Towering harmonies, unstoppably hip-shaking grooves, stunningly inventive cello and clarinet: somehow all come together seamlessly to make Me and My Friends’ unique blend of bouncy reggae and loveable afro grooves. Bound by their mutual love of sun-drenched vintage sounds, the quintet effortlessly re-invents their influences around the delicate, evocative and instantly recogniseable voice of singer and songwriter Nick Rasle. The result is something fresh and unique, marrying the slurring emotional power of Billie Holiday and Skip James with the redemptive, life-affirming stylings of afrobeat, highlife and roots reggae.
Having enthralled audiences across the UK with their whirlwind live show, Summer 2016 sees release of the band’s second album on cult label Soundway Records.
“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” - Songlines Magazine.
“A life-affirming sound” – Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4.
“They’ve got joy written through them, like a stick of Blackpool rock!” – Alex Lester, BBC Radio 2.
Sun 09 Oct 16, 15:00
Bandstand, Lower Gardens