A folky, jazzy, punky reggae party with Jason Wilson Band with ex-Fairport Convention fiddler Dave Swarbrick
Award winning Scottish-Canadian reggae artist Jason Wilson and legendary English fiddler Dave Swarbrick have teamed up to produce a breathtaking mixture of folk and reggae for their new album entitled "Lion Rampant" (2014). Unchained from the purists' convention, the album surveys the history of those rebel musics that have traversed back and forth across the "Black Atlantic" for the past three centuries. The album includes both traditional and self-penned titles, as well as a few modern covers. Music critic Ken Hunt (fRoots) called the album: "Head and shoulders, the most eclectic, catholic and coherent musical banquet of 2014 thus far."
Alongside a host of genre-stretching originals, we find a Morris set, some Scottish Trad, Richard Thompson's 'Why Must I Plead', Sandy Denny's 'John the Gun' and Alistair Hulett's wonderfully contentious 'Among Proddy Dogs and Papes'. The nineteenth-century lament 'War down a Monkland' (perhaps Jamaica's first "rebel song") is also present. We also find a provocative blending of Burns' 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose' with Marley's 'No Woman No Cry'; which has already been featured on BBC Radio Scotland and on CBC. Happily, the album also boasts a superb collection of special guests, including: guitar virtuoso Jerry Donahue; American sax master Pee Wee Ellis; the inimitable Peggy Seeger; Scotland's gorgeous Bevvy Sisters; and English folkicon Martin Carthy MBE.
The two men bridge surprisingly few degrees of separation: Wilson's cousin Michael Virtue was in UB40 with Ali and Robin Campbell; the sons of the seminal folk balladeer Ian Campbell. Swarbrick was in the Ian Campbell Folk Group in his pre-Fairport Convention days. Swarbrick performed on the murder ballad 'Matty Groves' on Wilson's last Juno-nominated and Canadian Reggae Music Award-winning double album "The Peacemaker's Chauffeur" (2008). Jason and his band returned the favour, by recording a reggae version of the 'Spanish Ladies Medley' for Swarbrick's latest critically acclaimed release entitled "raison d'etre" (2010).
Having located the intersections of various rebel musics of the past three hundred years, Wilson & Swarbrick - along with the fantastic Jason Wilson Band - invite you to their folky, jazzy, punky reggae party!