Concert Review King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Reviewed by Ben Macnair

Lichfield Guildhall – December 2nd 2017

With a fervent following, built up over nearly thirty 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 at Lichfield Guildhall

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.

King Pleasure at Lichfield Guildhall

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, whilst the quotes from many Christmas songs throughout the evening showed the humour that makes this ensemble such a popular live proposition.

King Pleasure at Lichfield Guildhall

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

The band (accompanied by Lichfield Arts President Brian Pretty) also managed to fit in an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate long standing volunteer Kerry’s big day!

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