our history

Lee playing guitar

The SkaSouls are a West London based band, comprised of Lee Ridley (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar); Andy Fordrey (Lead Guitar); Nick Tidbury (Trumpet); Allan Tidbury (Trombone); Huw Stokes (Bass) and Dave Bateman (Drums).

Receiving widespread praise and critical acclaim wherever they perform, these six musicians have encompassed, through hard work and desire, a sound unique from other live bands. Borrowing styles and songs from the past greats, they have managed to rekindle the sweat and passion so necessary for real live performance, and have established an outstanding reputation and an impressive following.

Drawing on many years of experience playing with acts nationally and globally, these Surrey-based musicians have merged their skills and abilities in order to create something new and extraordinary. Using strong vocals and a powerful brass section as the cream on top of a rock solid, hard-hitting rhythm section, The SkaSouls have rediscovered the formula to ignite the music scene once again; with immense levels of energy in their performances, leaving onlookers amazed by the sheer personality of the band's on-stage presence.

you'd be hard pushed to beat the energy The SkaSouls deliver anywhere!

No sampled sounds here! The original sounds and mixes from the Jamaican ska and rocksteady of the 60’s and 70’s (Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Justin Hinds, Symarip etc) are perfectly merged with the urban ska standards of the late 70’s and early 80’s (Specials, Bad Manners, Madness etc) and contemporary sounds of the likes of Rancid and Paolo Nutini, with a few of the SkaSouls' own songs included for good measure.

Endeavouring to keep energy levels sky-high, each live show is different from the last, with the interaction on-stage, and between stage and audience always hugely entertaining and something to enjoy. It's with good reason that so many of The SkaSouls' gigs completely sell out to capacity.

Aiming to create a non-stop tapestry of great, danceable music for everyone, with astounding five-way vocal harmonies, The SkaSouls are a must for any live event.

Always booking ahead and in very high demand, The SkaSouls are extending their diary and using their excellent reputation to court offers from festivals and venues both in the UK and abroad. Stay in touch with The SkaSouls online and keep up to date with forthcoming gigs here on the website or on Facebook.

An independent review of The SkaSouls can be seen here.

New Year's Eve 2010 Mad Nick and The Boneman The Band