NYE Soul & Groove Party feat. Ray Simpson
It’s New Year’s Eve and time for a big SOUL and GROOVE party with our special guest, UK soul man extraordinaire Ray Simpson (Cymande, Soul II Soul, Incognito and more) serving up two sets of stone cold soul classics and dance floor fillers as we say hello to 2019 in style here in SW16!
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES A GLASS OF BUBBLY ON ARRIVAL AND A FOUR COURSE MEAL!
Ray Simpson is a British based recording artist who was inspired by the soulful sounds of Motown, Stax, Atlantic Records, Philadelphia International and others, which led him to follow his dreams and achieve a career as a musician.
Ray went on to develop a varied solo career as a vocalist, producer and songwriter, writing for himself and other popular artists such as Maxi Priest, Sugar Minott and Al Campbell to name a few.
In 1984 Ray signed recording and publishing deals with Island Records and Blue Mountain Music, and started to actively explore soul and funk music. He collaborated with Jean Paul Maunick (Bluey), of Incognito, to record vocals on a project produced by Maunick and also toured with Incognito.
In 1989 Ray was signed by Circa Records and recorded his self-titled debut album ‘Ray Simpson’, produced by celebrated American producer Michael J Powell (whose production credits include work with Anita Baker, Randy Crawford among others).
Over the years Ray has worked with Will Downing, Jocelyn Brown, Loose Ends, Maysa Leak and Caron Wheeler and was a featured soloist with Soul II Soul on their album ‘Time For Change’ on which he penned the single ‘Pleasuredome‘.
Ray’s connection with Cymande dates back to the origin of the band in the 70’s, when as a young schoolboy he would watch the band practice in their Brixton basement and thereafter follow their progress with great interest through the connection between his family and the family of Sam Kelly and Derrick Gibbs. That connection was made complete as Ray joined the newly reformed Cymande, touring the US with the band in 2016.
Joining Ray on stage will be Sam Kelly (drums, Cymande), Ray Carless (sax, Cymande, Incognito), Richard Sadler (bass, Kinks, Paul Weller Neil Cowley Trio), Paul Jobson (keys, Chaka Khan, Omar, Joss Stone), Michael ‘Lally’ Carey (guitar) and Kevin Davy (trumpet, Cymande, Finlay Quaye).
HIDEAWAY NYE MENU 2018
Spicy Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Croutons and a Chilli Garnish,
served with Freshly Baked Bread
King Prawns, Sautéed in Garlic, Chilli, Coriander and Prosecco,
and Calamari, Deep-Fried in Semolina Flour, served with a Sweet Chilli Dip
Sautéed Portobello Mushrooms with Leeks and Onions in a Creamy Sauce, served with
Rustic Toasted Bread and Wild Rocket
Wild Boar and Red Wine Pâté En Croûte, served with Rustic Toasted Bread
Braised Duck Leg and Dauphinoise Potatoes, with Carrots and Peas Sautéed in Garlic Butter,
served with a Red Wine Jus
Firecracker Chicken (Diced Breast in a Sweet and Spicy Sauce)
served with Raisin and Pine Nut Rice and Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Oven Roasted Fillet of Seabass and Sautéed Potatoes, with Carrots and Peas Sautéed in Garlic Butter, served with a Creamy Prawn and White Wine Sauce on the side
East Asian Vegetable Curry with Potato, Cauliflower, Spinach and Mixed Peppers,
served with Steamed Basmati Rice, Grilled Flatbread and Mango Chutney
Belgian Chocolate Mousse topped with Fresh Strawberries
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberries and a Raspberry Coulis
Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake served with Fresh Mango
Apple & Rhubarb Crumble served with Vanilla Ice cream or Custard