Tony O’Malley

Tony shadesTony joined Frank, Dyan and Paddie as Arrival's piano player when they relocated to London in 1969. After a couple of hit singles, Arrival were uncomfortable about being encouraged in a pop-oriented direction. Tony was then instrumental in pulling together the Arrival singers with the other musicians who eventually became Kokomo.

His distinctive voice and funky piano playing is a cornerstone of Kokomo's sound. He also had a spell as a member of 10cc in 1977-78, touring widely and recording the “Live and Let Live” album.

As well as his Kokomo activities, Tony fronts his own band, and regularly gigs in the UK and on the continent.

Read more on Tony's own site

Tony's upcoming gigs

Tony’s interview on Unity Radio’s “This is Soul” show, promoting the March gigs

The interview starts about 7 minutes in and takes up pretty much the whole of the rest of the hour. Tony is interviewed by Jim Baker, and gets to choose three favourite tracks. Jim also plays some Kokomo tracks (including one from the Half Moon) and some from Tony’s band, including one hot off the

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Half Moon, October 2016

A few numbers from the first of two great nights at the Half Moon, October 2016

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The Half Moon, Putney – 14-15th October 2016

By general agreement, these were the best gigs since the 2014 re-union – two sold-out nights with crowds in the weekend mood helped. For the record, Mel Collins was back on sax (“Bet you don’t get a reception like that with King Crimson” said Frank), and Andy Treacey from Faithless was on drums. Two ‘new old’ songs were in the set: “What You Waiting For” (AKA Turn Up the Microphone”), an obscure Norman Whitfield disco track originally recorded by Stargard (video from the night here), and the Quincy Jones number “Stuff Like That”.

Read Craig Chaligne’s review on Louder  Than War (he liked it).

Thanks to Steven Cropper for these great photos. Check out the rest of his work at www.transientlife.uk

 

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Lonely Town, Lonely Street

From the the first of two sold-out nights at Half Moon, 14 October 2016

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The Robert Elms Soul Night at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, 8th April 2016

Boisdale is a up-scale ‘restaurant in Canary Wharf that has live jazz, blues and soul music every day. Robert Elms hosts an occasional Friday ‘soul night’ there, often with tribute bands. But Robert is a long-term Kokomo fan, so Sue Martin managed to get Kokomo booked.

This was a very different gig than Wednesday’s Half Moon show. Everyone was seated, and hardly anyone had come specifically to see Kokomo. However, lots of people had clearly come to dance, and the tiny dance floor in front of the stage was soon full to overflowing. It was great that Kokomo is reaching a new audience.

Here are some photos from Sue Martin, Doug Dean and Alan Jackson

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Half Moon, 6 April 2016

Another memorable evening at a sold-out Half Moon, the venue of Helena-May’s first performance with the band in August 2014. Andy Tracey of Faithless played drums as if he’s always been in the band. Mel was back from Crimson duty. Ally and Richie from Tony’s band joined in on backing vocals for a couple of numbers. All was right with the world for a couple of hours.

Thanks to Julian Crook for these videos, and especially for holding his recorder/camera steady for Naked Flame and With Everything I Feel In Me, and to Steven Cropper for the great photos.

Photos by Steven Cropper.

Check out Steven’s work at http://www.transientlife.uk/

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