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Wednesday 19th September 2018
Date: Wednesday 19th September Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £40.00
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Hugh Coltman Yolanda Charles & the Deep MO

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With dancing drums like a legendary New Orleans funeral band, brass full of soul, guitars that fuse every style of blues and folk, Hugh Coltman has built himself a sublime backdrop for these eleven songs over which his warm journeyman's voice expresses his deep understanding of human emotions and sentiments, an indulgent listen for evening lovers, loners at dawn or the melancholic listener at midday... Who’s Happy?, his new album asks. Everyone and no-one, he seems to reply...


Hugh Coltman has always been true to himself without ever doing what you might expect. Born in Britain but residing in France, the former leader of blues-rock group The Hoax morphed into a folk-rock songwriter before exploring the finest in jazz heritage in his forties. It was a new chapter in the adventures of an artist who is keen to break boundaries, formats and conventions.

It all started in 2012, when he appeared as a last minute replacement for singer Krystle Warren at a concert by pianist Éric Legnini. Hugh Coltman discovered “the nonchalance of jazz musicians, who are more rock and roll than many rock musicians, who won't play a song on Thursday the same way they played it on Tuesday, who know their stuff so well they can do whatever they want”.


That replacement was the start of an extended journey paying tribute to Nat King Cole, with one album and a hundred and twenty concerts. Hugh Coltman was ready to "be lambasted by the press, as in, ‘who does he think he is, making a jazz record?’" In reality, Shadows, Songs of Nat King Cole was a huge success, winning him vocalist of the year at the Victoires du Jazz awards in 2017. It would be logical for him to come back with another album of covers, especially as he's recently reformed his first group The Hoax to record Recession Blues, A Tribute to BB King.
"When I started writing I had no idea where I was going other than saying to myself that I wasn't going to become a tribute artist, although there were some intriguing possibilities."

The turning point came with the series Treme and its many musical treasures. It brought back happy childhood memories including Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet, Fats Domino, Dr John and the Meters without ever realising that they too had their roots in the New Orleans of the "second line" and flamboyant brass bands. He listened passionately to the great masters of the past, immersed himself in CW Stoneking, the Australian blues revivalist, and Charles Sheffields, an iconic Louisiana r’n’b singer from the 60s. He quickly developed a liberating conviction:
“New Orleans music is not all about virtuosity; the primal call comes first”.

And a key existential notion:
"I'm forty-five years old, isn't it time I stopped caring what other people think?"

So he went where he wanted to go, to New Orleans, to breathe in the spirit of Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos, the piano of Rubén González in Buena Vista Social Club or the atmospheres of Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones – strong emotions, honest playing, smoky wisdom and a harsh reality transformed into joyful music…

He wanted a lot of musicians, he was looking for that sound he'd already heard in Kid Ory, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf – that instinct, the processional brass, the feeling the listener gets from being in the room with the musicians... Behind the drums, he wanted Raphaël Chassin, his faithful collaborator who has worked with Miossec, Vanessa Paradis, Bernard Lavilliers, Charlotte Savary and Albin de la Simone and more. And guitarist Freddy Koella, the most prestigious and modest Frenchman in America (Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, Odetta, kd lang, Carla Bruni, Francis Cabrel, Lhasa De Sela, etc.).
Freddy who produced the album told Hugh: "Don't record any demos." The result: “In two weeks, I had the foundations for all the songs”

Recorded on his phone in his kitchen in Montreuil. His first week in Louisiana was spent meeting the musicians and catching up on stories from Trump's America, which would lead to the song Sugar Coated Pill. Then came six days in the studio with some of New Orleans' biggest names to record ten new songs and a cover of It’s Your Voodoo Working by Charles Sheffield.

From one song to the next, the album moves from autobiography to humanity, from despair to blind hope, from European blues to universal light... Civvy Street opens the album sounding like a venerable standard, All Sleeps Away speaks of Hugh Coltman's father's struggle with Alzheimer's, Little Big Man is written for his son, Hand Me Down looks at questions of transmission (with French vocals from Canadian-Haitian singer Mélissa Laveaux)… It's a musical and existential journey somewhere between a confessional and the big stage, between the exploration of an extraordinary heritage and the boundless inspiration of an artist at the height of his creativity.

Supporting Artist/Band

Yolanda Charles & the Deep MO

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Bassist Yolanda Charles impressed on the scene from the earliest days of her career, playing for Jimmy Sommerville and in the bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. Beginning to play at 15 with a musical diet of soul, funk and reggae, the journey was set for this amazing bassist who leads this red hot funk fusion band tonight.

Those early live performances led to a stellar session career, working for stars such as Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Howard New, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, and even recording bass on a Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Other highlights include working with Mick Jagger on the soundtrack for the 2004 remake of Caine classic, Alfie, and performing in Japan with one of their biggest stars, Utada Hikaru. Recent session work includes performing live with Natasha Bedingfield and Sinead O’Conner.

But on to this fantastic band, The Deep MO. Yolanda has been writing songs for almost as long as she has played bass, but it wasn’t until around 2002, working on the Robbie Williams tour, that she stopped leaving her originals on demo-tapes and recorded her first song, ‘Fantasy’, an experience she describes as the most rewarding musically that she’d ever had.

This new impetus led to recording sessions with Carleen Anderson, Shaun Escoffery, Vanessa Freeman and Mandy Lecointe performing on vocals, with the finished work, 2003 album The Game, exploring all the creativity Yolanda’s demo archive had evidenced, a writing and recording process that has continued – in her words, “I got the bug!”

From this, The Deep MO was formed, Yolanda taking over lead vocals alongside some of the band from that previous project. They have been rocking audiences on the London and festival scene ever since, releasing their first EP in 2009, recording a single that year too with The Style Council’s Dee C Lee, and supporting Level 42’s 30th Anniversary tour in 2010.

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Date: Wednesday 19th September Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £40.00
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