Yolanda Charles & the Deep MO

Yolanda Charles & the Deep MO

Yolanda Charles & the Deep MO

Selected performance:
Thursday 20th September

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Line-up for Hugh Coltman support

YOLANDA CHARLES bass

TOMASZ BURA keys

KIM MURRAY guitar

CHRIS MORRIS drums

Line-up for Citrus Sun support

YOLANDA CHARLES bass

TOMASZ BURA keys

KIM MURRAY guitar

CHRIS MORRIS drums

Line-up for PBUG support

YOLANDA CHARLES bass

ANDREW NOBLE keys

KIM MURRAY guitar

CHRIS MORRIS drums

Bassist Yolanda Charles impressed on the scene from the earliest days of her career, playing for Jimmy Sommerville and in the bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. Beginning to play at 15 with a musical diet of soul, funk and reggae, the journey was set for this amazing bassist who leads this red hot funk fusion band tonight.

Those early live performances led to a stellar session career, working for stars such as Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Howard New, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, and even recording bass on a Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Other highlights include working with Mick Jagger on the soundtrack for the 2004 remake of Caine classic, Alfie, and performing in Japan with one of their biggest stars, Utada Hikaru. Recent session work includes performing live with Natasha Bedingfield and Sinead O’Conner.

But on to this fantastic band, The Deep MO. Yolanda has been writing songs for almost as long as she has played bass, but it wasn’t until around 2002, working on the Robbie Williams tour, that she stopped leaving her originals on demo-tapes and recorded her first song, ‘Fantasy’, an experience she describes as the most rewarding musically that she’d ever had.

This new impetus led to recording sessions with Carleen Anderson, Shaun Escoffery, Vanessa Freeman and Mandy Lecointe performing on vocals, with the finished work, 2003 album The Game, exploring all the creativity Yolanda’s demo archive had evidenced, a writing and recording process that has continued – in her words, “I got the bug!”

From this, The Deep MO was formed, Yolanda taking over lead vocals alongside some of the band from that previous project. They have been rocking audiences on the London and festival scene ever since, releasing their first EP in 2009, recording a single that year too with The Style Council’s Dee C Lee, and supporting Level 42’s 30th Anniversary tour in 2010.

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