Nov 30th, 2016
One of London’s hottest club nights, Funk at The Forge, is inaugurating the new season on Saturday September 17th with an absolutely killer lineup! Co-headlining this very popular night are two of the UK’s most in-demand funk acts – The Haggis Horns and Crowd Company. Topping things off will be more live music from Gracie and Willwork4funk boss and DJ Calamity Jade spinning funk & soul goodies from her record bag.
THE HAGGIS HORNS
The Haggis Horns have been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they drew attention as a horn section on the legendary album “Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds“. They went on to form their own full band in 2004 and have three highly acclaimed funk-fuelled albums under their belt, “Hot Damn! , “Keep On Movin” (First Word Records) and recently released “What Comes To Mind” (Haggis Records) . They have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and boogie.
Original retro funk and soul with a modern twist from 8 piece band Crowd Company, one of London’s leading bands of the genre. Brimful of energy with a raw edge, catchy hooks, and tight grooves, the band have a finely tuned sound based around retro funk grooves with a soulful edge, evoking the spirit of 60s and early 70s funk. Crowd Company’s recent album “Now Or Never” features appearances by Alan Evans from Soulive and Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds.
DJ CALAMITY JADE
Hailing from Milan, Italy, DJ Calamity Jade is a DJ, radio host and manager of Willwork4funk promotion agency. From spinning in leading clubs of the funk/soul circuit in Italy and abroad (Germany, France, Switzerland and NYC), or opening/closing for acts such as The New Mastersounds (UK), The Mighty Mocambos (DE), Myles Sanko (UK), and more, Calamity Jade has been incessantly bringing her bags of vinyl goodness to the most discerning ears and funky dancefloors.
Formed in Leeds, Gracie explores a spectrum of funk, neo-soul tones, hip hop and jazz, fronted by singer / songwriter Grace Convert. Taking a collaborative process of arrangement and drawing from a wide variety of popular genres the group present a unique sound including playful live instrumentation and emotive vocals.