21st Sep, 2018

Craig Charles gets funky at Leamington Assembly

Ian Hughes 30th Apr, 2018

CRAIG Charles will be getting funky at Leamington Assembly on Friday June 1

The actor, comedian, author, presenter and DJ has toured ‘The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club’ for a decade, bringing live DJ sets, featuring a mixture of well-known, classic funk and soul tracks, to nightclubs and festivals across the UK and beyond.

Craig told The Observer: “The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s high-octane good time music. It’s two pounds of funk in a one pound bag. I play funk and soul music and try to mix it up. I play a lot of psychedelic soul like Sandie Shaw’s version of Sympathy for the Devil and The Voices of East Harlem’s Run Shaker Run.

“I also play more heavy beats, afrobeats and the like. People come for a good time. It’s a chilled out crowd. People are there for the music and lot of the people who come are generally quite knowledgeable about music. We get a lot of young people at the shows but there’s a vast age range. Older cats can come and step out too.

“I love doing the Craig Charles Funk and soul show and my live DJ sets. It’s not really a job, it’s like getting to go to a really good party and getting choose all the music as well.”

The Red Dwarf and Coronation Street star also hosts the Craig Charles House Party on Radio 2 playing funk and soul tunes on a Saturday night.

Craig’s previous residencies include Band on the Wall in Manchester, The Wardrobe and The Elbow Room in Leeds, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes and Brixton Jamm in London, and The Lanes and Motion in Bristol.

He has also taken to the stage at festivals including Glastonbury, Kendall Calling, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and the Wickerman Festival.

Visit leamingtonassembly.com for tickets and further details.

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