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Ernest Ranglin & Friends: Farewell Tour Fri 1 Jul

Ernest Ranglin arrives at Colston Hall for his farewell tour on Friday 1 July 2016.


A genius with the guitar, Ernest Ranglin is widely regarded as the Godfather of Jamaican reggae guitar playing.

Ernest Ranglin has spent a long career defining the genres of ska, reggae and jazz as we know them.

Now, after nearly 60 years, he says farewell to the stage and his fans.


Ernest will be joined for this goodbye concert by an all-star lineup including:

  • Tony Allen on drums
  • Soweto Kinch on sax
  • Cheikh Lo on vocals and percussion
  • Alex Wilson on piano
  • Ira Coleman on bass


Tickets are priced at £25.50 including booking fee and are available from Colston Hall box office in person or over the phone on 0844 887 1500 (calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Tickets are also available online at




Ernest Ranglin – A genius with the guitar, Ernest Ranglin is widely regarded as the Godfather of Jamaican reggae guitar playing.

He has worked with most of the reggae greats. An early mentor to Bob Marley, Ranglin was there at the very start working with Jamaican producers Clancy Eccles and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. He played on and arranged many of the best-loved records in the ska catalogue, like Prince Buster’s Ten Commandments of Man and Judge Dread, Harry J All Stars’ Liquidator, The Ethiopians, Train To Skaville and Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop. Ronnie Scott hired him for his club’s house band.

Tony Allen – The drummer and unofficial music director of the late Fela Kuti’s band, Africa 70, from 1968 until 1979, Tony Allen helped create the sounds of Afrobeat.

After leaving Africa 70, Allen has since released numerous albums under his own name and collaborated with a host of musicians, notably as part of Damon Albarn’s ‘supergroup’ The Good, The Bad & The Queen. His 2014 album Film of Life received widespread acclaim and he has been described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived.”

Soweto Kinch – Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.

Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

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