This week, we have special guest Barney Harris (Shrewsbury Dubclub) taking over the Sheffield Live Studio.
From the word go, Shrewsbury Dubclub at The Buttermarket quickly built up a solid reputation for being one of the best destinations in the West Midlands for roots reggae & sound system culture. We caught up with Barney and found out how it all started:
Growing up, Barney had The Buttermarket and the legendary ‘Jazz and Roots Club’ on his doorstep. The Jazz and Roots Club (with a history running back over 20 years), brought a whole host of world class acts to Shrewsbury such as: the Wailers, Sly & Robbie, Luciano, Desmond Dekker, Everton Blender, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage and Burning Spear. The impressions these nights made on Barney and his friends were huge.
But it wasn’t until 2004 and a road trip to The Reggae Festival of Wales that the seeds for Dubclub were finally planted. Inspired by a silver dreadlocked Rasta, playing killer roots tunes by a fire (on nothing more than a single tape deck rigged up to a couple of speakers), Barney realised that this style of DJing was completely accessible and purely about the message & the music rather than focused on the finely tuned turntablism / beat matching skills found in hip-hop & dance music. From that moment he was hooked and it wasn’t long until Barney and his friends had begged, borrowed or stolen themselves a patch of land, a van and a sound system.
After numerous dub sessions in and around Shrewsbury, Barney finally linked up with Dave Bassett who was promoting The Jazz and Roots Club, and in 2005 Dubclub started as its’ sister event. Over the next 6 years it was Dubclub’s mission to make sure that the UK’s premier reggae sound systems found their way to The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury. Acts over the years included; Jah Tubbys, Aba Shanti-I, Channel One, King Earthquake, Iration Steppas, Jah Shaka and local West Midlands sounds like Ma-Kaya and Jah Voice.
After Dave Bassett stepped back from the Jazz and Roots Club, Barney continued The Buttermarket’s Live Music on Thursdays with funding from the Arts Council. From there, they were lucky enough to book legends like The Congos, Yellowman, The Mighty Diamonds and Dennis Bovell.
So what can we expect from Barney’s show on Friday? Everything; from ragga, conscious roots reggae, heavy sound system style dubplates and tracks reminiscent of some of the best Dubclub sessions from over the years.
Dubcentral are really honoured to have Barney Harris host a show for us and we have a feeling that it’s going to be rather special. The session starts on the airwaves, Friday 31st Jan at 11pm.