Irie Yo-Yo are a Ska/Reggae band based in Edinburgh. Debuted on the Edinburgh music scene on the 3rd of May 2015 at the Edinburgh food festival and since then they have been gigging non stop at venues such as Mash House, Cabaret Voltaire, Stramash!, The Cowshed, Studio 24, Malone's and various others. During August 2015 and 2016 Irie secured multiple residencies and played over twenty gigs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Irie consists of seven members: first up on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, James Flynn, who brings the soulful sound of reggae with his captivating vocals and foot stomping guitar hooks; second up on bass, Oliver Sentance giving you those slick, groovey bass lines; then there's the brass section who bring Irie alive! On trumpet is Phil Ramsay, the ska man himself who is no stranger to getting the party bouncing; playing saxophone/vocals is the wonderful Hebe James, bringing you some sweet, mesmerising reggae vibes and harmonies to warm any heart. Then we have the wonderful Paulo Riddle with his famous congas on percussion, giving you that beat fuelled reggae/ska beat. now we can't forget our lovely Ben Trolley on keys giving you that rhythmic sound from his wonderful keyboard and last but not least, in the rear with the gear, is the very talented drummer/vocalist 'Beat Master' Peter Farrugia, bringing the backbone and yet even more feel good vocal harmonies to Irie, a true drumming force of nature. With inspiration from artists such as Desmond Dekker, Max Romeo, The Specials, Manu Chao and Gentleman, Irie Yo-Yo has developed a very full and soulful ska sound. From the 4 part vocal harmonies, to the succulent sound of the brass section this band is right where it needs to be.
So keep an eye out for Irie Yo-Yo in the future and get yourself along for a night you're not going to forget in a hurry! Shabba.
Spring Break are a vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. The understated yet exacting playing of musical director Ben Hesling is expertly crafted and instantly absorbed, whilst the powerful control of Emily Mackinnon’s vocals is grippingly emotive, yet embossed in subtlety. Butterscotch’s painstaking personal raps pepper the songs with a graceful intensity amidst a smattering of turntablism. All the while production mastermind Thelonious Rumpus oversees the proceedings atop his plush dental throne, with a broad technical expertise and cask conditioned understanding of music.
They are a party at its most outrageous and ridiculous. Like a Dean Martin and Kenny Rogers hybrid with the DNA of Bob Marley and Neil Diamond on mushrooms! Their live show has included crowdsailing in a rubber dinghy, crowdsurfing on inflatable alligators, laughter yoga, hug-offs, dance-offs in a giant hay bird nest, singalongs about dancing in gay discos and being heartbroken by ginger people, line dancing and high 5ing to the beats. Always expect the unexpected when the Dijon 5 come to town! The audience are an integral part of the band. They are the legendary 6th Dijon!
Event: Irie Yo-Yo, Spring Break, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5
Date: Friday 25th August 2017
Time : 22:00 - 05:00
Sunday 22nd October
Rantum Scantum, The Jennifer Ewan Band
Monday 23rd October
Tuesday 24th October
Open Mic Night