Plus Support LEM & THE WHITE FIRE (Acoustic)
British soul pioneers - KOKOMO built their reputation and loyal following with awesome live shows . The band featured some of UK’s finest musicians and vocalists, recruited from bands such as Arrival, Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, King Crimson... who shared a deep passion for American Soul music.
Kokomo were in a class of their own and in 1975 took London by storm! They joined the seminal ‘Naughty Rhythms’ tour alongside Dr Feelgood and Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers, and the band’s debut album is now considered a classic among collectors.
A series of packed reunion gigs in 2014 with 7 legendary original members of the 10-piece line-up proved that the band’s reputation as one of the finest ‘groove’ units ever to come out of this country remains largely intact.
In November 2015 Kokomo were back with their old touring partners - the Average White Band in ‘Soul Summit’ - part of the London Jazz Festival, which sold out the Royal Festival Hall, and with 2 recent Kokomo sell-out shows at Soho’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club the band have firmly cemented themselves back on the live music scene.
Tony O’Malley (vocals/keys)
Frank Collins (vocals)
Paddie McHugh (vocals)
Helena-May Harrison (vocals)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Jim Mullen (guitar)
Mel Collins (sax)
Jody Linscott (congas)
Andy Treacey (drums)
Jennifer Maidman (bass)
Plus Support LEM & THE WHITE FIRE (acoustic)
Lem and The White Fire are an exciting new soul pop collective. The band, fronted by quirky vocal powerhouse Lem Parker, are ready to burst onto the scene and make 2014 their year.
Hailing from West Sussex, the young group of talented musicians exude originality and organic talent. A concept devised by lead singer Lem Parker and co-writer Marcus Crowe, the collective encompasses guitars, drums, piano, trumpets and saxophones to create a rich and infectious sound.
The song writing team Lem and Marcus (who met purely by chance in a local music shop) are very passionate about what they deliver in their songs; music is art; art is a form of expression; expression is of a sharing nature which they believe is so important and valuable in the writing process. Unfortunately, staging logistics doesn't allow for Lem's full band tonight but we're delighted she's opening for Kokomo with a stripped down acoustic set - a great young talent - and one to watch out for!