The Thekla Archives: 2013

Talisman, Thekla presents Talisman: 18+ EVENT

  • Sunday 13th October 2013
  • Supported by: Dan Ratchet

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Talisman were one of the UK's top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70's and early 80's.The band's prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They have reformed with the original line up after 30 years apart to support the re-release of their classic roots single ‘Dole Age’ on a brand new album 'Dole Age - The 1981 Reggae Collection'. One of Bristol's finest live acts are back and ready to party once again. Originally formed in 1977 Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country's most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day. Until now the only way to hear Talisman has been to track down their two difficult to find singles from 1981, or their two later LPs, “Takin' The Strain” from 1984 and “Jam Rock” From 1990. Now after nearly thirty years Bristol Archive Records have lovingly compiled this CD of the band at their peak in 1981. Not only does the CD contain the band's two original 7” singles, but also eight carefully selected live cuts from classic shows at Glastonbury Festival and other infamous shows. Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed ‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-1983’ Bristol Archive Records release 'Dole Age - The 1981 Reggae Collection' celebrated at their first Bristol show for 20 years at The Fleece in Bristol on 27th May 2011. “Vivacious and packed with infectious island melodies, the album is perfect for connoisseurs of real roots music.” – Tom Williams, Big Cheese Magazine “For someone not into reggae, if there was ever a band that would convert me, Talisman would be that band!” – Mr. T, Lights Out Zine
“It’s the seven live tracks that impress the most, an audio document of a band at the peak of their prowess.” – Martin Headon, Red Hot Velvet

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For the young Dan Ratchet 1986 was a busy year. Under the guidance of Simbarashe Tongogara, his cousin and a man with extensive experience in the music industry, he spent several months working in Kingston and London studios recording what was intended to be his first album. For various reasons, the only songs to see a release were “Sweet Rosie,” which saw a limited pressing on the Jamaican Star Time label and “The Time Has Come” which had been co written with Misty’s drummer Munya Brown and released in Zimbabwe as a double A Side, coupled with Misty In Roots “Wandering Wanderer. ” The rest of the tracks remained in Simba’s safe keeping until Bristol Archive Records licensed the album for forthcoming release under the title “Jah Poor People”.


The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:30pm

Advance tickets available from:
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 8819