Cleveland Watkiss is bringing The Great Jamaican Songbook to Bristol in 2022

Cleveland Watkiss is bringing The Great Jamaican Songbook to Bristol in 2022

Posted on: 22 Dec 2021

Catch the acclaimed musician as he brings his latest project to Bristol Beacon in the spring.


Co-founder of the ground-breaking Jazz Warriors, Cleveland Watkiss, will arrive in Bristol for one night only on Saturday 9 April 2022, performing The Great Jamaican Songbook - an exploration of the golden era of roots music.


The project will trace the Jamaican musical legacy from the 1940s and 50s, through ska, reggae, dub, and lovers rock.


Find tickets to catch the unique and daring musician here.



Over the course of his career, Watkiss has regularly performed at legendary Metalheadz nights at Blue Note, also collaborating with a long list of acclaimed names such as Bob Dylan, Bjork and Sugar Minott, among others.


The Great Jamaican Songbook, his latest project, celebrates the pioneering musical sounds of Jamaica and many of its key figures, such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, King Tubby and Don Drummond.


A versatile performer, Watkiss has also completed highly regarded starring roles in Julian Joseph’s jazz operas, Bridgetower and Shadowball. The acclaimed artist is also co-founder of the ground-breaking group Jazz Warriors, contributing his vocals to their debut album, Out of Many People.


Watkiss' talent has earned him high praise and awards. Having been entered into the Wire/Guardian jazz awards, he was voted best vocalist three years in succession.


The event, on Saturday 9 April 2022, begins at 20:00 and runs for two hours. Get your tickets here.

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George Boyle



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