iain Lee on BBC Radio.

Celebrities we have performed for include:

  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Mel C
  • John Bercow MP
  • Anna Friel
  • Tim Rice
  • Krishnan Guru Murthy
  • Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock
  • Denise Lewis
  • Ian Botham
  • Phil Tuffnell
  • Alex Jones
  • David Thewlis
  • Matt Baker
  • Brian Bello
  • Chantelle Houghton
  • Rylan Clark

Festival performances include:

  • Yeovil Festival Of Transport
  • Boogie In The Park
  • Music On The Moor
  • Upton festival

Past clients include:

  • Fred Forum
  • Kuoni Management
  • British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Royal Air Force

International performances include:

  • Riga Museum Of Transport, Latvia
  • De Ster, Holland
  • Beirut, France, Ireland

Venues we have played at include:

  • The Emirates Stadium
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Rose Bowl
  • Cafe De Paris
  • The Pigalle Cub
  • Marriot Hotel
  • London Film Museum
  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Stadium MK
  • RAF Benson
  • Jazz Cafe, Reading
  • Old Billingsgate Conference Centre

Meet The Band

Grant Van Funkle as John Lennon.

Natural entertainer Grant taught himself to play guitar by learning Beatles songs and since then has performed in various original and cover bands. On joining Ultimate Beatles he already knew most of the songs!

In addition to guitar and vocals Grant plays bass and keyboards. He also performs regularly as Jim Morrison in his Doors tribute, The Strange Doors.

Max Wurr as Paul McCartney

Max has been a self-confessed Beatle geek since since childhood. He has played guitar and bass with various jazz, pop and rock line-ups, is an experienced singer/songwriter and has also written musical scores for professional theatre productions.

Max also plays with Cliff Smith’s Forgers.

Cliff Smith as George Harrison

Classically trained guitarist Cliff has over twenty years experience playing in solo concerts and with bands. He is an experienced songwriter and has composed music for various orchestral ensembles.

Cliff sings and plays guitar, ukulele and bass guitar. He teaches guitar and ukulele from his central London studio and online.

He is also bandleader, guitarist and vocalist with rock cover band The Forgers, and performs regularly with acoustic covers duo Six String Stereo.

Matt McLaughlin as Ringo Starr

Matt started hitting things at a young age and has not stopped since.

He has an impressive musical CV which includes playing drums and percussion in The Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Daddy Cool, Lord of The Rings, Avenue Q, Hair, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Thriller Live, Love Never Dies, Never Forget, Tell Me On A Sunday and Evita in London’s West End.

He has also played in three international tours of the hugely successful Queen musical, We Will Rock You.