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Carnival Friday hosted by Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues ft The Marching SKAletons &
August 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - August 28, 2021 @ 2:00 am£5
THE MARCHING SKALETONS
“brought back to life by the re-animating power of ska, the Marching SKAletons are a horn fuelled instrumental ska band weaving Jamaican classics with their own originals. Guaranteed to get you up and shaking your bones.”
The Marching SKAletons are a dynamic day of the dead themed ska instrumental band. We are led by a powerhouse horn section and play as a street band with marching drums or on stage with electric bass, guitars and kit. We perform 60s ska instrumental anthems by the likes of The Skatalites and Baba Brooks plus our own compositions. We have played a wide variety of large and small festivals including Glastonbury, and The Wickham Festival. In 2019 we performed on a sound stage at The Nottinghill Carnival, Brighton SKA train weekender and at Gaz’s Rockin Blues, Wickham festival and for Madness. We have run a regular ska night in Brighton and we love to create a carnival atmosphere wherever we play. This year we have played at the Art in The Age of Now at Fulham Town Hall and a sell-out night at The Spiegeltent as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.
DJ GAZ MAYALL
Gaz Mayall DJ’s and hosts London’s longest running one-nighter Gaz’s Rockin Blues. He occasionally plays live with his ska band The Trojans. He first began Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues in July 1980 after a few guest appearances at the Two-Tone club, Oxford Street in 1979.
The eldest son of Blues legend John Mayall, Gaz was raised on a musical diet of R&B and was dragged around every beat, pop & rock festival and venues throughout the sixties as a child. First becoming a lifelong fan of reggae as a kid on the football terraces in the skin head era circa 1968-72.
Gaz began collecting records aged 17, bulk buying cheap reggae and ska collections down street markets such as Portbello road and Brick Lane at a time when it seemed no one wanted them.
Also a great fan of boogie woogie, rock’n’roll, traditional Irish music, funk and world music, Gaz, heavily influenced by a family friend, Radio One DJ and blues musician Alexis Korner, pursued his love of music in earnest and now has a world famous collection of predominantly black dance music ranging from the first tribal drum beats to the latest drum&bass.
DJ BABY SOUL
Swedish born Elinor Fahrman, aka Baby Soul, has lived in London since 1996 and DJ’s every Thursday at Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues in Soho, London and regularly at the Chiltern Firehouse. She specializes in 40’s, 50’s and 60’s music ranging from soul, blues, rhythm and blues, funk, rock’n’roll, ska, rocksteady and calypso to country, rockabilly and gospel, all on 7” singles. She ran her own nightclub for three years called the Honky Tonk at the Notting Hill Arts Club in West London.