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Federation of the Disco Pimp in full flow at the Lerwick Legion on Friday night. Photo: Chris Brown

THE LERWICK Legion dance floor was thronging on Friday night as revellers got their funk on to the mighty sound of the Federation of the Disco Pimp.

The seven piece group came to Shetland boasting an impressive pedigree, billed as “the best backing band James Brown never had”, and the sell-out audience was certainly not disappointed by their highly energetic live set.

Building in elements of funk, disco and jazz, the Glasgow collective soon had the floor packed to the gunnels as the crowd located their dancing shoes and demonstrated what must have been some of the funkiest moves ever seen in the islands.

Earlier in the night local group Troppo Funk had warmed the crowd up nicely for what was to follow, receiving a rapturous response on what was their first show together since last summer.

Troppo Funk back on stage together. From left: Joe Watt, Norman Willmore and Hayden Hook. Photo: Chris Brown

Local DJ Lyall Halcrow, who was promoting the show, also performed a DJ set along with drummer Murray Arthur.

He told Shetland News it had been a night of funk “the likes I had never seen in Shetland before, and the audience lapped up every groove and every spellbinding solo”.

“I think that Friday night showed that Shetland has a true thirst for funk. Federation of the Disco Pimp are one of the tightest, slickest bands on the scene and their quality shone through to a pinned dance floor for their entire set.”

Halcrow added: “It was also fantastic to see Troppo Funk return to the Legion stage after a year without playing together and it was genuinely heart-warming to hear the crowd ‘singing along’ to their now classic cover of ‘Aladdin’ by Soulive.

“On the back of this gig I hope to bring more funk to the dance floors of Shetland. The Federation of the Disco Pimp boys had a great time up here and I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again. Watch this space!”

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