Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Returning to Ska's Roots; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has Exclusive News on This Year's Boss Sounds Music Festival

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Returning to Ska's Roots; Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has Exclusive News on This Year's Boss Sounds Music Festival

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Byline: GORDON BARR

ONE of the UK's greatest festivals of ska and reggae, Boss Sounds, returns to Newcastle and Gateshead in October.

Today I can announce that Madness greats Lee Thompson and Mark Bedford will join a host of Jamaica's finest, including Dennis Alcapone, Dawn Penn and Winston Francis and Owen Gray at the University of Northumbria.

Lee and Mark have formed Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra who have quickly become one of the UK's hottest ska outfits.

Their Boss Sounds show, on October 29, will be their North East debut and it is eagerly-awaited by fans of Madness and ska music.

Madness, of course, are one of ska music's biggest names, famed for their UK chart hits throughout the 80s.

This project sees the boys return to their roots in Jamaican ska music which was originally popularised by artists such as Prince Buster, to whom they dedicated their hit The Prince.

The 12-piece features a full horn section and has been likened by fans as akin to seeing Madness in their early 2 Tone days.

They have also been likened to the Skatalites, who, of course, headlined the first Boss Sounds Festival way back in 2005.

The Nutty Boys will be joined by a host of reggae and ska music's greatest living artists.

Dennis Alcapone is one of reggae musics originators, one of the first artists to "toast" or rap over songs he was a major influence on the US hip hop scene who copied his trademark style of talking over records.

He cut seminal versions of songs such as Cherry Oh Baby later popularised by UB40 among many others. Many will remember Alcapone's show-stealing gig at the 2009 Boss Sounds Festival when he took to the stage resplendent in white suit and red bowler hat.

Alcapone will be joined on stage by the great Winston Reedy, former singer with the UK's first reggae band, the Cimarons. …

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