The White Horse, London Colney [Pub & Food Bar]
Wow, here's a band that really offer something different.
St Albans-based group Six Go Mad have a unique selling point. They can perform an entire afternoon of eighties music and there are no fewer than
six top-quality singers and musicians.
The band offer not one but two highly talented vocalists -- husband and wife team Andy Woolford and Charlotte Glover Woolford. Andy is a wonderful front man and quickly has an audience in the palm of his hands with his great communication skills and witty asides.
Having both a male and female singer gives Six Go Mad a far wider scope than most acts. So Charlotte (who has a powerful set of lungs on her) entertains with impressive renditions of classics like Yazoo's stomping Don't Go and Madonna's catchy Material Girl; while Andy has both a tuneful and resonating voice as demonstrated beautifully on numbers like Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me) and his own personal favourite tune from the 1980s -- Tears For Fears' hypnotic Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
I felt sorry for this sextet as they clearly have the skill ato 'whip up' an audience and get them dancing. Unfortunately, because of Covid 19 rules, they couldn't encourage guests to sing and dance.
But that did not spoil a fantastic afternoon of music. There were too many highspots in the 28 minutes to list them all but I particularly liked a splendid version of Gary Numan's Cars with superb keyboard work from James Cowling; an outstanding interpretation of Jefferson Starship's West Coast rocker We Built This City; and a pounding performance of Billy Idol's rocker Rebel Yell with nice lead guitar work from Sean Conran.
It's great too to hear songs that most bands would never tackle (and I have reviewed more than 150 bands). So there were numbers like Roxette's rocker The Look; A-ha's haunting The Sun Always Shines On TV; and Simple Minds' Alive And Kicking with excellent bass playing by Gavin Attewell. Incidentally this must be the only band in the UK with two Gavins -- Gavin Richardson is the drummer.
Congratulations Six Go Mad on providing a wonderful afternoon of entertainment in very difficult times.
Just a word too for the pub management under the the leadership of Simon Niemiec. The pub has gone to great lengths to make customers feel safe and comfortable -- with a top-class covered stage; plenty of outside seating; a grassy-looking surface in front of the stage; and track and trace checking.
Having a male and female lead singer gives the band far greater scope than most acts.
COLIN FENN, DJ/Freelance JournalistColin Fenn, Thursday 10 September 2020
Colin thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review. We will use this on our website.
With a new bassist their line-up of accomplished musicians is better than ever, their covers are excellent, it is well worth attending one of their gigs, vocals are strong with Charlie G belting out Blondie, Martha & the Muffins, Gigs & Roses and Kim Wilde, her vocals on the band's cover of U2's One are sublime. As usual they rocked the room.Sunday 2 July 2017
Fabulous night hearing The Soul Enforcement Bureau for the first time... from the minute this talented band played its first note, I did not stop dancing until the end of the encore!! Great players, wonderful vocals, the classic soul songs you love and a massive feel-good fix for the rest of the week, thank you!
KaitSunday 29 November 2015
Praise indeed Kait. .... Thank you so much for having taken the time to write in and your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your night out with us and hope you will come to see us again at our next gig :-) .....The Soul Enforcement Bureau.
Soul Enforcement Bureau second gig at The White Horse was much anticipated after a cracking first show back in 2014 and they didn't disappoint. Word and quickly spread through the village about their energetic and authentic spin on many classic songs and the bar was filled nicely by the time they took to the stage. 2 hours later the crowd were left crying for more as this talented 7 piece band finished their set and then burst into an encore worthy of the nights entertainment. People are constantly asking when they're back.....we certainly cant wait either
simon niemiecSunday 22 February 2015
Hi Simon.... Thank you for having taken the time to of sent this applause. The Soul Enforcement Bureau are delighted that we made such an impact at this fine live music venue. We had a belting time playing to the enthusiastic music loving people of London Colney as well as our loyal supporters and friends that came to see us. We hope we will have made a whole village-worth of new friends and we are really looking forward to our return visit there on 23rd May. See you all then.
If you are looking for a vibrant, dynamic rock act for your pub or party, The New Ambassadors are the perfect choice and it's nice to see a band, playing in a pub, who provide their own light show plus lots of dry ice! These five guys, who really pump out the music creating an exciting atmosphere, are fronted by vocalist Ashley Cleaver.
Ash is a real live wire with great stage presence who gives every performance his all. He jumps around the stage encouraging his audiences to sing and dance and, as a unit, The New Ambassadors pound out the rock hits hardly giving you time to breathe. There are few gaps between songs and this creates a great deal of excitement.
The band have the added benefit of twin lead guitarists Johnathan Dawson and Geoff Portwain and they alternate offering some great guitar solos while the tight rhythm section comprises bass player Richard Bradley and drummer Chris McNally, who provide strong support throughout.
Their opening number came as a total surprise with a performance of Coldplay's haunting and highly melodic "Viva La Vida" with all five members providing excellent backing harmonies, after which things got rockier with the Undertones' punk classic "Teenage Kicks"; Lynyrd Skynyrd's driving "Sweet Home Alabama" and U2's pulsating "Vertigo" followed by a fabulous interpretation of Bryan Adams' anthem "Summer Of '69" before ending the first set with Lenny Kravitz's raunchy "Are You Gonna Go My Way."
Kicking off the second half with that famous car TV commercial, Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" The New Ambassadors continued intense, non-stop rocking action throughout for another hour, during which highlights included Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name"; a brilliantly performed version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"; and an enjoyable rendition of A-Ha's "Take On Me".
I could have done without the strobe lighting effects but these guys certainly know how to grab your attention!
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistThursday 11 September 2014