Formed in 1973, the Kokomo launched onto the UK’s pub rock scene with their funk style and took London by storm. US tours followed, working alongside such luminaries as the Average White Band and Bob Dylan employed them to record sessions for his ‘Desire’ album. In 2015 they sold out the Royal Festival Hall with the Average White Band as part of the “Soul Summit”.
For Festival of Sound, many of the original members of the band are back together, including vocalists Tony O’Malley and Frank Collins, plus Neil Hubbard and Jim Mullen on guitar, Mel Collins on sax, Jody Linscott on congas. They are joined by vocalists Charlotte Churchman and Helena-May Harrison, Andy Treacey on drums, Jennifer Maidman on bass and Ross Stanley playing the Hammond B3.
Joining them on stage will be a number of high-profile guest singers, including Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Tessa Niles (from Unsung Singers and backing vocalists to the biggest names in music).
Plus, as a real treat for music lovers, Hamish Stuart (original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band) and Malcolm “Molly” Duncan (saxophonist and founding member of The Average White Band), will join Kokomo on stage.
Probably best known for his work as the original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band, Hamish Stuart has had an illustrious career as both songwriter and performer. He has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson and Chaka Khan (for whom he wrote the No. 1 chart hit ‘Whatcha Gonna Do For Me’) culminating in six years with the Paul McCartney Band.
Malcolm “Molly” Duncan is a tenor saxophonist and founding member of Average White Band.
Currently he is collaborating with other studio musicians to form Knee Deep, a funk and fusion group and Cold Sweat and the Horny Horns.
In July 2015, Duncan along with Steve Ferrone and Hamish Stuart reunited to form The 360 Band. This is in essence one half of the original Average White Band. They released an album titled “Three Sixty” in 2017 and have been performing live together along with supporting musicians.