“Something of a funk colossus” Edinburgh’s Evening News


Review: The Ka-tet @ The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Wed 5th January 2011 (Sunday Mail, 9/1/11)

It was after midnight, there were few people about, and the guy manning the cash register had his head buried in a book. A bunch of scruffy, bored-looking men, meanwhile, stood onstage sipping drinks and fiddling with their instruments.

The atmosphere wasn’t exactly one of excited anticipation. But, fast forward just an hour and the place was positively jumping. Mike Kearney and his Ka-tet had just lifted the roof of the Jazz Bar with an onslaught of sleazy funk tunes that would give even Stevie Wonder goosebumps.

Dynamic, danceable, and dastardly catchy, it was literally impossible to stop your shoulders from wriggling and your feet from taking on a life of their own. Kearney shook his head in true Wonder fashion (sings a bit like him, too), the brass instruments blew their noses and the drummer was on more beats than the local policeman. In short, it was utterly funk-tastic. Deserving of a larger audience, if you want to get up on the good foot, check out Mike Kearney’s Ka-tet.

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Barry Gordon, Sunday Mail


  Dougie Coulter: Bass                    Jamie Graham: Drums            Tom Pickles: Saxophone        Matthew Hawke: Trombone



Charles Dearness: Trumpet    Calum MacIntyre: Percussion         Andy Chisholm: Guitar                  Jed Potts: Guitar




The Ka-tet is the brain-child of singer-songwriter Mike Kearney. The synthesis of soul-stretching vocals, intricate composition, pounding groove, Kung Fu Conducting and a monstrous horn section to boot, puts the 8-piece in a class of its own.

Solid friends, and all familiar faces on the Edinburgh music scene, the Ka-tet have come together every week for four years now to play their residency at the city’s prestigious Jazz Bar. The longevity of this gig is the proof of their success. The night has only gone from strength to strength, the Ka-tet consistently pulling an intimate midweek crowd onto the dancefloor to stretch their soul and their legs with their thinking man’s funk.

With two albums already under their belt, their 2009 debut Leitmotif Man, and its 2011 follow up Philosophika, the Ka-tet is working hard on a set of EPs due for release in the Spring of 2013. The plans are underway for a third album which promises to push the band to the next level once again. Until then they are more than happy to entertain the ever growing Edinburgh funk scene in the belly of its underground dungeon.