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MUMBO-JUMBO are a close-harmony, eclectic, semi-acoustic piano-led wonder, Mumbo-Jumbo returns to the Theatre on the Steps, bringing together three top Midlands singer/songwriters to produce an ‘Eclectic Acoustic’ sound that is all their own at festivals, theatres and blues, folk and acoustic clubs across the country.

DAVE ONIONS -Rootsy singer songwriter with a distinctive percussive guitar style. Dave uses guitars and mandolins to create the ‘Onions’ sound on songs of world issues, loves lost and gained interwoven with ‘frivolity’.



Mumbo-Jumbo's  new CD 'Sonic Gumbo' launched in March 2016 is getting lots of airplay and reviews, and the first CD ’Life of Riley’ has sold well over the last few years.

Twice nominated in the British Blues Awards (2016 and 2012) the trio has been recognised in both the Best Original Song/Songwriters and performance categories.

The trio, Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond, all established lead vocalists combine to also produce strong complex tight harmonies. Add to this the nine instruments they play between them and you have an evening of wide ranging musical textures, sounds and flavours, excellent musicianship and strong songwriting.

Mumbo-Jumbo’s recent schedule included blues, folk and jazz festivals showing the bands range and eclectic appeal. It included the Great British R&B Festival,

Birmingham Jazz, Upton Blues, Bromsgrove Folk, Ealing Blues, Monmouth Music, Blues at The Fold, Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music, Tenbury Blues and Upton Folk.


Described as;

“The musicianship is unsurpassable, and the songwriting is excellent.”

Blues in Britain magazine


"The hugely entertaining Mumbo-Jumbo have that rare knack of making you their best friend as soon as they hit a note. We got uke, accordion, trumpet, kazoo and beatbox alongside some terrific guitar, piano and smart vocal harmonies. These guys do everything from boogie to mad singalong via tex-mex and Tom Waits. Everyone fell in love with them!”

John ‘The Hat’ Mann – Blues Blogger and Radio Presenter


Mumbo-Jumbo features

Oliver Carpenter - Vocals, Trumpet and Percussion

Oliver’s vocal variety and general good humour front Mumbo-Jumbo. Recently

described as “The nearest singer to Tom Waits that we have,” by Blues in Britain magazine.


Chris Lomas – Vocals, Bass, Ukelele and Guitar

Chris is the epitome of a professional blues musician, and a familiar face backing Tommy Allen, Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton, The Mighty Houserockers and top US

bluesmen on tour.


Phil Bond - Vocals, Piano and Accordion

Phil has also been a pro musician for many years, playing with all and sundry around Birmingham, including The Dylan Project with Steve Gibbons, Dave Carroll, and many, many others.









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