Kokomo Live

Upcoming shows

Date City Venue Country
24 Oct 18 7:00pm Jazz Cafe, Camden£14 Buy tickets
28 Oct 18 The Robin 2, Bilston£17.50 in advance Buy tickets
24 Nov 18 8:00pm Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea£21 seated / £19 standing Buy tickets
14 Dec 18 7:00pm Farncombe Music Club£17.60 Buy tickets

British soul pioneers, Kokomo, built their reputation and loyal following with awesome live shows. A series of packed reunion gigs since 2014 has 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)
Charlotte Churchman (vocals)
Helena-May Harrison (vocals)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Jim Mullen (guitar)
Mel Collins (sax)
Jody Linscott (congas)
Andy Treacey (drums)
Jennifer Maidman (bass)
Ross Stanley (Hammond B3)

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

New album: Live at the Half Moon,
Putney, July 2017

Recorded direct from the desk, and featuring a mix of established favourites and previously unreleased numbers, we hope it captures the great vibe on those two nights.
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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 is from rehearsals 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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The Borderline - May 11... thanks for posting David Yates

When I see those people at church crying and falling over I’m like “nah that’s not real man”. Well last night I went to church and I cried and fell over . With the Rev Neil Hubbard and when this lady is singing within the M25, you don’t need to worry about Terminal 5. Jo Harman. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kokomo's Charlotte Churchman's singing BVs at Eurovision, so she can't make the Kokomo gig at The Borderline in Soho on May 11th.
But we're delighted the fabulous JO HARMAN has a free slot in her very busy schedule and will be the band's special guest vocalist for the evening. It should be some night. It'll be great to see you!
Tickets here: www.reallylivemusic.com/kokomo-borderline
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Full details and links at www.kokomo.bandBack on the funky road again with Kokomo Rise & Shine Again in May! ❤️

Catch Jim, Neil, Tony, Jody, Mel, Andy, Frank, Jo & I at Borderline - Fri 11/05/18. Margate Rock & Blues - Sat 12/05/18 xx 📸: Anita Corbin ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking forward to our May dates with a very special guest on vocals - the wonderful JO HARMAN.

Helena May
Oh yes! 🤣 Kokomo Rise & Shine Again vocal rehearsals are always fun - we’ve been learning new harmonies for our May shows! 🎶❤️🤪 xx

Borderline - Fri 11/05/18
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