What they say…
“The best horn section in the world!”
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The Haggis Horns are a 7 piece live funk extravaganza; a brass heavy funk powerhouse that has been rocking clubs up and down the UK for years, combining breakbeat funk, soul, hip-hop and afrobeat with the virtuosity of trained jazz musicians.
Leeds-based instrumental funk outfit The Haggis Horns have done extensive work with Mark Ronson, lending their lungs to perform live what was the Dap Kings’ studio role, and performing with Mark on countless live dates and TV appearances. Members of the band have performed and recorded with many top artists including Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Jamiroquai, Nightmares on Wax, Martha Reeves, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Adele, Robbie Williams, Roots Manuva, Estelle, Duran Duran, Snowboy, Lou Donaldson, Lily Allen, and The Cinematic Orchestra. The Horns also feature on legendary deep funk album “Keb Darge presents the New Mastersounds”.
Debut 7″ “Hot Damn!” was released in November 2006, followed by 12″ “The Traveller pt.s 1 & 2″ , which won the band even more widespread acclaim. Two more funk-fuelled bombs followed for the summer and after the success of these debut singles the boys were super-busy touring with Mark Ronson, but they found time to hit the studio. “Got To Lose Your Way” is a ridiculously funky vocal cut featuring the dulcet tones of John McCallum, while the flip rocks to their brilliant take on Kool & The Gangʼs classic “Whoʼs Gonna Take The Weight”, making the two sides a heavy combination indeed.
After three sell-out singles and a decade of gigging across the globe The Haggis Horns released their long awaited debut album “Hot Damn!”. This album sums up everything about the band: at itʼs core, hard-hitting dancefloor funk, (“Hot Damn!”/ “The Bump”), but also exploring reggae influences (“Eskimo”), loose-limbed instrumental hip hop (“Huffalump”) and slamming afrobeat (“The Traveller” / “Tribe Vibes”). Add in a couple of cover versions that have been popular additions to the bandʼs legendary live shows (“Enter The Haggis” / “Whoʼs Gonna Take The Weight?”), and you have the funkiest sound this side of The JBs from a band at the top of their game!
After the tragic loss of founding member Jason Rae in 2008, the band hit the studio and recorded a follow up to “Hot Damn!” titled “Keep On Movin’”, which delivered more heavy funk and afrobeat-inspired instant dance floor classics. Guest vocalist this time was Nia Saw (aka Lucinda Slim) who has performed around the world with the likes of Zap Mama and is also a funk aficionado, DJing alongside Keb Darge at their long established Deep Funk night at Madame Jojo‘s in London’s Soho.
With an upcoming new EP that should whet appetites for more, the time is ripe for The Haggis Horns to deliver their third full-length and confirm their standing as one of the world’s finest funk bands.