Here is what you'll be treated to on Sunday 10th November at The Big One
Matumbi were one of the top British reggae bands of the 1970s and early 1980s, and are best known as the first successful band of guitarist and record producer Dennis Bovell.
Matumbi formed in 1971 in South London, with a line-up of Ted Dixon (vocals), Euton Jones (drums), Dennis Bovell (guitar), Errol Pottinger (guitar), Eaton “Jah” Blake (bass guitar) Bevin Fagan (vocals), and Nicholas Bailey (vocals, later better known as Nick Straker).In the early 1970s they acted as a backing band to touring Jamaican musicians. In 1973, they opened for The Wailers at the Ethiopian famine relief concert in Edmonton, where much to their embarrassment they went down better than the headliners, Bovell later saying: “The press thought we were much better, and we felt terrible because they were our heroes.” They signed to Trojan Records, and had a major breakthrough in 1976, when their version of Bob Dylan’s “Man in Me” became the biggest-selling UK reggae single that year.
With a delicate voice that shimmers between childlike innocence and smoldering sexuality, Susan Cadogan’s vocals were the perfect expression of lovers rock. Surprisingly, she never intended to sing professionally, and thus her music career has been sporadic, but such was her talent, that Cadogan was crowned the Queen of Lovers Rock.
The Silencerz are a ska/reggae big band made up of 9 North London musicians, occasionally performing with Lee Thompson, renowned ‘Madness’ saxophonist as special guest.
Rampaging out of the West Country critically acclaimed BRITSKA band The Communicators perform to sell out audiences all over the UK playing their own blend of harmonious, but stomping brass drenched SKA tunes.
Meeting at music college in Brighton, this young band have pulled together so many influences, to take a classic ska rhythm into the 21st century. They blend London grime, with an established Jamaican dance, sprinkled with indie rock guitar and catchy choruses to give this band a truly fresh and new sound. Clara Byrne’s mesmerising lead vocal cuts through like a wave of emotion, her lyrical content straight from the soul, with serious social issues explored through dramatic delivery.
A eight-piece band, with a strong rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and keys accompanied by a lively brass section of saxophone, trumpet. Performing original, unique songs and a few covers, with an energetic reggae/ska vibe which guarantee to entertain the crowd. The first single, 2014’s ‘Who’s the Daddy’ was a roaring success. We produced an uplifting reggae/ska vibe which really put a smile on your face and a spring in your dance step. The debut album ‘Long Way Home Album’ had an amazing response and great feedback. With thirteen original songs, we feel ‘Long Way Home’ delivers where it matters most and touches on life, love and sadness with that unique element of Reggaskas fun. Their album is available now to buy direct from their website or for all major online stores. The Reggaskas are making some big waves and definitely a band to see.
A six-piece reggae and hip-hop influenced punk band from Birmingham. Lobster have been together for about seven years now, honing their sound and plugging away, playing regular gigs in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area, as well as various excursions to other UK cities..
They’ve released 5 DIY EPs and a single, with the most recent demo released just recently on the 28th October, for which they threw a big release party at the club night (“Lobster Shack”) they run every three months or so at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
The Smokestack Shakers
The Smokestack Shakers are led by Johnny R on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Johnny was raised on the punk and reggae of the 70’s & 80’s but heavily influenced by rhythm & blues and authentic rock ‘n’ roll. Johnny R’s musical career has placed him playing and recording with and alongside bands such as ‘The Three Johns’, John Peel favourites ‘Serious Drinking’, ‘The Jumping Jehosaphats’, ‘The Pioneers’ and ‘The Potato Five’. Recently Johnny has re-emerged in Bristol as part of the open mic scene, often found playing acoustic sets at Eddie Martin’s joint and other musical hotspots around the city, which led to the forming of The Smokestack Shakers in Autumn 2008
We’ll also be screen Lee Thompson’s excellent mockumentry ‘One Man’s Madness’ in which the band, friends, family and musicologists discuss his work, but strangely they all look a little like Lee.
Also appearing in the lounge are will be The Tonic Ska Choir . According to founder Steph Langan, Portsmouth may well have the only ska choir in the country. She says: ‘I’ve never come across another choir like it, and we’ve been inundated with messages from people asking for us to set up a ska choir in their area.’ The group is run by Leonie Tremain, a freelance vocalist, who admits the choir was ‘a bit of an experiment.’ She says: ‘We didn’t know how many people would come at the beginning. We started with 14 at our first session – now we have up to 40 coming.
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