IN THE wake of the 25th anniversary of Acid Jazz, 2013 saw the release of ‘the Heavies’ full studio album in nearly seven years, Forward, featuring original vocal collaborator N’ Dea Davenport and introducing new vocalist Dawn Joseph.
After getting signed in 1990 The Brand New Heavies unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the UK music scene for over two decades. The group have been responsible for some of the UK’s biggest R & B/soul tracks, scoring 16 top 40 singles including Dream On Dreamer, You’ve Got a Friend and other tracks.
The band’s name was homage to soul godfather James Brown, who was once billed as the ‘Minister of New Super Heavy Funk.’
Guitarist Bartholomew reveals: "We supported him at Wembley once, we were soundchecking and James Brown arrives… dressed in this amazing olive green suit with a sort of Kentucky Fried Chicken tie and we jammed in front of him. He was like “you guys sound great.”
"It was mind-blowing for us as he basically invented funk."
Four Four Time Festival of Live Music 2014 takes place from Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 February. Brand New Heavies will take place at Buxton Opera House on Friday 21 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £21. To buy tickets visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or call the Box Office 0845 1272190. To pick up a Four Four Time Brochure visit the Opera House Box Office.