Lynval Golding

Founding member of The Specials

He wrote key songs for The Specials including Do Nothing and Why and has also appeared on recordings by The Pogues, Robert Wyatt, The Soup Dragons and Pama International. Lynval was instrumental in the reformation of The Specials in 2008. He is very much committed to his role as Patron for The Specialized Project and provides a huge amount of encouragement and support for all the projects we take on.
Lynval and his family moved from Jamaica to Gloucester, before moving to Coventry when he was eighteen. He is best known as a rhythm guitarist and vocalist with The Specials.

He went on to co-found the Fun Boy Three with Terry Hall and Neville Staple.[3] Recently he was touring with The Beat, a reunion version of another second wave ska band. He started a band in Seattle, Stiff Upper Lips which recently reformed as Gigantor.

In 2007 he appeared live at the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage with Lily Allen and fellow Specials / Fun Boy Three band member Terry Hall. He also played on the Park Stage, once again with Terry Hall and also Blur frontman Damon Albarn and beatboxer Shlomo, playing a version of The Specials hit “A Message To You, Rudy”.
Golding regularly tours the UK with Pama International, who have recorded three albums with his input on guitar. This band is signed to, an independent record label.

He continues to tour with The Specials when not performing with Gigantor around his new home in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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