Zion Train are the cult pioneers of a unique dub/dance cross-over sound that has been at the forefront of the UK scene for over 2 decades. The band were heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture in the UK during the 1990s as well as being purveyors of the finest roots reggae music throughout this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts on the planet and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform alongside acoustic instruments and the best vocalists
Zion Train was founded by Perch (live dub mixing /production), in 1990 and he was later joined by Cod (melodica/production), Tench (production), Molara (voice), Hake (trumpet), and Forkbeard (trombone). Between 2001 and 2005 Dubdadda added extra live vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard on trombone in 2001, they were joined by Richard Doswell on tenor sax in 2009. The live line-up has always been very flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to an extended lineup for larger events.
In the 2012 Wee Dub Festival Zion Train performed a PA set with Perch and Dubdadda, and they absolutely smashed a capacity crowd at The Caves. So we invited them back with their extended live set-up for the 2013 edition, and cannot wait to see what they produce. Neil Perch will also be holding one of his renowned “dub clinic” workshops, where he will be demonstrating some of his production techniques and taking questions.
Date: Saturday 2nd February
Venue: The Caves