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The Funky Nuts in concertThe Funky Nuts


Hardman Street, Liverpool 19 November, 2011-11-20

Band: Robbie Mather (vocals), Peter Higham (trumpet), Alex Brown (trumpet), Anna Hudson (sax) Kathryn Paddy (sax), Jack Gardner (lead guitar), Harry Brown (rhythm guitar), Graham McDonagh (bass), James Higham (drums)

Running Time: 2 hrs

A couple of months ago it was a privilege to watch Trombone Shorty give a live performance that surpassed excellence. Last night, it was a similar treat – though from a covers band – to witness the same energy, enthusiasm and musical excellence from The Funky Nuts who are, without question, destined for great things in this city and especially when they write and perform their own pieces.

Robbie Mather’s resonating vocals that swap and change as the songs demand, is quite honestly exhilarating as he powers through Stevie Wonder’s  Signed, Sealed Delivered and Jackie Wilson’s Higher and Higher as though he owns them.


Jack Gardner’s guitar work, James Higham’s drums and Harry Brown’s rhythm playing is extraordinarily good, though it is a shame that throughout on occasions that the sound lets things down a little.

However, with that said, a note perfect a quite superb brass section ensemble enhances to the hilt the soul / funk  aura so that The Funky Nuts more than deserve to be playing some of the bigger venues in the city and would certainly not be out of place at the likes of Eric’s or The Academy.

A superb night out that it can only be hoped will not be too long in being repeated.

Chris High




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