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Review: King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys at Lichfield Guildhall

With a fervent following built up over nearly 30 years, it was no surprise that the by now traditional December gig for King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys sold out when they appeared at Lichfield Guidhall.

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

With a set list of high energy songs, the sharp suited six-piece played a fast-paced, rambunctious set for an enthusiastic audience.

The ensemble of lead vocalist and saxophonist King Pleasure, guitarist Bulmoose K Shirley, drummer Gary Barber, pianist Matt Foundling, saxophonist Chris BB Aldridge and group clown bassist Shark Von Schtoop performed songs that, as well as being feel good party music, was also extremely well executed.

Although the set featured mainly up-beat jump jive and jazz numbers, they also had time for a number of ballads, by the likes of Nat King Cole and others.

The set was started with a medley that included Well Alright and a number of other songs, as well as giving space for some soloing on piano, saxophone and guitar.

A swinging version of Tequilla gave another opportunity to hear the talents of Chris Aldridge, while the quotes from many Christmas songs throughout the evening showed the humour that makes this ensemble such a popular live proposition.

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens, and Shake, Rattle and Roll were popular sing-along songs, while Back to Birmingham which closed the concert was a brass heavy stomp with plenty of bass and drums.

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