James Brown is Annie



James Brown Is Annie are a terrific six-piece funk/groove band based out of Edinburgh that Alan Gorrie of the Average White Band described as ‘The Tartan Special of Funk’. Formed in 2010 the band writes and performs original material influenced by the likes of Steely Dan, Little Feat and (of course) the Average White Band. They have performed at venues and festivals all over Scotland, including the ABC in Glasgow (with pioneering soul-funk band, The Family Stone), the main stage at the Belladrum Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Queen’s Hall (supporting Average White Band), The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh and performing in JBiA formed in a piano bar, rehearse next to a sex shop, and take their name from an Eddie Murphy SNL sketch. Described as purveyors of “royal, calorie-laden, whipped up funk”, the Scottish sextet take their tips from Average White Band, Steely Dan and The Meters. Supported by National Arts Body, Creative Scotland, the band’s debut album (released April 2015) was produced by Average White Band’s Molly Duncan – their debut single (Ask Your Doctor) written exclusively for the group by Average White Band’s Alan Gorrie. Since then, JBiA have: appeared six times on Scottish Television; held two sessions at BBC Radio Scotland; supported funk legends Average White Band, The Family Stone, and The Blockheads; sold out prestigious London jazz venues – Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, and The 606 Club; appeared alongside the Kaiser Chiefs and Martha Reeves on the Main Stage at the Belladrum Festival; received regular air-play on BBC Radio Scotland, Jazz FM, etc. The sextet have also coveted no shortage of press attention, either, reviews and features appearing in both local and national press.


“A perfect example of of just how much fun funk can be… JBiA ought to have global success waiting for them just around the corner.”


“A contender for Scottish Album of the Year. The funk is strong with these ones.”


“One of Scotland’s top bands of the moment.”


“At the forefront when it comes to getting back to the basics, which is simply playing music with an infectious beat that is hard to resist dancing to.”


“Supertight horns, funky rhythm section, heroic guitar and cool vox. Great night all round.”