Monday 16th July 2018
- Thursday 26th July 2018
£60.00 - £80.00
Alan Gorrie (Lead vocals, bass, guitar)
Onnie McIntrye (Guitar, vocals)
Cliff Lyons (Alto sax, keyboards, vocals)
Rob Aries (Keyboard, bass)
Brent Carter (Lead vocals)
Rocky Bryant (Drums)
Fred "Freddy V" Vigdor (Tenor Sax, keyboards,vocals)
AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit 'Pick Up the Pieces' the band's strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes - people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others - and developed their own 'authentic' sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.
Whilst a good number of cuts - 'Cut The Cake' and 'Let's Go 'Round Again' to name but two - attracted chart action as hit singles, many other album tracks, like 'Schoolboy Crush' and 'Person to Person' became much sampled and turn-tabled 'rare' grooves. Many more tunes, such as 'Cloudy', 'A Love Of Your Own' and 'Nothing You Can Do' - amongst many others- stand alongside some of the finest soul 'album tracks' ever recorded.
The current lineup of the band, with noted US musicians alongside founding members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, continues to delight audiences and critics alike in its wide - ranging touring. The musical energy and trademark sound are remarkably true to the original, and with constant revisitations and re-workings of AWB's, and others' classics in the mix, it is no surprise that the Average White Band is now a multi - generational attraction, and a perennial fixture with so many of the top music venues.
support (16th -19th) - Natalie Williams Band
“One of the UK’s hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.” – Time Out
“The moment she starts to sing she becomes a commanding, strutting presence, scatting with an infectious relish.” – Telegraph
“She’s Joss Stone and Erykah Badu x 20… I saw her play recently and it was just incredible. She’s a truly real, beautiful star, worthy of everyone’s attention.” Jamie Cullum
support (23-26) Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Offering information about music and records from Jim Mullen.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 26, 1945, Jim Mullen began his musical life aged 8 playing "Tea-chest bass" in the neighbourhood skiffle group. He got his first guitar the same year, and when an older friend introduced him to jazz, he was hooked.
After leaving school he trained as a journalist while playing on the local music scene. He formed a group with Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball (later of the Average White Band) and they worked throughout Scotland playing Coltrane tunes and originals. It was in this group that he started attracting attention and in 1969 he moved to London, going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo.
In 1975 he met sax player Dick Morrissey and began a 15 year association which produced 7 albums and became one of Britain's top club bands. After the demise of Morrissey Mullen he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin (3 albums) and formed a series of quartets (3 albums). As a sideman he is in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Weldon Irvine, Percy Sledge, Teddy Edwards, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Terry Callier.
Jim Mullen is winner of "Best Guitar" in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994 and 1996), "Best Guitar" in the Post Office Jazz Awards 2000 and winner of "Best Guitar" in the Hamlet Cigar British Jazz Awards 2002.
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