Sunday 25th June 2017
Date: Sunday 25th June
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Sunday 25th June 2017



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Doors open 6.30pm, music starts 8pm. £8 advance tickets, £10 on the door.

9th February tickets here:


3rd May tickets here:

Tommy Hare (Vocals) 

Sumudu (Vocals) 

Arthur Lea (Piano/Vocals) 

Ben Somers (Sax/Vocals)

Rob Updegraff (Guitar)

Spencer Brown (Bass)

Pat Levett (Drums)

With their dedication to what they like to refer to as “Swamp Soul” this brilliant 7 piece band bring the rhythm and soul of New Orleans alive, playing songs ranging from Professor Longhair to Allen Toussaint, Mardi gras parade anthems to Fats Domino Rock & Roll and the swampy funk of The Meters and Dr John. They take their name from the Toussaint/Dorsey classic 'Working In A Coalmine' . 

"Riotus uplifiting funk bursting at the seams, plus raw powerful vocals. Get down to the Coalminers immediately!"
DJ Lil' Koko , JazzFM

"From time to time I stumble on a band that totally blows me away...The sound they have put down is perfect"
Craig Charles - BBC Radio 2

The band features the brilliant singer Tommy Hare who has been burning a bright trail in the UK blues scene over the last few years . Sumudu is at the forefront of the UK female vocal scene, working with the likes of Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, and most recently the iconic singer/songwriter Van Morrison as well as having her own solo career. 

The rest of the band is equally as impressive. Drummer / bandleader Pat Levett has played with Jon Cleary, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) and the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, Vocalist / pianist Arthur Lea, includes work with the likes of Bootleg Brass and Soweto Kinch on a massive and eclectic cv. Saxophonist Ben Somers has performed with Dr John, Seal and Taylor Swift, guitarist Rob Updegraff has recently been performing and recording with Sony artist Alani and can be heard on Jamie Cullum’s latest album alongside Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula, bass player Spencer Brown has performed with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Alan Barnes, Rebecca Ferguson and indie star Carl Barat.



Please note – we do not accept reservations on Sunday nights.



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Advance tickets for Upstairs@Ronnie's can be bought Monday – Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays you may fill out the reservation form below. We can only accept groups up to 6 people and you must arrive before 7pm. Strictly over 18s only.

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Date: Sunday 25th June
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