The Half Moon, Putney.
Not so many of the original lineup were present as the last time I saw them (April 2016, same venue) but the new faces were all excellent.
Tony O’Malley(vocals, piano), Frank Collins (vocals), Jim Mullen and Neil Hubbard (guitars) as usual with Helena-May Harrison (default female vocalist since Dyan Birch’s forced retirement) and Charlotte Churchman (replacing Paddy McHugh) on vocals, Jennifer Maidman on bass (replacement for the late Alan Spenner for some years now), Andy Treacey on drums, a guy whose name we were told but I forget on percussion and surprise stunning lead vocal on Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and Ross Stanley on Hammond replacing Mel Collins’ sax and flute. All four vocalists got solo spots to shine (and they did) and harmonised well throughout. Ross Stanley played some lovely churchy organ on some slow ones. Big Jim Mullen played several fantastic solos and Neil Hubbard got a few good ones in too. The percussionist’s surprise vocal spot was a well-received treat. Doing justice (and he did) to “Let’s Get It On” is no mean feat. Andy Treacy’s drums were solid and funky. Jenny Maidman got a couple of brief solos in and contributed to the vocal harmonies on a few. The rhythm playing of all, underpinning the vocals, was exemplary.
40s and upward for the most part. A very enthusiastic contingent from the choir that Frank Collins coaches and a good few right down the front who had also been at the previous night’s gig there.
Not a lot of actual dancing but plenty of swaying and grooving going on.
It made me think..
Never used to get to see much live funk. My loss that I never saw such bands as Kokomo and AWB in the days of their pomp.