UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo — Live at the Half Moon, Putney *****

FEBRUARY 21, 2019 Featuring six of the original 1970s line-up, legendary ten-piece soul-blues groovers Kokomo sparkled at London’s Half Moon on the first day of a two-night residency at the band’s spiritual home. With four specialist vocalists, Kokomo are the jewel in British soul and their live performances are legendary. Led by keyboardist and vocalist Tony O’Malley the band stormed through a two-hour set of 14 tracks, including new to the live repertoire Kitty Sittin’ Pretty and It Ain’t Cool (To Be Cool No More) from the band’s 1975 eponymous debut album. Vocalists Charlotte Churchman and Helena May Harrison have breathed life into the group and they join Frank Collins to form a formidable vocal trio. … Continue reading UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo — Live at the Half Moon, Putney *****

Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Live at St Johns Church, Farncombe ****

FEBRUARY 21, 2019 Accomplished bluesman Big Boy Bloater kicked off his latest UK tour with a scintillating performance at St Johns Church in Farncombe, Surrey. Backed by drummer Matt Cowley and bassist Steven Oates, Bloater powered through twenty high energy numbers. Big Boy Bloater plays good time rhythm and blues in the Dr Feelgood and George Thorogood mode with songs are about bad times, good times and of course drinking, including Messing With The Booze and Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking. He tackles contemporary subjects with gusto with Robot Girlfriend and The Digital Number Of The Beast. There’s humour as well, with the tracks Oops Sorry and Every Path Has Its Puddle, about a serial killer, naturally. Premiering two new songs, Nasty Little Rash and Banging … Continue reading Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Live at St Johns Church, Farncombe ****