Here is what you'll be treated to on Saturday 9th November at The Big One
King Hammond & the Rude Boy Mafia
Long time Specialized supporter, King Hammond (AKA Grammy award winning musician Nick Welsh). In a 4 decade career in Ska & Reggae music Nick has worked with Bad Manners, The Selecter, Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Rico Rodriguez, Dave Barker, Judge Dread, Susan Cadogan & in 2002 won a Grammy award for his work on the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry album “Jamaican ET”. He has also fronted his own groups Big 5 & Skaville UK. When Nick is not performing with his current band The Rude Boy Mafia you can find him onstage in his one man acoustic show “The Life & Times Of A Ska Man”.
Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels
After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers is stepping away from the side of the stage as the Specials’ lead guitarist and into the center spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of his newest and best musical endeavor, The Skabilly Rebels.
Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with the Specials back in the 80s – a fusion of the driving rhythm of Ska and the gritty, hard edge of Rockabilly, also known as “Skabilly.” With the Skabilly Rebel’s debut album, BLUES ATTACK!, Byers and his boys Joe Harcourt (2nd guitar), Lee Pratt (drums), Connor O’Connor (bass), and Adrian R Lee(Sax) bring this sound screaming into beautiful reality, spanning a variety of sonic flavors from the cajun-edged “Black Zodiac,” to the breezy-ska of “Desire,” to the roots-rock flow of “Judgement Day,” to the blues anthem “Another Rusty Nail.” The unique vibe behind each Byers-penned original tune is tied together by that Skabilly heart and soul that flows through Byers’ vagabond voice and shredding guitar licks.
Each song’s rocksteady beat, vocal twang, and rocking riff takes the listener on a thrilling adventure of teenage angst, crazy weekends, long-lost love, cheating hearts, sudden death, and a deep longing for that which a simple department store window is holding back. The subject matter in the 16 tracks is diverse enough to leave any and all listeners able to find a piece of themselves in Byers’ lyrics.
J. Navarro & the Traitors
J. Navarro & the Traitors began as a conversation between Jay Navarro (The Suicide Machines, Break Anchor, Hellmouth) and Eric Abbey (1592) about music that they had always played and never played together. From sharing the stage together in the early 1990s and 2000s they wanted to write and play music that they loved. So they took the idea and started writing, focusing on the reggae and Two-Tone sound that had been missing from the Detroit scene. With four songs written they needed a band. Together they ran down the list of musicians they knew and found the best ones for the job. Ken Haas (Polka Floyd, Reverend Guitars), joined on lead guitar, Scott Vesey (Trace the Veins) joined up on bass, Jason Millbauer (Bad Assets) joined in on drums, and Steve Kachnowski (Telegraph) joined on trombone. Together they created the type of music that Navarro and Abbey heard in their heads and the band was born. A collection of songs that showcases the feeling of Detroit and the struggles going on throughout the world are showcased on their debut release
The Feckin Ejits
The Feckin Ejits are the second coming of the original band, who were formed in Aylesbury in the early 80’s and built up big and dedicated following. They blasted their way around the UK for a few years before moving on to different projects.
The Feckin Ejits reformed in January 2014, following the untimely death in 2013 from that bastard, cancer, of original guitarist Alex Morison. The initial line-up was frontman Aidan Stirling and guitarist Neil Ledbury, both from the original 80’s incarnation. They were joined by long-time fan of the band, Ian Coe, on drums, Jez Scott on rhythm guitar and Dan Goodger on bass. A new song – Reunion Song – was written for The Great Skinhead Reunion (that band’s first proper gig after a small warmup) and was recorded (at SoundArc Studios) and a video filmed (by Mini Mammoth) for release as a single, with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The band remain both extremely proud and profoundly stunned that this reached #3 in the iTunes video chart, being knocked off the podium by Michael Jackson (A song about the plastic-faced paedo is now a firm favourite in the regular set). Also recorded in 2014 was a version of the Madness song, “Cardiac Arrest”, for inclusion on “Mad Not Cancer”; the third in an annual series of Specialized’s cover albums that focus on the work of one band or artist. Specialized is the Teenage Cancer Trust’s musical arm and The Feckin Ejits are proud to support this incredible charity’s work at gigs, festivals and in the studio. An album followed in early 2015, again recorded at SoundArc, and was financed by crowdfunding. This sold out in a very short time and in true Ejit form they keep failing to get their arses into gear to re-release it…but it’s available on iTunes so if you really want it (you know you do) you can get it there.
Captain Accident & The Disasters
Captain Accident is a reggae/ska/soul artist who creates a unique blend of soulful lovers rock, roots reggae, ska, dub and rocksteady at his home studio in Cardiff. This sound is then brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as “The Disasters” although in reality, they are far from disasters! The energetic live show is guaranteed to get people up and dancing. With soulful vocals, soaring twin guitars and a truly infectious groove, there’s no standing still when Captain Accident and his clumsy sidekicks hit the stage.
Big Fat Panda
True Specialized stalwarts, Big Fat Panda are the larger than life skanking force of Edinburgh. The debut album It’s Oot remains the best Specialized Records best selling album since it’s release four years ago. Big Fat Panda promise you a good time with a mixed set of original songs and stomping covers.
An all female six piece ska and reggae band from Dublin, covering some of your favourite classic ska tunes and their own mind blowing originals. They’re now building on a string of successful festival performances in the UK and released the debut single Back In The Day earlier this year
Mark Loveridge founded the Corsairs in 1992. Within three years they became a very popular Punkabilly band and in December 2000 they recorded the CD “Under The Covers”. The album on rockstar was produced by, Big Jim Sulivan who played guitar for Elvis in the 70s and with Jimmy page. He also played on three of the tracks of the album. The Corsairs have performed live at thousands of shows to date. “Between the Sheets” was recorded early 2003 and in 2005 the CD ” The Man In Black”was released, they then followed this with two albums in 2006. “Live at The Apollo Theatre in Oxford” and “Done in a Day”. 2008 they produced “English Rose” and their latest album “whats my age now??” featuring a lot off their own material was released in 2011.They are signed to Foottapping records.
Also appearing for the aftershow in the main hall are The Skapones
A band that can boost number one singles in the I-Tunes reggae chart and a recent successful American tour The Skapones of shared the stage with some of Skas biggest names including The Specials, Bad Manners, The Toasters, Vin Gordonand Dennis Alcapone, The new single When It’s Gone It’s Gone is out now.
Appearing in the lounge are Sash & Chuzz from Cartoon Violence with a more laid-back duo National Milk Bar followed by the incredible vocal talent of Eloise Berry who also records under the name Addison