Latest News (posted 9 days ago)

After a 3-month hiatus, we reunited last week for two great little UK gigs, applied for (and received!) another year's US visas, and just finished shooting a music video for "Whistle Song" directed by The Brett Domino Trio.

Next up: we're popping over to BBC Media City in Manchester to record a live session for The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show. We'll be chatting to Craig and playing some tunes from the new album, "Therapy". The session will be broadcast on BBC Radio6Music on Saturday May 10th. Hopefully the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida has decent wifi coverage, so we can stream the show in our cabin while we get ready to headline the Purple Hatters Ball later that evening.

Our next gig is at iFest in Houston Texas on Saturday April 26th, followed by our usual 2-night late-night shenanigans at The House of Blues in New Orleans on May 2nd & 3rd.

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Remix Competition (posted last month)

The New Mastersounds remix contest is ready to go! Download the parts for “I Want You To Stay” from the new album “Therapy” - available from right now until March 31 - get started with your own remix, deliver it to Légère Recordings = e-mail: contact@legere-recordings.com = by April 30th, and win a release on the next New Mastersounds vinyl 7inch single.

Here you go: http://legere-recordings.com/download…

10th Anniversary Chicago Show Announced (posted last month)

On May 22nd 2004 we played our first ever show in the USA, opening for The Greyboy Allstars at the House of Blues in Chicago. At 8pm sharp we shuffled nervously onto the enormous stage, played 45 minutes’ worth of quirky 3-minute instrumental ditties, and shuffled off again, leaving those who had caught the set bewildered but impressed. Somehow, ten years have elapsed since then, during which period we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been back in Chicago playing much longer sets to marginally less bewildered audiences.

We invite you to join us on Saturday June 7th 2014, celebrating 10 years in the USA, back at the House of Blues Chicago. Even if you don’t live in Chicago - it’s a great place to visit when it’s not winter.

​Tickets on sale from Wednesday, Feb 26th.

Blast from the Past (posted 2 months ago)

Just found this in the archives from 2002: our live version of “Miss Poopie” by Jimmy McGriff, featuring the late Jason Rae (alto), Atholl Ransome (tenor) and Malcolm Strachan (tpt), aka The Haggis Horns.

Soulful Strut (posted 2 months ago)

​Just got hold of this recording of our Jamcruise theatre gig finale, and it’s turned out rather special. Simon and Eddie used to play Soulful Strut on a trio gig in the corner of Arts Cafe in Leeds on Sunday nights in 1997. This version features the sweet sounds of Joe Cohen & Mike Olmos, aka The West Coast Horns. Big thanks to Dave Tash for mixing front of house. The reason Eddie is wearing a kaftan is because it was “Purple Power Night” on Jamcruise and Simon talked him into it. (BTW, if anyone has video of this they should email Simon via the contact page.)

Jamcruise 12 (posted 3 months ago)

​Just back from the 12th annual Jamcruise - dazed, dizzy and wobbly. We played two full shows and our musical guests included Ivan Neville (pictured above, playing his dad’s classic song “Hercules” with us), Jans Ingber (Motet), Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Carly Meyers, Johnny Durkin & Mike Dillon (Mike Dillon Band), Skerik, Allie Kral, Mike Olmos & Joe Cohen (West Coast Sounds) & Corey Henry. We have now gone our 4 separate ways and will reconvene at Borderline in London on Weds April 2nd for the launch of our new album “Therapy”. More details TBA.

Jamcruise (posted 3 months ago)

We’ll be on the happy boat from 4-9 Jan - apparently this year’s is twice the size of the one in the photo (from our first Jamcruise in 2007). Happy New Year everyone!

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Remix Competition Update

​Sorry for any mixup: our remix competition (“I Want You To Stay” featuring Kim Dawson) in fact closes on April 30th. Entries are still coming in thick and fast to competition hosts Légère Recordings. We’ve really enjoyed some of them so far - it’s going to be tough to pick a winner, but thankfully we have expert assistance from our dedicated panel of cutting-edge European tastemakers: Helmut Heuer, Tobi Kirsch and Jada Parolini. Watch this space for more updates.

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