7 Sep 2013 Hyde Park
The funk band Craig Charles dared to create
In 2007 Craig Charles asked listeners to his Funk and Soul Show, ‘If you could choose a fantasy funk band, who would be in it?’ The response was so overwhelming that when it came to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios, Craig decided to try to bring all the musicians from the 2007 vote together to form the Fantasy Funk Band for a one-off session.
Craig was successful in his mission and the Fantasy Funk and Soul Band was born. Their one-off set turned out to be the first of many – they have gone on to play festivals such as Glastonbury and Big Chill, even returning to Maida Vale to play at 6 Music’s 10th Anniversary in 2012. Their performance at the Last Night ‘Proms in the Park’ is the conclusion of a busy summer which has included shows at the Mostly Jazz festival, and Fantasy Sunday in Bristol.
Today’s line-up includes: Mick Talbot on Hammond and Fender Rhodes (Style Council / Dexys Midnight Runners); Snowboy on Percussion (Lisa Stansfield); Mark Van der Gucht on Guitar (Galliano / The Blockheads); John Turrell on vocals (Smoove & Turrell); The Haggis Horns – Atholl Ransome on Saxophone and Flute (Jamiroquai and Amy Winehouse Horn section); Jim Corry on Tenor Saxophone (Jamiroquai and Amy Winehouse Horn section); Malcolm Strachan on Trumpet (Jamiroquai and Amy Winehouse Horn section); Ernie McKone on Bass (Push/ Candi Stanton); Mike Bandoni on Drums (Funkshone); Ria Currie on vocals (Speedometer).