FRIDAY SPECIAL @DYLAN THOMAS THEATRE January 26th 8.15pm THE TONY O'MALLEY BAND
Soulful vocals and funky piano playing from Tony O’Malley, founder of UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo!
Venue is the DYLAN THOMAS THEATRE, Gloucester Pl, Swansea SA1 1TY.
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Tony O’Malley’s distinctive vocals and funky piano playing have always been key to the sound of UK Soul Pioneers, Kokomo.
These skills come to the fore with his own band, in which he’s accompanied by some of Britain’s brightest young talent: Richie Aikman on guitar, Sonny Winslow on bass and Ally McDougal on the drums.
The average age increases when they’re joined by fellow Kokomo founders, the “guitarists’ guitarist” Neil Hubbard, if he’s not on tour with Bryan Ferry, and sax man Mel Collins, if not on duty with King Crimson.
The influence of greats like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Richard Tee and Steely Dan is plain to hear in the eight Tony O’Malley CDs. But Tony’s own style, energy and personality shine through in every show, whether on a festival stage or in an intimate jazz club.
Kokomo took London by storm in 1973, culminating in a debut album: “Kokomo 1”, now a classic among collectors. The band was managed by Steve O’Rourke, the brains behind Pink Floyd’s success, who sadly passed away on October 30th 2003, aged 63. R.I.P. Steve. Kokomo recorded three albums, touring the UK, Europe and America, supporting their old friends The Average White Band on several tours and recording with Bob Dylan in New York on his album “Desire”.
Financial problems forced members of Kokomo to seek work with other artists, i.e. Bryan Ferry, Alvin Lee, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones and many more. Tony joined 10CC in 1977 and toured the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia, recording one album, “Live and Let Live”. In 1978 Tony left 10CC to pursue a solo career
Tony O'Malley Live at Swansea Jazzland February 2017
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