Farncombe December 2018 – Chaz Brooks review for Blues & Soul

December 2018

The band returned to the venue of the first 2014 reunion gig – St Johns Church at Farncombe. The place was packed, the band was hot, and clearly having a great time.

Thanks to Chaz Brooks for his review of the show in Blues & Soul and for permission to use his photos. Here are some snippets from the review.

“Playing for over two hours with two sets, Kokomo were tremendous. Alongside fellow funk royals The Average White Band, their erstwhile touring companions, Kokomo displayed their impressive live credentials repeatedly. “

” This was a masterclass of soul and perhaps the standout track of the evening was a cover of Bobby Womack’s “I Can Understand It” into “Harlem Shuffle” which featured a classy extended guitar solo by Jim Mullen…”

Read the full review here.


Review of The Stables show by Pete Lawrence

November 2017

Thanks to Pete Lawrence for his review of the show at the Stables.

At The Stables there gig was a joyous celebration of all things soulful and funky. Absolute highlight was the Frank Collins led cover of Aretha Franklin’s gospel opus ‘With Everything I Feel In Me’.. spine-tingling brilliance. “

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Ronnie Scotts: review from ‘Prog’ magazine

August 2016

Rather incongruously, there’s a review by Malcolm Dome of the Ronnie Scott’s gig in the October 2016 edition of ‘Prog’ magazine.

The full online version is ‘subscription only’, but the intro is free. They liked it the show.

There’s a joyous whiff of balance in the band’s performance here. The members obviously take what they do very seriously, but they have a self‑deprecating humour too. When the three vocalists – yes, three – stride onstage during Third Time Around, they all have on pink feather boas. It’s a hilariously simple prop that’s augmented by some wonderfully incongruous choreography. But this is never allowed to upstage the fact that the trio – as well as keyboard player Tony O’Malley – have spectacular voices.

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Reviews: Royal Festival Hall, with The Average White Band

November 2015

AWB_KOKOMO_website_header_920x550_920_550shar-20_s_c1[1]The mood was laid with a first set from Kokomo – their neat instrumental work leaving space for three singers to dance, enjoy themselves and whip up the crowd.London Jazz News

..the more rarely heard Kokomo fielded more of the original line-up, including guitarists Jim Mullen and Neil Hubbard, Tony O’Malley on keyboards and vocalists Paddy McHugh and Frank CollinsThe Herald, Scotland

The band had only 45 minutes but certainly made the most of it with a fantastic set…. . Frank Collins took in the role of MC with passion and enthusiasm pulling the crowd from their slumber (not always easy in a completely seated venue) and making sure a splendid time was had by all.” Louder Than War

Farncombe Music Club

November 2015

SurreyAdvertiserReviewFive stars 

“Soul legends Kokomo gave a stunning performance, playing a double set of many classic tracks

“… the larger than life Tony O’Malley, who can get more funk out of an electric piano than seems reasonable”

Surrey Advertiser

Half Moon, Putney

August 2014

HalfMoonSetlistHalfMoonABoardhalf_moon_sold_outA Kokomo reunion would always have been high on the wants list of anyone who saw them in their 1970s heyday, when they were consistently the hottest live experience London’s small venues had to offer. This summer it turned into reality, and last night their short tour reached the Half Moon in Putney: just the sort of intimate, informal joint they once rocked, and which they can still sell out with ease.”

Two hours didn’t seem nearly enough for all the catching up they and we have to do.”

Richard Williams,