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Fronted by Leigh Coleman and Phoebe Jane on vocals, the evening promises the blues of Etta James, the gospel of Aretha Franklin and the funk of Sam & Dave.
is developing a reputation for his dynamic piano playing and creative arrangements. For this evening’s performance, he’s assembled a six piece band to include some of the region’s finest young musicians. Strap in for driving rhythms alongside punchy horns to recreate the characteristic sounds of Memphis, Atlanta and Detroit.
is not known as “Soulman Coleman” for nothing! He’s worked with Joss Stone, Beverley Knight and the legendary Betty Wright in the US and is a fine soul singers. Last year, together with Matt, he delivered one of the festival’s most memorable shows with a vibrant and passionate tribute to Stevie Wonder.
is what you’d get if you mix Beyonce, Jill Scott, Aretha and Etta James in one spine-tingling vocal package! She fronted ‘Joey the Lips’, one of the South’s most successful soul bands but is now concentrating on her solo career. Phoebe will bring her distinctive vocal to serious soul classics.
Vocals: Leigh Coleman, Phoebe Jane
Keyboard: Matt Carter
Guitar: Steve Down
Bass: Seth Tackaberry
Trumpet: Rory Simmonds
Sax: James Gardiner Bateman
Drums: Miguel Andrews
“He is a Soul Man…..that Coleman” – Betty Wright
“Leigh’s entirely captivating, magical and puts a unique and modern twist on classic soul-driven, hook-laden acoustic grooves.” – Guy Little, Editor, Acoustic Magazine
“Phoebe Jane – a mix of Beyonce, Jill Scott, Aretha and Etta James in one spine-tingling package” – Cut the Mustard
With its roots in blues, R&B and gospel, soul had its heyday in the 60s and 70s and is associated with legendary record labels such as Stax, Motown, Atlantic and Chess. It includes artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Booker T & the MGs and Isaac Hayes at Stax; Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight,The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes at Motown; Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke on Atlantic and Etta James and Chuck Berry at Chess.