Kokomo Live

Date City Venue Country
10 Mar 17 Empire Hall, West Sussex Buy tickets
14 Mar 17 8:00pm Half Moon, PutneyBound to be another sell out 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)
Andy Treacey (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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Some great shots of The Half Moon gigs courtesy of photographer Steven Cropper. ... See MoreSee Less

My cup runneth over. Having fallen in love with this band around 1975, it's been great to see them alive and kicking twice in the same year, over 4 decades later. Bringing their funktastic groove to a new generation, ladies and gentlmen, Kokomo!


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WOW! What a fantastic couple of sell-out nights at The Half Moon. Putney. As Frank Collins posted ....'lots of long term fans there.... and I mean 'long term' ....who've supported us with undying affection forever..... I feel so privileged to be a part of such a loved band and to affect and obviously uplift people the way we do .... I always say that music is 'spiritual'....as it touches and moves the spirit ..... we had a fuckin' blast these last two nights .... people all in the one vibe enjoying life and in total unity ..... that's a beautiful thing.... so, thank you guys for the love, energy and support.... we're gonna bop til we drop and don't forget ... I love you ....'With everything I feel in me'. Yep, that pretty much sums it up! ... See MoreSee Less

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