Edinburgh funk band James Brown Is Annie will headline a brand new stage at this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party.
Performing on the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Mound Stage, it’s the second time in five years the Capital sextet will play at one of the world’s largest and most famous New Year’s Eve parties, having performed on the Waverley Stage in 2011/2012.
With two other Edinburgh bands – the New Orleans-inspired Brass Gumbo and local electric-blues legends Blues ‘N’ Trouble – also on the bill, it’s an opportunity says JBiA guitarist, Barry Gordon, to showcase Edinburgh groups to an international audience.
“There can be fewer things better than representing your city on such a prestigious platform,” says Gordon. “Playing to a massive audience is hugely exciting for us, so we’re looking forward to bringing in 2017 in the funkiest way possible.
“We also have our former singer, Corstorphine vocalist, Jennifer Todd, coming all the way from her new home in Dubai to join us onstage on the night. We’re grateful to both Unique Events and the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival for supporting us.”
Formed in 2009, it marks the end of a highly successful couple of years for James Brown Is Annie.
Having scored a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Single Of The Week’ back in April, the band have sold out prestigious London jazz venues such as the 606 Club in Chelsea and Pizza Express Jazz in Soho, as well as appearing at both the Edinburgh and Manchester Jazz Festivals.
They have also appeared on STV and national radio several times, and the six-piece funk outfit have racked up no shortage of coveted support slots, either, sharing a stage alongside funk legends Average White Band, The Family Stone, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters.
Gordon says: “We’ve worked hard across the UK to establish ourselves as a vibrant live act.
“We go back out on tour in February, so kicking off the year by playing the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party is the perfect way to start off another funky year for the band.”