Stroud Fringe Festival Sunday, September 11 - 2005

To close the festival, Ska Daddy played one of their best gigs yet, breathing excitement and life into familiar tunes and turning the Cornhill market into one vast house of fun.

They have come of age as probably the best party band in the Stroud district, full of life and frivolity.

Testament to this was the hundreds of dancers bouncing on the Cornhill cobbles.


"Freedom for Stroud" cried organiser Roger Sanders,. After the Ska Daddy set it certainly felt like it!

Adam Horovitz - Stroud News and Journa

Stroud Fringe Festival Sunday, September 14 - 2003

THE Fringe festivities certainly ended with a bang on the Sunday night when Chalford heroes Ska Daddy played to a lively crowd at the packed Cornhill Market.

The big band's stage presence is undeniable and they are always watchable - the obvious thrill they get from performing is infectious.

As is often the case at a Ska Daddy gig, the dance floor was heaving with people really going for it and clearly keen to squeeze the last drops of fun from the festival.

Even the most reticent of dancers seem to find it hard to keep still when Ska Daddy are in full flow. They are on to a winning formula with their choice of tunes.

Their own bespoke numbers are well worth a listen and the fact they are written for the band means the musicians really get a chance to show off their considerable talents.

The band's apparent mixture of modesty and bravado gets me every time.

On the one hand, the frontman's tough-guy stage persona presents an entertaining hell-raising image. On the other you get the impression the band are almost surprised at their own popularity and are chuffed to bits with the response they get from an enthusiastic audience.

In a time when many bands seem to demand adulation, it's refreshing to see a bunch that seem to appreciate being appreciated

Sam Bond

Stroud Fringe Festival Sunday, September 14 - 2003

Local favourites Ska Daddy are back with a vengeance - this time to rock(steady) our famous last night party. Featuring incredible homegrown talent, this group of ska fanatics is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

Official festival review

Sub Rooms Preview June 2002

Dance Hall and skanking music are set to rock Stroud on midsummer's day June 21. The mighty Ska Daddy and DJ Professor CJB will be drawing together Ska and Reggae lovers in a musical celebration of the Stroud Valleys Arts festival.

Ska Daddy are rumored to have got so many people dancing at one venue that the floor was at risk of collapsing under them! So it's a relief they are playing on the newly sprung Subscription Rooms.

Stroud News and Journal

Live review for an unofficial Artspace Court-yard performance during the Stroud Fringe Festival 2002:

They were the highlight of this year's festival for me but Ska Daddy didn't even make it onto the programme. Still the lack of publicity did not seem to do the band any harm as the courtyard at the Art Space in John St was absolutely heaving with barely enough space to bop in.


As the name would suggest the Chalford based band specialise in Ska music though manage to play a very varied set in what could be seen as a fairly limited genre.

The brass section, which dominates their sound, is backed by great guitars and complimented with two well-equipped percussionists as well as a full drum kit. They are fronted by guy whose charisma, stage presence and skill on the squeeze box more than makes up for the fact that he doesn't actually do much singing.

Put it all together and you have a fun danceable sound from a band who obviously enjoy what they are doing and do not take themselves too seriously.

Citizen Review June 2002

THE mighty Ska Daddy will be performing a midsummer gig on home territory to the delight of their growing legion of fans.

They will be playing at Stroud's Subscription Room: tonight as part of the Open Studio Visual Arts Festival.

Ska Daddy emerged from the Stroud valleys a year ip and bring together a; diverse array of local talent following a chance conversation between a group of mates in a local pub.

"We'd all been talking for years about starting a band. I said, how about a Ska band, and asked for a show of hands. Everyone who put their hand up is in the band" , said trombone player Dave Andrews. And so Ska Daddy was born.

We're all daddies, except Matty, whose a mummy," said Dave.For some it was the first time they had played in a band while Dave and his partner Matty (trumpet) are the veteran Ska players. Dave played "thousands of gigs" with the Forest Hill Billies as well as other Ska bands, while Matty played with the all girl Ska band the Deltones.

"We are all great friends having fun but we do work` hard at it," said Dave. "And people do keep coming back to our gigs."

Vicky Temple

New Year 2002

Since their debut a year ago, Ska Daddy's set has evolved and now includes their own material as well as imaginative Ska classics. Inspired by the original '60s Jamaican Ska. The band have also drawn on Latin and African influences to come up with an energetic set. Whatever your musical taste this band is guaranteed to get you moving.

During a Ska Daddy Christmas gig, so many people were dancing that there was concern about the state of the floor.


Roxborough House November 2001

Ska Daddy took the place by storm to the end of the night. Filling the entire venue with their fat horn sound they got the entire crowd moving in some form or another.

Their blistering 45 minute set was over all too quickly, despite the constant calls of encore and eager shuffling of feet. There would have been dancing on the ceiling if gravity allowed it!

Adam Horovitz

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