Ray Harris + Unoma Okudo

08 Oct

Drygate Presents: Ray Harris plus special guest support from Unoma Okudo

Ray Harris returns to Drygate this October! With an eye for tailored suits and music with an alternative twist; award-winning Acid Jazz supremo 'Ray Harris’ this autumn releases his 5th Studio Album ‘Propaganda’. A career spanning over ten years Harris magically blends a unique mix of Acid Jazz, Latin, Disco, Soul and Bossa with imprints of a distinctive 60s and 70s style.

Jazz dance floor hits ‘Scaramunga’ (Record kicks Europe / P-vine Japan); & ‘Deep Down Inside’ (Streetsoul Records) have been championed by BBC radio DJs Craig Charles (Funk & Soul Show), Paul Miller (Soul Show) & Stephen Duffy (Jazz House). Ray Harris has performed live on BBC at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, live in session on BBC6 Music and also co-presented BBCs ‘Hogmanay New Year Special’. Harris has also presented on BBC Radio Scotland 94.3FM.

With worldwide record releases in Europe, Japan and Asia, Ray Harris tours internationally recently headlining 37th JGTC Festival Indonesia. Other previous prestigious performances include: Penang Island Jazz Festival (Malaysia), North Sea Jazz Club, i-Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival (Holland) Mostly Jazz Festival and Glasgow International Jazz Festival (UK) as well as sold out shows in China, Japan, UK & Europe.

iPrevious support act to The Godfather of Soul James Brown, funk legendsThe Average White Band, B3 pioneer Brian Auger, Smoove & Turrell, Denys Baptiste & Jaga Jazzist this charismatic keyboardist and vocalist has created a dedicated fan base and is recognised as one of the most innovative music writers and energetic performers to date. 

“ stunning sounds with elements of soul jazz influences from the 70’s “ ROLLINGSTONE

Unoma Okudo

Support comes in the form of soul singer Unoma Okudo. Soulful singer-songwriter Unoma Okudo is distinguished by her unique voice, and captivating melodies and lyrics. Born in Nigeria, where she was introduced to music by her parents, her career really began after she moved to Glasgow, Scotland to further her education. Here, she began to write songs and to discover her own voice as an artist. She also provided backing vocals to other artists and continued singing at church, as she had done since childhood.

Since then, Unoma has performed as the opening act for established and well-known artists including Grammy award winner Macy Gray and soul legend Alexander O’Neal. In 2014, she provided backing vocals to music icons Donnie Maclean, Kylie Minogue, among others, for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In January 2016, Unoma released her first single “Satisfied”, a jazz and soul-infused love song. The song was picked up by BBC Radio Scotland and was made the “Single of the Week” on the popular Janice Forsyth Show. Her hotly anticipated first EP, “Odyssey” is out now!

Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience

Unoma Okudo Music

TIME: 7:30

TICKETS: £10 + BF  | Limited Early Birds £7 + BF 

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