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The Skamonics are a London based jazz meets ska collective, playing a unique mix of authentic 60s ska, jazz, two-tone and completely unexpected covers. The band have been together since 2007 and have performed at London clubs, pubs and festivals - as well as many function gigs. A driving ska rhythm section provides a firm foundation for blazing horns and a female vocalist, blasting out a wide repertoire of ska favourites and tunes given a ska treatment for the very first time.

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Jazz Jamaica

In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, original Jazz Warrior, and veteran jazz double bassist, Gary Crosby turned a musical concept in to a joyful reality. Crosby's concept was to create a quintessential fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs. To achieve this, he gathered together a group of musicians drawn from the jazz and reggae circuits, each of whom is a distinguished musician in his own right. The result was Jazz Jamaica.

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Shanty Town

BAND 1; We could go and write a big paragraph trying to describe Shanty Town and what we are about. But when you get down to the nitty gritty of things Shanty Town are just four lads from Salford having a laugh doing what we enjoy doing! Which is playing our own music live and giving the audience a good night. If you like what we do, then nice one come with us, get on it and let the good times roll. If you don't then no problem you'll see the light soon enough .

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The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

Thirty five years ago, Lee Thompson introduced an entire generation to Ska music when Madness exploded from nowhere. Now, along with founder-member Mark Bedford, the two are moonlighting to introduce those authentic Ska and Reggae rhythms that burst out of Jamaica in the mid to late 1960’s to a whole new audience. Their debut album The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius was Recorded at The Ironworks Studio in Brighton and co-produced by Mike Pelanconi aka Prince Fatty (A Tribe Called Quest, Kula Shaker, Graham Coxon).

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The Simmertones

The Devon based 9 piece, consists of Rob Murphy Drums, Del Anning Bass, Keith Waller Sax, Rich Mills Trumpet, Ray Beavis Sax, Sam Smith Trombone, Jamie Stretch Watkin on Guitar, Tom Crowe on keys and the magical vocals of Glyn Wilcox. Most of these guys have played Ska together for decades!
The Simmertones have been together for two years now and have quickly become festival headliners; such as Plymouth’s Respect Festival, Kingsbridge Music Fest, Newt Beer Festival, as well as building a strong following across regular South West venues.

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Rico Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez (Rico, Reco, El Reco) (b. 1934) is a Jamaican trombonist. Born on 17th October 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, by the age of ten he had learnt to play the trombone from strict nuns. In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rasta, and became closely musically related to Rasta drummer Count Ossie. He recorded with many producers, including Prince Buster and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to Eng;and, where he continued to play in bands.

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