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Acoustic roots duo MAMBO JAMBO

“Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo. If they cannot put a smile on your face and set your feet tapping you may be beyond therapy.” Junction Inn, Leeds Gig Guide

Acoustic roots duo Mambo Jambo present a bit of a musical feast. They will take you on an enjoyable and intriguing musical journey, mixing sounds from around the world, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. Their repertoire draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan, and more. Blending all these influences they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – with appeal across a very wide audience.

Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra!  Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase (!), and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal and lots of percussion.

They are regulars at festivals, touring nationally and playing all kinds of venues around the UK and abroad.…see band biog below, plus House Concerts and Weddings –  all-sorts of get-togethers! Plus see the ‘Workshops’ page for their Schools & Educational work..

In 2010 Mambo Jambo appeared in the ‘BBC Symphony For Yorkshire’

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“A fabulous musical treat!” Creative Arts East

“The sheer enthusiasm and joy of their music along with their wonderful musicianship and great stage presence combine to create an act that will undoubtedly go down a storm wherever they play.” Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival

“Mambo Jambo are quite simply two of the most talented and entertaining musicians around. Their welcome return visits are always a sellout way in advance of their concerts which is a tribute to them as artists! The audience never cease to be enthralled and captivated by their versatility and their warm, entertaining delivery and exceptional talent. Once seen…never forgotten!!!” Will Richardson, Hunsley Acoustic Music Club

“Absolutely Tremendous! Really brilliant
sound; so uplifting!  “ Richard Spurr, BBC Radio Derby



(We’ve probably played over 1,500 gigs by now!)

Some of the venues and festivals we’ve played at include:

Musical Study Trips to Havana Cuba – Arts Council 2004 & 2006; Zimbo Tropical, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil; Sidmouth Folk Festival (2x); Shetland Folk Festival (2x); Costa Del Folk Festival, Portugal; Cork Jazz Festival (3x); Broadstairs Folk Fest (2x); Beverley Fest (3x), Musicport Festival (3x); Cornucopia Festival; Salon Rosada in Havana, Cuba with ‘Estrellas Cubanas’; Miri International Jazz Festival, Sarawak, Borneo; La Voix Des Pays Festival, Fougeres, France; Knockengorroch World Ceilidh; Bridlington Arts Festival; Grassington Arts Festival; Jersey World Music Festival; Hull Freedom Festival; Helmsley Folk Festival; Winfest (supporting Ska Cubano); Bellingham All Acoustic Festival (BAAfest); Rochester Sweeps Festival; Aylesbury Global Street Beats, MADFEST, Barnsley; Worldfest; World Picnic, Milton Keynes; Dublin Carnival; ; Hull International Students Association; Royal Horticultural Society Show, Cardiff; Trees/ParksFor Life, London; RICS Annual Party, Leeds Art Gallery;
Hard Rock Café, London; Regents Street Xmas Lights; Leeds Met University; Hilton Hotel Park Lane; Belfry International Golf Course; Indigo @ O2 Arena; Emirates Stadium; British Medical Association (BMA); opening ceremony of new BBC building; Yorkshire Sculpture Park;
Hull Truck Theatre; Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent; Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight; Gate Arts Centre, Goole; The Junction, Goole; Birmingham MAC; Birmingham NEC; The Castle, Wellingborough; Gala Theatre, Durham; Jersey Arts Centre; Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond; Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax; Barnsley Civic Theatre; St Donats Arts Centre; The Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley; Peel Centenary Centre, Isle Of Man; Thirsk Courthouse; Helmsley Arts Centre; Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Ferens Art Gallery; Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth; The Globe, Hay-on Wye; tour of Channel Islands Arts Centres; Epsom Derby Day; Doncaster St. Leger; Sandown Park;
Sedgefield Acoustic Club; Northwich Folk Club; Bellingham All Acoustic Club; Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham On Sea; Compass Club Whitby; Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington; Suddaby’s Beer Festival, Malton; Processed Pea Folk Club, The Bell Inn, Bath; Prince Albert, Stroud; The Canteen, Bristol; Brudenell Social Club, Leeds;Blue Walnut Café, Torquay; Crooked Billet, Henley; Cat Café, Winstanton; Olympic Torch Procession, West Park, Hull etc. etc. etc……
Rural Touring Schemes: Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire ‘Centre Stage’ and Nottinghamshire Rural Touring Scheme (2010-2011) ‘Creative Arts East’,‘Village Stages’ and ‘Homegrown’, Rural Touring in Norfolk and Suffolk (2010) Northants Touring Arts; Arts Out West, W.Cumbria; Highlights, Northumberland, Co. Durham and East Cumbria, Feb/ March 2013, Rural Arts, North Yorks; LiveLincs, North Lincolnshire (2013)
BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Northants, BBC Radio Jersey; appeared in the BBC Symphony For Yorkshire (2010)

For further details or to make a booking please contact Mambo Jambo

Or come and see them live at an upcoming gig