Playing a mixture of original tunes taken from their two albums (Skamel and C'est Un Safari) and Ska and Reggae classics from the past 60 years. You'll hear well-known tunes ranging from the early Ska of the Skatalites, through the Paragons, Gregory Isaacs and Horace Andy, to the Two-Tone of the Specials - expect a night of high-energy skanking!
Skamel came together in 2006 to explore the music of Raspigaous, a French-Arabic Ska and Dub outfit. Since then, the set has grown to feature mostly original compositions along with some arrangements of various other Ska and Jazz classics, all influenced by their love of jazz and inspired by the French Reggae scene. They have performed at many festivals around the country, such as Kendal Calling, the Manchester Jazz Festival, Solfest, Tramlines, Beat-Herder. Individually, the musicians have many successes, having won awards such as ‘European Young Jazz Artists of the year, 2011′ and ‘Jazz FM’s Best UK Newcomer 2013′ and nominations for the London Jazz Awards 2012 & 2013 and ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2013. The band features members of the critically acclaimed Beats & Pieces Big Band and the Riot Jazz Brass Band.
“What a sound these guys get! The trumpet, trombone, tenor front-line could grace a Jazz Messengers line-up.” - Be-Bop Spoken Here
“They play with energy and skill and easily brought the crowd along for the ride. These guys are a seriously tight band that I can’t recommend enough and certainly my pick of the bunch tonight.” - Now Then Magazine
“… frenetic young band effortlessly delivering a punchy sound full of grooves and rhythms.” - Manchester Jazz Festival
“I highly recommend checking them out for a slice of unadulterated merriment.” - Shelley Hanvey, E-Festivals
James Adolpho (double bass)
Ben Cottrell (tenor sax)
Tim Cox (trombone)
Anton Hunter (guitar)
Johnny Hunter (drums)
Nick Walters (trumpet)
Weekend gigs get very busy so to avoid disappointment, call to book the best tables in the house. It's first come, first served so don't leave it too late! call:
0161 273 5495 (weekdays) or 0161 831 7002 (evenings)