Bull's Head Live presents:
Chris Fletcher Memorial
Jim Mullen + Tim Whitehead + Robin Bibi + Soul Sanctuary + The Groove Warriors
Entry Requirements: Under 18s to be accompanied by an appropriate adult
Special Memorial Concert for Chris Fletcher on The Lunchtime Session Featuring Special Guests
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This is a special show to celebrate the life and playing of one of the UK's leading jazz lights and percussionists, the late, great Chris Fletcher. Chris played with some of the top bands of the 70's and onwards, often at The Bull's Head, right up until his sudden and untimely demise last year.
Morrissey Mullen, Ian Car, Chris Rea, Paz & The Groove Warriors were among those who valued his musical talent, his passion for both percussion and life remaining undimmed to the end.
Among the guests who will be playing the show are Jim Mullen, Tim Whitehead, Robin Bibi, Soul Sanctuary, and The Groove Warriors.
We will be accepting donations on the door, all of which will be donated to the family's chosen charities.
Doors will be open at 14:00, the act will start at 14:30 and continue into the afternoon with an interval
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 26, 1945, Jim Mullen began his musical life aged 8 playing “Tea-chest bass” in the neighbourhood skiffle group. He got his 1st guitar the same year, and when an older friend introduced him to jazz, he was hooked.
After leaving school he trained as a journalist while playing on the local music scene. He formed a group with Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball (later of the Average White Band) and they worked throughout Scotland playing Coltrane tunes and originals. It was in this group that he started attracting attention and in 1969 he moved to London, going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo.
In 1975 he met sax player Dick Morrissey and began a 15 year association which produced 7 albums and became one of Britain’s top club bands. After the demise of Morrissey Mullen he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin (3 albums) and formed a series of quartets (3 albums). As a sideman he is in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Weldon Irvine, Percy Sledge, Teddy Edwards, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Terry Callier.
Jim Mullen is winner of “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994 and 1996), “Best Guitar” in the Post Office Jazz Awards 2000 and winner of “Best Guitar” in the Hamlet Cigar British Jazz Awards 2002.
Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the children’s comic, The Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying.
During his career, Tim has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and more recently in the USA with American pianist Phil DeGreg. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977.
Robin Bibi launches his ‘Live at the Ram Jam’ album – his first acoustic album since the 2006 ‘Fast Life Songs’.
ROBIN BIBI is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in the late 90s...
Exuberant passionate, dynamic, exciting and fun! It's music played straight from the heart, it will move your head, your heart and of course your feet! As Robin himself says: “Our music reaches out to young and old alike and our audiences always leave our gigs smiling...!!”
Blues, Funk, Rock, Reggae (Occasionally!) and Jazz/Fusion are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band's own totally unique feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember whilst guaranteeing the best British Blues Rock can offer in a tried and tested, exciting, spontaneous, power trio format with the highest level of musicianship
Gospel music is a wonder of the world, a combination of authentic Spirit-filled praise, artistic greatness and sheer musical emotion. Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir is a London-based gospel choir committed to creating and performing contemporary gospel of the highest standard as widely as possible, especially in the places where gospel’s power to raise the human spirit is most needed. That means events of great personal meaning, like weddings and memorials; it means church ministry, in particular our “flagship” monthly outdoor event at St James’s Piccadilly (Soul at Saint James); it means broadcasts and recordings which lift the soul; and it means performances for causes which are dear to us, like Grenfell, BBC Children In Need, Jesuit Refugee Service and the Chaplaincy at HMP Wandsworth.
The Groove Warriors
Classic funk of the 70’s & 80’s – the Dance Band! Groove Warriors are Dave Clayton, keyboards, who has played, written, toured and recorded with just about everyone (Simply Red, ABC, Dépêche Mode, Paul McCartney, Elton John, U2, George Michael, Bob Marley et al), vocalist Vic Bynoe (The Drifters, The Temptations, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Alexander 0’Neal), guitarist Steve Haworth (Good Stuff), top alto and tenor saxophonist Mark Buckingham, bassist Tom Gilchrist, and drummer Theo Buckingham.