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Serving up a funk cocktail that's freshly squeezed

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Fabulous Westcountry funkmeisters Freshly Squeezed provide the live sounds for the return of Jelly Jazz at Plymouth's Vauxhall Quay on Wednesday night.

The band features some fine musicians producing tunes so groove-laden it's impossible not to dance.

Founder member and guitarist Alik Peters-Deacon started the band in the third year of his music degree course at Chichester along with big-haired sax man Dan Hillman, in order to enter a Battle of the Bands competition. Such was the buzz when they won that the entire band relocated to Cornwall to live in a chalet above Whitsand beach.

"I'd previously played in a band called Stag," says Alik of the teen sensations who had made a name for themselves on the local festival and party circuit. "I borrowed Stag's set list and contacts and reformed the band with a different line-up!"

It was a great starting point for Freshly Squeezed which gradually evolved into its present line-up, jettisoning the covers for self-penned original material as appropriate. Current members, as well as Alik and Dan, include bass player producer Antonio, award-winning trumpet player and brass band composer Simon Dobson and jazz drummer Barnaby Ray.

"I persuaded Trip Hazard, aka Jay, to move down here from Leeds to play in the band," says Alik, "and then we have our front man Myron, originally lead singer with reggae band 007 plus MC Vegas."

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