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Sunday, February 25th, 2018
All-star group The Ikos (pronounced after the song “Iko Iko”) have been laying down the sound of New Orleans funk and blues since their inception around Soho’s legendary Black Gardenia club a decade ago. With support to Dr John and headlines at some of Europes largest blues festivals this UK band take a genre and make it something truly their own. Fronted by mercurial keyboard supremo Dom Pipkin, with playing credits ranging from Ray Davis to Pee Wee Ellis, Morcheeba to David Byrne and Laura Mvula to Paloma Faith, the band move effortlessly from classic swampy gooves of the 1950s Dew Drop Inn to the voodoo-tinged funk as laid down by Dr John and the Neville Brothers. Most of the band’s material is their own, prompting the quote ;- “Dom brings the whole New Orleans thing to the UK. So good!” - Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters, and godfather of New Orleans funk drumming. Pipkin has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and appeared at the world-famous “Piano Night” in that city, sharing a stage with such luminaries as the late Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, and Ellis Marsalis. Jonathan Ross used him as a piano tutor, and the late film director Stanley Kubrik hired him to play for a private party early on in his career. The band consists of multiple British Blues Award winner Todd Sharpville, swapping guitar for bass, respected leader of the Big Smoke Family Roy Pfeffer on drums, and the international renowned brass section of Mirco Altenbach and Trevor Walker. The band climax every show to fever pitch and “have the whole audience dancing and clapping” – Classic Rock Blues. “I can’t hold a candle to this guy” - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 “Lighting up the British blues and RnB scene. Very very good indeed!” - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 “Go see them, you won’t be disappointed!” – David Freeman, Jazz FM Dom Pipkin - keyboards and songs Mirco Altenbach – saxophone Trevor Walker – trumpet Todd Sharpville (AKA KY Jones) – bass Roy Pfeffer – drums Other band members may be added on the night.