Dance to the Rocksteady beat at the Trades

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Nick WelshNick Welsh was the creative force behind Two Tone legends The Selecter and he brings his new band Skaville UK to the Trades on Friday 11 December.

The Selecter had a string of Top 10 hit penned by Nick who produced their four best selling albums and then two CDs for the offshoot Selecter Acoustic. Nick is a much in demand bassist for hire as well as writing songs for Judge Dread, Rhoda Darka and Bad Manners.

In a strange twist of fate he is joined on this tour by Luis Alphonso who was the original guitarist in Bad Manners giving them the best Rocksteady pedigree off any ska act currently touring the UK.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday 10 December with a set of tremulous murder ballads and twisted rockabilly courtesy of rising star Christopher Rees who has just completed tours with Kirsten Hersh and The Handsome Family.

His new well-received album ‘The Devil’s Bridge' is driven by razor sharp banjo riffs, wailing harmonica and his trademark 50s twang guitar. Mojo said Christopher has a ‘spit and sawdust holler that’s as close to a Southern hellfire preacher as you can get coming from Cardiff.”

Dick GaughanIt wouldn’t be Christmas at the Trades without a visit from veteran folk firebrand Dick Gaughan who finishes his latest tour at the club on Saturday 12 December.

Dick was recently voted one of the top ten folk voices of the 20th century and has been dubbed the ‘Scottish Woody Guthrie’ for the depth, passion and political conviction of his music.

His incredible vocal range is capable of capturing the heart with a traditional ballad one minute and then a stirring anthem with an uncompromising commentary on social injustice the next. He likes the club so much he recorded his ‘Gaughan Live at the Trades Club’ on his last visit, which was the best selling folk album in Australia.

“You know it is Christmas in Hebden when the tree goes up in St Georges Square and Dick Gaughan plays the Trades so we’re excepting another sell out night for a musical and political legend,” Trades Club Spokesperson Paul Clarke told the Hebden Bridge Web.

“The Trades has always supported new acts and Christopher Rees comes to us with a huge reputation a live tour de force and Skaville UK are simply the best Ska band in the UK with string of huge hits in their repertoire.”

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