The Hard Times are proud to welcome Grammy-award winning British ska/reggae musician King Hammond (aka Nick Welsh) to town for two rare New York City gigs–backed by The Hard Times– next Thursday,December 1, 2011 at The Shrine in Harlem and Saturday, December 3, 2011 at The Lake in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
First up, we’ll stomping up to The Shrine, Harlem’s hotspot for reggae and world music. This show is free, and if you haven’t checked out The Shrine yet, this is a perfect combination. Then, it is down to Brooklyn for Dirty Reggae Party IV, also featuring The Reggay Lords, Brooklyn Rocksteadys royal family. DIrty Reggae Party continues to rock Brooklyn as the #1 reggae event for NY’s diehard Brooklyn Rocksteady faithful.
KING HAMMOND IN HARLEM
DIRTY REGGAE PARTY IV
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THE KING HAMMOND SOUND
In the 80s UK Two Tone days, Nick Welsh was the bassist and songwriter for Bad Manners (“Skaville UK,” “This is Ska,” “Return of the Ugly”). After his first single “King Hammond Shuffle” appeared on several international compilations, King Hammond released two albums, “Revolution ?70” (Bluebeat, 1989) and “Blow Your Mind” (Receiver/Trojan, 1992). During the 1990s, Welsh joined Pauline Black’s Selecter as bassist and songwriter (plus he produced their four studio albums); was a member of 3 Men & Black, with members of The Specials and The English Beat. Then, in the mid-2000s, Welsh fronted his own ska band, Skaville UK, which released three albums. Welsh revived King Hammond in 2010 and since that time has released three albums (“The King and I,” “Jacuzzi,” and “Showbiz”) and a slew of vinyl EPs on his own N.1 Records imprint. In June 2011, King Hammond was a featured performer at the Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA (and played several gigs in Mexico afterwards), and is currently touring throughout the UK and Europe with this seven-piece band The Rude Boy Mafia.
During his four decades in ska and reggae, Welsh has played with and produced such legendary artists as Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Dave Barker, Rico Rodriguez, Judge Dread, and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Notably, Welsh worked with Perry as the musical director on the Grammy-Award winning album “Jamaican E.T.” (Sanctuary/Trojan, 2002)—winner of Best Reggae Album in 2003–and its follow-up, “Alien Starman” (Secret Records, 2004).
Welsh also has written music for television (“The Osbournes,” “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “LA Ink”), films (“Domino,” “The Magic Roundabout”), and videogames (“WWE Smackdown versus RAW,” “Day of Reckoning”).