The New Mastersounds & Orgone perform at FTC

Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes back to StageOne one of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene, the New Mastersounds, and California based band Orgone on Sunday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., 70 Sanford Street.

The New Mastersounds are old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States. They were formed in 1999 by guitarist Eddie Roberts, who was DJ’ing at a weekly club night in Leeds devoted to classic soul and funk. When the event moved to a new venue that covered two floors, Roberts saw the opportunity to add a live band to the mix, and he recruited drummer Simon Allen, who had previously played with Roberts in a band called The Mastersounds. With the addition of Pete Shand on bass and Bob Birch on piano and organ, the new act was complete. In tribute to their old group, Roberts and Allen dubbed the combo The New Mastersounds.

It didn’t take long for word of The New Mastersounds to spread, and in 2000 they released a pair of 7” singles on Blow It Hard Records drawn from early rehearsal tapes.

As The New Mastersounds tour clubs and festivals around the world, they continue to attract new fans, including American funk legends Art Neville of the Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley of James Brown’s J.B.’s, and George Porter Jr. of the Meters, all of whom have jammed with the combo on-stage. Now coming to Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne in support of their latest album release Therapy, The New Mastersounds will once again prove themselves as funk masters by blending jazz, funk, soul, and really anything deemed groovy, to an eager audience. Try not to dance and get down, they dare you.

But that’s just half of this incredible show, as the California based ban Orgone will join the New Mastersounds and bring their own mix of dirty, organic soul that will take audiences by the collar, pull them onto their feet, and make them groove on the dance floor.

Their name, Orgone, means a universal life force; a cosmic unit of energy; the creative force in nature. It’s a fitting title for this creative 8 piece force that are a cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco, all with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA.

Coming in support of there just released album Beyond The Sun, Orgone are coming back to rock StageOne and keep  the audience on their feet.

If you’re a fan of Soulive, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, or the Bamboos, then you will want to make you way down to Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne and see these two incredible performers as The New Mastersounds and Orgone join forces for an incredible night of music and both show off what it means to truly live and breathe funk music.

For tickets, at $42, visit or call 203-259-1036.

The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds

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