Meet the band...
Funk Soul Sister, Disco Diva Supremo, Debbie Smith’s vocal talents are a tour de force! Never failing to get a crowd to their feet, Ms Smith hits all the right notes when it comes to captivating an audience with her amazing range and dynamics, intoxicating energy and heartfelt passion for performing.
Combining a seriously solid backbeat with furiously funky fills, drummer John Bicknell keeps the Rioters in line as the backbone of the quintet. With nearly 20 years gigging experience, John helps ensure the band do justice to classic funk/soul numbers whilst delivering session-level musicianship across the board.
Rhythm section partner in crime, Andy Culham, never ceases to impress with a dazzling array of infectiously groovy bass lines that will make your hips sway before you've even made it to the dancefloor. A regular on the function circuit, Andy is one of the finest bassists in the area.
Funk guitar maestro, Andrew 'Andrea' Furlanis joined the rioters in 2016. His passion for the finest grooves in the Jazz/Funk genre shines through in impeccably executed licks, riffs and solos. With the power to transport you back to the golden era of Brown, Reading and Pickett whilst imparting his own unique and creative style, Andrew is always a pleasure to listen to.
Last but by no means least, Will ‘Mostly’ Most always brings the funk. Whether it’s a screaming Hammond, riffing Rhodes or soulful Synth, Mr Most’s effortless playing is the perfect complement to the Rioter’s edgy sound. As if that wasn’t enough, this man has a surprising talent for rapping... Don’t believe us? Come and see Suffolk’s very own Grandmaster Flash in action!
Supremely talented saxophonist Mike Owen often joins the Rioters for large events and festivals, but is also available by special request. From Soprano to Baritone, Mike has brought his infectious groove and impeccable playing to venues all over the world and it’s always a pleasure to have him on the Soul Riot roster.