Cambridge Ska, Reggae & Soul Festival - 50th Anniversary Party Of Trojan Records.

Date:Fri 09 Nov
Time:7pm - 11.30pm
Price:£22.50 adv

Cambridge Ska, Reggae & Soul Festival - 50th Anniversary Party Of Trojan Records.


  • Susan Cadogan & The Friendly Fire Band ("Hurt So Good")
    Susan, or Allison, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and had a church upbringing, singing in the church as a teenager. In April 1975 Susan shot to stardom when her Lee Perry produced single “Hurt So Good” on “Magnet Records” raced up the BBC charts and peaked at no.4. After several Top Of The Pops appearances the follow up “Love Me Baby” produced by Peter Waterman also charted. Two LPs followed.
    Two more hits followed in Jamaica and Susan was named Female Artiste of the year in 1981. She did reach no.1 (British Black Charts) for 8 weeks with “You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good”. She’s now recorded 9 albums and numerous singles, including duets with Ken Boothe, Glen Adams and many others.

    More singles followed from her Trojan Records Lp including “Nice And Easy” & “Fever” which received a lot of attention and remain in her live shows. Over the years Susan has worked with artists The Mad Professor, The Friendly Fire Band (Birmingham) and labels in Argentina, Italy, USA and Canada.

    “Take Me Back” was named among the top releases of 2016 in Europe. Susan has performed thoughout the UK, Europe, USA (especially Hawaii) Mexico, Argentina and The Caribbean. Hailed by many as the “Queen Of Lovers Rock” but she sings all styles. Susan still has her expressive, fine soprano voice and deep love of her art. She remains one of Trojan’s Records foremost female artistes after 43 years in the industry.

  • Owen Gray (Jamaican legend)
    Born in Jamaica in 1939 Owen has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in music, his work spanning R&B, Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae. He attented the well renowned Alpha Boys School and then became the first singer to praise a sound system on record on Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label. Chris Blackwell of Island Records also produced him.

    Owen was so popular in the UK he emigrated here in 1962 and toured Europe in ‘64 and ‘66, by now singing Soul aswell as Ska. He effortlessly moved through Rocksteady music, Skinhead Reggae, Roots Reggae and even Gospel. In the 1970’s and ‘80’s he moved to New Orleans, back to Jamaica, Miami and then back to the UK where he continues to perform to his adoring fans.

  • The Downsetters (Ipswich)
    (in their own words!)
    Like everyone who keeps it real!
    Interests include space hopping!
    Music can be described as Interstellar Ska & Luna Reggae
    Band members are:
    Mr H
    Stan “The Liquidizer”
    Reece “Angel Hands”
    Jason “Give It Sum”
    Trevor T – Bone
    Johnny Reggae
    Are you Reggae to check into the Asylum Hotel?
    UK Ska band The Downsetters play their own unique brand of high energy Skafusion they call Mango Rock!

  • Joe Staxx (UK Soul Sensation!)
    The name says it all! Stax/Atlantic, you name it, he can sing it! Joe (Ex Shelta and The Smokestax) is a superb Soul singer who can sing Motown and Northern Soul too. The Alley Club Cambridge booked The Smokestax once and within 5 minutes of the set starting I said “I’m booking them again!” I couldn’t wait! At that sweaty night down The Corner House it could have been The Action with Reggie King singing. Joe even had the strawberry blonde hair and the mohair suit that night!

    Blue Eyed Soul at it’s best, Joe moves effortlessy through covers of all the greats, from James Brown to Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett not forgetting Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke and many others! Think of the best of Steve Marriott, Chris Farlowe, Steve Winwood and Eric Burdon and you’re getting close! Managed by The Alley, contact us for bookings.

  • DJ Soundclash - Sir Eddy & RevNix (Ska 'n' B Club)

PLEASE NOTE Delroy Williams & The Junction Band are unable appear at this event.

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Doors and Bar open 7pm.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

All prices shown include a booking fee.


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