Godfather of soul’s gig at Old Courts

Geno Washington
Geno Washington

A SIXTIES superstar hailed as the godfather of soul and rhythm ’n’ blues who has performed with some of the most iconic names in music is coming to Wigan.

Geno Washington, front man of The Ram Jam Band and the inspiration behind Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ hit Geno, will play with his soulful blues group The Yo Yo’s at The Old Courts next month.

The veteran US musician, who has shared a stage with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Small Faces, will play a mixture of old and new songs for what organisers hope will be a packed crowd in The Grand Vault at the Crawford Street venue.

The Old Courts director Jonathan Davenport said: “Geno’s known for his electric stage presence and his love of performance, he’s a legendary soul man in his own right.

“There aren’t many 70-year-olds still rocking the way he does, and he’s still got the voice and the personality to put on a grand performance that I’m sure the attendees won’t forget.

“We’re particularly excited about this gig, as Geno’s music has a mass appeal. Geno is adored by soul fans, blues fans, jazz fans and basically anybody who appreciates a full-on live performance.”

The Wigan gig on July 11 is part of a national tour for the singer, who came to notice on the British scene after his talent was spotted while stationed with the US Air Force.

Organisers are hoping the gig will be a sell-out, so fans are advised to get tickets quickly.

Geno Washington and The Yo Yo’s will play at The Old Courts on July 11. Tickets are £14.95 in advance or £19.50 on the door, available from www.theoldcourts.com