Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Best of Regae at Town Hall

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Best of Regae at Town Hall

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GATESHEAD'S Old TownT Hall stages a show tonight by the band frequently touted as the best reggae outfit in the UK, Misty In Roots.

MIR formed in Southall, London, back in the mid-70s and initially acted as backing band for Jamaican singer Nicky Thomas, who had an international hit with Love Of The Common People.

Thomas died in 1990. The band, which at the outset contained the three Tyson brothers, was T in no rush to record, waiting nigh on four years to release their debut record, Live At The A Counter Eurovision '79.

Along with Steel Pulse and Aswad, MIR maintained their popularity by the usual means of regular touring rather than annual album releases. Nevertheless, their eight albums have received both critical and popular acclaim despite a mid-career hiatus during the 90s.

The band decided to resurrect their touring/ recording schedule in 2002 and have toured internationally since then. As standard- bearers both for their west London community and the roots-reggae sub-genre, with spirituality, pride, social affairs to the fore, MIR has continued to engage with like-minded younger musicians.

Poko (Walford Tyson) and T Duxie (Delvin Tyson) provide the link back to their formative T years when they, having arrived here from St Kitts, basically learned as they worked.

Tomorrow night, the Cluny hosts U T S bluesrock guitarist Ryan McGarvey and his band. He is 28, from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is making his second tour of the UK after last year's debut stint. McGarvey has received numerous commendations from the press in his hometown and local area but broke through on a national level last year when he was voted Best New Talent by the renowned Guitar Player T Magazine.

Prior to that, his exploits had brought him to the attention of Eric Clapton who chose McGarvey, from what must be a crowded field, to play at his 2010 Crossroads festival in Chicago. …

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