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Music, Fri 18 Jan 2019


Hilary- The Live Room


Caroline Street,
BD18 3JZ

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 13 Jan TLR- The Mammals (USA)
Fri 18 Jan TLR- The Sugaray Rayford Band (USA)
Fri 25 Jan TLR - Martyn Joseph
Fri 1 Feb Vishtèn
Fri 22 Feb David Ford


When Sugaray Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown.

Texas born Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his first-hand experience with hardship. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief. "She suffered, and we suffered," Rayford said. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

Sugaray has fronted his own band since 2010, called the Sugaray Rayford Band. This band is currently made up of world-class musicians who tour extensively internationally: Gino Matteo on guitar, Drake ‘Munkihaid’ Shining on keyboards, Alan Markel on bass, Lavell Jones on drums, and Allan Walker on sax.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 18 Jan 2019 19:00


Advance Full Price Ticket: £15.00
Advance Chorus Member Ticket: £13.00
11yrs-16yrs: £7.50



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