The Candidates


Taking their lead from the great funk and soul sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, The Candidates continue to enhance their reputation as an exciting and charismatic live band.

Over the past 3 years The Candidates have made a name for themselves with acclaimed slots at Electric Picnic, The Cork Jazz Festival, Castlepalooza, Life Festival, Knockanstockan as well as dozens of high profile gigs for arts festivals, colleges and businesses.

As well as this, The Candidates have supported some top international funk acts such as The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Breakestra, The Soul Jazz Orchestra and Kings Go Forth.


Andy McGill Coggin (Percussion)

Ciarán Duffy (Tenor Sax)

Fiona McHugh (Trumpet)

Kevin Foran (Trumpet)

Graham Heaney (Bass)

Mark Leddy (Guitar, Vocals)

Ruth Kennington (Keys, Vocals)

Patrick Cassidy (Alto Sax)

Alison Reynolds (Tenor Sax)

Tim Higgins (Drums)