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Talisman

Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70s and early 80s. The band’s prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They reformed in 2011 with two of the original line up, after 30 years apart; to support the re-release of their classic roots single Dole Age on the brand new compilation album Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection. One of Bristol’s and the UK’s finest live acts were back and ready to party once again.

Originally formed in 1977, Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country’s most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day.

Until 2011 the only way to hear Talisman had been to track down their two difficult to find singles from 1981, or their two later LPs, “Takin’ The Strain” from 1984 and “Jam Rock” from 1990. Now after nearly 30 years Bristol Archive Records lovingly compiled the compilation album of the band at their peak in 1981. Not only does the record contain the band’s two original 7” singles, but also eight carefully selected live cuts from classic shows at Glastonbury Festival’s main stage and other infamous shows.

The band have gone to record three new albums I-Surrection in 2013, I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction) in 2014 and the latest, Don’t Play With Fyah in 2017 – mixed by heavyweight reggae producer Dennis Bovell.

Reggae

Limited Seating

Thursday 22nd April 2021 - Starts 8pm


TICKET PRICE: £15 seated, 13 standing


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    8/08/2019
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    10/10/2019
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