Geno Washington

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Geno Washington is still the UK’s No 1 1960’s Soul Man, he’s the real deal, enjoying cult status on the Soul, R&B, Blues and Northern Soul scenes. This is due in main to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. Geno was a contemporary of Alexis Corner, Gerogie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day) and he is as electrifying on stage today as ever; a force of nature and a joy to behold. Geno was recently invited to play to a sell-out audience as part of the prestigious annual Lord’s Taverners charity fundraiser at The Albert Hall and was also picked by Ray Davies to play as the main act at The Royal Festival Hall at his ‘Summer Meltdown’ finale. He was also recently asked to present Dexy’s Midnight Runners with an award for longevity at The Mojo Music Awards.. is that ironic, you decide!?

Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band.  Geno’s famous Soul band was the hardest working band in the UK throughout the latter half of the 60’s. Geno had two of the biggest selling U.K. albums back then, both of which were live albums. One of them (which he recently re-recorded for Secret Records) ‘Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live’, was in the U.K. album charts for 48 out of 52 weeks in 1967. Incredibly, only the albums ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ sold more copies in the UK that year… a true indicator of Geno’s popularity as a live performer. And Geno has not any of that connection with his audience (as his re-recording testifies).

‘I have just given ‘ It’s Geno Time! ’ eleven minutes… solid air time!’,  Mike Reed

‘Unforgettable, one of the world’s great entertainers’. Fringe review, Glasgow Herald

‘The forceful pace matches Washington’s powerful vocal style. He ad-libs, nothing is sacred and the crowd urges him on, ecstatic. This is one man who knows how to keep his mojo working’.  Jazz Café review,  The Guardian.

‘The voice and the personality are bigger than ever. He has rapidly and deservedly become the Fringe’s Mr Big’.     Edinburgh Fringe review,
The Daily Mail

I saw Geno perform in BRAINTREE 3 nights ago – and i just wanted to say what a LEGEND the man is. It was a TOP TOP night – the energy, talent and humour all combined to give us a truly fantastic evening. THANK YOU GENO & THE YO YO’s
Elliot – punter

Geno was exceptional. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen anywhere by anybody. Up there with the first time I saw Otway & Barrett. A very special, very brilliant evening.  Geno performed a 1¾ hour set, solid, no break – kept the audience’s attention 100% for every split second. A magical evening for the audience who utterly loved the duo. Incidentally, the guitarist was mind-bogglingly superb.
The Crooked Billet – (on an evening of Geno Washington).

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