Interviews

M meets: Victor Haynes

Victor Haynes is a soul singer from Manchester who has been releasing records since the beginning of the 1990s after cutting his teeth in various bands in the city.

M meets: Neneh Cherry

Pioneering pop punk hip-hopper Neneh Cherry has got together with Nordic free jazz trio The Thing

M meets: Dave Barker

Dave Barker is a singer and songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. His classic rocksteady and ska recordings have made him a cult hero around the world.

M meets: Buster Shuffle

Buster Shuffle are a 'piano-bashing' English rock 'n' Roll/Ska band whose sound is perhaps a bit like Squeeze, Madness, Blur and Little Richard mixed together and released on Trojan Records.

M meets: Sean Flowerdew

Sean Flowerdew is the organiser of The London International Ska Festival which takes place between 3-6 May. As well as putting on the event, Sean also leads the ska and rock steady band Phoenix City All-stars who draw inspiration from the likes of Studio One and The Skatalites. Sean has also launched new record label Phoenix City Rec.Co.

M meets: The Dualers part two

The Dualers are a dynamic nine-strong ska and reggae band led by Tyber Cranstoun. The band are known for their exhuberant live performances, The Dualers are headlining at the London International Ska Festival on Saturday 5 May.

M meets: Neol Davies aka The Selecter

After learning his craft in local rehearsal spaces and playing in a number of bands, Neol recorded the instrumental ska classic The Selecter which was the first release with Gangsters by The Specials on 2Tone records, the label he co-founded.

Session: The Toy Hearts

The Toy Hearts follow a unique tradition that runs through many bluegrass bands; watch them in action.