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Russell Harris Entertainment

5  ( 3 reviews ) · Cairns | Port Douglas | Palm Cove | Mission Beach, Tablelands (View Map) · Show Phone
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Backed by 30 years of industry experience, Russell Harris wears many wedding entertainment hats: enigmatic front man, talented lead vocalist, skilled multi-instrumentalist, and MC, to name just a few! A vibrant solo entertainer with an innate ability to engage audiences, Russell’s musical versatility makes him the perfect choice for any wedding celebration in Far North Queensland and beyond.

Russell holds a Diploma of Music, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (formerly the Queensland Conservatorium of Music). He has performed with renowned musicians across Australia, including Aria winner Seaman Dan and David Hudson. He has completed two solo albums of original material, entitled 'Simple Life' and 'Survivor', and has been the leading artist on the Naked Melody album (Australian Sun Records), which features the Flugelhorn.

With a passion and professionalism that shines through, Russell can adapt his skills and talents to perform in almost any vocal style. This versatility extends to song requests, a service perfect for a sentimental aisle or first dance song. Offering generous package rates and an accommodating approach, Russell will provide a memorable live music experience for your wedding.


"My new husband is a musician and absolutely loves music, so I knew he'd have pretty high expectations for the live music for our wedding reception. Russel exceeded our expectations. We wanted an acoustic guitarist to provide good music that all our guests would be able to dance to. Russell provided exactly that! He sang, played guitar and trumpet, as well as providing DJ sets. He read the room perfectly and chose just the right music to keep everyone on the dance floor. He was lovely to work with and required minimal direction in the lead-up to our wedding; he knows what he is doing! All of our guests were very impressed. Thank you, Russell, so much for making our wedding reception so memorable." – Taylor + Matt


What you'll love about working with Russell Harris for your Cairns wedding:

  • From acoustic soloist to DJ to 10-piece band! Whether you're looking for a soulful acoustic performance for canape hour or a full band to get your guests on their feet dancing, Russell has you covered. Russell even offers MC services to charm your guests and keep your reception following schedule. 
  • Tailored wedding packages. No two weddings are the same. In this spirit, Russell offers bespoke packages with generous pricing. With options to suit celebrations of all sizes and themes, Russell's packages include musical accompaniment to your wedding's most important moments. Russel will provide the soundtrack to your aisle walk, reception entrance, and first dance, as well as background music perfect for mingling. 
  • Personalised, professional service. When you book your wedding entertainment with Russell Harris, you know that you'll be receiving five-star service with a friendly smile. Backed by 30 years of experience as an entertainer, Russell has a firm understanding of what it takes to engage an audience and smoothly deliver a fantastic performance. Russell will also happily take song requests to further personalise your day. 


Highlights of working with Russell Harris for your Cairns wedding:

  • An entertainment plan for your day
  • Stage lighting 
  • Servicing all of far north Queensland 
  • Friendly and professional 
  • A microphone available for your use 


"Russell did an AMAZING job at our wedding reception! He made the whole process really easy. I didn't really specify exactly what music we wanted playing throughout the night, but instinctively he picked up on the sort of atmosphere we wanted, and his song choices were perfect. We had trouble deciding between a DJ or live entertainment during the planning process. We are so glad we chose Russell, as I don't think our wedding would have been the same without him. For anyone looking for amazing entertainment at their wedding, I would highly recommend Russell." – Carmel F


Service Area Cairns | Port Douglas | Palm Cove | Mission Beach, Tablelands

Cairns | Port Douglas | Palm Cove | Mission Beach, Tablelands
Cairns | Port Douglas | Palm Cove | Mission Beach, Tablelands

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November 2022

Russell and his band were exactly what we wanted for our special day. They knew exactly what to play for each set so not only was everyone able to enjoy the evening, but kept the dance floor filled all night! Russell was fantastic to communicate with and was able to be flexible with all of our requests. 100% recommend!

Amelia P.

August 2022

The perfect acoustic soundtrack to the wedding celebrations. A consummate professional, Russell created an amazing vibe from beginning to end - setting the tone for arrival drinks, through to the reception, to getting guests up on the dance floor for an unforgettable night. Stars: 5/5

Tyha D.

August 2022

Russell was a perfect fit for our wedding. He was so relaxed from the moment we got in touch and took the stress out of organising the music. He talked us through anything we were uncertain about and was happy splitting the music between himself playing and pre-recorded songs we wanted to use. During the night, he took requests and his playlist even had other guests at the hotel dancing out on their verandas. He has an amazing voice and is so talented, I would recommend booking him to everyone!

Eliza M.

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How long should we have a sax player for at our wedding reception?

I want to have a sax player at my wedding reception but I'm not sure how long they should play for - any suggestions?

Russell Harris Entertainment

If you are using the Sax as a stand alone instrument, possibly with some backings or another live performer as accompaniment then during the first part of the reception is a perfect place. If they are a part of the band then the Sax can be included and featured as part of the dinner sets and the rock/dance sets as well. The reception can roughly be divided into 1/2 dinner/speeches etc and then 1/2 Dance music so whatever the length of your reception is just divide by 2 for the standalone feature style of performance or the whole night as an addition to the band. There are also players that do a DJ service as well as different variations of these.


How to really experience a wedding band/DJ before booking

Hi there. Can we come and listen to a band or DJ at another wedding or event before we decide to book?

Russell Harris Entertainment

Experience the band in the context of how you want them to play for you. I always encourage the Bride and Groom to come and see me play live if they can. I put bands together to suit the clients' requirements so even if it is not possible to view the exact lineup, by the time they have come and seen me play solo or in a band then it helps picture the sound and quality they will receive on their special night. Another guide is who recommends the band and how many people are recommending them. I usually find that personal recommendations from clients, suppliers and venue owners are a good guide. Beware of glossy photos and videos. You really don't want to risk your special night by making a decision based on a highly edited/auto tuned music and video soundtrack. Also, it's good to establish if a band is reliable . I wish I had a dollar for every phone call I've had at the last minute from a client whose band has pulled out in the last week. A meeting with the artist over the phone or at a coffee shop face to face (which I prefer) can establish rapport and talk through expectations for the day which, in addition to the sound of the band, can help establish terms of booking etc. If your band doesn't charge a deposit and give you a written agreement  and isn't recommended by local suppliers - beware. 

Are there additional fees to have continuous music without breaks?

Russell Harris Entertainment

As a musician, MC and DJ I have always provided continuous music. There is nothing that can kill an atmosphere that you have worked hard to create more than a big pause or gap in the program.  I like to have a copy of the runsheet before each wedding that I do and even if it is very informal  l will check what is coming up during the evening with the bride and groom or MC just to make sure things are running to plan , that I don't get caught out having a break when there is something important happening that requires the music turned off or back on and they are happy with how the night is progressing.

There is no difference in fees with my performances.

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