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Pavilion Broadstairs 15th August 2012

Broadstairs Pavilion saw what might be the last ever performance of Arthur Kay - and what a fantastic last night it proved to be. The sell-out evening saw everyone up dancing the second the band hit their first note!
AK has been thinking about hanging up his bass for sometime, but he'll still be writing and performing the occasional solo gig.
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Arthur Kay's first Ska records were released in the 1970's and although these early recordings were not a big commercial success, they helped in starting the massive British Ska movement of the early 80's and have had an influence on Ska and Reggae bands ever since.
The Originals have been Arthur Kay's and the late Judge Dread's backing band since the 70's.

OK - The sound doesn't fit with the video. This is because the video was shot at a Ska Club in London (I think) and the sound recording taken from a gig in Europe.
Thanks goes to our old recording engineer and radio producer friend Chris Ashman for welding the two together and inserting some historic and unflattering images of the band.
Note that we have Kev Bowyer guesting on bass guitar.
Other musicians are: Toby Hoskins (guitar), Steve Wyse (drums), Roger Goodwin (sax), Trevor Griggs (Hammond) and Me - Arthur Kay!


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