Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Freeman Street (music)

Welsh soul band Freeman Street are journeying a pretty long way from their hometown of Cardiff to play two gigs in Eastbourne over the second May Bank Holiday weekend. Starting at the Crown and Anchor on Friday the 24th, they are also playing our beautiful Bandstand on Sunday the 26th.

Originally formed as a covers band, Freeman Street have been inspired by their musical heroes - Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown - to begin penning their own brand of funky soul music. I also spotted that in April they supported the recent star of Hailsham Pavilion, Geno Washington! Fronted by Guyanan gospel/jazz singer Wade Collymore, the band's nucleus is Simon Mansfield on guitar, Christian Pegley on keyboards and saxophone, Warren Pegley on bass guitar and Pete Ford on drums. Other musicians get involved as needed and I've seen up to an eight-piece band on their Facebook page. I don't know how many might appear in Eastbourne.

If you can't get to either of the gigs, the band's four track EP, No. 1 Freeman Street, is available through iTunes and Amazon

Crown and Anchor, Fri 24th May, 21:00.

Eastbourne Bandstand, Sun 26th May, 20:00-21:30.
Advance tickets, £7.50 adult, £3 child. On the door tickets if still available, £10 adult, £5 child.
Available online, by calling 01323 410611, or in person at the Seafront Shop.