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Upcoming Events

Private Gig
CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street
CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge
CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge
CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street

About the Band

The Band

Cath Coombs – Lead Vocal
Alex Jenner, Rosa Wright – Backing Vocals
Pete Newman – Tenor saxophone
Joe Cole – Keyboards
Tom Bainbridge – Guitar
Fabian Bonner - Bass
Oscar Reynolds/Ian Griffith - Drums

Playing some of the less predictable song choices from the genre as well as some of the well loved, well known stonkers. (Have a listen to our audio page!). Available for private hire for your wedding, party or social function.

Influences include Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Bill Withers, Allen Toussaint, The Pointer Sisters, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dr John, Beth Hart.

Along with extensive UK and international work, previous festival locations played between us include Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Cambridge, Montreal Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Available for private hire.



"The clue is in the name. Transmitting soulful vibrations to the hearts of their listeners, Cath Coombs and The Awesome Soul Collective's riveting live performance transcends both trends and demographics alike. Delivering heartfelt rhythm and soul to a cult-like base of loyal fans, their mission echos the champions of soul on both sides of the Atlantic. Simply not to be missed. They’re also amazing people to work with. Very professional and cool vibe."

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"Cath Coombs and the Awesome Soul Collective create an electrifying atmosphere that moves you in your soul. Real music, full of meaning, delivered with passion!"

Joseph Barsouna, CB2 Bistro.


"A massive THANK YOU to you all. You totally rocked and made the night for us. Totally and utterly awesome! We really had the best time and we couldn't have done it without you. I will be recommending you to everyone!"

Jo. (Client).


"Always a pleasure to work with such a professional and great sounding band."

Dave Hackshaw, YPL Events


"This band get everything right... The song choice is perfect, Cath's voice is incredible, and the band are just about as tight as they could be without beginning to fold in on themselves. You can tell they are having a great time playing together, and that joy is absolutely infectious. Guaranteed to get everybody in the crowd dancing, smiling, and cheering for more."

Will Bailey (client)


"Cath Coombs – a really really fab singer and a really great girl!"

Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire


"Cath and the truly Awesome Soul Collective created an atmosphere of celebration and joy at our party which got everyone dancing and having a great time - I really recommend them!"

Jo Lyall (Client)


“Cath Coombs and the Awesome Soul Collective were great – the highlight of the day.”

Clare Hayes, The Big Weekend, Cambridge City Council


"Cath Coombs is one of the finest jazz singers I have heard. Her combination of power, soul and subtlety would be enough on their own, but when you add her technique, stage show and personality to the equation you have a presence that would benefit any occasion. I wouldn't hesitate to personally recommend her and the musicians she plays with to anyone - she even has a down to earth professional attitude which is alarmingly rare - making her really easy to work with too!"

Mark Russell, 'Maha Music Services'


"If anyone can get people dancing it is the gorgeous Cath! A compellingly strong performer producing great music for different moods with an audaciously husky vocal. Cath has an innate and infectious feel for rhythm, her qualities call for attention and lots of dancing if the mood is right. She has performed at two parties for me and both times she was outstanding and made them memorable."

George Eccles, Cambridge


"We were thrilled to have Cath play at our wedding. The music was brilliant and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Cath was really helpful when we were choosing the set-list and offered advice and suggestions to tailor the set to what we wanted (a mixture of old and new songs). A thoroughly professional musician and singer with a great, friendly rapport with her audience. Highly recommended."

Dawn Bainbridge, Cambs


"Cath Coombs was amazing. A lot of singers can bellow out the hard stuff but don't possess the subtlety or range to get things smoother, but Cath Coombs was consistently brilliant."

John Adams, Norwich


"It was difficult to know where to go to find a band which would do justice to our summer garden party event which we had thought about for so long. Cath's band turned out to be the perfect choice as their performance and their professionalism was superb throughout. The musicians were all clearly highly accomplished and matched with Cath's quality vocals it provided us all with truly great entertainment. The jazz during the early evening session was the perfect accompaniment for when our guests were chatting and dining. During the later session the band upped the tempo and within moments the dance floor was packed, the energy was high and remained that way for the entire evening!"

Julie Bowen, Suffolk


"A live band really brings a party to life, and Cath Coombs and her band certainly did that with great style. Cath was looking and sounding stunning, of course, and her band of young guys just the part. But best of all was the way their performance got everyone bopping and jiving away late in to the night, and some who hadn't danced like that for years. It's quite something to make the effort to have a big party and with old friends coming a long way you want it to be really special. Cath and her band played a major part in making it a night I shall always remember."

William, Cambridge