Welcome

 
The Skapones are a 2Tone Ska band based in the Tees Valley in England.

The ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform a selection of 2 Tone anthems and
other foot stomping tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile.
 
The debut original album of material " Cradle To Grave" is due for release in early 2018.
The Ultimate party band
 
 



 

VINYL LAUNCH PARTY WEEKEND! 

Wow! what a weekend!

Friday February 9th we played to a packed out SOLD OUT crowd with our friends Big Fat Panda at The Forum Music Centre, Darlington  before racing up to the second launch gig on Saturday February 10th at The Citrus Club, Edinburgh!

We'd like to thank The Pandas and all of you who came out to support us and we hope you enjoyed your free goody bag including the brand new vinyl 7" single of "Cradle To Grave/Home Street Home"

Pics from the excellent Lexx Photography

AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL! YOURE BRILLIANT!

NEXT UP ITS THE RELEASED OF THE SKAPONES DEBUT ALBUM!

 

THANK YOU 

Here we are celebrating getting to No.1 with champagne & chocolate orange!

 

 

We'd like to say thank you again to all of you who helped take our debut single "{From} Cradle To Grave" to No.1 in the UK Reggae Charts on its day of release on 15th January.

Its been a crazy week and the messages have been non stop and the reviews have been fantastic. We are still overwhelmed.

As a little way of saying thank you, here we have a little download for you guys.

There is the HQ video by Mick Jenner of our appearance at the Specialized The Big One 6 doing our arrangement of "Smithers Jones" plus a previously unreleased version of "Midnight Ravers (The Tinkerman Remix) - not the one released on the "Rudys Return" CD - so THANK YOU & enjoy.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Thank you for your support

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OUT OF THIS WORLD - "(FROM) CRADLE TO GRAVE" GOES STRAIGHT TO NUMBER ONE IN UK REGGAE CHARTS ON DAY OF RELEASE! 

Pinch us. Please, pinch us.

Monday 15th January 2018 was a monumental day in Skapones history.

Our debut track "(From) Cradle To Grave", written by guitarist Mark Wilson and keyboard player Steve Cummings was released on digital download.

The response to it was OFF THE SCALE!

We cannot thank all of you enough for downloading our original composition - what it means is beyond words.

IT WENT TO NUMBER ONE IN THE UK REGGAE CHARTS ON ITS DAY OF RELEASE!

Wow.Fab.Wow.and flippin' heck. 

We are so humbled by the feedback as well.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Seriously & sincerely

Roll on the album

 

Woo hoo! "(FROM) CRADLE TO GRAVE" RELEASED ON DIGI DOWNLOAD! 

Its here! Our debut original single.

Its a pure homage to 2Tone and the offbeat sound.

"...Make your choice and make some noise!"

Please download when you can and try and help us hit the reggae charts- Thatd be nice!

Available from all good download sites but main links below!

Download links below - Thanks in advance 

ITunes 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/from-cradle-to-grave-single/1325401330 

Amazon 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cradle-Grave-Skapones/dp/B0788D1KZN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516005605&sr=8-3&keywords=the+skapones 

Google Play 

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Skapones_From_Cradle_to_Grave?id=Bujvecxdtinqd5z227bxboo3dsi&hl=en_GB 

CDBaby 

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/theskapones

Cradle To Grave review 

A huge thanks to the MIS (Madness Information Service) for a fabulous review of our debut track

 

The Skapones - Cradle to Grave Single Review 

The Skapones debut self penned track Cradle to Grave is out on itunes January 15th, aiming to make an impact on the Reggae charts. With a launch party gig for a Vinyl release of the track (backed with Big Fat Panda's track Home Street Home on the other A side) on February 9th at the forum in Darlington. 

"Unashamedly 2tone" is how lead singer Paul Williams sums up the track, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree or sum it up any neater than that. It's Ska, it's punk powered, English accented, it's got guitar twang Roddy might be proud of or keys Barso might have happily tinkled along in the mode of back in the day, it's a well produced, upbeat and passionate play of a very familiar sound then. It's message is a fandom of 2tone worn heart on sleeve and loved Cradle to Grave. From mentions of Toots and Buster, and 2tone within it's lyrics, like The Prince before it or Gangsters even its a debut single nodding back to where the inspiration began to make this music (near 40 years on). Therefore a fitting place to start their bands catalogue with appeal to many enduring ska fans who agree and/or feel the same about this music themselves, like the thousand or so floor dancers who enthused their support slot at The House of Fun last November. This is the title track of a coming debut album that will hopefully widen the scope of the band, certainly seems it will from the songs Ive heard live, and may it champion a place in your car stereo or ipod, but in your mind might instead take you back to the first excitement of Top of pops, Radio play of needle on vinyl 1979 of black and white sleeved 45's and LP's for as long a music lives in you.

Jon Young...  "

Cradle To Grave ITunes release date!!! 

*** ANNOUNCEMENT *** 
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Digi download of our full debut original single ' From Cradle To Grave" will be available for download from iTunes from 15th January!! 
Wed love it if you guys would share this about. We'd like to make a dent on the ITunes reggae charts so when the time comes get you, ya friends, ya granny and anyone you can think of to grab it. 
There maybe a vinyl version for sale after our launch gigs in February where the vinyl is released in our gigs with Big Fat Panda
Spread the love! Thanks all. Your support is immeasurable.x

The debut album is coming on great but have no fear we love the classics more than most and we will be still dishing it all up for your delectability cos we love em ourselves

we will be filming a promo video for " From Cradle To Grave" in January as well but until then, below is the ad for the single! 

Madness' House Of Fun- The Skapones rocked! 

Oh what fun we had!

It was an awesome experience for the band to be asked to play The House Of Fun weekend 

Great crowd, great atmosphere and we were so well looked after.

Our original material went down so well to 

We hope to get asked back- it was fantastic!

Below is "Cradle To Grave" live at the House Of Fun!

 

Vinyl Single Launch Party with Big Fat Panda February! 

 

Hello! 

Yes- The 7" vinyl single launch parties are quickly coming upon us! As we stated earlier in the year , we are releasing a double A sided single with our Scottish friends Big Fat Panda, our track being our very own creation and the title track from our forthcoming album " From Cradle To Grave" with the Pandas submitting their tale of homelessness "Home Street Home" . Both tracks have been getting a lot of airplay on BBC and independent internet radio stations as far away as Los Angeles, Australia and Mexico! Our single version of "Cradle To Grave" will also be out on iTunes very soon. February 9th sees us launch the single at The Forum Music Centre in Darlington, the Facebook events page link is below- 

VINYL LAUNCH EVENTS PAGE (FACEBOOK)

Entry to this gig is £10 but that gets you 2 live ska bands, the single and a ska goody bag! Great value for money!

The Scottish leg is on the day after on Feb.10th at Smash in Grindlay St, Edinburgh - Details for times & tickets to follow.

Its going to be fab- exciting times!

 

THE BIG ONE 6 FESTIVAL, DORSET 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 

 

 

Just back from a 3 day event down on the south coast at the Parkdean Resorts Sandford, Poole in Dorset complex.

The event was run by the Specialized Project who are a fund raising portal for charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust,Youth Music UK, & Tonic Music For Mental Health

We played at 11.30pm  on the Saturday night at an event crammed with ska acts from all over the world -including legends such as Roddy Radiation of The Specials, The Members, The Trojans, The Toasters , King Hammond and many more                      

We had a fantastic time and a superb impromptu stage invasion on the Skinhead Symphony !

                         

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