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James Brown Is Annie
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James Brown Is Annie

Friday 14 April 2017

Doors: 7pm

Tickets: £Free b4 10pm then 5

A six-piece Scottish funk band, Alan Gorrie of the Average White Band calls them 'The Tartan Special of Funk'. The band writes and performs original material influenced by the likes of Steely Dan, Little Feat and Average White Band.

Formed in 2010 by Edinburgh-based journalist, Barry Gordon, the band's name comes from an Eddie Murphy sketch on Saturday Night Live. Rehearsals used to take place next to a sex shop, but they now practice in a former timber-mill that once stored government files.

In 2014, JBiA were awarded funding by Creative Scotland to record its debut album with living funk legend, Average White Band's Molly Duncan, who both produced and played on the album. Average White Band's Alan Gorrie also wrote a song, exclusively for the band, to go on the album too.

Regulars on BBC Radio Scotland, the sextet made their live television debut on STV's Riverside Show in May 2015. In June, 2015, the band sold out the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London - a feat not even Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones or Jamie Cullum achieved on their first outing at the venue.
Their biggest achievement to date is performing in front of 80,000 revellers at the 2011/12 Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party on the Waverley Stage alongside The Vaccines and Kassidy.
 

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