‘The Katet’ is a reference to the Gunslinger heroes of Stephen King’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Epic, The Dark Tower. As for the band – Imagine a classical conductor who leaves his score, baton and concert hall for a sweaty, underground funk dungeon. This is, essentially, how Mike Kearney founded The Katet. They are Edinburgh’s 7-piece soulfunk monster playing dance music for the thinking man. Its Brahms with brass! Rachmaninov if you’re ‘man enough’! Funky and soulful but with a heavy basting of intricate and sublime composition.
Eight years, 400 gigs, 800 hours of music and roughly 6,000 songs later, the band has completely transformed. It still boasts the classic funk line-up of drums, bass, electric guitar, keyboards and vocals, but with an added three-piece horn section at the fore. The songs, once simple groove-based funk ditties, have evolved into larger than life ‘composed’ epics whilst remaining grounded in a pop-song format. Kearney’s philosophical lyrics on social culture, religion and politics remain at the centre of each piece.
After a sell-out Stevie Wonder tribute gig at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in July we’re delighted to welcome The Katet back to The Traverse.
Tickets: £11 each
Date: Monday 9 April 2018
Doors open: 7.30pm | Music starts: 8pm
Location: The Traverse Bar, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh