Oliver Carpenter and Chris Lomas – aka Mumbo-Jumbo – deliver eclectic, acoustic close harmony, piano based music, intimate and entertaining interaction with audiences and bring the fun back into live performance. Now that Abby Brant has moved on to pastures new – and we wish her the best – the third seat is being taken by the very splendid Fred Skidmore, who was Chris’s keys man in Memphis in the Meantime, who will carry us through the Summer of gigs and festivals.
The album ‘Life of Riley’, Shortlisting in the British Blues Awards, critical acclaim and rapturous receptions across the country in blues, folk and acoustic environments, show this band to be different interesting and entertainment. But don’t take our word for it, look at what the movers and shakers (they’ll like that) are saying.
“The musicianship is unsurpassable, and the songwriting is excellent.” Blues in Britain magazine
“Winner of my nomination for the KT Award, British Blues Awards” - Paul Stiles, UK Blues Today radio show
“Excellent album.” - Kevin Beale, Blues on the Marsh Radio Show
“solid musicianship, and an unpretentious confidence” - Robin Valk
“guaranteed to raise the spirits.” - Linda Fisher, Blues Journalist
“a mighty fine debut album.” - Martin Leedham, Music Blogger
“Beautifully played and recorded” - Alan Wilson – Western Star Records
“Remarkable diversity of sound from three very talented people” - Cliff McNight – Nothing But The Blues radio show
“Life of Riley is Great!” - Les Young, Wall to Wall Blues radio show
“a perfect fit for performance clubs … three individually talented musicians, they come together perfectly in the band, with each in turn taking the lead….. a knockout!” - Bryn Phillips, Woodman Folk Club
“Their ability to successfully transcend from Jazz and Blues Clubs to Folk Clubs and back again to the delight of their audiences and without compromising their genre speaks volumes.” Bob Bignell, Bromsgrove Folk Club