Wedding and Corporate Specialist, Local, National or International The Distant Monarchs will make your event memorable. with music that everyone enjoys. Free lighting package available.

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Our Bio

Having recently supported Ross Wilson, Mister Eagle Rock himself, the Distant Monarchs are fast becoming the most highly booked duo entertainment group in Canberra and the surrounding district.

With a wide variety of Jazz, Rock, Modern, Easy Listening and Popular Classics, both James on the guitar and lead vocals, and Owen on the keys, are able to entertain any crowd. They use only the very best professional sequenced backing tracks sourced from around the world to ensure a high quality of sound is maintained at every performance.

Their experience extends across corporate functions, private events (including birthday parties), sports bars, and clubs and rocking pubs.

The Distant Monarchs are also specialists at designing wedding packages to suit individual styles and tastes. They are happy to learn requests to really enhance and individualise each experience.

The Distant Monarchs are guaranteed crowd pleasers and they look forward to making your event a success.  If it is relaxed easy listening or you need the crowd on the dance floor, the Distant Monarchs will ensure your event is memorable.

Did you know the Distant Monarchs can be a 3 or 4 or 5 piece.  Why not add a live Bass guitar and vocals, or a drummer or even another lead guitar player.  It's your call.  Customise the sound to suit your venue.

Enquire today.


Recent Gigs

Our Corporate and regular venues include:-

  • Goulburn Workers Club
  • Lanyon Vikings
  • Canberra Times
  • Top Pub Queanbeyan
  • Jerrabomberra Hotel
  • The Duxton
  • Erindale Vikings
  • Raiders Club Weston

And heaps and heaps and heaps of private functions.


When it comes to our repertoire we know you don’t have all day to read over two hundred titles, here is just a quick sample.

  • All For You
  • All I Want for Christmas
  • All of Me
  • Am I Ever Gonna See your Face
  • American Pie
  • Angels
  • April Sun In Cuba
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Better Be Home Soon
  • Bilster in th Sun
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Budapest
  • Catch My Disease
  • Chasing Cars
  • Count on Me
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Don’t Dream It's Over
  • Dream Catch Me
  • Drops of Jupiter
  • Easy
  • Fat Bottom Girls
  • Flame Trees
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Follow Me
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • Forget You
  • Gambler
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Handle With Care
  • Hey Soul Sister
  • Holy Grail
  • Hotel California
  • Hound Dog
  • Hurt So Good
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I'm a Believer
  • I'm Gonna be (500 miles)
  • I'm Yours
  • It's all been done
  • Just the Way You Are
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Khe Sanh
  • Lazy Song
  • Let Her Go
  • Living on a Prayer
  • Love is All Around
  • Magic Carpet Ride
  • Moondance
  • My Sharona
  • On the Road Again
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • Pina Colada
  • Proud Mary
  • Riptide 
  • Rock and Roll All night 
  • Sex on fire
  • She's Electric
  • Shook Me All Night Long
  • Still Haven't Found
  • Stuck In the Middle
  • Summer of 69
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Taking Care of Business
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Thinking out loud
  • Throw Your Arms Around Me
  • To Her Door
  • Truly Madly Deeply
  • Valerie
  • Wake Me Up
  • What I Like About You
  • When You Say Nothing
  • With Or Without You
  • Yellow
  • You Got It
  • You May Be Right

If you favorite tune isn’t here, tell us and we will learn it just for your special event


“Guys, I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for the great time my family had last night.  You summed up the crowd beautifully. You play the modern stuff for the grandkids and the older ones for my generation”. Thumbs up to you!” Ellen

“Thanks again and again and again to the Distant Monarchs” Mark

“We are very happy to recommend you to anyone who needs a band. Thanks team Monarchs. You keep the party going. My wifes 40th was a great night.” Arnold

"I book Owen and James for my 80s theme night. I didnt expect them to come dressedas Wham.  The boys had a great time and so did everyone.  Just want to take this momenet to thank you guys for making our night such a great hit. I am already planning my next function and can not wait to get your guys back. thanks a bunch. " Dean

"You only get married once, but if I do it again I am going to use you guys. Thanks, DMs, Mrs Michel Stephon

A message from James and Owen.


Okay, so why did we get into the entertainment game? To be the best. To deliver an outstanding evening of entertainment second to none.  If you want the best and you don’t want to be disappointed call today then sit back and let the Distant Monarchs make sweet love to your ears.

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