George Formby/Vintage Variety

Derek is an accomplished entertainer, singer, ukulele banjo player and actor, having studied music and drama at the renowned Liverpool Crane Studios with a wealth of Musical Theatre, Variety, Music Hall and entertainment experience. Derek regularly performs his George Formby Tribute - singing and playing his ukulele banjo, not only as a 1940s Wartime Entertainer in 1940s shows, but in Music Hall Shows, corporate and private functions & has appeared on TV and Radio

Self contained with his uke, Derek invites you to take a trip down Memory Lane in his own entertaining style,  recalling some well-known foot-tapping, singalong medleys & also pays tribute to the legendary Wartime entertainer, George Formby, when he sings a selection of his popular songs playing in the unique George Formby style. Derek adds comedy and laughter and enjoys a banter with you, his audience, encouraging you to join in the singing in his engaging vintage variety act, with a great selection of toe tapping, singalongs from the 30's, 40's & 50's with a few extra surprises too. Pure Nostalgia!

Can also be booked as a Life Talk - Learn more about George Formby and his life when you book the 'Life Talk' which includes George Formby songs,well-known singalong favourites and some comedy - refreshingly different!

Derek's Entertainment Services are suitable for any occasion where you're looking for a bit of fun and good singalong and available for:

  • After Dinner Talks
  • 1940s wartime shows/events
  • Variety shows, Music hall shows
  • Themed days out
  • Holiday breaks
  • Live theatre
  • Private & corporate functions
  • Tv & Radio AND MUCH MORE!

Show Options 

1 x 60 mins

In addition to performing as a George Formby, Derek is also a convincing Winston Churchill Lookalike/Sound-alike and can also give an amusing Life Talk on Tommy Cooper which includes jokes and tricks!


Thank you for a great night. Everyone was saying how much they enjoyed it. Especially seeing me make a fool of myself! The older guy who had the Fez on had a great time. We have never seen him laugh that much before. Thank you again, your George Formby tribute was really good - Allan W.Gray - WM Westhoughton Lodge 4215

If you are looking for an accomplished and talented speaker, Derek is your man! Derek is a talented and versatile performer and we wholeheartedly recommend him for your event - Rotary Club

Derek made a valuable and entertaining contribution to the ‘Liverpool Blitz 70’ Event There is no doubt about Derek’s competence. Derek switched several times  from the commanding persona of Winston Churchill to the cheeky chappy musician, George Formby. Those 1940s jaunty classics were delightfully entertaining which Derek replicated so well - D-Day Revisited, Chester

We were extremely pleased with our entertainment on Thursday. EVERYONE enjoyed Derek giving his George Formby Tribute . Derek came to the venue early and greeted the members as they arrived - which pleased them enormously! I think the members enjoy an entertainment rather than a serious talk - called escapism! - Stockton-on-Tees Ladies' Luncheon Club

Thank you for bringing back happy memories of watching George Formby on stage and his many films.I can safely say that all the members of the Club thoroughly enjoyed your humorous entertainment, banjo playing and singing - John Mitchell, Chairman. Malpas Supper Club, Market Drayton

Thank you, Derek, for making it a lovely day for Dad, Mum, my Auntie and all the guests at Lower Edge Day Care Centre (Rastrick). They loved your George Formby Tribute - Christine Beal

Thanks Derek-you were great as a special guest artiste with your variety act and George Formby tribute in our “Those were the Days” show at Leeds City Varieties Theatre" - Liz Coggins, On Stage Productions