Charmaine Baines & The Anima Band will be opening the show for Ruby Turner at Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 15th April.
With a successful career as a singer/song writer and performer spanning over 20 years, Charmaine Baines has collaborated with some of the finest musicians, producers, DJ’s and industry artists. Commanding countless live performances throughout the UK and on the continent, including artist in resident at the ZMF Festival in Manheim, Germany, Charmaine has performed a diverse and eclectic repertoire ranging from Neo Soul, Jazz, Blues, Soulful House, Reggae and Drum and Bass including featured artists on tracks for Robbie Williams. Her talents have seen her perform musical theatre in the Broadway musical version of ‘Hairspray’ as ‘Motormouth Maybelle’ at The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent in 2015).
With a career that spans over 30 years and the release of 3 collaborative albums, Gaetano Caracciolo is a classically trained pianist graduating from the conservatory of Southern Italy and studied jazz in Berkeley in New York. With performances all over the world, he has played with major artists in Italy and across Europe, Cuba and Puerto Rico to learn Salsa and Merengue. Now based in England for the last 20 years, he has played with an eclectic selection of musicians including supporting Courtney Pine at Southport Jazz Festival in 2002. His love of music has inspired him to open Anima Jazz Bar in the centre of Warrington
Raised in the South of Italy Mario has been playing drums since the age of 7.After finishing his studies with Tullio De Piscopo (arguably the greatest Italian drummer ever lived). He moved to the U.K. in the early 90’s to work with some of the finest heavy-rock bands in the country.
Later “converted” to Jazz by his good friend Gaetano Caracciolo, Mario currently plays a very tiny and unique sounding drum kit to express his uncommon blend of styles while maintaining a solid groove for the band.