THE SKABABS ONSTAGE: 00.45HRS
Can you stay in your seat or not tap your feet? Not when we’re in the building! Come join the skanking bedlam that is a Skababs gig.
It’s complete MADNESS when The Skababs are in the building! Expect ska covers from the very best in the business!
Fronted by the outstanding singer / harmonica player Dana Dixon and acclaimed Blues and Slide guitarist Dave Dixon, the band play a mixture of authentic Texas & Chicago blues, tough R&B and superb original numbers.
Since their formation and the launch of their critically acclaimed debut album “Boogie Woman”, the band have garnered fantastic reviews from the British and overseas press for both their recorded work and excellent live act.
Arguably one of the most exciting live acts in Britain today, the band have played at practically every major blues festival in Britain and Ireland, and perform in blues venues up and down the UK, Europe and USA including sell out shows for 3 years running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2009 – 2011)
In the many reviews she has received, Dana has been likened to many of the blues greats – Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Maggie Bell and Janis Joplin – with much emphasis placed on her powerful vocals and harmonica skills.
Dave Dixon, whose guitar playing “has to be seen to be believed”, is an official endorsee of Gibson guitars (USA), and Rotosound strings (UK).
As a result of the band’s talent and reputation, they were chosen to represent Britain at the 2001 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis USA and invited to play on stage at BB Kings club on Beale Street.
The band are available for festivals, clubs, private functions etc, and are also available to perform at musical workshops and clinics.
The bands New Album ‘OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE’ was released in April 2011 and is receiving national radio airplay.
“Dana’s vocals rock! Guitarist Dave is smoking! We love this band!” – The Blues Foundation (USA)
“The Dana Dixon Band relied on talent and style, two things they have in abundance…We were rocked in our seats by Dana’s harmonica playing and dynamic voice…Dana has enough talent to carry any band, and Dave Dixon is one of the best Blues guitarists you are likely to see” – Edinburgh Evening News (UK)
“Dana belts out tough R&B…her gravelly voice recalls Big Mama Thornton and Janis Joplin” – Blues Revue (USA)
Dana Dixon’s timing and delivery are hard to beat…her vocals have a raw feeling, yet her control is near perfection…this is someone who sings the blues with feeling” – Blues Alive Magazine (Japan)
“Dana is a full blooded, leather lunged blues growler a la Koko Taylor…a wonderfully soulful performance…outstanding slide playing…a band to look out for” – Blueprint (UK
GED HANLEY TRIO
They’ve been gracing our stage every Saturday from 5 since we opened the doors! Its an hour of hits from the 50’s, 60’s and even a few contemporary ones thrown in! Everything played with ease from the famous Ged Hanley and his band!
saturday 1st feb, 5:00 pm
4-6 South Bridge
FREE B4 MIDNIGHT £4 AFTER