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The Rootsman


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The Rootsman is a musician and DJ based in Bradford, England. His musical career began when he was living in Edinburgh, Scotland and taught himself to play guitar in 1978 at the age of 13 and formed his first punk band. With his group “State Oppression” he made his debut gig in 1981, supporting the Angelic Upstarts. After 3 concerts, he decided that being a guitarist in a band was not for him and he retired from that aspect of the music business. He moved to Bradford in 1983 and quickly immersed himself into the local reggae scene. He worked for over two years in the local Roots Record Shop, where he began to be known as “Rootsman”. In 1985 he started selecting on local sound systems and the following year began to play on university radio and local pirate radio stations. This continued for a number of years until he founded his own club night “Dub Me Crazy” at the end of 1991.

“Dub Me Crazy” was extremely successful in promoting roots and dub music in the north of England and also giving a platform for up and coming artists to play their own material. A residency with the innovative Soundclash club in Leeds followed a couple of years later, and Rootsman began playing alongside leading DJs like Dr Alex Patterson from The Orb, Andrew Weatherall, Justin Robertson (Lionrock) and others. In this period, Rootsman also founded the Third Eye Music label and released the debut album from Dayjah and The Disciples, entitled “Storm Clouds” which was very popular on the roots scene.


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  • boo-999

    Love it

    21 Apr 3:30pm Reply
  • chegrimandi33

    used to see him play out in west indian centre back in the 90's. awesome sounds. Went to one gig they had to stop in club mex in leeds because the bass was so heavy the glasses behind the bar were falling off & smashing...

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RuruRoosta

    ta travudiaaaaaaa

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • BOECK39

    very interesting 'folk-music' ..

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • poofkia

    accidently found him while browsing one of the users on soulseek. really nice vibe

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
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  • infectiphibian

    One of my favorites! I just love this music ..

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • caronte2

    let's do it naaan

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • TenienteRipley

    Ta Travudia es increiblemente bueno! (¿qué significa?)

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • shesavage

    pls pls pls come play for Bulgaria!!!!!!!!!!

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Aijela

    i agree with audiobrown. ta travudia is awesome!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • audiobrown

    keep up the good work man.. ta travudia is the best tune ive heard in a long time

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • stanmsl

    Nice to be second.....anywhere I can downloads this???

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • junkissime

    what an honour & shame to be the first to shout...

    23 Aug 2007 Reply

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