The Soul Immigrants featuring Ciyo Brown

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Last Show: Thursday 10 th January 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)


Critically acclaimed group, The Soul Immigrants led by irrepressible frontman Emrys Baird, are a potent mixture of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms, gritty P-funk, soul jazz, latin and beyond. The band are one of London's longest running funk bands, formed by Emrys & Nitin Sawhney. They are known more in Japan (signed to P-Vine Tokyo) than their own home turf. This will be a special show, expect some exciting funk filled, sassy grooves, heaps of audience participation and phenomenal soloing! The band are joined by special guest Ciyo Brown who features on their Trojan Records and Jimmy Cliff tribute single 'She Does It Right’.

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"It's good to see Sunk Without The Funk from The Soul Immigrants finally committed to vinyl. This will have longevity In many DJs record boxes"


Hailing from South London,The Soul Immigrants are fine purveyors of energetic Soul Funk (& beyond) Since they reformed in 2011 they have been quietly turning out vinyl only 45's on their own label Dry Rooti Records as well as having recorded for labels such as Saxology,Sticky records and Lipstick Cologne.They have also recently been been on tour with the likes of US3,Steve Cropper and Osaka Monaurail.Tonight's show is a rare opportunity to catch them live.Expect this show to be gritty,fat and a very greasy affair ! The band recently got back into swinging fashion with two fantastic sounding 45 rpm singles 'The Ghetto' (There's No Way Out) An Afro-Funk barnstormer and the P-funk inspired 'Yard Of Hard' co-written with the legendary american trombonist and James Brown's MD, Fred Wesley. The band are known as melodic funkateers a super tough and soulful act who recently caught the eye of hip Funk label P-Vine Japan who released their album 'The Hustle Is On',to widespread acclaim. As well as some choice covers ( Prince,The JB's etc) the band will be playing tracks from their first japanese album since they reformed which is funky, soulful and incredibly catchy, it boasts a repertoire of songs inspired by old soul-funk classics, Latin grooves and afrobeat vibes.

The band are joined by special guest Ciyo Brown who features on their Trojan Records and Jimmy Cliff tribute single 'She Does It Right’ . His credits include Caron Wheeler, Ann Nesby, Ruby Turner, Annie Lennox, Suggs, YolanDa Brown, Jason Rebello, soca queen Alison Hinds, Jean Carne, Jazz Warriors, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Talvin Singh, LCGC, East London Gospel Choir, Chevelle Franklin, Andy Hamilton, Eastwood and Saint, Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ciyo has also toured with Courtney Pine, Byron Wallen, Ronnie Laws, Billy Paul, Jean Toussaint, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Horace Andy, Cleveland Watkiss, Steel Pulse and a whole host of others.He counts quality time spent with George Benson as amongst his most inspiring experiences to date. 

So Tonight sees a special pairing expect the grooves to be well in the red!  If you like your horn horny and your guitar groovy, tonight's show should be just the ticket for you.

Band Lineup

Emrys Baird (guitar/ vocals) 
David Bouet (drums)
Al Gibson (bass /keys) 
Dee Byrne (alto sax)