​Gig Review: Will Eason and Barry and the Crumpets

Words and photos by: Anna Hatfield

In that dull period between Christmas and New Year, Barry and the Crumpets are just who you need for a true funky pick-me-up. They’re everything a jazz-funk band should be, with catchy tunes you can’t help but dance to. And the audience delivered too.

Will Eason kicked off the evening, co-headlining with Barry and The Crumpets, creating an intimate yet energising vibe throughout the whole venue. Reminiscent of Tom Misch and Yuseff Dayes, the multi-instrumentalist, along with his band, soon drew a crowd and got them tapping their feet before the final act of the night. As a teaser of things to come, Chaz, frontman for Barry and The Crumpets, was invited onstage with his cornet to perform alongside Will in the perfect fusion of groovy jazz and funk.

By the time Barry and The Crumpets came to perform, the venue was full of foot-tapping, head-nodding, and all-out dancing. With encouragement from the band, the whole of The Cornish Bank seemed to be joining in in one way or another. Each member of the 4-piece band brought a fantastic fusion of sound to the mix with a combination of brass, strings, and drums. They played some familiar favourites along with some “crumpet creations” and the night was rounded off with a good old-fashioned jam sesh including Will Eason once again. It was certainly a memorable night for everyone with an ear for good music. 

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