Kokomo Live

Date City Venue Country
14 Oct 16 Half Moon, Putney Buy tickets
15 Oct 16 Half Moon, Putney Buy tickets
16 Mar 17 The Robin 2 Buy tickets

British soul pioneers, Kokomo, built their reputation and loyal following with awesome live shows. A series of packed reunion gigs in 2014 proved that the band is grooving as well as ever. This led to the "Soul Summit", with old touring partners the Average White Band, that sold out the Royal Festival Hall in 2015.
Here's a snippet from I Can Understand It, the closing Kokomo number from that night - and the standing ovation. See the full version

The line-up

Tony O'Malley (vocals/keys)
Frank Collins (vocals)
Paddie McHugh (vocals)
Helena-May Harrison (vocals)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Jim Mullen (guitar)
Mel Collins (sax)
Jody Linscott (congas)
Frank Tontoh (drums)
Jennifer Maidman (bass)

For further information and booking contact:

Sue Martin
Roots Around the World
Tel: 01243 811429
Mobile: 07740 105555
Email: sue.ratw@btopenworld.com

Kokomo on Record

Studio albums

Kokomo, the seminal first album was released in 1976. Mostly original material, plus a couple of popular covers from the live shows, it got rave reviews and is still seen as the band's highpoint on record. The review in Sounds gave it "Five stars and a Nobel prize"

Rise and Shine (1977) didn't quite live up to the promise of the first album. This didn't stop the NME referring to it as "the finest British funk album of the 1970s". The lead track, Use Your Imagination made some headway in the US R&B charts.

The third album, also called Kokomo, followed in 1982 after an extended hiatus. Its polished and radio-friendly sound failed to break through. However, A Little Bit Further Away was a big hit in Holland and made it to number 45 in the UK singles chart.

Other recordings

Live in Concert 1975, consisting mostly of material from the first two studio albums, saw a small scale release in 2001.

Released in 2004, To Be Cool was originally a late night radio broadcast at the start of the Kokomo journey. With extended takes on the material that was the core of the live set, it captures the band in great form and clearly enjoying themselves.

The informally-recorded Live at the Venue '81 was mixed and released in 2014 to coincide with a series of reunion gigs. The recording quality is variable, but the groove is hot.

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Ticket update! KOKOMO at The Half Moon, Putney - Oct 14 & Oct 15 - both nights heading for a sell-out! Only 20 tickets left for the Saturday night and not too many more for the Friday. Don't leave it too late to get yours! www.halfmoon.co.uk Photo by Anita Corbin ... See MoreSee Less

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Kokomo rehearsal today at Bell Studios, West London. With Helena-May Harrison, Frank Collins, Paddie J McHugh, Jody Linscott, Neil Hubbard, Tony O'Malley, Ash Soan, Jennifer Maidman and Sue Martin
Back at Ronnie Scott's tomorrow night!
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Many thanks to all who came to see us at Ronnie Scott's last night - such a wonderful audience and we had a blast!
A big thank you must also go to all the production crew and staff at Ronnie's who did an impeccable job on sound and who looked after us so well. Great venue and nice food too! We're really looking forward to getting back there next Wed 31st Aug for the second sell-out gig. See some of you there! x
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Both gigs at Ronnie Scott's 24 & 31 August - now SOLD OUT!
Next chance to see Kokomo - The Half Moon, Putney - Fri 14 & Sat 15 October - tickets are selling fast!
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TICKET WARNING! Only 10 tickets left for KOKOMO at Ronnie Scott's - Wed 24 August! You best get in quick if you want any. ... See MoreSee Less

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