‘A Night of Ska & Reggae’ saw the Reggaskas launch and perform their debut album, Long Way Home, in what was a fantastic evening of music in the Live Garden at The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot.
With Support from local blues reggae fusion trio, Datura and reggae producer, The Riviera Rockers, the eight piece band showcased their new material to a packed out venue of avid ska fans, entertaining the crowd with a medley of unique and original songs.
After a soulful blues performance from Datura, the Reggaskas took to the Live Garden stage with an audience brimming with eagerness to hear the new album performed live for the very first time.
The band opened the show with the album titled track ‘Long Way Home’, before getting the crowd grooving along to other songs such as the band’s first single, the 2014 hit, ‘Who’s the daddy’ as well as ‘Mr Trumpet’ and ‘On a Mission’. The set was also littered with a number of reggae and ska classics. Beat International’s ‘Dub be Good to Me’ and Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ were among the covers as well as The Specials’ classic, ‘A Message to you Rudy’, all of which had the Newton Abbot crowd in voice, providing the backing vocals to what was an exceptionally powerful performance from young singer Lizy Eames.
The band was founded by the hugely experienced reggae/ska duo of Bourne brothers, Mike and Steve, who’s passion for great music has seen them master the Devon music scene through previous bands such as local favourites Too Hot. The ambition of the brothers was to combine their musical prowess with the soulful talent of Lizy Eames, and the show at the Jolly Farmer was a chance to showcase all the hard work that has gone into achieving the brother’s aim.
The result was a blend of excellent musicianship coupled with exciting raw talent. Every song was driven by a strong rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and keys accompanied by a lively brass section of Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone. The crowd received the new material with open arms, singing along and dancing from start to finish.
Band founder and saxophonist Mike commented on the success of the album launch party:
The night was a huge success with people sharing their thoughts on the band’s Facebook page:
“Great night watching the Reggaskas at their album launch! What a band!” (Jamie Watkin)
The Reggaskas return to the Jolly Farmer for the venue’s annual charity festival; JollyStock, alongside other acts Datura, Just Muz, The Simmertones and many more. The festival takes place from August 26th-28th.