Talisman @WOWfest 2012

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Eyeplug@WOWFest

Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70’s and early 80’s.The band’s prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They have reformed with the original line up after 30 years apart to support the re-release of their classic roots single ‘Dole Age’ on a brand new album ‘Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection’. One of Bristol’s finest live acts are back and ready to party once again.

Originally formed in 1977 Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country’s most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day.

Until now the only way to hear Talisman has been to track down their two difficult to find singles from 1981, or their two later LPs, “Takin’ The Strain” from 1984 and “Jam Rock” From 1990. Now after nearly thirty years Bristol Archive Records have lovingly compiled this CD of the band at their peak in 1981. Not only does the CD contain the band’s two original 7” singles, but also eight carefully selected live cuts from classic shows at Glastonbury Festival and other infamous shows.

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Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed ‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978- 1983’ Bristol Archive Records release ‘Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection’ celebrated at their first Bristol show for 20 years at The Fleece in Bristol on 27th May 2011.

March 2012 sees the band re-release their first album “Takin’ the Strain”, originally release in 1984, as a CD (Deluxe Edition) and Digital Download. The nine tracks showcase variety and even include a soul tune, the Deluxe Edition also includes five live bonus tracks.

Talisman Interview, with Dennison from the Band:

1. What are your earliest memories of getting bitten by the music bug?

At the age of 15 I saw a guy at school playing  Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ on a acoustic guitar. I thought to myself ….I can do that.

2.Was your family background musical in any way?

In church I could hear the tones of my mother’s voice when she sang.

3. What were you original influences and how have they changed over time?

  • Listening to the radio at an early age in the Caribbean, mainly Country and Western from the US. I was hooked by the harmonies.
  •   In short, I have found my singing voice.

4. Have you ever been to the Isle Of Wight?


5. Tell us about your live sound?

Roots and Culture for the mind, laced with humour.

6. How has your sound changed over the years?

We know what we’re doin’ now.

7. What have been the highpoint’s of your career?

Receiving messages from people saying how Talisman helped to shape their lives.

8. And the low-points?

The band breaking up too early.

9. What about the present day set up?

A more mature and seasoned approach to our musical direction.

10. Thoughts on today’s music scene?

There are good some messengers out there.

11. What’s in the pipeline for the future?

New music.

12. What can we expect for your WOWFest 2012 Show?

Good music…Good vibes.




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Originally posted 2012-04-19 18:30:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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