Purley Festival are proud to announce THE ORIGINAL ACES plus THE CIYO BROWN BAND as the first headliner to be confirmed for the 2017 festival.
The Original ACES, one of the most iconic vocal groups in Jamaican musical history, has reformed and joins forces with guitar man Ciyo Brown and his band, bringing the sounds and vibes of the golden era of Ska and Rocksteady to Purley on Sunday June 2.
The super tight harmonies of the Original Aces featuring Barry Howard and Carl St Clair, plus new member Black Steel, first came to the world’s attention through their ground-breaking work with Desmond Dekker.
Desmond Dekker & The Aces were the first Jamaican reggae artist to achieve a number 1 chart hit record in the UK and Europe with ‘Israelites’. Hit after hit followed, including ‘007’, ‘It Mek’, ‘Unity’ and many more, securing The Aces a unique place in Jamaican and world musical history.
Ciyos guitar contributions and collaborations feature on a host of live and recorded work with the great and good of the reggae world including JC Lodge, Sugar Minott, Bob Andy, Earl Chinna’ Smith, Barry Biggs, Dennis Bovell, Pam Hall, Jimmy Lindsay, Earl 16, Kofi, Winston Reedy, Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson.
Ciyo has toured with Courtney Pine, Byron Wallen, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Horace Andy, Cleveland Watkiss, Steel Pulse and a host of others.
A formidable guitarist, band leader and musical director, Ciyo’s groove and choice of musicians ensures there is a beating heart through every moment of the show.
After a year off in 2016, the festival is back this summer. This years weekday programme will run from 26-30 June and the weekend event will take place on 1 and 2 July at the Rotary Field in Purley.