Formed at last-minute in October 2012 for a cocktail function, The Soul Strutters gelled immediately after the first 4-bars of ‘Use me Up’ by Bill Withers was performed.
From then on, the band were playing the circuit of live music venues near enough every weekend around the Bristol and surrounding area to the present day, solely through word of mouth.
The group was founded on a mutual love and respect for the music they grew up on and have always wanted to perform, and from the sheer smiles on their faces from start to finish, it’s clear that the passion and enjoyment radiates through to the audience.
Before long the band was approached to perform at a wedding and were delighted and honoured that a couple would want to have them perform at their special day. As the months went on full of gigs, the repertoire of Soul Strutters rapidly increased, as did the number of weddings and private functions.
In 2014 – Soul Strutters completed 260 successful gigs. This included a yearlong weekly residency at one of Clifton’s premier cocktail bars, and over 30 weddings, which were situated across the entirety of England and Wales.
Unlike many wedding and corporate function bands, the Soul Strutters formed absolutely organically, with the single intention of jamming together for fun. Since then, they have become a full-time band gigging at a variety of special events, including weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations and charity events. With a professional attitude towards all bookings you can be assured that the Soul Strutters will surpass your requirements, and put on a great show for your event, bringing all of their enthusiasm and passion to your stage. Whether it is a small intimate pub gig, a background entertainment in a restaurant, a live music venue or a wedding, it won’t be one that your guests will forget, and you’ll struggle to find a live performance tighter than The Strutters!
The group is made up of full time musicians who individually have many current projects in the Bristol Music Scene crossing a vast amount of genres which is fundamentally how the lads became aware of each other:
Eric Mylod-Okafo (Bass and vocals)
Jack Baldus (Keyboards, talkbox)
James Arbery (Guitars)
Barney Sage (Drums)