Gee Baby I Love You


Dynamic Eight Piece Soul Band

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  • What is it about soul music? Even after all these years, the classic Stax and Motown songs can still make you feel moody and blue but above all they can make you want to get up and shake your tailfeather. Bristol’s Gee Baby I Love You managed to excite all those emotions. And demonstrated in front of a packed crowd why they are the band you’d want to have playing at your party. The exceptionally talented nine-piece fronted by singer-guitarist John Orme romped through a set of soul and funk numbers including a number of classic songs like McFadden and Whitehead’s Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, KC And The Sunshine Band’s That’s The Way I Like It and even Sex Bomb. However, Gee Baby have never relied on just repeating the old favourites, always pulling lesser known and sometimes quite obscure songs into their repertoire. It was, for instance, great to hear once again Aretha Franklin’s See Saw, Jean Knight’s Mr Big Stuff and Bob & Earl’s Harlem Shuffle, while Spooky, a chance for backing singer Cherie to take the spotlight, was every bit as smokey as Dusty Springfield’s version. James Brown’s Super Bad sounded a bit like a soundtrack for a 1970s “blaxploitation” movie, but it was as funky as anything, as indeed was their version of Stevie Wonder’s I Wish. Someone simply introduced as “the man from the pub”, joined them for the last two numbers, taking the vocals on a fiery version of Gimme Some Lovin’ and playing harmonica on I Feel Good. My Girl was an odd choice to finish such a night, but they probably could have played anything because, Gee Baby, this audience loved you. Keith Clark, Bristol Evening Post

    Gee Baby I Love You at the Polish Club, Bristol
  • “Judging by the response they got at the “Thekla”, Gee Baby I Love You deserve their reputation as Bristol’s leading soul band. Their impressive array of soul and blues covers kept the enthusiastic audience on their feet and bopping away for the entire one and a half hour set. Although the music is not exactly original, the whole band give their all and the showmanship is superb; routines from the brass section; jaunts through the audience and wonderfully contorted facial expressions, combine to make great entertainment. This is sadly lacking in many “big” bands who fail to reproduce the magic of their music on stage. Only two members originate from Bristol, but the band have worked together here for several years. I, for one, am grateful that bands like Gee Baby, who so obviously enjoy what they do, are still alive and kicking and giving audiences what they deserve.” Thekla Bristol

    Thekla, Bristol
  • ‘They loved Gee Baby, using the full stage to it’s best advantage’

    Venue Magazine Bristol
  • ‘In Sept 2002 we played for the Coldstream Guards at Buckingham Palace. Their commanding officer was so pleased, he sent us a personal thank you letter.’

    Buckingham Palace
  • ‘These guys always pack the place out!’

    The Tunnels, Bristol