The Piragons

In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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An evening in tribute to the iconic legend of Reggae music John Holt. The Piragons - are the UK`s number one John Holt reggae tribute band, consisting of 9 experienced musicians including a brass section. Fast becoming one of the most sought after acts on the UK and European gig and festival circuits, their unique blend of musicians do amazing work for this tribute to a legendary pioneer of reggae music John Holt.

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John Holt's voice graced literally hundreds of recordings, many of them now considered classics, while his groundbreaking albums, ‘The Further You Look’ and '1000 Volts Of Holt’ helped pushed the boundaries of Jamaican music beyond its previously conceived limits.The Piragons have been together for almost 3 years and have performed over 300 shows and festivals. John Holt`s music is loved and well known through out the world he was one of the legendary pioneers of reggae in the music industry and other musicians covered his own well known songs like.....Atomic kitten and Blondie The Tide is high....UB40 Homely Girl...Wear you to the ball i can feel ...stick by me... Dennis brown....smiling face ......Ali Baba He was portrayed as one of the greats of reggae music, over a 30 year career in music he released 40 albums.

On an island renowned for its superb vocalists and composers, John Holt stood head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt defined the island's sound. Born in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 11, 1947, the young Holt took his first steps into the music business via the talent show circuit. Talent shows have always had a massive popularity in Jamaica and the top ones were initially broadcast live on radio and later on television. Many of the island's greatest artists (Gregory Isaacs amongst them) made their first appearances in talent shows, and it has proved an excellent training ground for young hopefuls. 

In 1964  Holt joined the vocal group the Paragons, replacing founding member Leroy Stamp.  Ska was withering under the hot Jamaican sun, with rocksteady rising to take its place. Its slower tempo was perfect for vocal groups and Holt's pen seemed especially cut for the easy going beat and pop flavor that the style embraced. Soon after, the trio linked with Duke Reid, a producer never at home with ska, but the ultimate purveyor of rocksteady.