Hot young stars of funk

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One of the hottest funk bands in Manchester makes its Blackpool debut tomorrow when The Janice Graham Band appear at Nellie Dean’s.

Recently signed to Acid Jazz Records the band – which doesn’t actually contain anyone called Janice – has been picking up rave reviews for its live show.

The young band comprises Joe Jones (lead vocals/bass), Andy Mortan (guitar), Josh Hunt (trumpet and backing vocals) and Tom Scott (drums and backing vocals) and averages a mere 21 years of age.

They claim to be a true garage band, the members having known each other from around their council estate for years and eventually jamming in a South Manchester garage where they not only formed, but rehearsed and played their first gigs in October 2008.

They have supported the likes of Steve Cradock, The Heavy, Kid British, Matt Berry and Madness in front of 5000 people at the Hull Arena.