Magnificent Oxford based seven piece combo playin’ authentic, swinging ska & shufflin’ rhythm n blues. Original sound and original tunes!
They have played such venues and events as the Jazz Cafe and Cargo (London), Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues and Dance La Ska Festival in Rennes (France). Championed by many including Dave Edwards (Trojan Box Set Compiler),Gaz Mayal, Steve Lamaqq and DJ Smiler/Rude News who describes them as
‘The best, most authentic ska ever played by white men’!
Influences on their sound, which mixes ska and rhythm n blues with a dash of soul and jazz include the Skatalites, Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Fats Domino, Huey Piano Smith, Rosco Gordon, James Brown and Ike Turner.
Their line up features the guitar playing, vocal and songwriting talents of the ubiquitous Sir Bald Diddley, the shufflin drums of Bash Brand (Milkshakes / Headcoats / Billy Childish / Link Wray / Holly Golightly), the trumpet of AJ (Intensified/ Laurel Aitken/ Dave Barker / Dennis Al Capone and Winston Francis) along with the double bass of ‘Later’ Ron McRobbie (previously of Sam Brown’s band) , Kid Wig on piano(who has played in bands with Mick of Supergrass!), the tenor sax of Johnny Loafer (Reading’s number one soul sax blower) and Napolean Trombonaparte on trombone (not suprisingly!!).
A night of authentic Jamaican-style Bluebeat and rhythm & blues is always assured.
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