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Skamite - The Golden Fleece, 3rd May 2015.

Not a normal night for me to go to see a band and for a change not with the normal suspects. Andrea and I were at a loose end on the Bank Holiday Sunday, I was not required for Dad's cabs duties until the early hours on Monday morning so we decided to make our way to the Fleece, what a good decision.

As part of the Fleece's bank holiday beer festival weekend they had put on Skamite a 7 piece mainly reggae/ska band. I knew a couple of the band members who had previously been in soul and blues bands so I fought we may be in for a good night

When we arrived just after 9 the band were already playing, the Fleece and it's dance floor was as busy as I have ever seen and for good reason. The band were excellent playing about 2 ½ hours broken down into two sets of high energy, high tempo and high quality music. The band was made up of singer, lead and bass guitar, drums, keyboards and 3 piece horn section.

It is at this juncture that I would normally make a comment about how good the beer was and how it has clouding my memory of the songs being played. I have no such excuse this time as I was drinking soda and lime due to the later cabbing duties but I am still struggling to remember the songs I have to blame it on old age. So I will give you a small flavour of their set list which was varied including reggae standards, 'No woman, No cry', 'Everything I own', 'Isralites', 'Monkey Man': later reggae style classics, 'Baggy Trousers', 'Message to you Rudy', Lip up Fatty': Mod/Northern Soul, 'Poison Ivy', 'Time for Action', 'Tainted Love', 'Town Called Malice' and finally a good version of 'Stand by me' in tribute to the late Ben E King.

There was some obvious tensions between some ageing mods and skins which may have years ago boiled over but I think the zimmer frames get in the way nowadays. It was a really good night a great band at a good venue with good people I don't see regularly. As for the band if you get chance you have to see them. I seem to remember from the past a Marmite advertising slogan, 'You either love it or you hate it', not sure you can say the same for Skamite as it appear's that everyone at the Fleece loved it.

This youtube clip gives you a taste of their music. (Not from the Fleece)


Skamite ! The Boys from Essex who will give you your SKA FIX!
Skamite Web Site
The Fleece Web Site

Just a quick shout out for The Fleece. This is becoming my pub of choice in Chelmsford. It has a varied customer base from students through to the likes of me in my 50's and I certainly don't feel awkward in there. They normally carry at least 3 or 4 well kept ales and offer a discount for CAMRA card holders and have good quality live music Friday and Saturday nights. On a Tuesday night they have an 'Ale and Cheese night' where all ales are £2 a pint and they place platters of cheese and biscuits on the bar.

On the bank holiday Sunday afternoon, I spent ½ hour in the garden pint of beer, complimentary sausage rolls, ham, cheese and biscuits and a bit of music from a female guitar/vocalist who sounded much like Alanis Morrisette.

Look out for their Baydays in July a really good weekend of music, headlined I think this year by the excellent New Town Kings.

Colin May 2015