The festival proudly present one of the most iconic British jazz funk bands, Incognito.
You can expect to hear irresistible grooves and soulful vocals punctuated by the trademark Incognito horns. Soaked in soul, coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance, Incognito’s catchy numbers are immediate and infectious explaining just why Incognito remain a powerful and energetic live act across the world.
For their 16th studio album, Amplified Soul, Incognito returned to their Jazz-Funk roots. If you have not seen them live, this is the band to see! They shine in every department, the grooves irresistible and the message always positive!
Line-up*: Bluey (band leader); Tony Momrelle (vocals); Vanessa Haynes (vocals); Katie Leone (vocals); Francis Hylton (bass); Matt Cooper (keys); Francisco Sales (Guitar); Francesco Mendolia (drums); Joao Caetano (percussion); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Alastair White (trombone); Jim Hunt (sax)
*may be subject to change
The enduring success of incognito, led by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick is one of the great stories of UK music - their uniquely British sound has endured as a global phenomenon for almost four decades.
Although their self-titled 1981 debut was a landmark for UK jazz-funk (featuring a young Sade pictured on the cover and guests including Hugh Masekela), it was their early 90’s recordings for Gilles Peterson Talkin’ Loud label (1991’s ‘Inside Life’, 1992’s ‘Tribes, Vibes and Scribes’ and 1993’s Positivity’) that spawned hits such as ‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’ and ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ that would see them becoming million-selling artists cementing their place among the in-demand bands on the international stage. And with club remixes by the likes of David Morales and Roger Sanchez they would take clubland - and the charts - by storm.
Albums have followed thick and fast featuring the best of the young crop of musicians and singers alongside bigger established names. The writing has gotten deeper, the music always uplifting, and the productions timeless. Bluey and Incognito have gone on to produce and collaborate with a who’s who of legendary artists - George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Philip Bailey, Jocelyn Brown, George Duke, Al Jarreau,
Marcus Miller, Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, Mario Biondi — Bluey Maunick can take his place among the greats of global soul.
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St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!
Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.
St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.
We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.
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