Sunday 24th June 2018
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' .
"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. We will also be joined by special guest James Sayer who has been receiving rave reviews for his brand of energetic R&B and soul music.
"Hearing James Sayer's music gives me faith that there are true singer/songwriter/musicians keeping the tradition of great songwriting and performing alive. We're going to be hearing a lot from this great artist!"
Bernie Chiaravalle - Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist for Michael McDonald
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.
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