BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES
Ballydehob Jazz Festival welcomes Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – A full on Soul man coming this far West will be the spark igniting Saturday’s Party taking the Festival Hall to new Heights. Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke. Described as the owner of an incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience , Whitfield is a performer so consumed with satisfying his audiences that he has been called ‘Crazed, Frenetic and completely Unhinged’ !!
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages shot out of Boston in the mid-‘80s with the force of a Cannonball and created sweaty dance party shows and a love of primal soul. Along with original Savage Peter Greenberg (The Lyres, DMZ) and Phil Lenker, they released several records and became a favourite of BBC DJ Andy Kershaw. They also toured with the likes of Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and George Thorogood, and won seven Boston Music Awards. They reunited in 2011 with new Savages Andy Jody on drums, and Tom Quartulli on sax. They performed live on famed late night music TV program Later…with Jools Holland on the BBC in 2013. Perhaps the world is ready for them this time around.
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages release a new album ‘Soul Flowers of Titan’ this Spring on Bloodshot Records which is oozing with sleazy sax solos and slinky guitar riffs. Barrence’s vocals and lyrics invite the listener to join him in the kind of groovy dive bar that rarely exists nowadays, one where the good times rarely stop and the cocktails flow like wine. ‘Soul Flowers of Titan’ is an all too relevant meditation on people separating, coming home (someday), falling in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra.