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Toots and the Maytals to Ignite UK Festival Circuit

2007-06-21

June 21, 2007, Press Dispensary. One of the world’s greatest live performers and three times Grammy nominee, Frederic ‘Toots’ Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals (http://www.tootsandthemaytals.com), will be raising the temperature of the UK festival and concert circuit between 14 and 29 July, 2007, on the band’s 15-date tour of the nation.

With tunes such as ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Funky Kingston’ and ‘Sweet and Dandy’, Toots and the Maytals’ artistry spans every phase of Jamaican music's evolution, earning Toots his reputation as one of Jamaica's most consistent and inspired performers, and one of the greatest reggae/R&B singers of all time.

Generations of fans - old and new - are discovering that Toots and the Maytals are masters of reggae and live performance. The combination of renowned reggae rhythms, heartfelt vocals and soulful gospel influence remains powerful. “This is probably the most cohesive mix of reggae and soul music ever, and still going strong,” says music promoter, Al Hardwicke.

The 2004 album, ‘True Love’, demonstrates the respect that Toots and the Maytals have inspired among global superstars. Featuring Keith Richards, Shaggy and Rahzel, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, No Doubt, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Ryan Adams, Bootsy Collins and the Roots, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Terry Hall and the Skatalites, and Trey Anastasio, the album gives a ‘fresh-ear’ journey through Toots' musical history. Add the surprise tracks – Willie Nelson and Toots groovin' on Willie's ‘Still is Still Movin to Me’, Rachel Yamagata pleading on ‘Blame it on Me’, and Bunny Wailer's vocal comradery on ‘Take a Trip – and the album really does provide an unparalleled reggae joy ride.

Promoter Al Hardwicke, of African & Caribbean Music Circuit Ltd (http://www.acmc.uk.com ), says of the imminent UK tour: “Toots and the Maytals bring reggae to the UK festival circuit in an unprecedented manner. Too long on the fringe, this performer is becoming a UK festival favourite - and deservedly so.”

He adds: “Toots attracts a broad audience - young and old, black and white - and has more mainstream appeal than most reggae acts. He is right up there with the other greats such as Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye."

Following their UK dates, Toots and the Maytals will perform with the Rolling Stones as special guests at the Helsinki, Gottenburg and Coppenhague shows.

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Notes for editors
Toots and the Maytals have received numerous accolades including three Grammy nominations for ‘Skafather’, ‘Toots in Memphis’ and ‘Toots Live’, and three first place festival songs (and two second places) including the first year of the contest – 1966 – for ‘BamBam’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’ and ‘Pomp and Pride’. Toots holds the record for having 31 number one hit parade songs in Jamaica and also for having two number one songs on one 45 release in Jamaica (‘Daddy’/ ‘Its You’). He also holds the Guinness World Record for the shortest time between the recording and release of a live album – ‘Toots Live at the Hammersmith Palais’. He achieved gold and number one slots in various countries for the ‘Knock Out’ album (‘Beautiful Woman’ was number one in Australia and the album went gold in New Zealand), for The ‘Toots in Memphis’ album, and for ‘Spiritual Healing’ 12" (in South Africa). ‘The Harder They Come’, one of Vanity Fair's Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time, contains two tracks from Toots and the Maytals, who also feature in the film.

See http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=3271374673303640497&q=toots+and+the+maytals&total=171&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=9" target="_blank">video footage on Youtube

The tour dates are:
14-Jul Saturday BLACKBURN FESTIVAL BLACKBURN
15-Jul Sunday GUILFEST GUILFORD
16-Jul Monday PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE EXETER – tel: 01392 667080
17-Jul Tuesday PRINCESS PAVILION FALMOUTH – tel: 01326 211222
18-Jul Wednesday HOLMFIRTH PICTURE DOME MANCHESTER – tel: 0161 832 1111
20-Jul Friday THE ARCHES GLASGOW – tel: 0870 240 7528
21-Jul Saturday LOVEBOX FESTIVAL DUBLIN
22-Jul Sunday LOVEBOX FESTIVAL LONDON
24-Jul Tuesday COCKPIT LEEDS – tel: 0113 244 1573
25-Jul Wednesday ACADEMY LIVERPOOL – tel: 08700 600 100
26-Jul Thursday ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM – tel: 08700 600 100
27-Jul Friday WOMAD FEST READING, HARBOUR FESTIVAL BRISTOL
28-Jul Saturday FOLK FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE
29-Jul Sunday LANDMARC BOURNEMOUTH – tel: 01202 589 868

For further information, please contact:
Al Hardwicke, European representative
African & Caribbean Music Circuit Ltd
Tel: 0207 602 7379
Email:
Site: www.acmc.uk.com

Media contacts

Al Hardwicke, European representative
Tel: 0207 602 7379
Email:
Site: www.acmc.uk.com

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