|Wednesday 31 July 2019 @ 09:00pm : -
Count Bobo are a 6-piece group from Bristol playing in the style of early ska and rocksteady. Formed in 2012, they perform a selection of covers from artists like The Skatalites, Roland Alphonso and Jackie Mittoo, more recently including their own material.
They released their debut album ‘Bird of Paradise’ on limited edition 12 inch vinyl. The album was recorded by their producer Drezz at ‘The Tape Rooms’. As a fully analogue studio, the band was able to record live and straight to tape in an attempt to emulate the records of their early influences.
They have since been gigging the UK festival, pub and club circuit including performances at Glastonbury, Green Man, Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Larmer Tree festival.
Graeme Smith – Lead vocals and alto sax
“Proper gorgeous analogue-fuzz heart warming live rocksteady for lovers. Taking influence from The Skatellites, Jackie Mittoo and Roland Alphonso” ~ Wandering Word, Shambala Festival
“New project from some of the boys who brought you the Mandibles, and it’s got all the fun, great musicianship and laidback vibe you’d expect, now deployed on lovely lovely Studio 1 style ska-into-reggae tuneage. Another great band is born, come celebrate!” ~ Steve Henwood, The Glastonbury Bandstand
“A gig in which the whole audience relax and get their dancing shoes on always makes for a great night, and if you are after a laid-back night of ska and reggae, Count Bobo and the Bullion are definitely not one to be missed!” ~ Rolling Stage
“You’ll recognise the members of this 6-piece bunch from other fave outfits and you’ll love their choice of vintage ska and rocksteady numbers from the likes of Prince Buster, The Skatelites, Roland Alphonso and others and all rendered with proper harmony vocals and rooting tooting saxophones.” ~ John Blakeley, The Canteen and Sheelanagig
“After an exciting night of crackling bonfires, and the look of awe upon children’s faces as they watch fireworks light up the night sky, The Trinity Centre successfully pulled off another fun filled community event for bonfire night, followed by an incredible performance from Count Bobo and the Bullion. A relatively new band from the Bristol and Bath area, Count Bobo and the Bullion have just recorded their debut album at the Bristol Tape Rooms, taking influence from the likes of Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mittoo and Skatalites. The hour long set, performed inside the warm building, smelling of mulled apple cider, created such a soft and relaxed atmosphere that the whole crowd was up and dancing! With the slow and sleepy notes coming from the saxophonist that you might expect to find in 1950’s bars when escaping the harsh winter winds, juxtaposed with the happy and laid-back summer ska and reggae beats, the band performed an amusing take on the Disney classic Pink Elephants on Parade, which caused great delight amongst the audience, adding to the family-friendly theme of the night. Also with a more serious side, Count Bobo and the Bullion captivated the audience with their romantic vibe, with Spanish lyrics about love so strong that not even the moon may bare witness, and pure instrumental songs named The Luna Berry Trail, a sense of magic gripped the audience and it was easy to get lost in the off-beat splendour of the harmonies.