The festival proudly presents the incredible Tony Momrelle one of the most exciting and significant Soul musicians on the modern British stage in a special afternoon headline concert at St Mary’s Church Rye on Saturday 25th August.
Credited by the Guardian as “the 21st Century Stevie wonder” Tony Momrelle is trailing a blaze and needs no better accolade or recommendation for those that appreciate and love your Soul music.
This is surely a must attend at the festival this year… be prepared to be blown away by Momrelle’s amazing vocals, and incredibly talented band.
“The 21st Century Stevie Wonder”- Paul Morley, The Guardian
In a music career spanning 20+ years, he has performed with some of the greatest artists in the world: Incognito, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Sade, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Robert Palmer and many more.
In Autumn 2016 Tony supported the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on their sold-out UK tour.
Momrelle was lead male vocalist of the famous British Acid-jazz band Incognito for more than sixteen years before launching his solo career. His acclaimed debut album ‘Keep Pushing’ was released in 2015, followed by a Deluxe Edition twelve months later. With guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Chantae Cann and Tony Remy, the album is an infectious mingling of eighties-inspired synths, jazzy keys, classic piano and soaring soul vocals.
Channelling Hathaway, Wonder and countless other sounds, styles and ideas through his authentic, thoroughly contemporary interpretation of what British soul music actually means today, Momrelle realised something profoundly special in ‘Keep Pushing’. Strong mainstream and regional radio support for the album culminated in four BBC Radio 2-play listed singles and ongoing airplay across Europe.
Momrelle’s ‘Keep Pushing Tour’ has flown world-wide, playing to sold-out audiences at venues and festivals in the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Indonesia and many more. On home soil, he has dazzled audiences at the EFG London Jazz Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival for several years running and is also in high demand performing on the international festival circuit across the globe.
Notable media appearances in 2017/8 included an intimate duet with Jools Holland live on the much-loved BBC One show ‘Later with Jools
Holland’, as well as distinguished collaborations with the Guy Barker Orchestra and Big Band for BBC Radio 2 – including a recent performance at the London Coliseum alongside Gregory Porter & Friends for ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’.
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, 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. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church
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