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Super funk group Players debut in Belfast for Craig Charles Funk Show at BBC Music Live

Category : Music Live
Date : 18.03.2004
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On 24 April at the Northern Whig in Belfast, super funk group Players make their Belfast debut as part of BBC Music Live.


They are performing as special guests in an exclusive live recording of BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles Funk Show from 7.00 to 10.00pm and tickets are free to the public.


Players present a hip new brand of rhythmic funk taking the audience on an upbeat journey into dynamics, groove and improvisation.


The group is comprised of four musicians at the top of their game: Aziz Ibrahim on guitar (The Stone Roses, Ian Brown), Damon Minchella on bass (Ocean Colour Scene), Mick Talbot on keyboards (Style Council) and Steve White on drums and percussion (Paul Weller).


The chart and live success of the four musicians is staggering, with millions of record sales with both UK and international hits.


The collective talent and respect the four have earned has now synergized to create Players and their first album, Clear the Decks.


Guitarist Aziz Ibrahim was the man who took over from John Squire in The Stone Roses, instantly known for his highly individual guitar style, he has followed his work with the Roses with the recent works of Ian Brown.


Bassist Damon Minchella was a founding member of Ocean Colour Scene and continues to be a key part of Paul Weller's touring live band.


Mick Talbot was one half of the highly lauded and multi platinum selling Style Council, one of Britain's most innovative bands.


Mick has played with Jools Holland, Galliano and performed as the funky backbone of the Young Disciples.


Steve White has played drums on an incredible 39 hit records throughout the career of one of the UK's most respected and influential musicians, Paul Weller.


Steve has also played with Oasis and a stellar line up of musicians over the years, including Paul McCartney, Dr John and Jimmy Page.

In addition to the live performance, Craig Charles will be playing the usual variety of funky cuts and live music from other special guests including international DJs Loose Cannon and singer Carleen Anderson.


6 Music offers the best of contemporary and classic rock and pop, and has a major presence at Music Live 2004:


a free concert on the floating stage on the River Lagan with 1Xtra (artists TBC);


Gideon Coe will be bringing his Navigator Tour to Northern Ireland;


and Bruce Dickinson takes to the stage with Therapy? and Funeral for a Friend.


As part of Music Live, 6 Music will also be available on 89.5 FM in Belfast and surrounding areas from 12 April to 4 May.


The BBC Music Live festival runs throughout Northern Ireland from 23 April to 3 May and brings more than 50 concerts across all genres of music, most of them free to the public.


Street parties and educational initiatives plus opportunities for new bands combine with top international artists and the best of Irish talent to make Northern Ireland the music capital of the world for the 11 days of the festival.


For information on how to get free tickets to see the Craig Charles Funk Show on 24 April please call Music Live Audience Lines on 08700 100 125.


Details of all events at BBC Music Live are available at



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Category : Music Live
Date : 18.03.2004
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