Testimonials

  • Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace

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    In Sept. 2002 we played for the guards at Buckingham Palace, the commanding officer, was so pleased, he sent us a thank you letter with a reference. Check out their thoughts.

  • Venue Magazine

    “They loved Gee Baby, using the full stage to it’s best advantage”
    Venue Magazine Bristol

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    “They loved Gee Baby, using the full stage to it’s best advantage, particularly the choreography with the brass cohorts. J.O. grabbing the attention like he’s supposed to – everyone might have their own favourite R’n’B band, but no-one was complaining about this one. Gee Baby certainly have more of the J.B.’s about them than the competition – the beat is bigger and the rhythms harder to ignore. The playing is top class professional (none of yer pub Blues Brothers part-timers here) And they’re an extremely good band to finish a night of extremes with….” Venue Magazine Bristol.

  • Thekla Club Bristol

    “…the whole band give their all and the showmanship is superb”
    Thekla

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    “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

  • Bristol Evening Post

    Gee Baby I Love You at the Polish Club, Bristol
    Keith Clark, Bristol Evening Post

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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

  • “…this powerful 9 piece soul band who, over the past few years have established themselves as one of Bristol’s classiest and most dynamic live band’s”
    Karen Davies

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    “Gee Baby, I Love You… I thought that would grab your attention! As will this powerful 9 piece soul band who, over the past few years have established themselves as one of Bristol’s classiest and most dynamic live band’s. Much in demand on the London college circuit as well as the West Country, Gee Baby have successfully carved a niche for themselves in the covers market, which they perform with passion and respect. The result is an integrity of sound that the original songwriter would be proud of. Fronting the band is J.O., a chameleon-like showman of the first order, whose distinctive and hard hitting vocals are ideally complemented by legendary horns, scorching drums and funky guitar. Performing with energy and enthusiasm, Gee Baby add a new dimension to such classics as ‘Tequila’ and ‘Give me some lovin” whilst at the same time, breathing new life into less well known numbers. It’s a show with an emphasis on style as well as content.” Karen Davies

  • “…the band run off with some of souls classiest stompers, hammering out a passion that defies scepticism”
    Mike Gartside

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    “And before Happy Hour? How about a pint or five after work… on second thoughts make that a milkshake. Gee Baby I Love You plunder cartoon culture from Hawaii Five-O, to Spy vs Spy, Steve McGarrett puts Arthur Conley under house arrest and rifles through James Brown’s bottom drawer. And the rap? Theft, of course. Meanwhile the band run off with some of souls classiest stompers, hammering out a passion that defies scepticism. OK, so we’ve all heard a million “My Girl’s” and could sing “Sweet Soul Music” while being smothered in toothpaste and attacked by a swarm of killer bee’s, but when J.O. spray’s the crowd with his charged growl and rinky – dink riffs, such facts become mere quibbles. These songs are vehicles for the band’s showmanship. All the pauses are used to stretch spontaneity to the full, and for the first time ever, I hear a Bristol audience clapping in unison to the band’s call and answer. Gee Baby have stolen the show and can only be accused of providing a night to look backwards to…” Mike Gartside

  • “Pub regulars’ music night raises £1,000”

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    REGULARS at a Shirehampton pub shook their tailfeathers to raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Research.
    Julie Lark organised a night of music and revelry featuring local soul and funk band Gee Baby I Love You at the Hope and Anchor pub, where her 20-year-old daughter Kimberley is the landlady.
    Mrs Lark, 47, lost both her parents to the disease which has prompted her to start raising funds for the cancer research charity.
    The band’s drummer Phil Yorke lost his father to cancer last Christmas and offered the band’s services for free to help pull in more money.
    The event which took place on Saturday, August 7, raised a total of £1,070.
    Many Thanks to all who supported the event

  • “Gee Baby I Love You, a tight, horn orientated 9 piece, famed for their live shows, widely hailed as the U.K.’s leading soul cover exponents”
    Evening Sentinel (Staffordshire)

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    “Get your dancin’ shoes ready – Bristol’s snappiest Soul Boys will soon be in town. Gee Baby I Love You, a tight, horn orientated 9 piece, famed for their live shows, widely hailed as the U.K.’s leading soul cover exponents, the bands motto is passion and respect and that is exactly what they bring to every number they perform. Fronting the band is vocalist J.O. who is obliged to add power to his sensitivity to match the wall of sound created, not only by horns but also from the drums and funky guitar.” Evening Sentinel (Staffordshire)

  • “That was one hell of a party, we’ve only just come back down to earth!”
    Will and Emily Glennon (BBC TV)

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    To all in Gee Baby, A huge thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special. That was one hell of a party, we’ve only just come back down to earth! Our friends and family are still talking about the music, you made such an impression on everyone, we we’re all totally blown away. We’re so grateful you could be there to help us celebrate and hope we can come and see you perform again very soon. P.S. Look out for a few Wiltshire magazines who wrote articles on our big day. All our love Will and Emily Glennon. (BBC TV)

  • “I could have danced all night”
    Jenny

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    “That was a great evening, I think the weather helped – otherwise people would have stayed outside muttering “I don’t dance” Well, they clearly do! Thank you all, I could have danced all night.” Jenny (Jenny’s 60th. party)

  • “…sweat drenched dance floor frenzy”
    The Post, Bristol

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    The Tunnels club. Bristol. Nov.’12 Raw-boned energy and a complete commitment to the glory days, when boogaloo jump jive merged with rhythm and blues and soul into a swinging, sweat drenched dance floor frenzy, make Gee Baby I Love You a perennial good time waiting to happen. The Post, Bristol