Groove Cartel – Charters

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Friday 27th September, Charters welcomes Groove Cartel for another evening of fantastic live music.   Groove Cartel will bring their  original funk and hand-picked gems from the oldskool archives.  A positive, danceable vibe throughout. 10:30pm Free entry.


Making a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: lots of gigging. Known as one of the most masterful live soul/funk acts in the country, this collective from Cambridgeshire have honed their show at top venues including Camden’s Jazz Cafe (as part of the Saint Paul Soul Jazz Festival international leg), The Yardbird Club, Hi-Fi Club, Mostly Jazz Festival and The Secret Garden Party.

Groove Cartel play a brand of heavy, hard-hitting funk whose sound can be compared to Tower Of Power with less horns. With tunes ranging from beefed-up classics to original compositions, each set features a positive danceable vibe with laid-back grooves to frenetic rock-outs fuelled by solo duels, all the while dripping in soulful vocals.

Now receiving regular airplay and praise from The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6music, constantly in demand these guys are going places. May the funk be with you!

Groove Cartel is currently made up of the following:

Martin Ferguson : Vocals. A very experienced soul and funk vocalist, Martin performs with Zanzara and Soul Patrol as well as Groove Cartel.

Hugo : Hammond & Rhodes. Hugo was classically trained and got a Music degree, whereupon he discovered Soul and Funk, and with them the sublime, warm sounds of the Hammond Organ. He plays a bright red Nord so you can’t exactly miss him.

Marcus Rayner : Guitar. Founder member of the Cartel. Influenced by many modern guitarists, he is the flip-side to Hugo’s retro sound.

Paul Hughes : Percussion. A very experienced percussionist with a passion for jazz-funk.

Dave Sole : Drums. Dave plays in several local bands and is also a drum tutor and owner of Taramik Drums in Peterborough.

Mark Wilkinson : Sax. Playing in almost as many bands as Hugo, Mark is a busy boy as he is also responsible for all our artwork.

Dave Maddison : Trumpet. Newest member of the band but already making big waves,

Shop Nandi : Bass. Professional musician, guitar and bass teacher and touring guitar tech…. Shops a busy lad!

May The Funk Be With You.


Past Event

Groove Cartel – Charters

Fri 27 September 2013


Ends: Fri 27 September

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