NOT TO BE MISSED // THE FRED HAMPTON APPRECIATION SOCIETY // THE NECTARINES // TABI GAZELE // BEN DONALDSON // PHIL MAGUIRE
With an abundance of amazing artists and awesome shows coming up in the calendar, we’ve carefully handpicked one of our stand-out events which we’re particularly looking forward to!
We’re very excited to have this great line up performing for us live at The Underbelly on Wednesday 30th January.
If you haven't heard of these artists, then check them out below and make sure you get to see them live up close and personal!
'The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society' are an eclectic mix of a band; with years of experience playing in various combos; who released their debut album late last year, and have been going down a storm wherever they’ve played since.
The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society is an eight-piece band based in north-west London who make music for your head, heart and feet. Think, feel and dance. Their name honours the Chicago Black Panther chairman who was murdered aged just 21 in 1969, hence their aptly named, shortly to be released debut album ‘Songs of Love and Resistance’. Outstanding lead vocalist Pamela Nyambo grew up in Leicester of Zimbabwean heritage. She has a uniquely attractive voice honed in Gospel choirs of her youth. Bass player Ronnie Maxwell is a tennis coach by day and veteran of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently the acclaimed Scorpios. Guitarist is the talented Mr Justin Whillock, of The Herbaliser engineer background. Trumpet expert Dawid Fredryck gained a music degree in Poland before seeking professional success with a wide variety of London-based musicians including The Scorpios. Roger Milton on saxophone is a gardener by trade who nurtured the band’s keyboard wizard – his son Laurie ‘Kid Fingers’ Milton. The drummer and founder of the band is Nick Grant an Arts practitioner and all round connoisseur of everything music. Percussionist Giorgio Nolli, has his roots playing in several Latin-based big bands and adds his percussive sparkle and embellishment to the bands infectious sound.
They are keen to get out to more venues and play their music to a broader audience whenever and wherever they can!
The Nectarines - A six-piece future soul group from London - hailing influences from Jazz, RnB, Soul and Funk, The Nectarines are infused with relaxing grooves, spontaneous improvisation as well as daring, sensual arrangements.
Nigerian-Australian, Tabi Gazele relocated to the UK to pursue her musical dreams, which has included a stint on All Together Now and earning her a place in the Grand Final. With comparisons to powerhouse singer such as Emeli Sande after her debut track was both played and performed on BBC Music Introducing, it is clear that Tabi Gazele’s journey is only just starting, and her hypnotic melodies and thought provoking lyrics are about the see her mark her place in the future of British music.
After beginning his journey in a rock band called Aroma, played the London scene, performing in such venues as The Borderline, Camden Underworld, Dublin Castle, Sound Republic and the Barfly to name but a few…
After 4 years of feeling like he didn't have a say in the creative input of the band, Ben decided to leave and start recording his own material and playing gigs his own. Over the past years he has recorded a number of songs and released some on iTunes and one of his songs ‘Pathways’ was on a charity EP called ‘Voices Found’ which raised money to help people that stammer to work towards getting in control of their speech. This was also released on iTunes and Amazon 2013. I have also been a semi- finalist in 2011 and 2012 and received commendations 2013 - 2016 and a higher commendation award in 2017 in the UK songwriting contest. Ben is set to release his EP in March and you can find the first single 'The Enemy' taken from this on Spotify, iTunes etc.
"With influences such as John Martyn, Bill Callahan, Tim Buckley, Townes Van Zandt and Sufjan Stevens, he has been gigging around London and the UK since school days growing up in South East London. Since releasing an EP online last year and launched at The George Tavern he has been performing with two other projects, Lilycrush and The Dreamlovers. Phil is now picking up the acoustic and returning to the solo stage. He hopes to bring along a mixture of intimate, relaxed vibes and bluesy foot-stompers!
So save the date, add it to your calendar, pin it on your notice board as you won’t want to miss this one!
The Camden Assembly,28 June
The Borderline,13 July
The Camden Assembly,27 July
The Borderline,14 August
The Camden Assembly,06 September
The Borderline,07 September
The Jazz Cafe,03 December