Multi cultural celtic reggae band Paddyrasta hit the road this summer to promote the release of their debut album ‘Listen To Your Heart’.

With their irresistible fusion of Jamaican rhythms, traditional celtic melodies and socially conscious lyrics, it’s no wonder that Paddyrasta have been described as “Bob Marley meets The Pogues”!

The band are receiving airplay and being championed by club DJ’s on both sides of the Atlantic. They recently played the World Ceilidh at Knockengorroch and Glasgow’s May Daze Festival. Paddyrasta were formed in Aberdeen November 2004 by songwriter Brian Gilligan (Northern Ireland). Nigerian-born David Imevbore’s driving rhythms and Colin Edward’s sweet reggae bass provide the rhythm section, while Tom Roche (Ireland) on button-accordion and Sara Reith (Scotland) on tin whistles, weave traditional melodies around Brian’s heartfelt, catchy lyrics.

They played their first gig as a support to the legendary Jamaican band The Skatalites in December 2004, and have subsequently performed regularly throughout Scotland. Since winning the local Battle of the Bands competition in May 2005, they have been working on their debut album “Listen To Your Heart” which has just been released.

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