Audiences everywhere, rave over the harmonies of Kimber’s Men. They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK. Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4 ,they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4.
These five talented and personable singers kept the audience enthralled with their rich and powerful harmonies as, in most cases without any instrumental accompaniment, they told us stories of ships that had foundered - and of women who had suffered the same fate.
Anyone who watches these lads play their gigs will already be aware that Kimber’s Men are something more than a shanty group; They offer an incredible sound, integrity and knowledge of the subject. Again it is with this arsenel of experience and splendour that they skillfully create the diversity within the album.
The second set was started by John Bromley’s unaccompanied ‘Old Man River’, whilst ‘No More Auction Block’ and Willie Johnson’s ‘God Moves on the Water’ was a showcase of gospel intensity and chilling tonality, whilst a beautifully moving ‘Shenandoah’ was a musical highlight for many people in the audience, who’s rousing reception throughout the evening was a testament to the group’s musicianship and well developed stage-craft.