Hi, a BIG thanks once again to ALL who have continued to support us since we started back in 2009. By doing so you’ve helped us bring quality live bands and DJ’s to your doorstep – such as Carleen Anderson, Roachford, JTQ, Craig Charles, James Hunter, Snowboy, Haggis Horns, Speedometer, Smoove & Turrell, The Bongolian. So, to continue with such good quality, we are very excited to present to you, an exclusive show, from the powerhouse funk vocalist and her incredible 8 piece band:
RIA CURRIE & THE DEEP SOUL MESSENGERS
FRIDAY 30th OCTOBER @ THE BOATYARD 8pm-1am
Plus DJ EDDIE PILLER (Acid Jazz Records)
RIA CURRIE has fronted the heavy weight funk band SPEEDOMETER for 12yrs, signed to Freestyle Records they have 8 albums and countless singles under their belt, and have performed worldwide including two tours of Japan.
Ria has gone on to join THE CRAIG CHARLES FANTASY FUNK BAND, which Craig Charles put together with the help of the listeners of his BBC 6Music radio show. The band line-up is full of top names including Mick Talbot (Style Council), Ernie McKone (Candi Staton), Crispin Taylor (Paul Weller), Snowboy (Lisa Stansfield), The Haggis Horns (Mark Ronson). The band performed at the prestigious BBC PROMS IN HYDE PARK and many other top festivals in the UK (including Glastonbury).
Over the years Ria has carved out her name in the funk scene and performed with some of JAMES BROWNS’S original line-up, including Marva Whitney, Sweet Charles Sherrell and Martha High (whom she still works with). Ria has also performed with artists such as Brenda Holloway, The Velvelettes, Noel McKoy, PUSH, Robert Moore, The Haggis Horns.
Tongue&Groove’s very own RIA CURRIE is proud to showcase her latest band ‘THE DEEP SOUL MESSENGERS’ exclusively for you on October 30th!! You’ll be the very FIRST to hear songs live from their forthcoming new funk album. Plus they’ll be performing classic funk covers that you’ll all know and love… Exciting!
Ria has an “old school” funk vocal that wouldn’t be out of place on a 1960’s Marva-like funk belter.
“What a voice” – Craig Charles(BBC 6Music)
”Soul Sista”-Brenda Holloway
”Sister Soul Screamer”-Soul Generation Review.
To add a HUGE bonus to the event we have the legend that is DJ EDDIE PILLER (Founder of AcidJazz Records), who of course, will keep the music flowing for all of your dance floor needs. IT’S GONNA BE ONE HELL OF A FUNKY HALLOWEEN BALL!! (it’s up to you if you wish to come in fancy dress or not, either way you’ll have fun coz the music will still sound just as funky and Souly!!)