Introducing Mumbo Jumbo
See this excellent band @ Street and The Shakespeare on Sunday 16th April.
A close-harmony, eclectic, semi-acoustic piano-led wonder, Mumbo-Jumbo brings together three top Midlands singer/songwriters to produce an ‘Eclectic Acoustic’ sound that is all their own at festivals, theatres and blues, folk and acoustic clubs across the country. The band’s new CD ‘Sonic Gumbo’ launched in March 2016 is getting lots of airplay and reviews, and the band are double nominees (2016 & 2012) in the British Blues Awards for both Songwriting and Performance.
The trio, Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond, all established lead vocalists combine to also produce strong complex tight harmonies. Add to this the nine instruments they play between them and you have an evening of wide ranging musical textures, sounds and flavours, excellent musicianship and strong songwriting.
Mumbo-Jumbo’s recent schedule included blues, folk and jazz festivals showing the bands range and eclectic appeal. It included the Great British R&B Festival, Birmingham Jazz, Upton Blues, Bromsgrove Folk, Ealing Blues, Monmouth Music, Blues at The Fold, Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music and Hay Philosophy Festival.
“The musicianship is unsurpassable, and the songwriting is excellent.”
Blues in Britain magazine
“The hugely entertaining Mumbo-Jumbo have that rare knack of making you their best friend as soon as they hit a note. We got uke, accordion, trumpet, kazoo and beatbox alongside some terrific guitar, piano and smart vocal harmonies. These guys do everything from boogie to mad singalong via tex-mex and Tom Waits. Everyone fell in love with them!”
John ‘The Hat’ Mann – Blues Blogger and Radio Presenter
Oliver Carpenter – Vocals, Trumpet and Percussion
Oliver’s vocal variety and general good humour front Mumbo-Jumbo. Recently described as “The nearest singer to Tom Waits that we have,” by Blues in Britain magazine.
Chris Lomas – Vocals, Bass, Ukelele and Guitar
Chris is the epitome of a professional blues musician, and a familiar face backing Tommy Allen, Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton, The Mighty Houserockers and top US bluesmen on tour.
Phil Bond – Vocals, Piano and Accordion
Phil has also been a pro musician for many years, playing with all and sundry around Birmingham, including The Dylan Project with Steve Gibbons, Dave Carroll, and many, many others.