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The Trojans


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Specialising in ska & reggae with a dash of soul, funk, R&B & world roots, The Trojans were formed in late 1986 from the ashes of the premature demise of Gaz Mayall’s first band Gaz’s Rebel Blues Rockers. (Gaz is the eldest son of Blues legend John Mayall)

Debut gig was the Astoria on Charing Cross road by London’s center point on the 23rd December 1986 supporting premier ska band Potato 5 and ska legend Laurel Aitken. Within two and a half years the Trojans headlined the same venue with the above acts supporting them. During their first few years they recorded several albums well received on the UK underground all on Gaz’s own independent label Gaz’s Rockin’ Records, the first being ‘Ala-Ska’ featuring the classic single ‘Gaelic Ska’ launching a whole new genre of Afro-Celtic fusion that has since become a hallmark of The Trojans’ sound.

Some original band members are still regular performers with the band including saxophonist Rudy Jones and drummer Rick Baxendale who started out as their bass player. The line-up features three sax players, bagpipes, violin, guest female vocalists, on top of the regular two guitars, drum, bass and percussion. They tour regularly with Gaz at the centre stage singing and playing melodica. Occasionally guest horn players Tan Tan and Vin Gordon appear.

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  • CrsHars

    Why isn't Celtic Ska a genre

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • nqp1

    This music is straight from my youth/childhood. With all of the best memories. <3

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nicmax99

    sawm em many times live-playing. here in berlin, and over there in Soho, Dean street, evry Thursday was action there, always an unforgettable eve...give it to me London!!! This world needs much mo enthusiastics, no matter what! this music got soul....

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • johnjohnrecords

    This is good, come to see us live!

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • kharkiv_citizen

    кажется очень недооцененная группа, просто шикарны и необычны. Ala-ska такой :) Feejee, смотри на тор.ру

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Feejee

    подкиньте линки, где можно скачать их альбомы! /// Write sites, where I can download their albumes! :*)

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • JohnnyHaie

    Альбом "Ala-Ska" охуенен просто! )))

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • dr-sativa

    Brilliant band I a good friend of gaz mayal have played at the rockin blues club soho london uk many times(gaz,s rockin blues) well worth a visit if you are in london...Peace..the Doc.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nonologo

    Live in France :

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
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    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • DaJayStrimmer

    They're just not played enough. I've seen them many times and they're always good.

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • tseepra

    Great band! Love Gaelic Ska, just wants to make me dance. Would love to see them live!

    6 Nov 2008 Reply
  • MykeMinor

    the trojans seriously only have 2 shouts???

    25 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Lesnoi_Kot

    one of my favourite bands

    23 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Gronkor

    Seit zwei Wochen Nummer 1 - Fan der Trojans! Das soll mir erstmal jemand nachmachen!

    25 Dec 2006 Reply

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