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First him play ska then him run them big hitters
With breakneck speed he downs 10 pints of bitter…

DJ DEREK
DJ Derek is not the standard turntable spinner: he used to be an accountant, has a major cardigan habit and is now 69 years young! Derek started his love affair with music in the 1950′s as a washboard player in a skiffle band, before taking up the drums. Realising his taste was contrary to popular music and not enjoying the “wishy washy rock ‘n’ roll” of that era, he turned to the R&B sounds coming out of black America.

In the thirty-odd years that followed, Derek not only packed up the drums and saw the end of his accountancy career at a chocolate factory, but took the bizarre step to become DJ Derek. Influenced bythe influx of Caribbean immigrants to his native Bristol, he began to explore the “Sweet Memory Sounds” of ska and reggae. Since then whether satisfying large crowds around the world or punters at a back street St Pauls pub, DJ Derek has continued to blow away audiences with his unique selections.

His blend of reggae, dub and ska has made him an icon for many in the industry, including a host of Jamaican producers and Massive Attack. This ska and reggae maestro creates an unusual act – a middle aged white man in a suit and tie who MCs in Jamaican patois and has an incredible collection of 35,000 reggae, ska and dancehall tracks all transferred from vinyl to minidisc.

THE ERIN BARDWELL COLLECTIVE
The Erin Bardwell Collective play proper, authentic ska, rocksteady and early reggae and have collaborated with a myriad of legendary acts, from the fabled Studio One engineer Sylvan Morris to The Selecter’s Neol Davies. The band have delighted audiences all over Europe and even recorded at Byron Lee’s studio in Jamaica. Onstage 11pm sharp – not to be missed!

COUNT SKYLARKIN
More bounce from The Count, ready to rock The Cellar once more after a summer schedule that saw him play no fewer than 13 major music festivals.

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Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 4th November at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
10pm-3am | £5 advance/door

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STAY IN FOR FREE IF YOU BUY A TICKET FOR INTRODUCING PLAY MR SCRUFF BEFOREHAND
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Dub Of A Preacherman

Here’s a little sneak preview of my debut 7″ for Resense Records, out next month:

…and the b-side…

Stay tuned.

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