The Sensational HIT Soul Band evolved from an impromptu performance in 2003 by Pat O’Hare, Robi Hämmig and Jimmy Dorabjee in Melbourne, Australia. Encouraged by friends, they did a few blues numbers with Pat on vocals and harmonica and Robi and Jimmy on guitars. They were subsequently joined by Harry Shapiro on drums and Damon Brogan on bass with Pat on vocal and sax, and the Harm Reduction All Stars were born. They played in Belfast in 2005; at the famous Commodore Theater in Vancouver in 2006; Fabryka Trzciny in Warsaw and The Cavern Club, Liverpool in 2007; Razzamataz in Barcelona in 2008; and the PanAm Bar in Liverpool in 2010. In 2011 they added a horn section, renamed themselves The Sensational HIT Soul Band, and concentrated on soul music.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US.
"This band is brilliant" - Peter Hooton, The Farm
"You murdered my song - only jokin'" - Dave McCabe of the Zutons after listening to us play Valerie
"HIT after sensational HIT! The band stride effortlessly through the classics with a few newer gems given the Soul treatment too" - Jules at Sound Food and Drink
"These are brilliant. I would pay big money to watch them....you know, on a big stage" - audience member at Sound on Facebook
"Oh Deffo these were amazing at Sound Food & Drink" - audience member
"Its a really great band" - Manuel Salvador, ProduccionesPlayOn, Malaga, Spain
"I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for playing at our wedding on Sat 19th May. Apologies I didn’t get a chance to meet all of you or chat more – I was having so much fun dancing!
All our guests loved the music and you all were really impressive musicians, please pass on our thanks to the whole Sensational Hit Soul Band! Me and my partner both wish we could have same scale events more often to have you play there again! But maybe we will visit your other gigs someday in the future!"
"i’d probably go as far as saying the greatest band to play Stamps' - Richard McGlaughlin, audience member at Stamps.
"Great show last night.So good that we waited until the end of “My Old School” (fantastic brass and blistering guitar) and missed the last train home.😝Worth the taxi fare though." Michael Lisle.