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The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society
December 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - December 15, 2018 @ 12:00 am
The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society’ have been playing together in venues across London and the UK for the past year. With many years of experience playing in various combos; they released their debut album last autumn, and have been working on new material these past few months to keep their audience entertained.
They had their launch gig last October at Nambucca and have gone on to be well received at many other London venues such as The Troubadour, Ye Olde Rose and Crown, The Spice of Life, Fiddlers Elbow, ULU etc.
A brief history of the band:
The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society is an eight-piece band based in north-west London who make music for your head, heart and feet. Think, feel and dance!
Their name honours the Chicago Black Panther chairman who was murdered aged just 21 in 1969, hence their aptly named, shortly to be released debut album ‘Songs of Love and Resistance’. Their name honours the Chicago Black Panther chairman who was Led by the soulful voice of Pam Nyambo, an organ and an impressive brass section, their music straddles funk, soul, ska and lovers’ rock with obvious influences from Motown to Working Week and The Style Council.
Outstanding lead vocalist Pamela Nyambo grew up in Leicester of Zimbabwean heritage. She has a uniquely attractive voice honed in Gospel choirs of her youth.
Bass player Ronnie Maxwell is a tennis coach by day and veteran of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and fresh from playing with Firefay at this year’s WOMAD Festival, lauded by the BBC’s Giles Peterson
Guitarist, comes in the form of the talented Mr Justin Whillock, of The Herbaliser engineer background..
Trumpet expert Dawid Fredryck gained a music degree in Poland before seeking professional success with a wide variety of London-based musicians – Firefay being one of them, as well as playing widely across Europe with bands of a variety of genres.
Roger Milton on saxophone is a gardener by trade who nurtured the band’s keyboard wizzard – his son Laurie ‘Kid Fingers’ Milton who also plays in the very talented FUSE who will be supporting The Freds in December.
The drummer and founder of the band is Nick Grant an Arts practitioner and all round connoisseur of everything music.
Percussionist Giorgio Nolli, has his roots playing in several Latin-based big bands and adds his percussive sparkle and embellishment to the bands infectious sound.
Rather than try to describe their style I’ll let the music speak for itself!