On lead vocals, saxophone, bowler hats & occasional kilt: Mr Kirk Ricketts.
Backing vocals, paraphernalia and youthful exuberance: Brandon Ricketts.
Lead guitar, pliers and interesting non sequiturs: David Lloyd Henry aka ‘Gabby’.
Bass Guitar, Rum & Gaviscon: Robbie Stanley.
Drums & panic stations: Scott Mainwaring
Blowing his horn, our new addition direct from the Guildhall School of Music London, Mr Andy Gayle.
Playing the music of Desmond Dekker, Pluto Shervington, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, John Holt and The Skatalites to name but a few as well as being the backing band for such legendary artist as Susan Cadogan, Stranger Cole, Carroll Thompson, Derrick Morgan and Troy Ellis.
“The greatest Tribute to Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady you are likely to hear” – Ska Radio UK
The AC30’s are a 7 piece experienced and highly professional band based in the Midlands with a vast knowledge of the music they play. Concentrating on original Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae genres (with a dash on 2-Tone here and there), they pride themselves on being true to the original recordings.
The band are also proud to have been the backing band for chart topper Susan Cadogan (‘Hurt So Good’ 1975 ,’ Fever’ etc), Carroll Thompson (‘I’m So Sorry’, ‘Hopelessly in Love’ 1981), Troy Ellis (Son of Alton Ellis) and the U.K touring band of Stranger Cole (‘Uno Dos Tres’, ‘Bangaran’, ‘Rough and Tough’). Adding to the list of legendary performers, The AC30’s will be the backing band for Derrick Morgan at Skamouth 2019 and appearing with Dave Barker (Dave and Ansel Collins) June 2019.
With a set list comprising of Prince Buster, John Holt, Max Romeo, Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Toots and The Maytells to name but a few along with original material, audiences find it hard keeping off the dance floor!
November 2016 saw the AC30’s share the bill with the legendary Ken Booth, Dave and Ansell Collins and The Blockheads at the Skamouth 2016 Festival in Great Yarmouth whilst backing Susan Cadogan. At the same festival in 2017 they shared the bill with The Heptones, Sultan Ali (son of Prince Buster) and The Cimarons whilst backing Carroll Thompson.
Members of the band have separately recorded and played live with Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, Wyclef Jean, Black Uhuru, Bad Manners, the UB40 brass section and The Beat Ft Rankin Rogers to name a few.
Whether you are a hardened 2-Tone fan, Reggae lover or into the old Rocksteady beats of Jamaica, the AC30’s are proven to cover them all and keep everyone happy.