Nick Welsh: Life & Times of a Ska Man
I Met Her At A Ballroom Gig She Said My Braces Were Too Big
Before reggae there was ska – originating in Jamaica in the late 1950s and still a major music genre. Garry’s guest tonight is Nick Welsh – one of the busiest and most prolific ska musicians of all time – it’s fair to say that much of the ska music that has been produced and performed in the UK over the last few decades has Nick’s fingerprints on it somewhere.
He’s worked with and produced A-list artists such as Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Dave Barker, Rico Rodrigues, and Judge Dread as well as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with whom he worked on the Grammy Award winning album Jamaican ET. He has also been the bassist and songwriter in Bad Manners and The Selecter (helping to shepherd both band’s post 2-Tone careers – he wrote Skaville UK).
A great show full of fabulous music… and the kind of full-disclosure interview you won’t find on any other station!
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